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Operating Systems

Submission + - ZFS port in Leopard confirmed by Sun CEO (wired.com)

Rossi writes: "Jonathan Schwartz today confirmed that Apple has ported ZFS from the Open Solaris project and that the file system will be available in OS X 10.5. He also mentioned that Apple would make this announcement at the WWDC next week. Does this spoiler arrive suspiciously after Steve Jobs announced Java wouldn't be available on the iPhone?"
Programming

Submission + - Does your employer mandate legacy programming?

perlhacker14 writes: "My company is mandating that all developers now function as legacy programmers in our spare time, as well as application developers (our regular roles). Is this normal in other companies: Do other developers (working on the main product of the company) also function as legacy programmers, maintaining older versions? If any of you have experienced this dual role, how much extra work is it to work on two major projects and maintain facets of older programs? As the lead programmer on two projects, I find it slightly hard to keep up at times, as it is."
Censorship

Submission + - Transcript of Missing Watergate tapes revealed

poopreport writes: "Eighteen-and-a-half minutes of Nixon's Watergate tapes were excised not for reasons of conspiracy or national security, but rather to avoid an embarrassing revelation of the 37th president's penchant for toilet humor. From the transcript: "You know, when I shook that bastard Mao's hand back in '72 I swore he pinched one off on me. Smelled of rice and cabbage.""
Slashdot.org

Submission + - OMG!!! Ponies!!! All Year Round!!!

nbritton writes: As of version 1.8, the OMG!!! Ponies!!! style is available as an option in Slashdotter. For those not in the loop, Slashdotter is a Firefox extension that adds customization to the Slashdot website. Features include the ability to auto-add cache links after story links, a quick-reply feature that adds a 'Reply' option to the right-click menu when you select text in a comment, the option of styling all of Slashdot's pages like a chosen Slashdot section, links in the comment sections that allow you to toggle open/closed all of a comments replies, and more. All of Slashdotter's features are optional.

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Security

Submission + - What Makes For Good Bank Security?

An anonymous reader writes: West Coast Bank recently enacted a new set of security measures to their login system augment their previous username & password only system. The new enhanced login security system(PDF) uses a scheme of cookies to identify known computers, and additional personality questions such as asking users about their favorite food in order to identify users coming from unknown computers. Upon first glance this seems to be an effectively trivial system that can be defeated by stealing cookies or personality answers, while still making the system harder to use for flaky customers such as myself that don't keep consistent answers to personality questions. However as I don't belong to any other banks I have no idea of how this compares to how other banks handle their security. Compared to other banks, is this system any good or is my bank just giving me the flim-flam on security in lieu of a real security system?
Education

Submission + - The Online Dictionary is Reborn with Word Source.

Nich writes: "Word Source aims to be a panacea (look it up — www.word.sc/panacea) for people who look up words frequently and are tired of the cumbersome, advertisement-laden interfaces on other dictionary websites. The home page is slick, reminiscent of Google, proudly proclaims that "the online dictionary is reborn," and encourages you to "never leave your address bar," by using a URL to look up words. For example, to look up "television," you would simply point your browser at word.sc/television and presto — defined. While you're there, you can explore "the social dictionary" and view/share photos of your favorite words, "rate" them, and "tag" words based on your experience with them, amongst other things."
The Internet

Submission + - Citizendium aims to replace Wikipedia

cupidio writes: Ars Technica is running a feature on Citizendium, the new wiki-based encyclopedia started by Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger. One interesting revelation is that Sanger started work on the project only after talking with John Seigenthaler, victim of a famous Wikipedia hoax that accused him of murder. "When Seigenthaler called, I was already resigned to the necessity of making a competitor to Wikipedia," Sanger says. "The effect of Seigenthaler's call was to make me feel to some extent personally responsible for the injustice that Wikipedia was causing, which made my motivation only stronger. When after six to nine months I saw that Wikipedia wasn't going to make any significant changes, it became clear that it was on me to organize a better alternative, if I could." Can Citizendium get bigger than Wikipedia?
The Internet

Submission + - Creative Commons licence Version 3.0 released

liquidat writes: "Creative Commons hast released the newest version of their licences, version 3.0. Among the changes you will find a new generic licence which is based on international laws instead of the US copyright like the former generic licence was. Also a by-sa compatibility list was created to make it possible to mix content under by-sa with content under another, but compatible licence. And last but not least, Debian and MIT should be happy now as well. You can find more detailed information at Creative Commons Version 3.0 Licenses A Brief Explanation."

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