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splashr 0.6.0 Now Uses the CRAN-nascent stevedore Package for Docker Orchestration

January 14, 2019
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splashr 0.6.0 Now Uses the CRAN-nascent stevedore Package for Docker Orchestration

The splashr package — an alternative to Selenium for javascript-enabled/browser-emulated web scraping — is now at version 0.6.0 (still in dev-mode but on its way to CRAN in the next 14 days). The major change from version 0.5.x (which never made it to CRAN) is a swap out of the reticulated docker package with... Continue reading →

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Roll Your Own Federal Government Shutdown-caused SSL Certificate Expiration Monitor in R

January 10, 2019
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Roll Your Own Federal Government Shutdown-caused SSL Certificate Expiration Monitor in R

By now, even remote villages on uncharted islands in the Pacific know that the U.S. is in the midst of a protracted partial government shutdown. It’s having real impacts on the lives of Federal government workers but they aren’t the only ones. Much of the interaction Federal agencies have with the populace takes place online... Continue reading →

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Waffle Geoms & Other Miscellaneous In-Development Package Updates

January 10, 2019
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Waffle Geoms & Other Miscellaneous In-Development Package Updates

More than just sergeant has been hacked on recently, so here’s a run-down of various 📦 updates: waffle The square pie chart generating waffle🔗 package now contains a nascent geom_waffle() so you can do things like this: library(hrbrthemes) library(waffle) library(tidyverse) tibble( parts = factor(rep(month.abb, 3), levels=month.abb), values = c(10, 20, 30, 6, 14, 40, 30,... Continue reading →

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On the Road to 0.8.0 — Some Additional New Features Coming in the sergeant Package

January 9, 2019
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On the Road to 0.8.0 — Some Additional New Features Coming in the sergeant Package

It was probably not difficult to discern from my previous Drill-themed post that I’m fairly excited about the Apache Drill 1.15.0 release. I’ve rounded out most of the existing corners for it in preparation for a long-overdue CRAN update and have been concentrating on two helper features: configuring & launching Drill embedded Docker containers and... Continue reading →

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‘data:’ Scraping & Chart Reproduction : Arrows of Environmental Destruction

January 3, 2019
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‘data:’ Scraping & Chart Reproduction : Arrows of Environmental Destruction

Today’s RSS feeds picked up this article by Marianne Sullivan, Chris Sellers, Leif Fredrickson, and Sarah Lamdanon on the woeful state of enforcement actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While there has definitely been overreach by the EPA in the past the vast majority of its regulatory corpus is quite sane and has... Continue reading →

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Apache Drill 1.15.0 + sergeant 0.8.0 = pcapng Support, Proper Column Types & Mounds of New Metadata

January 2, 2019
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Apache Drill 1.15.0 + sergeant 0.8.0 = pcapng Support, Proper Column Types & Mounds of New Metadata

Apache Drill is an innovative distributed SQL engine designed to enable data exploration and analytics on non-relational datastores without having to create and manage schemas. It has a schema-free JSON document model similar to MongoDB and Elasticsearch; ANSI SQL, ODBC/JDBC, and HTTP REST; extremely user and developer... Continue reading →

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Exploring 2018 R-bloggers & R Weekly Posts with Feedly & the ‘seymour’ package

December 31, 2018
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Exploring 2018 R-bloggers & R Weekly Posts with Feedly & the ‘seymour’ package

Well, 2018 has flown by and today seems like an appropriate time to take a look at the landscape of R bloggerdom as seen through the eyes of readers of R-bloggers and R Weekly. We’ll do this via a new package designed to make it easier to treat Feedly as a data source: seymour [GL... Continue reading →

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Certifiably Gone Phishing

December 23, 2018
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Certifiably Gone Phishing

Phishing is the primary way attackers either commit a primary criminal act (i.e. phish a target to, say, install ransomware) or is the initial vehicle used to gain a foothold in an organization so they can perform other criminal operations to achieve some goal. As such, security teams, vendors and active members of the... Continue reading →

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Tis the Season to Check your SSL/TLS Cipher List Thrice (RCurl/curl/openssl)

November 17, 2018
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Tis the Season to Check your SSL/TLS Cipher List Thrice (RCurl/curl/openssl)

The libcurl library (the foundational library behind the RCurl and curl packages) has switched to using OpenSSL’s default ciphers since version 7.56.0 (October 4 2017). If you’re a regular updater of curl/httr you should be fairly current with these cipher suites, but if you’re not a keen updater or use RCurl for your web-content tasks,... Continue reading →

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Use GitHub Vulnerability Alerts to Keep Users of Your R Packages Safe

November 14, 2018
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Use GitHub Vulnerability Alerts to Keep Users of Your R Packages Safe

Despite their now inherent evil status, GitHub has some tools other repository aggregators do not. One such tool is the free vulnerability alert service which will scan repositories for outdated+vulnerable dependencies. Now, “R” is nowhere near a first-class citizen in the internet writ large, including software development tooling (e.g. the Travis-CI and GitLab continuous integration... Continue reading →

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