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Comment: Re:Here's a link to the original research paper (Score 1) 252

by Lars Clausen (#22891674) Attached to: Microsoft or Apple - Who Is the Faster Patcher?
The legends on the main graphs appear to be wrong: According to the caption for Fig. 3, the blue curve should be 30-day plots, but the legend calls that 90 days. The legend doesn't make sense when you consider which numbers should be included in the others, e.g. that 0-day patches are also included in 30-day etc. Thus the green line is 0-day, the blue line is 30-day, the red line is 90-day, and the grey line is 180-day. MS has been around 60% 0-day +- 10% for much of the interval, except a dip to below 40% in most of 2004, and they are now up to almost 80% 0-day patches. The 90% 0-day patches in 2002 is impressive almost to the point of being suspicious. Apple has been climbing from 0% 0-day patches before 2003, managed to be above 60% for most of 2006, but fell to about 40% in 2007. For total patches within 180 days, MS has been in the 90% area most of the time, above 95% at the end of the study. Apple has been above 80% 180-day fixes most of the period, but only briefly above 90%.

Who wants to do the same thing for Linux?

-Lars

Comment: They host Hezbollah... (Score 1) 874

by Frodo420024 (#22843522) Attached to: Network Solutions Suspends Site of Anti-Islam Film
Network Solutions have absolutely no objections against hosting the worst of objectionable material in existence. Guess who hosts .. Hesbollah.org?

http://avideditor.wordpress.com/2008/03/23/us-hizbolla-yes-wilders-no/

This is cowardice, pure and simple. I think we need legilative improvements to protect our freedom of expression. And communication. This includes protecting ISP's from at least some kinds of legal responsibility for their contents - Common Carrier (see Wikipedia) seems a suitable model.

Defending Civil Liberties has never been more important. It's so good to see at least _some_ individuals standing up for this.
Networking

IPv4 Address Crunch In 2 Years, IPv6 Not Ready 539

Posted by kdawson
from the told-ya dept.
An anonymous reader writes "We've known for ages that IPv4 was going to run out of addresses — now, it's happening. IPv6 was going to save us — it isn't. The upcoming crisis will hit, perhaps as soon as 2010, but nobody can agree on what to do. The three options are all pretty scary. This article covers the background, and links to a presentation by Randy Bush (PDF) that shows the reality of the problem in stark detail."
Privacy

Skype Linux Reads Password and Firefox Profile 335

Posted by samzenpus
from the to-send-better-ads dept.
mrcgran writes "Users of Skype for Linux have just found out that it reads the files /etc/passwd, firefox profile, plugins, addons, etc, and many other unnecessary files in /etc. This fact was originally discovered by using AppArmor, but others have confirmed this fact using strace on versions 1.4.0.94 and 1.4.0.99. What is going on? This probably shows how important it is to use AppArmor in any closed-source application in Linux to restrict any undue access to your files."

Hilf Claims Free Software Movement Dead 395

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the faster-than-a-speeding-fud dept.
moe1975 writes to mention that Bill Hilf has taken a rather aggressive stance with regard to the status of the Free Software movement. With claims like; "The Free Software movement is dead. Linux doesn't exist in 2007. Even Linus has got a job today" it would certainly seem that the next offensive is going to be sponsored by denial. "For the desktop, Hilf sees a new frontier in terms of rich client programming. With more and more services by Amazon, Google, Yahoo and, of course, Microsoft being run as services rather than as software installed locally, it will be up to the desktop to provide richer functionality."
The Media

HBO Exec Proposes DRM Name Change 544

Posted by Zonk
from the that's-all-that's-in-the-way dept.
surfingmarmot writes "An HBO executive has figured out the problem with DRM acceptance — it's the name. HBO's chief technology officer Bob Zitter now wants to refer to the technology as Digital Consumer Enablement. Because, you see, DRM actually helps consumers by getting more content into their hands. The company already has HD movies on demand ready to go, but is delaying them because of ownership concerns. Says Zitter, 'Digital Consumer Enablement would more accurately describe technology that allows consumers "to use content in ways they haven't before," such as enjoying TV shows and movies on portable video players like iPods. "I don't want to use the term DRM any longer," said Zitter, who added that content-protection technology could enable various new applications for cable operators.'"
Announcements

+ - x86 Linux Flash Player 9 is Final

Submitted by Schlaegel
Schlaegel (28073) writes "The official Adobe Linux Flash blog has announced that Flash player for x86 Linux is now final and no longer beta. Every x86 Linux user, at least those willing to load binary software, can rejoice and no longer feel like a second rate citizen.

Distribution packages are also available, for example the Macromedia Fedora repository already has the flash player marked for update."
Science

Journal: Unbiased Stereology - Open Source reimplementation

Journal by Frodo420024
Am contemplating to do a reimplementation of the New Stereology set of measurement tools. Was involved a dozen years ago, writing the first (Amiga) and second (Windows) implementations of the computer program called Grid. First step would be to get hands on a copy of the manual that Prof. Gundersen and I coauthored.
HAH - got it! Nice overview of what needs to be done.
Science

Journal: QX3+ Microscope

Journal by Frodo420024
Got my QX3+ microscope yesterday. Cool toy for $45! Great out-of-box experience, Just Works.

Would be nice to get to it's native resolution (VCD compatible).

Well of course - it turns out that it has a (simple) TWAIN interface. Favorite graphics program, here we come.

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