Our *Tech Talk* this week will feature Edmund Pringle from Metaswitch
<http://www.metaswitch.com/> will be discussing trust in programming in
*"Can you afford to trust your tools? An undetectable hack (and how to
detect it)"*. Let us know if you plan to attend on our Facebook Event
<https://www.facebook.com/events/585669368246958/>. Food will be
provided after the talk.
*Learn to Code* continues on Thursday after a very successful launch
last week. Due to the huge level of interest we had to turn many people
away, so we will be running two lessons this week; the main course
continuing from where we left off last week, and a repeat of last weeks
lesson for those who could not attend. For the main course priority will
be given to those who attended last week, but at 19:30 any available
spaces will be open to all.
*Geek Night* will be on Saturday. Join us for games, coding, and pizza.
The CompSoc committee
Tech Talk with on Trust with Metaswitch
*Lecture Theatre A - 7:00pm Wednesday (3rd week)*
Edmund Pringle will be joining us from Metaswitch:
Can you afford to trust your tools? An undetectable hack (and how to
The goal of this talk is to get you thinking a bit more about what trust
assumptions you’re making when you’re creating software. I’ll cover a
classic and elegant example of abusing those assumptions, and cover
briefly what you can (and can’t) reasonably do to protect yourself. Then
we’ll eat pizza and forget about it all while I pass around a USB stick
with the presentation on it. Just the presentation. Nothing else.
Honest. You can trust me, right?
Learn To Code 2 <https://www.facebook.com/events/1664984350433017/>
*Department of Computer Science - 7:30pm Thursday (3rd week)*
In Session 2, we will be covering various aspects of flow control,
starting with decision-making and simple loops.
Those who attended Session 1 will be in the same rooms and groups as
For those who couldn't get in last week, good news! We have acquired
enough extra helpers to be able to operate an extra room, which will be
covering last week's material. However, there will be no facility to use
the department's computers in this class - please bring your own laptop
if you can, or find someone to share with.
We will open the doors at 7pm, for a prompt 7:30pm start. In the
unlikely event that we still don't have enough space for everyone who
wants to attend, we may still have to shut the doors, but hopefully the
extra room should be enough.
(The material from last week's session will be posted soon.)
Geek Night 3 <https://www.facebook.com/events/184709091886573/>
*Undergraduate Social Area - 7:00pm Saturday (3rd week)*
Our fourth Geek Night of 2016, with our usual selection of food, drinks,
games, chatting and coding. We would love to see some new faces, so
please do feel free to come along. Open to all members and anyone
interested in joining.
Tech Talk with on "Will SkyNet win?" with Metaswitch
*Lecture Theatre A - 7:00pm Wednesday (4th week)*
Simon Chatterjee will be joining us from Ensoft:
Will Skynet win? Five ways computers write software better than you.
The Internet is arguably the most complex machine invented so far on the
planet, and it's made of software. This is now pushing the limits of how
human beings can create and test code, but recent advances mean the
machines are remarkably starting to rise up and take on the challenge.
I'll talk about what's happening, why it's awesome, and what it means
for your future career.
AGM & Committee Elections
*Undergraduate Social Area - 7:00pm Wednesday (6th week)*
We require 20 voters to meet quorum, so please do nominate a proxy if
you cannot attend. At our annual general meeting we will be electing our
new executive committee for the next year. The positions up for election
President: Leads the society and liaises with the senior member.
Secretary: Organises events and logistics.
Treasurer: Handles the society bank account and reimbursements.
If you have any questions about these positions, and would like to
discuss them with the current committee email us at
committee(a)ox.compsoc.net <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> or talk to us
in person at any event this term.
Anyone is welcome to attend, but only CompSoc voters may cast their vote
on motions or run for positions. If you are not yet a member register
this term to have your say on the future of the society. If you are
unable to attend in person you may nominate another member who is then
able to vote on your behalf. If you wish to do this please email us at
The Oxford University Computing Society (CompSoc) aims to organise
meetings and events for our members to use and further their computing
interests. See all of our upcoming events on our Facebook Page
<https://facebook.com/oxcompsoc/> or visit our Website
<https://ox.compsoc.net> for more information about the society.
Secretary - Oxford University Computer Society
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