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Programming

+ - Choosing the right configuration management tool->

Submitted by Kane132
Kane132 (2498264) writes "I am a recent computer engineering grad who has stumbled into the world of programming large custom Audio/Visual control systems. I work for a company which is relatively new to the field and am tasked with building our project life cycle. Part of this task is finding a configuration management tool to fit our unique needs. In AV programming we write proprietary code and work primarily in proprietary IDE's. We have very short project turnaround times which range from 1 week to a few months and rely heavily on code modules which are shared between projects. Programming teams for projects generally range from 1 to 3 programmers however we may have a dozen or more projects going on at any one time.

I am looking for a CM tool which has its own interface because the proprietary IDE's we use do not support integration. The tool should also support checking in and out a project workspace, checking in and out individual modules, version tracking, change management and some kind of module library. Ideally, I would like to associate modules in a library with a project workspace so that when someone pulls a workspace from the system, they are automatically given the latest compiled version of the modules associated with it.

What are some tools which would be worth researching for this?"

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Power

+ - Belgium to abolish nuclear power->

Submitted by
AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo writes "Belgium's political parties have reached a conditional agreement to shut down the country's two remaining nuclear power stations. Older reactors will be decommissioned by 2015, with the final closures happening before 2025. The exit is conditional on alternatives being available. "If it turns out we won't face shortages and prices would not skyrocket, we intend to stick to the nuclear exit law of 2003," a spokeswoman for Belgium's energy and climate ministry said."
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Comment: Re:If it moves.... (Score 1) 327

by dthable (#26960259) Attached to: Wisconsin Passes Digital Download Tax

Sadly I found that out too.

In 2007, I took a job in Seattle that paid more and offered better opportunities but because I lived 1/2 the year in WI I had to pay them taxes as if I earned my annual wages in WI. I think this year was the first time I actually enjoyed filling out my taxes just so I don't have to file a state return.

The only redeeming part of paying that last year in taxes to WI was being able to fill out their form on why I moved out of state. I just hope they don't mind seeing the work f*ck all over the form.

Security

+ - New Tool Automates Webmail Account Hijacks->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A pair of software tools demonstrated at the Black Hat security conference today automate the interception of cookie files transmitted over a wireless network that allow attackers to hijack accounts for Gmail, Hotmail, Facebook and a number of other Web 2.0 services, washingtonpost.com's Security Fix reports. From the story: "the attack works even if victims subsequently change their passwords, or actively sign out of their accounts. However, attackers would be unable to change the victim's password, as all of the above-named services force the user to reenter the current password before changing it to a new one.""
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Security

+ - Metasploit Framework 3.0 RELEASED!

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Metasploit
Metasploit writes "We are pleased to announce the immediate free availability of the Metasploit Framework version 3.0. Metasploit is a development platform for creating security tools and exploits. Version 3.0 contains 177 exploits 104 payloads 17 encoders and 3 nop modules. Additionally 30 auxiliary modules are included that perform a wide range of tasks including host discovery protocol fuzzing and denial of service testing.

HD Moore also gave an interview to Securityfocus to discuss what's new in release 3.0, the new license of the framework, plans for features and exploits development, and the links among the bad guys and Metasploit and the law. Here's a quote: "In the US, exploit regulation would kill research and lead to a degrading state of security for all US companies. Vendors patch because exploits are available, without "above ground" exploits that anyone can access, there is no motivation to patch flaws.""
Sony

+ - PSP 2.0 to be announced at E3?

Submitted by
marcellizot
marcellizot writes "It is starting to look increasingly like there probably is something going on at Sony regarding the PSP's future right now. Last week Sony's snubbing of the PSP at its big PlayStation Home announcement seemed too obvious an omission. Given some of the rumours Kotaku have managed to get their hands on today, it seems that last week's PSP free GDC presentation was less of an oversight and more an indication that there is some sort of question mark hanging the over PSP."
Microsoft

+ - Man sues MS after FBI uncovers smut surfing habits

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tech10171968
tech10171968 writes "A US man awaiting trial on firearms offences is suing Microsoft after FBI technicians found self-made sex videos and evidence that he frequented porn sites on his PC. Michael Alan Crooker, currently on remand in a Connecticut jail on charges of selling illegally modified firearms and possessing bomb-making equipment, is inflamed that security settings on his PC failed to prevent Federal agents from finding out about his smut-surfing habits."
Software

