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+ - Why programmers do not use unit testing?

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oriol
oriol writes "Why programmers do not use unit tests while they think that they are useful? This is what we tried to understand by putting a questionnaire online (please answer it so that we broaden our set of users). The outcome is that it takes too much time to write them. So we integrated to the open source version of EiffelStudio a plugin that extracts automatically the test cases from crashing runs called CDD (a little bit like doctest but much more sexy). I think the idea is mind blowing, so please have a look at the demos!"
Portables

+ - Website dedicated to find the truth on Medison->

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Truth Seeker
Truth Seeker writes "Press Release: New website dedicated to find the truth on Medison Celebrity FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sweden July the 29th 2007 The website "Medison Scam" has just been created to battle the probable scam consisting of the US$150 laptop Medison Celebrity. The creator of the site, Truth Seeker, says: — "We don't believe that the laptop actually exists. After trying to communicate with involved parties for several days, we decided to take it up on our self to get the truth out." The site promises to work hard to bring light out on this issue. Media, especially in Sweden, has done a crap job on this. As late as of yesterday one of the largest newspapers in Sweden, Expressen, published an article almost looking like an advertisement for the computer, not saying one word about the criticism that the company has received from experts, users and websites around the world for several days. Media in other countries has been more careful and in most cases actually warning potential buyers on the risk of a probable scam. Truth Seeker continues: — "As it looks now very many things points at that the whole thing is illegitimate. It is highly unlikely that anyone will ever receive the actual computer, and I'm prepared to say that I'll eat my hat if the computers actually get delivered according to specification!" However, one could argue on if Truth Seeker actually has any hat or not. More information can be found on the website http://medisonscam.blogspot.com/ Any comments or questions can be directed directly to Truth Seeker himself on medisonscam@gmail.com. Regards, The team behind medisonscam.blogspot.com"
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GNUStep

+ - Etoile project release version 0.2

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Nicolas Roard
Nicolas Roard writes "The Etoile project is pleased to announce the release of version 0.2 of the Etoile User Environment for UNIX-like systems. The Etoile project aims to produce a user environment for desktop and small form-factor devices, with tight integration between components. The 0.2 release is primarily targeted at developers interested in a GNUstep-based environment. This release includes improvements to the Camaelon theme engine, providing a clean and modern appearance to GNUstep-based applications. This is combined with the Etoile Menu Server, providing a horizontal menu bar similar to that found in Mac OS, and making this the first Etoile release with enough features in place to be usable on a daily basis. Screenshots are here."
Security

+ - Walmart Schooled: Basic Online Security->

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LoLo
LoLo writes "In Walmart's infinite wisdom, they didn't bother registering the most common domain typos for their new Walmart MoneyCard website. Being the sweetheart that I am, I went ahead and grabbed a couple of them: wwwwalmartmoneycard.com and almartmoneycard.com. And, I linked both of them to the correct web address and a blog entry explaining all the evil evil bad bad things I could have done with them. I'm not positive but I think this is the first time anyone has used a typo domain in a way that could be argued as "fair use". So, I'm not giving them up."
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United States

US Paperless Voting Bill Advances 153

Posted by kdawson
from the will-of-the-people dept.
A couple of weeks back we discussed the effort to require voting paper trails in US federal elections. Now WhiteBoxVoter writes: "Democrats and Republicans in the US House of Representatives agreed today on a compromise that will push through a bill banning paperless voting machines and requiring a voter-verified paper record for every vote in the country, after government sanctioned hackers showed how they could break into all three of the top voting systems used in California." The NYTimes reported on Thursday that even if it passes the House, voting-machine reform that would take effect before the 2008 elections may die in the Senate.

Engadget: RDISS: the Army's uber-vigilant surveillance system->

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Filed under: Misc. Gadgets

Being dropped into no man's land without a hint of what's going on around you can't be fun (or safe, for that matter), but scoping out foreign territory in a hurry just got a lot more reasonable. The Army's Rapid Equipping Force has developed the Rapid Deployment Integrated Surveillance System, or RDISS, which "can be installed quickly and with minimal training." Deemed "simple" to setup, the system is designed to "improve situational awareness for soldiers at joint security stations and combat outposts throughout Iraq," and plans are already in place to establish "hundreds" of these systems in various locales by the year's end. Nah, it's not nearly as hip as using GPS-equipped spy squirrels, but we guess it'll do the trick.

