talexb writes: I have a web site client who would like to have login credentials to take over their web site in the event that I get hit by a truck (heaven forbid). I'm happy to give them this information, but I worry about unauthorized use — the well-meaning client gives them to a friend 'just to look around' and the friend does something that breaks a production web site (yes, I have backups). I'd love to have that information stored somewhere on the web, in a way that's protected and secure, yet easily available by the right person with the right passphrase.
talexb writes: "It seems like a hash collision found in PHP could be exploited by hackers, based on recent Twitter traffic. Also from Twitter, it sounds like Perl addressed this issue a few years back, and is not affected." Link to Original Source
talexb writes: "Another open source project that we've all been waiting for: "A non-profit open source project with high-profile backers has released beta code for an open source Flash media player, with a media server in the wings. Open Media Now's Gnash player runs standalone or as a plugin, and may run better than Flash on constrained devices." Sounds very cool." Link to Original Source
talexb writes: "I'm curious about Mercurial, a replacement for my current version control system, Subversion, and wonder what other SlashDot readers think about those two and about Git, the version control used for the Linux kernel. I've read
and what I get from all that is,
Git: very complex, very fast, but slows down without manual repacking;
Subversion: simple, fast, doesn't branch well, efficient;
Mercurial: not so simple, very fast, branches well, very efficient.
Which one of these do you use, and why? What do you like and dislike about it?"
talexb writes: "Yahoo News reports that SCO Group has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. "We want to assure our customers and partners that they can continue to rely on SCO products, support and services for their business critical operations," said Darl McBride, President and CEO, The SCO Group. "Chapter 11 reorganization provides the Company with an opportunity to protect its assets during this time while focusing on building our future plans.""
talexb writes: "There's a Groklaw article that refers to the Free Software Foundation's recent press release dissing Microsoft's disavowal of the GPL3. It sounds like someone at FSF is spoiling for a fight. Is this going to be a case of FSF vs. Microsoft, with the Open Source community funding the FSF (including IBM, perhaps?) Sounds like a War To End All Wars to me."
talexb writes: A GTALUG post this morning mentioned a cool product called TinyXP, and a colleague mentioned MojoPac. Both of these seem to be a) innovative products and b) ripe for someone from Microsoft to drop lawsuits on them like a ton of bricks. What's going on?