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Submission + - Google Reader shares private data, ruins Christmas (

Felipe Hoffa writes: One week ago Google Reader's team decided showing your private data to all your GMail contacts. No need to opt-in, no way to opt-out. Complaints haven't been answered. Some users share their problems, including one family that won't be able to enjoy this Christmas due to this "feature". Will this start happening with all Google products?

You can check a summary of complaints or the whole thread.


Submission + - Tens of Thousands of Adult Website Accounts Hacked ( 3

Keith writes: "Tens of thousands — or maybe more — accounts to adult websites were recently declared compromised and apparently have been that way since sometime in October, 2007. The issue occurred when the NATS software used to track and manage sales and affiliate revenues was accessed by an intruder, who apparently discovered a list of admin passwords residing on an unsecured office server at Too Much Media, which makes and maintains NATS installations for adult companies. It would appear that Too Much Media knew of the exploit back in October, and rather than fixing the issue tried to bury it by threatening to sue anyone in the adult industry who talked about it."

Submission + - FSFE Supports Microsoft Antitrust Investigation (

An anonymous reader writes: "Microsoft should be required openly, fully and faithfully to implement free and open industry standards," is the message of a letter by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) to European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. To help achieve this goal, FSFE offered its support for a possible antitrust investigation based on the complaint of Opera Software against Microsoft. The complaint was based on anti-competitive behaviour in the web browser market.

"Although Opera Software does not produce Free Software, we largely share their assessment and concerns regarding the present situation in the Internet browser market", FSFE president Georg Greve writes in the letter.

Operating Systems

Submission + - Vulnerability Numerology: Defective by Design?

rdmreader writes: RDM has a point by point disassembly of why the security vulnerability story George Ou of ZDnet regularly rehashes is wrong. Ou condemns Linux and Mac OS X by tallying up reported flaws and comparing them against Microsoft's. What he doesn't note is that his source, Secunia, only lists what vendors and researchers report, selectively includes or excludes component software seemingly at random, and backhandedly claimed its data is evidence of what it now tells journalists they shouldn't report. Is Secunia presenting slanted information with the expectation it will be misused, or is it just bad journalism at ZDnet?

Submission + - (how) do you print your code? 2

Thunder Rabbit writes: "When trying to grok the flow of code, I can't always do it just on the screen. When I come across a closing bracket, it may be several hundred lines below its opener. Even if they are correctly commented, it's hard for me to get the overview into my brain.

At my office, though I can print the code in syntax driven glorious full color, it comes out on individual sheets of letter paper (landscape, with minimized margins).

I long for the fanfold paper we had in university. It was black and white, but it was all contiguous; I could draw lines along the left margin connecting opening and closing brackets, and immediately get a better sense of the program's flow. And (goodness forbid) a bug caused by a missing or superfluous bracket? I could find that problem in a trice.

Nowadays I print my pages, then use tape to string them all together to get my fanfold fix.

What about you? How do you print your code?"

Submission + - How to convince a coworker to use getters/setters 2

An anonymous reader writes: I've just started a new job as a PHP programmer at a small startup. Two other programmers work at the company. One is a recent hire like me, and the other has worked there for several years, entirely in isolation, writing what he believes to be top-notch PHP code. The problem is this was his first professional coding gig and his code is kludgy, buggy, quirky and smacks of a lot of bad habits. He doesn't use getters and setters. He modifies the values in the $_GET, $_POST, and $_REQUEST superglobals. He makes excessive use of objectionable features of PHP such as the @ error suppression construct and the global keyword. He suppresses all warnings and notices. He uses __autoload() and other magical functions. But he wrote 99% of the code, and as convoluted as it is, it works and runs the business successfully. He feels threatened by us newcomers when we try to suggest he should do things differently. How can we (the newcomers) convince him to practice good encapsulation by using getters & setters for a start?
The Internet

Submission + - Net Neutrality Issues Facing Canada Now (

cyberbian writes: It seems that Net Neutrality is also becoming a problem for Canadian Businesses and Consumers. The Progressive(?) Conservative Party have already pushed for deregulation plan for telecommunications in Canada, despite the objection of a Parliamentary Committee that was formed to study the issue.

Given the importance of internet communication to a country as large as Canada, it's imperative that we increase awareness of the net neutrality issue, and ensure that the public is raising its voice against the profiteering telecoms.

"When I invented the Web, I didn't have to ask anyone's permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going end" — Sir Tim Berners Lee.

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