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Submission + - The Latest Programming Holy War: Debuggers! 1

mykdavies writes: "It all started when Giles Bowkett posted on his blog that debuggers were a waste of time: "If you're used to a crutch, you think you need it", he said, and that once you've heard of Test Driven Development, you'll never use the debugger again.

A number of keen fans of debuggers leapt in to defend the role of the debugger in TDD, including James Robertson who explained (with video) how "living in the debugger" can lead to faster development. The level of outrage in the responses got too much for Giles, who had to delete a number of heated posts. Then Reddit picked up the story and fanned the flames.

So who's right here? Are debuggers a crutch for out-of-date coders, or the tool of choice for the best developers?"

Submission + - Zero-day exploit in PDF with Adobe Reader (youtube.com)

hankwang writes: Security researcher Petko Petkov, who is known for his recent discovery of a vulnerability with Quicktime in Firefox, claims to have discovered an exploit that allows arbitrary code execution when a maliciously crafted PDF document is opened in any version of Adobe Reader. Petkov did not disclose any technical details other than a video, but claims on his blog that Adobe has acknowledged the vulnerability. If this exploit goes wild, it could cause some serious problems, as PDFs are usually automatically opened from web browsers and widely used and trusted by corporate users. See also Petkov's original blog post [Coral cache].

Submission + - China Plays Trump Card In Format Wars. HD-DVD Wins (fastsilicon.com)

mrneutron2003 writes: A chinese national consortium (consisting of university engineers, government officials, and a chinese video standards group) alongside the DVD Forum (arbitor of the HD-DVD standard) have come to an agreement regarding the componentry to be used in China's forthcoming CH-DVD standard. Why is this an important development? Well, apart from esthetic differences such as encoding format (the chinese favor their own AVS codec), this means that a country with roughly 20% of the population of the earth is behind a standard that just so happens to be mechanically and optically favorable to HD-DVD. With chinese manufacturing capacity behind it, CH-DVD will obviously be a huge success in china. And with the chinese economy being what it is, prices for such a format have to be within the reach of it's citizenry. HD-DVD will be an obvious beneficiary of the economies of scale that will come into play here. It's still way too early to tell who will win the High Definition format war, with the two leading formats HD-DVD and BlueRay barely accounting for single digit percentages of worldwide video sales. Still, if history is to be our guide, one or the other of the formats will indeed "take off" once players cross the $200 and $100 price thresholds. With this new development, the liklihood that HD-DVD will get their first just jumped a few gazillion notches. http://www.fastsilicon.com/latest-news/china-plays -trump-card-in-format-wars.-hd-dvd-wins-by-def.htm l?Itemid=60

Submission + - Doctor Who goes on hiatus for a year (bbc.co.uk)

BigBadBus writes: "Looks like Dr.Who fans will have to go without their hero in 2009 after the BBC revealed the Time Lord will take a gap year. Might be a good idea considering the unpopular choice of Catherine Tate as the new companion. However, to please die-hard Whovians, there will be three specials in 2009."

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