Hackers Wirelessly Control a Jeep

Two years ago, hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek took control of a car while sitting in its backseat—all through their laptops that had been hard-wired into the vehicle. Since then, Miller and Valasek have turned their attention to the Jeep Cherokee, focusing on hacking the car’s internet-connected control system—this time remotely. To prove how vulnerable smart cars are to online attacks, the hacker duo …

Understand Code in 38,000 Words

For the uninitiated, the world of coding and computer science might seem akin to the Matrix, where combinations of letters and symbols somehow make inanimate objects spring to life. But with computers powering so many of our daily interactions, isn’t it time we at least try to understand this dark magic? Thanks to a lengthy essay by programmer Paul Ford titled “What is Code?” you …

If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript

In Twitter engineer Angus Croll’s new book “If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript,” he imagines how well-known literary figures from James Joyce to J.D. Salinger to Tupac would write JavaScript code. It’s a fun, creative exercise that reminds programmers of the similarities between Javascript and natural language—and pushes them to be expressive and elegant in their own way.