Corrado writes: "WooHoo!! It looks like software patents may be a thing of the past, at least most of them. A story over at IT Examiner has a great overview of how there will be specific testing procedures to determine how patentable a process is and how this decision is almost a complete reversal of the State Street Bank judgement of 1998. Of course, more details can be found over at Groklaw. I'm guessing Amazon is not real happy right about now — One Click Purchasing anyone?"
Corrado writes: "Yubico has developed a hardware based security token that looks very promising. Its essentially a single key USB keyboard with a built-in RSA generator. Plug it into your USB port, touch the top "button" and it will output a 48 byte string that contains a unique ID + some random data. This is sent to a server (initially inside Yubico) to be decoded and converted into a security token that can be used in various ways. As of right now it allows you to log into Windows, ActiveDirectory and various Web 2.0 applications including OpenID. But there is an SDK and you can hook it into your own apps. The most exciting news by far is that the entire thing is completely open source and you can run your own Yubikey server if you wish!"
Corrado writes: "Harper's Magazine has a great article on the financial "bubbles" of the past, present, and future. It starts off explaining how the Great Depression was started and how it relates to the Internet Bubble of 2000 and the current Housing troubles. I'm not a finance type of person and yet I was able to understand the content of this article and it really helped me to realize the trouble we're in. If you don't quite know whats going on today and you want to be informed about tomorrow this article is your friend."
Corrado writes: "Remember how AVG started spamming the Internet by pre-checking pages for virus? Well, now it looks like there is a way to filter out all the fake IE6 traffic; at least temporarily. AVG say they are working on the issue and will have a fix soon, but until then you can use this info to clean up your logs and maybe even head off some of the useless load on your site."
Corrado writes: "rootkit has a fairly good look at the "warden client" that comes with every copy of World of Warcraft. Apparently, this little piece of software is very liberal in what it does to your computer and gathers quite a bit of data. Every 15 seconds it looks at all your open windows, every process, URLs, IMs, etc. and checks to see if your cheating. This feels like a massive invasion of privacy and its all perfectly legal through the WoW EULA."
"As some of the latency junkies on lkml already know, commit 8e3e076 in v2.6.26-rc2 removed the preemptible BKL feature and made the Big Kernel Lock a spinlock and thus turned it into non-preemptible code again. This commit returned the BKL code to the 2.6.7 state of affairs in essence," began Ingo Molnar. He noted that this had a very negative effect on the real time kernel efforts, adding that Linux creator Linus Torvalds indicated the only acceptable way forward was to completely remove the BKL."
Corrado writes: "It looks like lead PostgreSQL developer Josh Berkus and Sun Microsystems have teamed up to show that PostgreSQL is faster than MySql and almost matches Oracle. The article talks about the test and the future of PostgreSQL on SMP hardware.
Corrado writes: "Just cruising around the web and I found some details and a video of the upcoming Rock Bank video game. Basically the video shows a team of 4 Harmonix engineers going through Welcome to the Jungle by GnR and it's awesome!"
Corrado writes: "According to Jean's Blog the SB/BadBunny-A worm is attacking OpenOffice Draw documents. It affects Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux systems and uses different methods on each. Can this be good for OO.org?"
Corrado writes: "This article over on Vecosys talks about logging into Yahoo! using OpenID to provide logon credentials. You can find more information on the specific implementation on the idproxy.net site.
I really love the idea of OpenID and use it whenever I can, especially on Zooomr. What would it take for other, bigger sites to start using it? There are also some thoughts and fears around OpenID opening the doors to more phishing attacks. What do you think? Would you use it in place of your various web passwords?"
Corrado writes: "According to an article in ArabNews it is now possible to store massive amounts of information on a plain sheet of paper. Using what they describe as "Rainbow Technology" you can stuff 256GB of data on a standard A4 sheet of paper. They are also developing special mini-scanners that could fit in a laptop and read this data.
It looks like a really big and weird barcode to me, but if it pans out you could store several DVD's on a small SD Card sized medium. Hmmm... I wonder what the access & seek times are..."
Corrado writes: "Wow! This story over at MacGeekery highlights some really interesting security flaws in the OSX Installer. According to the story, it is possible, even easy, to build an installer that runs as root but does not ask for permission.
I know your not supposed to install anything from someone you don't know, but I thought OSX would at least ask for permission before handing over the keys to kingdom. This really opened my eyes!"