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Microsoft

Why Windows Must (and Will) Go Open Source 555

Posted by timothy
from the lacks-the-ring-of-inevitability dept.
Attila Dimedici writes "Charles Babcock of Information Week published an interesting article suggesting that Microsoft will have to at least to some degree take Windows open source if they want to stay in business. He suggests that the money to be made from the things MS builds on top of Windows (Office, Server, SQL Server, Exchange, Sharepoint, etc.) is so much greater than what can be made from Windows itself that MS will have to give up the revenue stream from Windows in order to maintain these other, more valuable, revenue streams."
Books

Your Favorite Tech / Eng. / CS Books? 517

Posted by kdawson
from the art-of-computer-programming dept.
chris_eineke writes "I like to read and to collect good books related to computer science. I'm talking about stuff like the classic textbooks (Introduction to Algorithms 2nd ed., Tanenbaum's Operating Systems series) and practitioners' books (The Practice of Programming, Code Complete) and all-around excellent books (Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, Practical Common Lisp). What's your stocking-stuffer book this Christmas? What books have been sitting on your shelves that you think are the best ones of their kind? Which ones do you think are -1 Overrated? (All links are referral-free.)"
Security

Duplicating Your Housekeys, From a Distance 287

Posted by timothy
from the keep-your-key-up-your-sleeve dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes "Some clever computer scientists at UC San Diego (UCSD) have developed a software that can perform key duplication with just a picture of the key — taken from up to 200 feet. One of the researchers said 'we built our key duplication software system to show people that their keys are not inherently secret.' He added that on sites like Flickr, you can find many photos of people's keys that can be used to easily make duplicates. Apparently, some people are blurring 'numbers on their credit cards and driver's licenses before putting those photos on-line,' but not their keys. This software project is quite interesting, but don't be too afraid. I don't think that many of you put a photo of their keys online — with their addresses." I wonder when I'll be able to order more ordinary duplicate keys by emailing in a couple of photos.

Untangling Web Information 76

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-don't-understand-you dept.
Ostracus writes "The next big stage in the evolution of the Internet, according to many experts and luminaries, will be the advent of the Semantic Web — that is, technologies that let computers process the meaning of Web pages instead of simply downloading or serving them up blindly. Microsoft's acquisition of the semantic search engine Powerset earlier this year shows faith in this vision. But thus far, little Semantic Web technology has been available to the general public. That's why many eyes will be on Twine, a Web organizer based on semantic technology that launches publicly today."
NASA

Depressed Astronauts Might Get Computerized Solace 138

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the just-email-them-porn dept.
alphadogg writes "Clinical tests on a four-year, $1.74 million project for NASA, called the Virtual Space Station, are expected to begin in the Boston area by next month. The effort is designed to address the onset of depression in astronauts while they are in outer space. In the project, sponsored by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, a recorded video therapist guides astronauts through a widely used depression therapy called 'problem-solving treatment.'" Here's a related story from a few weeks ago. Those astronauts got it rough.
Role Playing (Games)

+ - CCP Employees Caught Tampering With EVE - Again

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radi0w0mbat
radi0w0mbat writes "EVE-Online forums were closed by CCP today after allegations by GoonFleet that CCP employees had played favorites in the ongoing war in zerosec, rigged role-playing events, and used their employee accesses to covertly join and gain director status in player corporations. This is not the first time CCP employees have been caught doing favors for their in-game friends; a previous incident led to the termination of a CCP employee and the formation of CCP's Internal Affairs office. Many GoonFleet members openly state their belief that the game is rigged in favor of older players and their alliances, pointing to the deployment of Titans, hideously expensive (costing roughly $6000 in real-world money) ships that even CCP developers recently conceded are ludicrously powerful and unbalanced in terms of gameplay. GoonFleet is an alliance made up primarily of Something Awful forum members that has grown from a handful of n00b players to one of the major alliances in the game in a little less than two years."
Announcements

+ - More Allegations of Developer Misconduct in EVE

Submitted by umilmi81
umilmi81 (666) writes "The EVE Online player based alliance GoonSwarm has published an open letter, including screen shots, accusing CCP employees of joining a member corporation, giving himself director level permissions, and then leaving the corporation.

In-game petitions sent to CCP about the incident were subsequently deleted. A forum moderator acknowledged the accusations, and has directed the matter to internal affairs.

CCP created an internal affairs department after admitting developer misconduct on previous occasions."
PHP

Delphi For PHP Released 155

Posted by kdawson
from the accelerator dept.
Gramie2 writes "Codegear (now a subsidiary of Borland) has just released version 1.0 of Delphi for PHP, a RAD development environment (running on Windows) that produces standard PHP code. It features a large set of built-in components, including ones that use AJAX for database access; and Codegear is encouraging users to develop their own components. The framework, VCL for PHP, is open source, and documentation follows the PHP model. Initial database connectivity is for MySQL and Interbase (Codegear's commercial database that spawned the open-source Firebird), but more are promised."

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