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Submission + - Redhat sued for Patent Infringement

tqft writes: "
"The first ever patent infringement litigation regarding Linux. Here's the patent, for those who can look at it without risk. If in doubt, don't. "
For those who can without fear read a patent:,072,412

"Plaintiffs IP Innovation and Technology Licensing Corp. claim to have the rights to U.S. Patent No. 5,072,412 for a User Interface with Multiple Workspaces for Sharing Display System Objects issued Dec. 10, 1991 along with two other similar patents.

Get your game faces on. Party Time."

Time Running Out for Public Key Encryption 300

holy_calamity writes "Two research teams have independently made quantum computers that run the prime-number-factorising Shor's algorithm — a significant step towards breaking public key cryptography. Most of the article is sadly behind a pay-wall, but a blog post at the New Scientist site nicely explains how the algorithm works. From the blurb: 'The advent of quantum computers that can run a routine called Shor's algorithm could have profound consequences. It means the most dangerous threat posed by quantum computing - the ability to break the codes that protect our banking, business and e-commerce data - is now a step nearer reality. Adding to the worry is the fact that this feat has been performed by not one but two research groups, independently of each other. One team is led by Andrew White at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and the other by Chao-Yang Lu of the University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei.'"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Google Employee Hides Easter Eggs in Translator (

InvisblePinkUnicorn writes: "I was looking up information on a painting of Ivan the Terrible, and needed to translate some pages from Russian. Babelfish was working alright, but Google Translate seemed more convenient. It was then that I noticed something strange — every page translated by Google replaced one form of Ivan's Russian name with "Abraham Lincoln". For example: this brief biography. Did Google create its translation table inhouse, or outsource it from some other company? Can anyone else find similar examples of this?"

Submission + - Types of Testing / Testing Techniques : John M's B (

johnm.266 writes: "Types of Testing ... its very common for folks in Testing, to encounter terms related to various "Types of Testing" and oftentimes, relatively new comers to Testing tend to wonder if Testing has sufficient challenges and breadth to it ... well, both as a concise one stop list of the different types of testing as well as a good reference point to begin exploring the wide & vast expanse of the Software Testing domain, i'm hopeful that this blog post could serve as a humble starting point. esting_testing_techniques"
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Journal Journal: Adobe Acrobat is Spyware (not a surprise) 2

I'm posting this because I don't know what else to do with it. I've found some obvious spyware behavior with recent Acrobat Reader updates (actually, they probably go back at least to V7), but can't find anything on them via Google. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's noticed this, so it must be a plot.


Submission + - New software development website with API (

Till Bay writes: "We at ETH Zurich have built a Sourceforge-like software development website that has an XML-RPC API. It is open source, but you can host both open and closed source projects for free.
  • Wiki pages with WikiMedia Syntax (public and private pages)
  • Subversion repository with UI
  • Issue tracking
  • Blog, forum, comments, screenshots
  • Simple user management
  • Release management and mirroring
  • XML-RPC API for integrating the platform into other applications
  • Plug-Ins for Eclipse, Visual Studio and EiffelStudio, allowing interaction with the plattform directly from within the IDE
  • free hosting of open- and closed-source projects
Create a user and register projects here:"


Submission + - Skype blames Microsoft Patch Tuesday for Outage (

brajesh writes: "Skype has blamed its outage over the last week on Microsoft's Patch Tuesday. FTA — "The abnormally high number of restarts affected Skype's network resources. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the lack of peer-to-peer network resources, prompted a chain reaction that had a critical impact." Previsously, it was speculated that Skype outage may have been caused by a Russian hack attempt. Further FTA- "The issue has now been identified explicitly within Skype. We can confirm categorically that no malicious activities were attributed or that our users' security was not, at any point, at risk." Butterfly effect?"

Submission + - Identity/ID Theft Trojan on ( 2

Ant writes: "Broadband Reports report an InformationWeek story on security researchers' finds that the popular job site was being widely used for identity (ID) theft. Hackers are placing fake advertisements/ads, on the site, that infect computers running Windows. The Trojan takes information that job seekers place online which includes social security numbers. The scam is one of the biggest of its kind and could affect over 100,000 identities..."

Submission + - Blogger Finds Y2K Bug in NASA Climate Data (

Moschaef writes: NASA has now silently released corrected figures, and the changes are truly astounding. The warmest year on record is now 1934. 1998 (long trumpeted by the media as record-breaking) moves to second place. 1921 takes third. In fact, 5 of the 10 warmest years on record now all occur before World War II.

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