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Security

+ - Why high level languages are potentially dangerous

Submitted by
insane_coder
insane_coder writes "The Insane Coding Blog has a nice story up about wether one can trust their applications. An interesting point from the article: "Not using a high level compiler or virtual machine gives us a layer of security in that it would be harder for one to pass out an 'evil compiler' that would understand what the developer was trying to do and instead have it do something malicious." If you're wondering where your 'evil compiler' would come from, "If you're using a Linux distro which offers binary packages, what really stops a package maintainer from compiling a modified application and putting that in the distro's repositories?""
Media

+ - Internet without the World Wide Web

Submitted by
kiyoshilionz
kiyoshilionz writes "As some of the older techies will note, there was an Internet before the World Wide Web. I'm doing some history research on the transition from the Internet without the World Wide Web to its exponential growth following the introduction of Mosaic. Are there any Slashdot users that are old enough to have been around during the pre-WWW Internet? Or witnesses to the post-Mosaic boom? Perhaps even someone who was a developer who made it happen? I'd like any firsthand account of the birth of the World Wide Web or the popularity of the Mosaic browser."
Google

+ - Gmail accidentally disables accounts

Submitted by
rockypg
rockypg writes "Gmail seems to have disabled several accounts, accidentally. Affected users are seeing cryptic messages about "lockdown on sector 6". What's interesting is that several users posting on that thread are complaining that important client information or presentations are locked up in their Gmail accounts and that their business is affected due to the outage."
Java

+ - The Implications of Free Java

Submitted by dsginter
dsginter (104154) writes "Last November, when Sun announced that they would be adopting GPLv2 licensing for Java, I expected somewhat of a bigger splash. Is this truly a non-event or does the assumption of such a robust tool set on GNU systems change the landscape? What happens to LAMP? Will Tomcat move in as the web server du jour? Can PHP finally die? What about the venerable Portable Operating System Interface? It seems like there is a lot of room that could be filled by this move."
Media

+ - Zell Buys Tribune Co., Accuses Google of Stealing

Submitted by
NewsCloud
NewsCloud writes "After buying Tribune Co. last week, Sam Zell told The Stanford Daily:

"If all of the newspapers in America did not allow Google to steal their content for nothing, what would Google do?" he asked. "We have a situation today where effectively the content is being paid for by the newspapers and stolen by Google, etcetera. That can last for a short time, but it can't last forever. I think Google and the boys understand that. We're going to see new deals and new formulas in the media space that reflect the reality of cost benefit."
None of this makes sense to me:

If newspapers don't want to share their headlines and abstracts, stop publishing RSS feeds. Furthermore, if you don't want Google News to crawl your content, exclude them in your robots.txt file. Google News has no ads. It's just using freely available material to drive traffic and potential revenue to newspaper Web sites. This represents a business opportunity. Perhaps not seeing this is why the newspapers are failing. Republishing 80 pixel square photos with material from public RSS feeds is not the same thing as hosting episodes of TV shows on YouTube.
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GNU is Not Unix

+ - OpenBSD in a GPL violation?

Submitted by
Yenya
Yenya writes "In a message sent to OpenBSD developers as well as the linux-wireless and bcm43xx-devel lists, Michael Buesch, the main developer of the Linux bcm43xx driver for Broadcom WiFi devices, wrote:

[...]We believe that you might have directly copied code out of bcm43xx (licensed under GPL v2), without our explicit permission, into bcw (licensed under BSD license). There are implementation details in bcm43xx that appear exactly the same in bcw. These implementation details clearly don't come from the open specifications at bcm-specs.sipsolutions.net or bcm-v4.sipsolutions.net.
The bcm43xx driver is being developed as a clean room design, based on the reverse-enginered specs, created by another team. As it seems now, the bcw driver in question might just be removed from the OpenBSD source."
Google

+ - Top Reasons Why Google Enterprise Apps Will Fail

Submitted by
seanj
seanj writes "OSWeekly gives a number of reasons why Google will probably fail with its enterprise applications. "To Google fans, I can see where this may be seen as spectacular news. But to the skeptics, such as myself, I believe it's going to prove difficult at best. Why the harsh outlook? Because this has been part of the Microsoft domain for so long that I don't believe that IT managers are ready to make the leap of faith that Google needs to kick start things with. Then again, Google could be closer than I initially thought..."
Hardware Hacking

+ - The Incredible Shrinking Engine

Submitted by Somnus
Somnus (46089) writes "In the latest issue of MIT's Technology Review , researchers describe how they can dramatically boost engine output and efficiency by preventing pre-ignition, or 'knock:'

... Both turbocharging and direct injection are preexisting technologies, and neither looks particularly impressive ... by combining them, and augmenting them with a novel way to use a small amount of ethanol, Cohn and his colleagues have created a design that they believe could triple the power of a test engine ...
Why didn't I think of this?"
Announcements

+ - Merrill Lynch: 30% of U.S. Households to Own Wii b

Submitted by
njkid1
njkid1 writes "According to a report in the Financial Times, the Wii's sales momentum is so strong that some analysts have upgraded their long-term outlooks for the console. Nintendo's new console just came off a very strong performance in January, easily selling more consoles than either the Xbox 360 or Sony's PS3. http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=1530 9&ncid=AOLGAM000500000000022"
Displays

+ - HDCP prevents PC from playing 1080p on TV

Submitted by
motherball
motherball writes "Will hardware manufacturers and the movie industry stop at nothing to fight the consumer? An article in EDN mentions that newer TVs deliberately do not include the common HDMI connector but instead have the HDCP (high-bandwidth digital content-protection) connector which is intended to make it impossible to hook up your PC to your TV and render 1080p! Who stands to gain from this? Doesn't the consumer (I hate that word) have any rights?"
HP

+ - HP voids warrenty if linux is installed

Submitted by ShadowHywind
ShadowHywind (1028398) writes "Having Hardware failures, I decided to call the HP tech support for help. They asked If i Had any other operating System installed, other then Windows. Because I duel boot, I said yes, I have linux and windows installed. He then quickly stated that If you install another operating system other then Windows, It will void your warranty. I quickly hung up the phone hoping that he wouldn't create a file sense i am working on month 4 of 3 years of my warranty. Is it right for a company to void a warranty just because you decide to install something other then windows?"

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