writes: Google today disabled their webmaster tools after it was discovered that anyone could use the tool to remove any site from the google index.
The exploit was pretty simple, all anyone had to do was to have a google webmasters tool account and edit a query string parameter on a valid removal to point to a domain they didn't own/Link to Original Source
writes: Since its initial release the Microsoft MVC package has been free (as in gratis) with the source available on Microsoft's own open source hosting platform, CodePlex. Scott Guthrie blogged yesterday that it was now licensed under the MS-Pl, an OSI approved open source license. The MS-Pl has no platform restrictions and provides broad rights to modify and redistribute the source code. It's another example of toe dipping into open source with developer tools and platforms, MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework) is another .NET Framework component that's MS-PL, as is the DLR (Dynamic Language Runtime), IronRuby, the Ajax Control Toolkit and Silverlight Toolkit. WiX, a toolset to write install packages, is licensed under the Common Public License.
Is this now the start of a trend, with a major platforms released under an open source license? Does it make sense for developer tools to be open sourced without affecting their core business of selling operating systems and software?
writes: Back in the midsts of time, when I was a lad and gopher was the height of information retrieval I read The Anarchist's Cookbook in one huge text file. Now it appears the UK government considers possession of the book an offence under the Terrorism Act 2000 and is prosecuting a 17 year old boy, in part, for having a copy of the book.
writes: gnu is promoting ogg vorbis though www.playogg.com.
This is the perfect example of how not to do it; promoting a free audio format is laudable, but they promote it by suggesting to users that they .... download an entirely new media player.
iTunes users won't give up iTunes just for a codec. WMP users won't give up WMP just for a codec. In fact there are ways to get Ogg into those players; but what do GNU do? ignore how users currently work to push an open source media player along with the codec. This just is not realistic. There must be a better way, right?
writes: Kim Cameron, Microsoft's Identity Guy has discovered that Sony and Apple have changed the rules. The permissions for Bob Dylan's Modern Times, a Sony record, does not allow 6 tracks to be burnt to CD. Oh and it looks like you're not told about this until you try to burn ...