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Censorship

+ - Fox News Report Retaliation for "Hacking"?

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ReK_42
ReK_42 writes "Am I the only one who thinks that this report might be related to the Fox FTP incident less than a week ago?
The Fox account of the incident states "No user information, e-mail addresses or other personal data were ever comprised." However, according to the blogger linked in the above /. article:

"...later published on Slashdot exposed sensitive content to thousands of members of the public today.
The data included names, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least 1.5 million people."
And to take a 3rd, independant source as confirmation, The Register has this to say:

"...the FTP account that was discovered provided access to records for around 1.5 million individuals, along with access to sensitive ZDNet business documents."
I say Fox has pointed the FUD-guns at Anonymous because of this incident.
Let's get some free (liberal, as Fox would call it) media aware of this and point the truth guns right back at Fox.
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Privacy

+ - FBI - Reading Material Suspicous - Man Questioned->

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proudfoot
proudfoot writes "The FBI questions a "dark haired, bearded" man, based off a tip off that he was reading something suspicious. They managed to find his mother, and from her, tracked him down. The reading material in question? Hal Crowther's "Weapons of Mass Stupidity" from the Weekly Planet, a free independent out of Tampa, an article that criticizes the actions of the current administration.

From the agent involved: "In this post-911 era, it is the absolute responsibility of the FBI to follow through on any tips of potential terrorist activity," Parris says. "Are people going to take exception and be inconvenienced by this at times? Oh, yeah. ... A certain amount of convenience is going to be offset by an increase in security.""

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Engadget: Apple TV finally hacked for USB storage expansion->

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Filed under: Home Entertainment, Storage

Enterprising Apple TV users have been putting that USB port to good use for ages now, for every hack but the most obvious one: media playback. So far you haven't been able to make a cheap, external USB drive into your primary storage device for kosher Apple TV media, but no longer. The Apple TV Hacks folks have finally figured out a method, and though some Terminal chops and an Intel-based *nix machine (like Mac OS X) are required to run the hack, and it's unclear if it'll work with updated YouTube-enabled Apple TVs running the 1.1 patch, at least it's a start for the storage space-starved.

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Microsoft

How Microsoft Beat Linux In China 313

Posted by kdawson
from the always-did-know-the-value-of-being-the-standard dept.
kripkenstein notes an analysis up on TechRepublic detailing how Microsoft beat Linux in China, and the consequences of that victory: "With the soon-to-be largest economy standardized on Windows desktops, desktop Linux does seem to have an uphill battle ahead of it." "Linux has turned out to be little more than a key bargaining chip in a high stakes game of commerce between the Chinese government and the world's largest software maker... The fact that... Linux failed to gain a major foothold in China is yet another blow to desktop Linux. After nearly eight years of being on the verge of a breakthrough, Linux seems more destined than ever to be a force in the server room but little more than a narrow niche and an anomaly on the desktop."
Linux Business

+ - Open Source replacement to Microsoft Project->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Projity is releasing "OpenProj" a complete open source replacement of Microsoft Project. This will be available on Linux, Unix, Mac or Windows and is a complete replacement of Project. OpenProj opens existing native Microsoft Project files and will be released with an OSI approved license. A big blow for Microsoft since Project is deployed in 7% of all Office desktops and is part of the Office product family."
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Programming

+ - Is unit testing used and how often?

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oriol
oriol writes "It seems that a lot of people really think that writing unit tests is the best way to help and keep code working correctly on the long run. In my experience (of programming in a research environment), it is not that likely that software projects are equipped with unit tests. As I am quite interested by the subject I am conducting a small survey (5-10 mn to answer) on this topic to see if the situation is the same for everybody. What do you think fellow slashdotters?"

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