+ - Daylight saving patch in Java doesn't work

Submitted by mpp
mpp (18866) writes "According to the sun website, any Java servers that have been patched for DST need to be patched again, as the current solution doesn't work. http://www.theregister.com/2007/03/09/java_time_bu g/ The SunSolve page: http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetke y=1-26-102836-1 All that work you did patching your servers? Never mind! Do it all again, but in the next 48 hours..."
Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun releases last minute DST patch

Submitted by Yoik
Yoik (955095) writes "Sun says "Late-breaking News! The introduction of Olson Timezone (TZ) data, version 2005r or greater, may break backward compatibility for the Eastern, Hawaiian, and Mountain time zones, under certain circumstances. See Sun Alert 102836 for Java." on this page [sun.com]. Have a nice weekend!"
Announcements

+ - Spore Developer Says Wii Isn't Really a Piece of

Submitted by
njkid1
njkid1 writes "After suffering from a big case of foot-in-mouth-disease, Spore developer Chris Heckler humbly detracted his "Wii is a piece of shit" statement from his rant the other day. He has gone on record to say that he was just trying to be "thought provoking" and "fun," but somehow went a little overboard. In his detraction speech he also qualifies his comments by saying, "When I'm on stage, I'm me. I'm talking talk from me. From me. I'm not representing EA or Maxis. I want to make two things perfectly clear." He then went on to say that he applauds Nintendo for the innovation they've done with Wii and that, yes, he knows the company's committed to great games. Don't even want to know what kind of reaming Will Wright or the folks over a EA gave him over his mini tirade the other day http://gdc.gamedailyxl.com/2007/03/09/gdc-spore-de veloper-says-wii-isnt-really-a-piece-of-sh-and?&nc id=AOLGAM000500000000009"
Encryption

+ - CSS Managed Recording downloadable soon

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "According to an article from PC World, a source close to the CSS Managed Recording forum said that technology which allows movies to be downloaded and burned to blank DVDs, using the same content-protection system as commercial discs, received official approval on Thursday. From the PC World article: "The technology will require discs that are slightly different from the conventional DVD-Rs found in shops today. The burned discs will be compatible with the vast majority of consumer DVD players, according to the DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA), which proposed the technology. The DVD CCA is responsible for licensing the CSS (Content Scrambling System) copy-protection system used on most commercial DVDs. Despite Thursday's approval, services that allow consumers to legally download and burn movies in their own homes are unlikely to appear quickly. The DVD CCA said it will be initially restricted to professional uses. These might include kiosks in retail stores where consumers can purchase and burn discs in a controlled environment. The DVD Forum could not be reached for comment.""
Space

+ - Astronaut Has 'Wasabi Spill' in Space

Submitted by Sda~
Sda~ (1011153) writes "Astronauts are always are on guard against toxic spills that could contaminate the international space station But there is nothing in their training manuals about how to clean up flying wasabi. The spicy greenish condiment was squirted out of a tube while astronaut Sunita Williams was trying to make a pretend sushi meal with bag-packaged salmon. The three space station crew members are given a certain number of bonus packs of their favorite foods to help endure their months in space where most meals are the equivalent of military MREs."
Mars

+ - Scientist: Sun is Warming Both Earth and Mars

Submitted by
MCraigW
MCraigW writes "Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet's recent climate changes have a natural — and not a human-induced — cause. Earth is currently experiencing warming, which climate scientists say is due to humans pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Mars, too, appears to be enjoying more mild and balmy temperatures.

In 2005 data from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey missions revealed that the carbon dioxide "ice caps" near Mars's south pole had been diminishing for three summers in a row.

Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of the St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, says the Mars data is evidence that the current global warming on Earth is being caused by changes in the sun."
Windows

+ - Vista: More Installs or Uninstalls?

Submitted by
theStorminMormon
theStorminMormon writes "I recently got a new computer at work. Since we're a small company (about 30 employees) we get our computers from Dell and HP and others so this one came pre-loaded with Vista. The first thing we did was uninstall Vista and install XP Pro because we're not interested in dealing with the hassles of a new OS. My parents bought a computer as well this week, and it ships with Vista even though it's really not fast enough to run it (even without Aero). XP Pro will be going on that too. This got me thinking: are there more people uninstalling OEM copies of Vista than buying retail copies. Will this reverse-adoption ever show up in the press or in market penetration numbers?"

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