notque writes: "We are sitting in a time with so many political scandals, and some would say an illegal war. You would think that given these facts the United States would be a hotbed of political activity and protest. So far this hasn't occurred, although people continue to do difficult work. There are many websites that attempt to coordinate political activity, but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot to show for it. Can the internet actually enable direct action offline? What are some ways that this could be carried out? On another website, digg, there was an article concerning a general strike on 09/11/07 that received 4600 diggs, so it seems that people want to do something, but feel isolated and alone. Does the internet help foster this?
Noam Chomsky once said, "By margins that are now so overwhelming that it's even front page news, people are strenuously opposed to everything that's going on and are frightened and angry and reacting like punch-drunk fighters. They're just too alone, both in their personal lives and associations and also intellectually, without anything to grasp. They don't know how to respond except in irrational ways. In some ways it has sort of the tone of a devastated peasant society after a plague swept it or an army went through and ruined everything. People have just dissolved into inability to respond."
How can individuals help to change this, and is the internet a useful tool for that? Does the internet just stagnate individuals further?
BBrown writes: Saper Law Offices, the same Chicago law firm that has been mentioned here twice before for their successesagainst the RIAA, has posted a blog article on the legal issues surrounding software development. The article, titled "Five Things Every Software Developer Should Know", gives a concise but informative legal tutorial on patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Definitely a must-read for anybody involved in a small or personal business doing software development.
dark_15 writes: "The latest patch for IE7, which fixed several bugs has apparently introduced a new problem for users. According to Network World, after patching a machine the user is presented with a 'File Download — Security Warning' dialog box when they restart IE7. When a user closes the dialog box, IE7 refuses to start.
The bug shows up when a user has moved their Temporary Internet Files folder from its default location. IE7 does not seem to have the correct permissions to read the Temporary Internet Files folder at the user-specified location. There is some speculation that the phishing filter inside that directory is the root cause of this issue.
Microsoft has responded with two workarounds which involves moving the Temporary Internet Files folder back to the default location, or by resetting the permissions at the new location."
dark_15 writes: "'Cisco says a flaw in the FTP server utility in its IOS router/switch software could be used as a backdoor by attackers. IOS FTP, which comes disabled by default in IOS, is used to upload IOS software images and other software to routers and switches remotely. However, Cisco says attackers could exploit a vulnerability in the FTP server to gain access to the file system of an IOS-based router or switch and affect configuration settings.'