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+ - Who thinks Firehose software is working right? 6

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NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "I find the Firehose software to be infuriating. It seems to have no 'stickiness' but constantly reverts to other views and searches than what I was looking at. I'm about ready to give up on it unless they tell me they recognize it's dumb and are doing something to make it work right. Am I the only one who feels this way?"
Networking

+ - SPAM: Storage revolution shuffling IT jobs

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "The growing flood of data that enterprises create and consume is doing more than giving rise to new storage technologies. It's also changing who is responsible for storage within IT departments. Now, with network-attached storage, storage-area networks, virtualization and other technologies shifting information and processing around within enterprises, a variety of changes are happening in the storage adminstration ranks. "With the sheer complexity of some companies' information infrastructures, you wonder whether one person can really get their hands around it all," says Pund-IT analyst Charles King."
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Patents

+ - Comparison of IBM, Sun, Microsoft patent covenants->

Submitted by harlows_monkeys
harlows_monkeys (106428) writes "Here is a side-by-side listing of Microsoft's patent covenant for their XML document formats, Sun's patent covenant for ODF, IBM's patent covenant for ODF, and Microsoft's Open Specification Promise. The corresponding sections from each are colored the same, to make comparison of exactly what each grants and does not grant easier. There's been a lot of talk about some of these licenses recently, and whether they are safe or not. Hopefully, this side-by-side comparison will make it easier for people to figure out for themselves what the licenses mean and whether or not they are safe."
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Software

+ - Orrin Hatch - Software copyright violater-> 2

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fudreporter
fudreporter writes "Wired.com has an article referring to comments Senator Orrin Hatch(R-Utah) made about downloading copyrighted material from the Internet... Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) suggested Tuesday that people who download copyright materials from the Internet should have their computers automatically destroyed. But Hatch himself is using unlicensed software on his official website, which presumably would qualify his computer to be smoked by the system he proposes. The senator's site makes extensive use of a JavaScript menu system developed by Milonic Solutions, a software company based in the United Kingdom. The copyright-protected code has not been licensed for use on Hatch's website. "It's an unlicensed copy," said Andy Woolley, who runs Milonic. "It's very unfortunate for him because of those comments he made.""
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User Journal

Journal: Microsoft's Patch Tuesday to be Biggest for a While

Journal by jginspace

After a few relatively quiet months on the patch front we're back to the good old days with a bumper issue of security bulletins coming up. Microsoft releases patches in a bundle on the second Tuesday of each month and according to the Advance Notification, we should expect 7 patches rated as 'critical' and 5 rated as 'important' next week.

Books

+ - SPAM: IT pros mad as hell about new Carr book

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "IT professionals are mad as hell about Nicholas Carr's new book, "The Big Switch: Rewiring the World from Edison to Google," which predicts the demise of the corporate IT department and its replacement by utility computing. "This article proves that Nicholas Carr can still get a book published regardless...of his extreme lack of knowledge of logic, business, economics and information technology," says one writer, who calls Carr "a talentless hack with an English Lit degree.''"
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The Internet

General Motors Embraces Open Source for New Community Site 80

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the let-em-have-it dept.
An anonymous reader writes "GM has introduced a new website called GMnext. The site utilizes Wordpress and launching in spring a Wiki allowing General Motors to get better feedback on topics such as energy, design and technology from the community. The interesting part is the executives at GM are participating in the collaborative website. 'We're starting our second century at a time of fundamental change in the auto industry,' said GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner. 'We'll use GMnext to introduce some of our ideas for addressing critical issues concerning energy, the environment and globalization. In the process, we also hope to spark a broader, global discussion on these important topics.'"
Star Wars Prequels

+ - Boy defends mother with Jedi weapon

Submitted by
terrymr
terrymr writes "An 11-year-old boy has used a toy lightsabre to chase off a man who abused his mother in an English village.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, verbally abused and punched the boy's mother, provoking the Star Wars-style attack, British newspaper The Sun reported."
Television

+ - HD-DVD or Blu-Ray: which is more F/OSS friendly?

Submitted by filbranden
filbranden (1168407) writes "I'm no expert on the formats for hi-def DVDs, and I have no opinion on which is better. But I wonder which of them is more open and friendlier to F/OSS. That means, which of them has less DRM, which is less patent-encumbered, are there open source software players for any of them? HD-DVD? Blu-Ray? Both? None of them?"
Privacy

+ - Bulgaria Beats US in respecting privacy->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "http://blogs.computerworld.com/u_s_at_the_bottom_of_the_barrel_when_it_comes_to_privacy Yes, Privacy International Rate the old US of A as one of the most intrusive and least respectful governments in the world. The fact that Bulgaria respects the privacy of its citizens more that the US does is sad. In fact we rank alongside China, who thoughtfully censors internet content for its citizens. Don't shake your head about that, because H.R 1955 aka the "Thought Crime" bill finds that the internet is a constant source of terrorist propaganda bombarding the helpless American citizens. In the testimony for this bill, horrifying terrorist propaganda websites, such as http://911truth.org/ were held as prime examples of this campaign of terror that threatens the American citizen. Funny, I just thought the website talked about inconsistency in the Government's explaination of the 9/11 attack on the Word Trade Center. I guess the government thinks anyone who challenges their explanation of this incident must be a terrorist. Historically speaking, 9/11 reminds me of another incident. The German Parliament building was burned down, and the Chancellor Hitler accused Communist terrorists of destroying the building, despite evidence that Hitler's goons set the fire. Soon Hitler got laws passed erasing the rights of German citizens. Result, 6 Million Jews murdered and 50 or 60 million dead in a world war. But that couldn't happen here in America, I mean would we pass a law creating a secret police that could torture people and hold them without trial? http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-1955"
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Internet Explorer

+ - What the CIA really thinks of Internet Explorer 3

Submitted by
Mike
Mike writes "Ever wonder what the CIA really thinks of Microsoft's Internet Explorer? How about just viewing the source of some of their javascript programs. When defining variables to define the browser the client uses, the CIA is very specific. Just look at the javascript source for the program found here: https://www.cia.gov/kids-page/games/break-the-code/code-1.html and you will see the CIA is telling the kiddies of the world that Microsoft's Internet Explorer is: bugRiddenCrashPronePieceOfJunk.

Here is the sample code:
var bugRiddenCrashPronePieceOfJunk=(navigator.userAgent.indexOf('MSIE 5')!=-1&&navigator.userAgent.indexOf('Mac')!=-1)

Nice. At the very least, you see how the CIA views the browser."
Internet Explorer

+ - Vista + IE7 + Plugins = deleted desktop 1

Submitted by edishere
edishere (1089121) writes "It seems that if you have any version of Vista, and use IE7 with some auto-installed plugins and you visit some sites and click on a link.... you might delete your desktop. I was quite amazed by this behavior. I was notified about the issue when a friend visted a local news site ksl.com (WARNING: clicking here may damage your computer) and clicked on a video link and he noticed that every file (not shortcuts) was deleted from his desktop. Not sure what the underlying bug is, but it seems that the media supplied by the site gets invoked by some media player that probably has some buffer overflow issue or something that deletes all files from your desktop and adds random files to your desktop (as if it were a temp directory or something). I have confirmed this with other users, it seems to affect any version of Vista. All you have to do is click on a video link and your desktop is "auto deleted" for you. I wonder if this is a new key Vista feature that borrows the ideas of that annoying popup "There are unused icons on your desktop"?"

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