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Microsoft

Virtualization May Break Vista DRM 294

Nom du Keyboard writes "An article in Computerworld posits that the reason Microsoft has flip-flopped on allowing all versions of Vista to be run in virtual machines, is that it breaks the Vista DRM beyond detection, or repair. So is every future advance in computer security and/or usability going to be held hostage to the gods of Hollywood and Digital Restrictions Management? 'Will encouraging consumer virtualization result in a major uptick in piracy? Not anytime soon, say analysts. One of the main obstacles is the massive size of VMs. Because they include the operating system, the simulated hardware, as well as the software and/or multimedia files, VMs can easily run in the tens of gigabytes, making them hard to exchange over the Internet. But DeGroot says that problem can be partly overcome with .zip and compression tools -- some, ironically, even supplied by Microsoft itself.'"
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Lumines Exploit Allows Homebrew on All PSPs

YokimaSun writes: Noobz have today released a new exploit in the game Lumines — allowing unsigned code to be ran!, from the article:" Following research in conjunction with Archaemic, Noobz are proud to present the first ever all-firmware exploit for the PSP. Based on Lumines, the "Illuminati" exploit is a user-mode exploit using a buffer overflow in the savedata file — similar to the GTA exploit. That's right — if you've got a legal UMD copy of Lumines, then you can run homebrew on your PSP — whatever the firmware version. That includes v3.50! Right now, the only homebrew is the Hello World demo released below — but in future we intend to release a HEN and downgrader."
Programming

Submission + - Analysis of Source Code Management Systems

Esther Schindler writes: "SCM development tools do far more than prevent programmers from writing over others' changes. They include everything from software release management to branch control to bug tracking. CIO published a subset of Evans Data Corp.'s research study, Source Code Management Systems: Trends, Analysis and Best Features which summarizes the key advantages and disadvantages of the major proprietary and open-source SCM systems. Find out how yours stacked up."

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