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+ - Gnome turns 10

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "GNOME project issued a press release announcing a "one month, world-wide celebration of GNOME's tenth anniversary begins this week, culminating in mid-September with Software Freedom Day and the release of GNOME 2.20."

In August 1997, Miguel de Icaza founded the "GNOME Desktop project" as a "free and complete set of user friendly applications and desktop tools [...] based entirely on free software.""
Operating Systems

+ - How Linux Became Usable

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "KernelTrap offers an informative look back in time at the November 1991 release of the 0.10 Linux kernel, continuing their historical series of articles about the early beginnings of Linux. Quite entertaining is a quote from Linus Torvalds talking about when he accidently deleted the Minix partition that he was developing Linux from, causing him to make Linux usable for more than just reading and posting to newsgroups. The article also discusses the creation of the linux-activists mailing list, offering browsable archives of that first Linux discussion forum, full of interesting gems. And finally it describes the first Linux distribution, MCC Interim, which was created and used by the University of Manchester to teach C programming and UNIX."

+ - Want to be a computer scientist? Forget maths->

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Coryoth writes "A new book is trying to claim that computer science is better off without maths. The author claims that early computing pioneers such as Von Neumann and Alan Turing imposed their pure mathematics background on the field, and that this has hobbled computer science ever since. He rejects the idea of algorithms as a good way to think about software. Can you really do computer science well without mathematics? And would you want to?"
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+ - Ron Paul More Cash On Hand Than McCain

Submitted by Lawrence_Bird
Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "Longshot Republican presidential hopeful and internet phenom Ron Paul (TX-14) reported today his campaign has more cash on hand ($2.4M) than does John McCain ($2M) and only slightly less than Mitt Romney ($3M excluding his personal loans). Paul's spokesman noted(nytimes) that most of the donations were via the internet and that Paul is able to run a much more frugal campaign (he has only 11 staffers) because of his wide spread support via sites such as youtube and meetup. The campaign was also the first to provide an iPhone specific platform to allow access to campaign materials."

+ - 2008: Year of the Linux Desktop

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rstrohmeyer writes "Over at Maximum PC, we're betting that Linux will pick up unprecedented momentum in the coming year. With phenomenal new distros, swelling international support, and a little extra momentum from Dell, we think Linux is poised to exploit the current atmosphere of doubt surrounding Vista and pick up serious traction in '08. But we want to know what you think. Head over and weigh in with your comments."
XBox (Games)

+ - Microsoft extends 360 warranty to 3 years->

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RamblinLonghorn writes "Microsoft announces that they are extending the warranty of all Xbox 360's to 3 years. This appears to be entirely retroactive and that "those who have already paid for such repair charges can expect reimbursement checks for the amount of their console repair." It seems as though Microsoft is accepting the blame for the hardware malfunctions, but it is worth noting that this warranty modification only applies in the "Red Rings of Death" situation."
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+ - Microsoft to release 6 security updates next week->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft will release six groups of security patches next week, including three critical updates for Windows and Excel users. The critical updates will fix bugs in many different versions of Microsoft's products including the latest versions of Excel, Windows XP, Vista and Windows Server 2003, Microsoft said. soft-to-release-six-security.html"
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+ - MS moves R&D to Canada due to immigration prob

Submitted by telso
telso (924323) writes "Microsoft will be opening a new software development centre in Vancouver because of difficulties getting workers into the US. The company said the centre will "allow the company to continue to recruit and retain highly skilled people affected by the immigration issues in the U.S." It seems regulations shrinking America's immigration quotas are shrinking America's tax and knowledge base."

+ - eBay pulls all ads off Google adwords US network->

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slashthedot writes "In another instance of deteriorating relations between the two companies, eBay last week pulled all its ads from Google Adwords US network. It happened after Google tried to lure eBay merchants into using its Checkout online transaction system that competes with eBay's PayPal. Google announced it would throw a party in Boston last Thursday evening, encouraging eBay merchants to gather at the Old South Meeting House, where in 1773 mass protest meetings were held, leading to the Boston Tea Party. eBay found Google's move to be in bad taste and, at some point after the party was announced, took the drastic measure of pulling all of its ads from Google's AdWords U.S. network. Google had to cancel the party after its executives apparently determined they had gone too far. mand=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9024659&pageNumber =1"

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+ - IIS overtakes Apache among Fortune 1000 sites

Submitted by El Lobo
El Lobo (994537) writes "If you think back a few years to IIS 5.0, the future for Microsoft's web server looked rather bleak. With IIS 6.0, Microsoft made "locked down" mode settings the default at installation, which helped minimize security problems, and helped IIS 6.0 recapture a major part of trust that IIS 5.0 lost. No major security disasters have been reported since the release of IIS 6.0. Now, Microsoft is looking to consolidate IIS 7.0's position as a secure and robust web server.

A recent market survey indicated that Microsoft's IIS has a 31.13 percent market share, which places it in second position behind the open source Apache Web Server. Another survey by Port80 Software that takes Fortune 1000 companies into consideration reports that IIS has overtaken Apache among Fortune 1000 sites."

+ - PHRACK 64 Released

Submitted by
The Circle of Lost Hackers
The Circle of Lost Hackers writes "Good news everyone: PHRACK is back ! From the introduction "As long as there is technology, there will be hackers. As long as there are hackers, there will be PHRACK magazine. We look forward to the next 20 years". This is how the PHRACK63 Introduction was ending, telling everybody that the Staff would have changed and to expect a relea se sometimes in 2006/2007. This is that release. This is the new staff.

Introduction by The Circle of Lost Hackers
Phrack Prophile of the new editors by The Circle of Lost Hackers
Phrack World News by The Circle of Lost Hackers
A brief history of the Underground scene by The Circle of Lost Hackers
Hijacking RDS TMC traffic information signal by lcars & danbia
Attacking the Core: Kernel Exploitation Notes by twiz & sgrakkyu
The revolution will be on YouTube by gladio
Automated vulnerability auditing in machine code by Tyler Durden
The use of set_head to defeat the wilderness by g463
Cryptanalysis of DPA-128 by sysk
Mac OS X Wars — A XNU Hope by nemo
Hacking deeper in the system by ankhara
The art of exploitation: Autopsy of cvsxpl by Ac1dB1tch3z
Know your enemy: Facing the cops by Lance
Remote blind TCP/IP spoofing by Lkm
Hacking your brain: The projection of consciousness by keptune
International scenes by Various"

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