09 October 2020

The Hacker’s Tribute Vol. 55: Goodbye Grammar Police


My dearest Hackers, 

Who likes grammar? Nobody. 

That’s why the newest and most glorious updates to Python are relaxing their restrictions. Azure is moving up a rung too, but with its own brand of sensational features. Swift is sharing a new assortment of Algorithms, whilst GitHub has shared its bounty of first names and surnames – over 100,000 of them! What would you do with all that knowledge, huh? 

Oh, and if you’re thinking of quitting your day job, try and (legally) compromise Apple’s systems. Their bug bounty programme is keen to reward good-intentioned hackers. Just like us, right? 😊 

So, come on in, dive into the knowledge, and grab yourself a pearl of helpful insight. Just remember to be kind with all that power. 

Let’s get cracking!

Dan 'The Man' Kowalski

Dan ‘the Man’ Kowalski

Editor-in-Chief, The Hacker’s Tribute

Python – without the Grammar Police!

In what can be attributed as one of the greatest teases in the history of software updates, Python has just blessed us with its 3.9th edition. Be sure to jump in on that action, as 3.5 can expect absolutely no support, from this point on. Get ready to merge and update dictionaries. Glide on through with better usability. And arguably most importantly – you can avoid the grammar restrictions on decorators! It’s these kinds of updates that unsurprisingly bring Python into the regular top 5!

The Worm Inside (the) Apple

Some brainy, one might say, overly confident, afficionados have hacked their way into Apple. But before you consider your next ‘score’, take note that these hackers were of the ‘White Hat’ variety. This ‘fab five’ were on a mission of goodwill, as participants of the Apple bug bounty programme. It’s a long post – but the gist of it is the infrastructure is massive. Yet, some vulnerabilities were located – earning them just over 50,000 USD over 3 months. That might even buy you an iPhone or 2 😉.

Azure-ly, You Can’t Be Serious

Once known as Team Foundation Server is now something magical. Azure DevOps Server 2020 has arrived and is taking no prisoners. New features include multi-pipeline handling, progress tracking, Azure Pipeline YAML CD features, providing a world of new environments, resource collections, review helpers and more. Explore other goodies, like recent enhancements in the CLI, and the ability to hide custom fields from layouts. 

Taking Names – Literally

Looking to name your child? Or need a list of names for your brainchild? Whatever your diabolical motivations – we have a database just for you! That’s right, ‘’ is a master list of names – first and last – to improve your next neural network / digital creation / James Bond-inspired world domination plans. The datasets are exhaustive, but come from the likes of official statistics agencies, and sourced from GitHub, so you need not worry. Just promise you’ll play nice. 

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Swifty & Algorithmically

Swift Algorithms have graced us with their debut. It’s an open source collection of sequence and collection algorithms built to cycle over elements, detect combinations, create unimaginably thrilling samples – well, sky’s the limit! Learn how this augments the Swift standard library, as well as the contributing criteria. Join the incredible journey, click the link to find out why! 

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Hackers of the world dream to be him. And that’s an understatement. With methods decades ahead of cyberspace, he’s proceeded only by his own reputation. ‘The Man’ infamous for single-handedly causing the ’08 global financial meltdown, he dropped off-grid searching for purpose. He twice-dominated each of the Himalayan peaks, negotiated the rift valleys of Africa, and swam the Amazonian Basin end-to-end. It was in Siberia where we caught up to him – convincing him to work for the ‘good guys’. The veteran’s veteran of coding, now confidently within our ranks, is finally a force for good. Just don’t test him.