HUFFPOST CODE

PODCAST: Is Cyber Security Dead?

06/05/2014 06:05 pm ET | Updated Jul 28, 2014

Each week, the HuffPost Code team meets to discuss tech news and interview special, technically-skilled guests for the Floating Points Podcast.

Episode 23: "Pizzaclothes.io"

This week's podcast begins with a discussion about Washio's recent decision to offer a complimentary flax crostini with every laundry delivery, in lieu of cookies. The conversation inspires the team to come up with a more valuable value proposition for the company: PizzaClothes. The hosts have yet to purchase pizzaclothes.io. Entrepreneurs who are interested in launching this venture are encouraged to listen.

The News:

Does cyber security exist anymore? In 'The News Segment', the hosts discuss the recently arrested Chinese hackers and whether or not the NSA is to blame for initiating this cyber espionage. The meaning of "Cyber Warrior" is also addressed. Then, the conversation veers into the world of "creepware" and why everyone needs to place a sticker over their computer's web cam, especially Miss USA and Miss Cleo. Also, have you reset your Sourceforge password? Sourceforge was recently hacked.

After exploring the sad truths of cyber security, the team moves on to a discussion about the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, the shiny beacon of hope for Microsoft's future. During the conversation, Brandon Diamond reveals himself to be a Microsoft fanboy, which is amusing to everyone else. The hopeful conversation takes one more dark turn when net neutrality is brought up. Are there other solutions besides Google Fiber? Our team investigates.

Special Guests:

Gregory Karlin, a Software Engineer at The Huffington Post and Dulio Denis, an iOS Developer at Dog on a Horse lead a discussion on push notifications. Inspired by Denis' recent post about Implementing Remote Notifications, Karlin and Denis talk about rate limiting and the various tools they use to test. Karlin also delves into the development process at HuffPost and how he and his team decide what's worthy of a push notification and how push notifications will impact the Internet of Things.

The Hosts:

Brandon Diamond is the Director and Co-Founder of HuffPost Labs, The Huffington Post's research and development division. Additionally, Brandon sits on the Board of the NY Tech Meetup and serves as Founder and Director of the Hacker Union, an international coalition of technologists and builders. Brandon holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from Brown University and regularly contributes to the HuffPost Code blog.

Katelyn Bogucki is the Editor of HuffPost Code, The Huffington Post's source for information about development and design. Prior to HuffPost, she worked at Uber. Katelyn loves reading and writing about computer engineering and is especially interested in cyber security, functional programming and all of the JavaScript frameworks.

Tom Biegeleisen has been a software engineer at the Huffington Post for the last two years. Prior to Huff Post, he worked in the start-up space as both a front- and back-end engineer. He holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University.

Andrew Fader was born in New York's historic Hudson Valley, 30 miles north of Manhattan and not "upstate" New York as some have claimed. Andrew learned BASIC in 1996 and created some of his first autobiographical web pages. Discovering IRC, BSD, and GCC, among other three-letter acronyms, he attended Carnegie Mellon. He has worked at school and wealth management software startups, and with clients from social networks to government databases. He now enjoys applying the sublime combination of Ruby, Rails and JavaScript, like dipping a ripe strawberry in molten chocolate.

Dulio Denis, born and bred in Manhattan, is an iOS Developer at Dog on a Horse where he spends his days deep in Cocoa ensuring the Topps Apps like BUNT, KICK, and Huddle are the best iOS Apps in the AppStore. After coding on his Commodore-64 in High School Dulio attended Columbia where he earned a Computer Science degree from the Engineering School and interned at Apple. These days Dulio works on his own apps under the ddApps label and hacks on his Raspberry Pi running Ubuntu where he tinkers in his Open Source Software oasis.

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