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Submission + - Do your developers have local admin rights? 6

plover writes: I work as a developer for a Very Large American Corporation. We are not an IT company, but have a large IT organization that does a lot of internal development. In my area, we do Windows development, which includes writing and maintaining code for various services and executables. A few years ago the Info Security group removed local administrator rights from most accounts and machines, but our area was granted exceptions for developers. My question is: do other developers in other large companies have local admin rights to their development environment? If not, how do you handle tasks like debugging, testing installations, or installing updated development tools that aren't a part of the standard corporate workstation?
Debian

Submission + - Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 Etch Released!

fdfisher writes: "It's official, Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 has been released! Code named Etch, the release supports a total of 11 architectures including amd64 and Intel EM64T (amd64). Etch features *lots* of updated software such as "K Desktop Environment 3.5 (KDE), an updated version of the GNOME desktop environment 2.14, the Xfce 4.4 desktop environment, the GNUstep desktop 5.2, X.Org 7.1, OpenOffice.org 2.0.4a, GIMP 2.2.13, Iceweasel (an unbranded version of Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.3), Icedove (an unbranded version of Mozilla Thunderbird 1.5), Iceape (an unbranded version of Mozilla Seamonkey 1.0.8), PostgreSQL 8.1.8, MySQL 5.0.32, GNU Compiler Collection 4.1.1, Linux kernel version 2.6.18, Apache 2.2.3, Samba 3.0.24, Python 2.4.4 and 2.5, Perl 5.8.8, PHP 4.4.4 and 5.2.0, Asterisk 1.2.13, and more than 18,000 other ready to use software packages. Etch also features a new graphical frontend to the installation process, out-of-the-box support for fully encrypted partitions, and an updated package manager, allowing the verification of the integrity of packages downloaded from somebody else's mirror."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - S.T.A.L.K.E.R. using unlicensed assets from Doom3?

segafreak writes: "ShackNews reports that S.T.A.L.K.E.R.:Shadow of Chernobyl may contain unlicensed assets from other commercial games such as Doom 3 and Half Life 2. Though this has yet to be confirmed by any of the developers involved, if true this would be somewhat worrying. Maybe its time to buy the game while its still on the shelves!"

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