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+ - Wikipedia Pre-emptively Deletes New Apple Tablet->

Submitted by Mitchell Bogues
Mitchell Bogues (1058890) writes "After a long and fierce debate, Wikipedia admins have decided to perform a speedy deletion on the article for widely-rumoured but thus far unverified new Apple tablet. It's nice to see them following Wikipedia guidelines for once, but isn't this a bit premature, given Apple's impending but mysterious press conference announcement?"
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Security

+ - Yahoo! Zimbra Desktop vulnerable to MiTM

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holdenkarau
holdenkarau writes "After patching the its plaintext authentication gaffe, Yahoo! Zimbra desktop has hit another stumbling block in the security road. Yahoo! Zimbra now uses the standard authentication method used by the rest of the Yahoo! Mail family. However, unlike other implementations where invalid SSL certificates will throw up plenty of warnings for the user, Yahoo! Zimbra Desktop is trivially vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack, as it simply transmits the usernames & passwords regardless of who's picked up on the other side. With all of the news about DNS vulnerabilities, this seems like exceptionally poor timing for a MiTM. For the time being you may wish to switch to using the Yahoo! webmail interface, until this bug gets fixed."
Security

+ - Protecting IM from the NSA, a Canadian's view 3

Submitted by
holden
holden writes "Ian Goldberg, leading security researcher, professor at the university of waterloo, cypherpunk and co-creator of the Off-the-Record Messaging (OTR) protocol recently gave a talk on protecting your IM conversations. He discusses OTR and its importance in today's world with warrant-less wire tapping and all that bad stuff. With OTR users benefit from being able to have truly private conversations over IM, by using encryption to obtain authentication, deniability, and perfect forward secrecy, while working within their existing IM infrastructure. With the recent NSA wiretapping activities and increasing Big Brother presence, security and OTR are increasingly important. An avi of the talk is available by http as well as by bittorrent and a bunch of other formats."
GNU is Not Unix

+ - RMS Talks about Binary Drivers & Free Software

Submitted by Mitchell Bogues
Mitchell Bogues (1058890) writes "Richard Stallman recently gave talk titled "The Free Software Movement and GNU/Linux Operating System". RMS fielded a number of interesting questions relevant to the future of the free software movement including, "Do you support the Creative Commons license?" and "Can I use ATI and NVIDIA drivers because Mesa isn't nearly as complete?". Can we expect Linux ever to see main stream adoption with these persistent driver and licensing issues still hanging around?"
GNU is Not Unix

+ - New Direction for GNU

Submitted by Mitchell Bogues
Mitchell Bogues (1058890) writes "The great celebrities of the computing world are generally divided into two distinct camps — the perpetual Newsmakers, and the perennial Characters. Whereas the Newsmakers (Gates, ESR, etc.) are always bowling us over with new ideas or products, the Characters are so entrenched in their own personalities and personality cults that they can seem... immutable.
In a recent talk to the University of California, Richard Stallman, geekdom's most prominent Character, announced to everyone's surprise a dramatic change of vision both for the Free Software Movement and for GNU — taking them nearly full circle to the ideals of, say, GPLv2. Although it's clear that this new direction will cost the Movement a good many followers, it is difficult not to admire Stallman's strength of personality to admit he was wrong. No wonder Microsoft is afraid of him."
Businesses

+ - Creating a Successful Startup

Submitted by bobdole3k
bobdole3k (1080099) writes "Economist Larry Smith discusses how to create a successful software startup company. He notes that many young coders have the technical knowledge to create a product but lack the skills necessary to market their product and manage a software company. Smith gives specific examples of startups from the University of Waterloo (with names redacted) that have been successful and others that have been unsuccessful."
Businesses

+ - The Economics of a Software Startup

Submitted by
Holden Karau
Holden Karau writes "Economist Larry Smith discusses how to create a successful software startup company. He notes that many students have the technical knowledge to create a product but lack the skills necessary to market their product and manage a software company. Smith gives specific examples of University of Waterloo startups (with names redacted) that have been successful and others that have been unsuccessful."
Graphics

+ - The math of Graphics

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A lot of confusion arises when people attempt to do 3d graphics programming without the proper mathematical background in basic linear algebra. Christopher Evensen recently gave a talk covering covering the important fundamentals. The math is also accompanied by a real world programming example. The talk doesn't have anything ground breaking in it, but the format its presented in clearly shows how to apply the math to real world problems."
Businesses

+ - Software Startups, What Worked and What Didn't

Submitted by
holden karau
holden karau writes "Starting a software company is more than just having excellent code. Economist professor Larry Smith recently gave a talk on the parts of software startups which Computer Science people often forget about. The talk covers how to get market information, finding customers, etc.

I especially enjoyed the suggestions on how to find out what features your customers actually want."
Microsoft

Bill Gates Talk From 1989 Surfaces 317

Posted by kdawson
from the hard-to-make-predictions-especially-about-the-future dept.
70sstar writes "A 1-1/2 hour recording of Bill Gates addressing a crowd of university students in 1989 was recently found and digitized, and has been circulating in some IRC channels for the past few weeks. The speech has found a permanent home on the web page of the University of Waterloo CS Club, where the talk is reported to have taken place. Gates covers the past, present, and future of computing as of 1989. While the former two might be of interest to tech historians, the real fascination is Gates's prediction of computing yet to come. Like the now-legendary '640k' remark, some of his comments are almost laughably off-target ('OS/2 is the way of the future!'). And yet, by and large, he had accurately, chillingly, prophesied an entire decade or two of software and hardware development. All in all, a fascinating talk from one of the most powerful speakers in CS and IT."
Microsoft

+ - Mysterious Bill Gates Recording Tracked Down

Submitted by Mitchell Bogues
Mitchell Bogues (1058890) writes "A 1-1/2 -hour recording of Bill Gates addressing a crowd of university students in the late '80s was recently found and digitised, and has been circulating the IRC channels for the past few weeks. While no one really seems to know exactly where the talk took place or who first put it online, the speech seems to have found a permanent home on the web page of the University of Waterloo CS Club.

The talk itself covers the past, present, and future of computing as of 1989. While the former two can be interesting to the high-tech historian, the real star is Bill Gates' prediction of computing yet to come. Like his legendary '640k' line, some of Gates' remarks are almost laughably off-mark ('OS/2 is the way of the future,' for one); and yet, by and large, he seems to have accurately prophesied an entire decade or two of soft- and hardware development. All in all, a fascinating talk from, it seems, one of the most powerful speakers in CS and IT."

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