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Programming

Practical Reasons To Choose Git Or Subversion? 667

Posted by kdawson
from the while-we're-at-it-do-you-like-vi-or-emacs dept.
markmcb writes "I develop Rails applications and recently followed my lemming herd and made the switch to Git after learning some of the practical advantages Git offers over Subversion. As I'm sure there are many die-hard Subversion fans in the Slashdot audience, I'm curious what your key reasons are for sticking with Subversion. If possible, I'd like reasons that apply to 'most of the time' as opposed to arguments based on obscure features that may get used only a few times ever."
Power

+ - Ultra-High Capacity Lithium-Ion Batteries

Submitted by Wdi
Wdi (142463) writes "Currently, lithium-ion is the standard for high-density rechargeable batteries. Nevertheless, portable devices still run out of power far too quickly, or are too heavy because of battery bulk. Not much progress has been made in the last years to improve the capacity/weight ratio.

Until now. Chemical & Engineering News report about the development of breakthrough new LiIon battery cathode materials which have a sustained (repeated charge/discharge cycles) capacity/weight ratio nearly twice as high as LiCoO2, the standard cathode material.

Since the cathode is by far the heaviest part of a LiIon battery, this could lead to significantly lighter or more powerful batteries."
Microsoft

+ - Two-Step Windows Vista UAC Hack Published

Submitted by
FutureDomain
FutureDomain writes "PC World has an article about how security researchers have developed a way to bypass Vista's UAC. The attack involves installing malicious code with a lower-level program and adding an "executable stub" that is started instead of another higher-level program. When the higher program is run, the malicious code gets to run with the higher program's integrity level. This works because all installers are run with administrator privileges."
Sci-Fi

+ - World's first web-only Sci-Fi series launched

Submitted by adinu79
adinu79 (860333) writes "The creators of Sanctuary call it The first broadcast caliber online Sci-Fi series. The website provides a trailer for the series and also an online store where you can download the episodes for $1.99 in different formats. You can view the first webisode (and the next 3 when available) for free through the Sanctuaryfans.com website

The series is dealing with the supernatural, the story revolving in a world full of vampires, werewolves and zombies. Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-1's Carter) is starring and also acting as Executive Producer for the series. Also Starring is David Hewlett (Rodney McKay from Stargate Atlantis). The show's creator is Stargate SG-1 writer Damian Kindler."
The Courts

+ - RIAA Defends "Expert", says "everyone

Submitted by
NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Arguing that "everyone in his field proceeds the same way that he did", and that "there is no other way to do what he did" (pdf), the RIAA opposes Ms. Lindor's motion to exclude the testimony of Dr. Doug Jacobson at trial based on Dr. Jacobson's deposition testimony in which he admitted that neither his work, nor that of MediaSentry, upon which he relied, had any of the ordinary indicia of "reliability" required of expert testimony in federal court."
Businesses

+ - Can you punish your users?

Submitted by beerdini
beerdini (1051422) writes "Every company that I have worked for has an employee technology agreement that everyone that uses a computer needs to sign off on. The agreement usually says that failure to follow the rules will result in the termination of technology privileges. Has anyone ever worked at a place that actually has removed someone's technology privileges for a violation? In my opinion, doing this would be more a punishment for the person's co-workers since they would have to make up for that person's lost privileges, and management is usually unwilling to enforce the guidelines that they've spent countless hours discussing and printing on those documents that they make everyone sign. Are there any realistic forms of "punishment" that IT staff can enforce to teach their users to stop doing the things that are a violation of the workplace policy? Techniques that after getting proper authorization from supervisors that would punish the violating user but still allow them to perform the duties of their job?"
Censorship

+ - Dreamhost removes access to sites with HD-DVD key

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Dreamhost, a big hosting company is removing access to sites to sites with the HD-DVD key (spanish site hosted in DH) and request delete HD-DVD key above re-activate their(s) site(s), this is the email:

DreamHost Abuse/Security Team

Hello,

We have received complaint from the Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator (AACS LA) regarding a posting to your site at the following location:

It appears that on the page above you are publicizing their AACS processing key "clave en cuestión", which can be used to decrypt the Fair Use-encroaching digital rights management (DRM) software that their firm provides to content owners for use in HD-DVD players.

While we believe that the "cat is out of the bag" and that their AACS system is inherently flawed, the similarly flawed Digital Millennium Copyright Act's anti-circumvention rules technically makes this a violation of US copyright law. As such, we have had to remove access to the above site by renaming its parent directory. Once you can ensure that the above entry is no longer visible, you may re-enable it.

The AACS' legal counsel has provided an email address of csims AT proskauer DOT com for you to contact should you wish to do so.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Jeff,
The AACS fight versus bloggers is just started..."
Google

+ - Orkut to be censored

Submitted by William Robinson
William Robinson (875390) writes "The popular web site Orkut is planning to apply censorship on its contents. From this news from CNN "And if you have been concerned of web pages with obscenities scrawled over the national flag, or even others criticising the Father of the Nation or the ones negating political leaders — then sit back as these are going to be out of the website soon. Just report these to the Mumbai Police and chances are that not only will the pages be erased, but the creators brought to book for there has been an informal tie-up between the Mumbai Police and the Orkut management." What will be the level of censorship?"
Role Playing (Games)

+ - Second Life meets Real Life Trouble

Submitted by
Zephida
Zephida writes "The BBC is reporting thatSecond Life is being investigated by German police following allegations that some members are trading child abuse images in the online world http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6638331.stm FTA: The investigation follows a report by a German TV news programme which uncovered the trading group and members who pay for sex with virtual children. The police are now trying to identify the Second Life members involved. Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life, said it would help identify users and pass on details to prosecutors"
Power

+ - Wisconsin Orders Gas Station to Raise Gas Prices

Submitted by
hahafaha
hahafaha writes "Raj Bhandari, a gas station owner in Wisconsin, offered a 2 cents/gallon discount for gas to seniors, and 3 cents/gallon to those that supported youth sports. However, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture is threatening to penalize him for each discounted gallon, with the fine at a judge's discretion. According to the Department, he is violating Wisconsin's Unfair Sales Act, which requires stations to sell gas for about 9.2 percent more than the wholesale price."

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