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+ - Small Project Lockout Code to Ensure Dev Payment

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "What do people use on small-scale projects (non contractual) such as web sites and data processing scripts to ensure payment? I work almost exclusively with scripting languages such as Perl and Python and wonder if there is any "standard" way to obfuscate self-destruct routines that render the software useless after a short period of time. The method needs to be simple, yet not "easily" broken by your average office IT worker by simply editing out the code or resetting a system clock. Ideally, there would be something that after so many uses would lock out the code, followed up by a MD5 sum checker that would further lock it out if any changes were made to the target script. Any ideas?"
Security

+ - Preventing a Brute Force or Dictionary Attack

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A comprehensive article on how to prevent web applications brute force attacks: "To understand and then combat a brute force attack, also known as a dictionary attack, we must start by understanding why it might be an appealing tool for a hacker. To a hacker, anything that must be kept under lock and key is probably worth stealing. If your Web site (or a portion of it) requires a user to login and be authenticated, then the odds are good that a hacker has tried to break into it.""
Classic Games (Games)

+ - Angband GPL dream almost real

Submitted by konijn
konijn (468380) writes "Angband is together with Nethack and ADOM one of the 5 big roguelikes. Ever since january 20, 1997 the maintainers have been dual licensing their code and now we are looking to find the last of the missing contributors to get it 100% GPL. We need your help to find these last people and get them to support our GPL initiative! You can find more information here : http://entai.co.uk/projects/angband/opensource/ , the list of missing people is here : http://entai.co.uk/projects/angband/opensource/lis t.html"
Microsoft

+ - Vista Beta Users Get First Taste of DRM

Submitted by
darkonc
darkonc writes "Some people testing Microsoft's Windows Vista got an unexpected holiday surprise: their TVs stopped working.... Microsoft blames this on the fact that they only licensed the MPEG2 CODED for RC1 until the end of 2006 (Beta users were told that the software was good until April), but even people with third party decoders can't access their content (both live and stored). This is how "Trusted Computing" is supposed to work. If somebody in Redmond (or elsewhere) decides that you can't use certain content, nothing that you try to do should allow you access — Owning the content, or obtaining the rights by some other path, is no defense.

5 million people downloaded RC1, and some have access to Vista Final or RC2 (100K copies downloaded). The rest will have to wait until the end of January to access their suddenly banned content."
Microsoft

+ - Dark Corners of the OpenXML Standard

Submitted by
Standard Disclaimer
Standard Disclaimer writes "Most here on Slashdot know that Microsoft released its OpenXML specification to counter ODF and to help preserve its market position, but most people probably aren't aware of all the interesting legacy code the OpenXML specification has brought to light. This article by Rob Weir details many of the crazy legacy features in the dark corners of OpenXML. As it concludes after analyzing specification requirements like suppressTopSpacingWP, "so not only must an interoperable OOXML implementation first acquire and reverse-engineer a 14-year old version of Microsoft Word, it must also do the same thing with a 16-year old version of WordPerfect.""

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