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A Conversation with Cory Doctorow and Hal Stern 41

ChelleChelle writes "In a rare meeting, popular sci-fi writer and co-editor of the blog Boing Boing Cory Doctorow and Sun VP Hal Stern consider the open source approach. The resulting interview deals with the pros and cons of going open source, as well as the issues of security and privacy. From the article: 'It seems to me that one of the big problems with the filters you've just identified is who gets to set policy in the machine. As a science fiction writer, I am offended by sci-fi movies where it turns out that the rocket ship has a self-destruct button, it has been pressed by accident, and now the whole thing is going to explode. ... By the same token, I often wonder whether trusted computing architectures that allow remote parties to enforce policy on your hardware are a good idea. Although we can imagine beneficent examples of this, this is what spyware is, by definition, right? Spyware is remote parties setting policies on your computer against your wishes. Is it ever a good idea?'"

Cisco Routers to Blame for Japan Net Outtage 78

An anonymous reader passed us a link to a Network World article filling in the details behind the massive internet outage Japanese web users experienced earlier this week. According to the site faulty Cisco routers were to blame for the lapse, which left millions of customers without service from late evening Tuesday until early in the morning on Wednesday. "NTT East and NTT West, both group companies of Japanese telecom giant Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), are in the process of finalizing their decisions on a core router upgrade, according to the report. The routing table rewrite overflowed the routing tables and caused the routers' forwarding process to fail, the CIBC report states."

Submission Spam frenzy on .edu domains

dos_dude writes: "This is not really news, more a cry for help.

In recent weeks, link spammers have got it into their had that many academic institutions offer forums on the web that can easily be spammed. I guess spamming on those forums isn't anything new, but the spammers are now spamming other resources with links back to their spam on all those .edu domains.

Contacting the webmasters with abuse complaints proved to be completely futile. Guess what? There is no abuse management behind .edu domains. You get better results contacting Korean webmasters.

The (growing) list of spamvertized .edu domains can be found on my blog. If you know anyone working as technical staff in one of those institutions, please contact them and help make this nonsense stop."

Submission The Uncomfortable Reality of Sex in Space

Smaran writes: "WIRED is running an interesting story about how sex in space will have to be inevitably discussed by space agencies and astronauts around the world, who currently refuse to even address the issue. They are only beginning to talk about the realities of illness and death in space. Sex is still a topic for another day. WIRED's Regina Lynn writes: "... as humans begin to spend more time in space and to travel further from Earth, space agencies will need to factor sex into their equations. We cannot expect astronauts to spend three years in a spacecraft and not have sex — of some kind. Probably with each other, and likely in more than one combination.""

Submission Top 15 free SQL Injection Scanners

J.R writes: Security tips blog, Security-Hacks, has a summary of the 15 best free SQL Injection scanners. With links to download and a little information about each one. "We've compiled a list of free SQL Injection Scanners we believe will be of a value to both web application developers and professional security auditors." — http://www.security-hacks.com/2007/05/18/top-15-fr ee-sql-injection-scanners

Submission A Little E-Mail Prank, $2.8 Billion Dollar Panic

VariableGHz writes: "
Just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, a spoof e-mail posing as an internal Apple news alert was sent to Apple employees, informing them that the release of the iPhone, a touchscreen hybrid phone-and-music player, was being delayed from June to October. It added that Leopard, the next version of the Mac operating system, would move back its launch from October to January.

... 11:56 a.m., a trading frenzy of Apple stock hit Wall Street, and the company's market value plunged $2.8 billion, or 3 percent, in six minutes. Its stock plummeted from $107.89 to $104.61 by 12:02 p.m.

PlayStation 3 Available For PreOrder in U.K. 85

motorheadabega writes "BBC is carrying the story that as of today the PS3 is available for preorder for only £550 ($1,020). All that and they can't even guarantee delivery before Christmas." From the article: "The electronics giant had originally planned to launch the new console in the spring, but was forced to delay because of technical problems with its high-definition Blu-ray DVD drive. The PS3 comes in two different models. The basic model has a 20GB hard drive, while the more expensive model comes with a 60GB one. The lower end model also lacks wi-fi, a slot for memory cards and a HDMI port for high-definition programmes. "

Ajax and the Ken Burns Effect 239

An anonymous reader writes "IBM DeveloperWorks has an interesting project posted that shows how to design a client-side slide show using the 'Ken Burns Effect.' From the article: 'If the Web 2.0 revolution has one buzzword, it's Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (Ajax). [...] Here, you discover how to build XML data sources for Ajax, request XML data from the client, and then dynamically create and animate HTML elements with that XML.'"

Microsoft's Not So Happy Family 586

D.A. Zollinger writes "Reports from Redmond are that Microsoft Employees are not happy with the double delay of Windows and Office being pushed back into 2007. EETimes is reporting that some Microsoft employees are calling for the termination of several top managers Including Brian Valentine, Jim Allchin, and Steve Ballmer for the delay debacle. The report references a blog by Who da'Punk, an anonymous Microsoft employee who asks, where's the accountability for failure? So far the blog entry has generated over 350 comments from Microsoft insiders and outsiders."

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