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Books

Submission + - Top Ten Most Influential Programming Books->

AlexDomo writes: If you could go back in time and tell yourself to read a specific book at the beginning of your career as a developer, which book would it be?

Since it was first posed back in 2008, this question has now become the second most popular question of all time on StackOverflow.

Top 5 results: "Code Complete (2nd Edition)", "The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master", "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs", "The C Programming Language", "Introduction to Algorithms".

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Patents

Submission + - Apple Even More Committed to DRM

An anonymous reader writes: Apple seeks to patent anti-piracy technology that is far more onerous than Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage.



The scheme Apple outlined in the patent application would rely on a cryptographic key generated prior to the hardware reaching the user. As an application launches, the technology would inject code into the app's executing code stream, generate data that's sent to a digital rights management module, then compare that signed data with the key. If they match, the application continues to open. If not, it's stopped in its tracks.

Such checks could be done on a very frequent basis, said Apple's patent application.

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