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+ - Dpmt. of Homeland and Security wants key for DNS

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sorry bugger
sorry bugger writes "from the article: "The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which was created after the attacks on September 11, 2001 as a kind of overriding department, wants to have the key to sign the DNS root zone solidly in the hands of the US government. This ultimate master key would then allow authorities to track DNS Security Extensions (DNSSec) all the way back to the servers that represent the name system's root zone on the Internet. The "key-signing key" signs the zone key, which is held by VeriSign. At the meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Lisbon, Bernard Turcotte, president of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) drew everyone's attention to this proposal as a representative of the national top-level domain registries (ccTLDs)..." More under http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/87655"
Mozilla

+ - New Firefox Add-ons Site Launched with Sandbox

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johnnyc
johnnyc writes "Mozilla has just launched the new Add-ons site after being delayed several weeks. They have gone from having 2,500+ Firefox extensions available on the site to a meager 150. The ones that didn't quite make the cut have been put in what's called a Sandbox where they will remain until further approval. I noticed that CyberNet has some instructions on how to get into the Sandbox, which requires that you're a registered user. That's the only site that I have seen this mentioned on, and there doesn't seem to be an official announcement yet."
Java

+ - Identifying Antipatterns in Java using Metrics.

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An anonymous reader writes "Identifying Development Antipatterns in Java using Software Metrics.
Applying antipatterns to control development and maintenance, starts with identifying such elements. Given the volume of code, it is relatively difficult to manually find these artifacts. CodeSWAT propose a method to identify antipatterns in Java using software metrics. As software metrics are quality attributes of code (Java) elements, some metrics with a given threshold can identify the symptoms of an antipattern in those Java elements. Lets study how this can be accomplished, here we understand some development antipatterns with Java perspective and formulate an equation to find these antipatterns using automated software metrics.
  1. *The Blob
  2. *Spaghetti Code
  3. *Swiss Knife Classes
Read more ...
Lets discuss about it."
Microsoft

+ - Mysterious Bill Gates Recording Tracked Down

Submitted by Mitchell Bogues
Mitchell Bogues (1058890) writes "A 1-1/2 -hour recording of Bill Gates addressing a crowd of university students in the late '80s was recently found and digitised, and has been circulating the IRC channels for the past few weeks. While no one really seems to know exactly where the talk took place or who first put it online, the speech seems to have found a permanent home on the web page of the University of Waterloo CS Club.

The talk itself covers the past, present, and future of computing as of 1989. While the former two can be interesting to the high-tech historian, the real star is Bill Gates' prediction of computing yet to come. Like his legendary '640k' line, some of Gates' remarks are almost laughably off-mark ('OS/2 is the way of the future,' for one); and yet, by and large, he seems to have accurately prophesied an entire decade or two of soft- and hardware development. All in all, a fascinating talk from, it seems, one of the most powerful speakers in CS and IT."
Encryption

+ - Legal Battle For AACS Begins

Submitted by henrypijames
henrypijames (669281) writes "As widely expected, the MPAA has learned nothing from the debacle of its failed prosecution against DVD Jon (of DeCSS) and is now releasing its army of lawyers to fight against the circumvention of AACS (the successor of CSS): Upon the reception of a DMCA takedown notice, SourceForge has immediately terminated its hosting of BackupHDDVD (a tool to backup HD DVD movies, as its suggestes). The project leader is seeking advice on how to proceed."
Businesses

+ - Stock Market Drop Blamed on Computer Error

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WebHostingGuy
WebHostingGuy writes "Today the Dow Jones Industrial Index dropped a little over 3% in value. Stock market swings come and go but it is interesting that the sudden drop in the stock market is the result of a computer glitch. According to MSNBC, the computers running were not properly calculating trades. This led to the switch to a backup system which led to several seconds delay which impacted the Dow. Even now after the close of the market spokesmen for the NYSE Group Inc. could not confirm if all closing share prices were even valid."
The Internet

+ - Comcast challenges FCC over subscriber limits

Submitted by illeism
illeism (953119) writes "Ars Technica is reporting that Comcast is challenging the FCC over subscriber limits.
FTA — Comcast has decided to challenge the Federal Communications Commission's "unofficial" cap on cable system ownership. In a filing earlier this month, Comcast criticized the FCC's 30 percent horizontal ownership cap, saying that limits on how many subscribers a given cable operator can service are no longer necessary."
Toys

+ - New Rubik's puzzle released; no twisting required

Submitted by PuzzleBoy
PuzzleBoy (666) writes "The first review of the Rubik's Revolution has hit the net. Although the new toy resembles a traditional Rubik's cube, it works in a totally different way, no twisting needed. That's going to cause some confusion around the office. From the article: "My first thought—and I know I won't be alone in this—was to twist it in the traditional Rubik's Cube way. Nothing doing—this cube is a Rubik's in name and basic design only. The decision to package this electronic toy inside the iconic cube seems to be a marketing one: if it didn't have the Rubik's name attached to it, would we all be talking about the toy as much as we are?" Is a light game a worthy successor to the iconic Cube of yore?"
United States

+ - Digital Fair Use bill introduced to US House

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An anonymous reader writes "Ars Technica reports that "US Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA) and John Doolittle (R-CA) today announced the Freedom And Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship Act of 2007 (FAIR USE Act). The bill's aim is to help put an end to the madness circulating around the general imbalance that has befallen copyright in recent years.""

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