Virtually Private

A new Swedish network helps you hide online

3 min read

A report in The New York Times back in September noted that one of the ”most common forms of identity theft involves illegal immigrants using fraudulent Social Security numbers.” In other words, some people have been stealing other people’s identities not to drain their bank accounts but merely to abscond with their places in legitimate society. Well, that’s a relief!

Identity theft is hardly the only assault on our electronic selves. There’s spam, computer viruses, and ­cyberstalkers. And, in the United States at least, it seems everyone from the National Security Agency to Hewlett-Packard is trying to tap our phones. Sometimes you just want to make sure you have a little privacy. That’s where Relakks comes in. Relakks is a service by Labs2, an Internet service provider in Lund, Sweden, that offers a way to spend time on the Internet anonymously.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

11 min read
A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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