An anonymous reader writes: Newsforge has an article on a new source code search engine, All The Code which has just launched a public alpha. According to the article, unlike previous generations of source code search engines (such as koders and google codesearch) this new engine "looks at how code is used" to help determine the relevance. The idea being that if a library is used more frequently in a certain context, it is probably more relevant than a less popular library. Unfortunately only supports Java for the time being, but the faq indicates they will be adding more languages once the alpha is completed. I wonder if the other players will adopt this method?
tonymercmobily writes: "There is a strong ethical motive behind free software. Programmers and
users seem to love the collaborating spirit. But there is also a dark
side: what if free software is used to help wars? The
article talks about the use of free software and war, giving a list of
(worrying) examples. Should the GPL 3.0 disallow the use of GPL software
in war and weapons"
An Anonymous Tank writes: "The Debian Router project by Vadim Berkgaut has been around for a bit now, but InfoWorld is writing about it in the story Secure Linux Appliances in the Enterprise. The Debian Router project home page seems geared towards use as a basic Linux router, but the InfoWorld article outlines a lot of alternative uses for the Debian Router Project. Also, Vadim has made some major updates to the project in the past 8 months which gave it an improved build process and support for booting from compact flash, disk-on-module, or USB flash drives."
from the in-the-nick-of-time dept.
1.6 Beta writes "Landon Fuller, the Mac programmer/Darwin developer behind the 'month of Apple fixes' project, plans to expand the initiative to roll out zero-day patches for issues that put Mac OS X users at risk of code execution attacks. The former engineer in Apple's BSD Technology Group has already shipped a fix for a nasty flaw in Java's GIF image decoder and hints an an auto-updating mechanism for the third-party patches. The article quotes him as saying, 'Perhaps [it could be] the Mac OS equivalent to ZERT,' referring to the Zero-day Emergency Response Team."
Panaqqa writes: "One of the browsers I need occasionally is Internet Explorer 7, complete with its new security features. Today, for the first time, I saw a green address bar reflecting "Class 2 Certification" — GoDaddy had it. Am I alone in my ominous feeling that somewhere down the road, this green address bar will become an expectation for the general public using an ecommerce site, giving an advantage to only incorporated businesses who can afford the large cost?"
bdonalds writes: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL has nixed a church's plans to use a wall projector to show the Colts-Bears Super Bowl game, saying it would violate copyright laws.
NFL officials spotted a promotion of Fall Creek Baptist Church's "Super Bowl Bash" on the church Web site last week and overnighted a letter to the pastor demanding the party be canceled, the church said.
Divebus writes: REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — A Microsoft Corp. executive responsible for its newly launched Zune digital music player will leave the company.
The software maker said the departure of Bryan Lee, a corporate vice president in Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division, was for personal reasons and "absolutely not" related to sales of the music player, which came out in mid-November to soft reviews.
Right. Absolutely nothing to do with it. Never crossed their minds.
This is the second attempt by a big company to censor, even shut down, their critics using these baseless copyright claims, the first being ABC's attempt to unplug autoshowshutdown.org. Luckily in both cases, EFF has come to the rescue."
from the fits-a-different-lock dept.
acousticiris writes "Many (if not all) users who took advantage of Microsoft's Vista Family Discount have been issued invalid installation keys and cannot install Windows Vista Home Premium. Microsoft says, 'There is no expected time period for a fix at this time.' According to the article, the keys are valid for something, just not Windows Vista. Perhaps it's just too simple to issue these folks new keys and send them on their way."
An anonymous reader writes: Recently, news broke that Vista's DRM dubbed Protected Media Pathway had been defeated. Now Alex Ionescu, who discovered the flaw in PMP has been interviewed with the P2P news site Slyck.com.
een625 writes: "Journalist: Let's imagine a hospital where life support systems are running Vista. Would you trust it with your life?
Bill Gates: Security has been the top priority for Microsoft for quite some time...
The answer to your question is that, absolutely, Vista is the most secure operating system we've ever done, and if it's administered properly, absolutely, it can be used to run a hospital or any kind of mission crytical thing.
Full interview here"
from the enjoy-the-side-of-the-road-suckers dept.
An anonymous reader writes "ZDNet's Steve O'Hear opens old wounds for Flickr veterans. 'An email dropped into my in-box yesterday from Yahoo. Titled "Flickr: Update for Old Skool members", the message went on to explain that Yahoo was discontinuing the old email-based Flickr sign-in system and that from March the 15th, all users will be required to have a Yahoo ID to sign-in to Flickr. It was one of those déjà vu moments when I thought, hang on a minute, haven't we been here before?. And of course we have.' Yahoo tried to pull this stunt almost two years ago, after it first acquired Flickr. So why open up old wounds? Yahoo say it is to make the service easier to manage as they add new features, such as localization. Many users are calling this BS, saying it's all about Yahoo marketing its other properties to Flickr's user-base. Much of the criticism is being lead by a prominent user named Thomas Hawk who also happens to be CEO of Zooomr, a direct competitor to Flickr."