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Submission + - New Milestone Demoscene Releases. ( 4

An anonymous reader writes: With over 3000 visitors one of the biggest computer festivals, the Assembly 2007, just closed doors. The event saw the release of some of the best demoscene productions of this year. Among them the first good demos for the XBOX 360, but also for platforms as obscure as the Atari VCS2600 from 1976. The main demo competition was won by Lifeforce, one of the most acclaimed demoscene demos ever. Other releases can be found here.

Submission + - The Ten Most Frequently-Guessed Passwords

darkreadingman writes: "IT people often create their own security problems by choosing administrative passwords that are easily hacked. Here's a list of hackers' ten most frequently-guessed passwords, along with some suggestions on better ways to create and maintain strong passwords. 988&WT.svl=news1_1"

Submission + - Microsoft to Pay $1.52 Bln in Patent Suit Damages

An anonymous reader writes: A U.S. federal jury found that Microsoft Corp. infringed audio patents held by Alcatel-Lucent and should pay $1.52 billion in damages, Microsoft said Thursday. The news comes after reports that U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed doubts about whether Microsoft Corp. should be liable for infringing AT&T Inc. patents in Windows software sold overseas. Despite the news, shares of Microsoft closed 4 cents higher, at $29.39, on Thursday.

Submission + - 1/3 of Employees give up Credentials

Bob Roswell writes: "I sent all my employees an HTML Email. The subject line said "Daylight Savings Time: Please login Below" and the body of email was a reasonable facsimile of the Outlook Web Access Login Screen. I sent the email from outside the company, but changed the from address to the email address of our internal support. About 1/3 of the employees logged into the web form which recorded their usernames and passwords. Fewer than 5% contacted internal support or their co-workers to warn them about the phishing attack. I guess our firewalls, VPNs, and training are not very good. Time to use multi factor logins?"

Submission + - IBM 1401 Orchestral Composition

Anonymous Coward writes: "From the IBM DEveloperWorks 22 February 2007 edition:
"IBM 1401, A User's Manual" is probably not on your must-read list (anymore) — but I'd certainly recommend giving it a listen. Icelandic avant-garde composer Johann Johannsson has released an orchestral composition of the same name, which includes recordings of the old mainframe made by Johannson's father in 1971 (when his 1401 was taken out of service)."
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Submission + - Ten predictions for XML in 2007

An anonymous reader writes: 2007 is shaping up to be the most exciting year since the community drove off the XML highway into the Web services swamp half a decade ago. XQuery, Atom, Atom Publishing Protocol (APP), XProc, and GRRDL are all promising new power. Some slightly older technologies like XForms and XSLT are having new life breathed into them. 2007 will be a very good year to work with XML. See what's in store for XML this year.

Feed Air Screening Plan: ETA 2010 (

A long-delayed upgrade to the airline watch list system faces another three-year wait, a top Homeland Security official says. But this time the government really has it figured out. In 27B Stroke 6.


Submission + - Google releases Google Apps

Nefarious Wheel writes: Google releases enterprise-ready Google Apps including spreadsheets and portals — bottom line? Most of your basic office applications for $50/account/year. Is this the beginning of the end for Microsoft Office? I can hear the chairs breaking from here...
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Journal Journal: Scenes from the Home 13

Whilst driving recently my younger Step Son (hereinafter refered to as SS) asked me a question which I struggled to answer, but finally did. That in turn led to the following exchange...

Submission + - Top Ten Open Source Innovators

42istheanswer writes: Open source is so much more than Linux anymore. Lots is happening beyond the popular operating system. Open source models are thriving in CRM (SugarCRM), Messaging (Scalix), and Systems Management (Zenoss). Datamation has identified ten leading commercial open-source innovators and the projects they are working on in their article Ten Leading Open Source Innovators. What do Slashdotter's think or know about these technologies?

Submission + - Microsoft Lost against Alcatel-Lucent

brain1 writes: Reuters ( 0070222) is reporting that Microsoft was hit with a $1.52 Billion patent suit damages. Looks like Microsoft lost even they licensed MP3 technology from Fraunhofer in Germany. This doesn't bode well for fighting software patents, but Microsoft seems to have been bitten by their own game.

This looks like a good time to switch to Ogg Vorbis!

Submission + - Special Report on Linux Packaging and Installatio

lisah writes: " wrapped up a series of reports this week that covered a myriad of software packaging and installation utilities. The information on creating your own Debian packages, and where things stand with RPM generated lots of discussion on best practices while overviews of Klik, InstallJammer, Zero Install, and Autopackage gave lots of useful tips and pointers. Gentoo's Portage was omitted from the special report this time around but apparently will be covered at some point in the future."

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