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+ - Perl Survey->

Submitted by
thefotios
thefotios writes "The Perl Survey is attempting to take a snapshot of the Perl world as it currently stands. Whether you're a web developer, sysadmin, or using Perl for scientific research or finance or just tracking your DVD collection, we'd love to hear about it.

We're trying to answer questions like:

        * Where do Perl programmers come from?
        * What sort of fields do they work in?
        * What languages — computer and spoken — do Perl programmers use?
        * How many use Perl as their primary language?
        * What proportion of Perl users participate in the Perl community through mailing lists, user groups, and conferences?

It only takes about 5 minutes to complete.

The survey will be open until September 30th, 2007. After that, we'll be
reporting on the results and making the data freely available."

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+ - Smashing The "Modern" Stack For Fun And Pr

Submitted by
Donald C. Donzal
Donald C. Donzal writes "Craig J. Heffner writes in his article on the Ethical Hacker Network, "When it comes to buffer overflows, 'Smashing The Stack For Fun And Profit' by Aleph One is still the first resource many people are directed towards, and for good reason; it is thorough, well written, and chock-full of examples. However, the GNU C Compiler (gcc) has evolved since 1998, and as a result, many people are left wondering why they can't get the examples to work for them, or if they do get the code to work, why they had to make the changes that they did. Having these same problems myself, and being unable to find an updated version of Aleph One's document on the web, I set out to identify the source of these variations on my own. I have taken the liberty of writing this paper to share my findings with others who are experiencing the same problems I did, but it is meant only to be a modern supplement to Aleph One's paper. You should read Smashing The Stack first, as it is assumed that you understand the concepts and code presented there, as well as some standard buffer overflow techniques." http://www.ethicalhacker.net/content/view/122/2/"
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Cure Space Madness with Duct Tape, Tranqs

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "Concerns were raised about astronaut instability after the breakdown of Lisa Nowak but NASA already has detailed written procedures for this scenario: Duct Tape. That's right, the universal "fixes everything but marriages" silver strip of stickiness is apparently the answer when your crewmate's going ape. From the article, "The documents, obtained this week by The Associated Press, say the astronaut's crewmates should bind his wrists and ankles with duct tape, tie him down with a bungee cord and inject him with tranquilizers if necessary." Well, I'm glad NASA thought of everything!"

New crypt. See /usr/news/crypt.

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