Hugh Pickens writes: "The first phone directory was issued in 1878, two years after Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and for decades regulators across the US have required phone companies to distribute directories in paper form. But now the Washington Post reports that Verizon, the largest provider of landline phones in the Washington DC region, is asking state regulators for permission to stop delivering the residential white pages in Virginia and Maryland. About a dozen other states are also doing away with printed phone books as surveys show that the number of households relying on residential white pages dropped from 25 percent in 2005 to 11 percent in 2008. The directories will be available online, printed or on CD-ROM upon request but the inches-thick white pages, a fixture in American households for more than a century, will no longer land on porches with a thud each year. "I'm kind of amazed they lasted as long as they have," says Robert Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University. "But there are some people nostalgic about this. Some people like to go to the shelf and look up a number.""
GMGruman writes: When a colleague told me cheerfully that his new Droid X was able to access our corporate email, I knew something was wrong. Our corporate Exchange policies require that a device have on-device encryption, and Exchange blocks any device that doesn't acknowledge that it conforms with that policy. Because Android OS 2.2 doesn't have on-device encryption, it can't conform, and my colleague wasn't using a separate email client like TouchDown that supports encryption in its workspace (which Exchange is OK with). Motorola has no explanation of how its Droid X is connecting, and my colleague swears he hasn't installed a hacked version of the Android OS designed to lie to Exchange (yes, they exist). So what gives? What this all could mean is that businesses can't be sure whether to trust any Android device and so take drastic measures like banning them all.
storagedude writes: Webtrends is combining its web analytics data with Salesforce.com's customer relationship management software to track customers' browsing history with the goal of being able to sell them more stuff. Webtrends is taking pains to avoid privacy concerns — the company is only tracking customers who opt in by filling out a form, and only tracking them at the client website — but they're hardly the only two companies capable of doing this. The marriage of web analytics and CRM seems like a natural, and more deals like this will almost certainly follow — and in the process provide one more reason for tougher privacy rules.
rocket22 writes: Most software developers are supposed to be using the latest in tech and see themselves as living on the edge of software innovation. But, are they aware of how old some of the tools they use on a daily basis are? There are teams out there developing iPad software and checking in code inside arcane CVS repositories. Aren't we in the 21th century, the age of distributed version control? The blog post goes through some of the most important version control systems on the last three decades and while it doesn't try to come up with an extremely detailed thesis, it does a good job creating a catalog of some of the most widely spread or technologically relevant SCMs.
The timeline on the post highlights the kind of cellular phones used by the time the SCMs were released, giving a good picture of how old some of them are already...
From Visual Source Safe to Git, from Clearcase to Mercurial, the post covers the weaknesses and strengths of a good number of version control systems out there.
chicksdaddy writes: Once the most common form of malicious computer network, botnets that use the IRC (Internet Relay Chat) protocol are going the way of the Brontosaurus, according to a report from Internet security monitoring firm Team Cymru, Threatpost reports. Under fire from better monitoring of IRC command and control (C&C) traffic and replaced by harder to block HTTP-based botnets, the number of active IRC botnets is dwindling, even as the number of active botnet Command and Control servers is doubling every 18 months, Cymru said.
PatPending writes: A Gizmodo investigation has revealed 100 of the photographs saved by the Gen 2 millimeter wave scanner from Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc., obtained by a FOIA request after it was recently revealed that U.S. Marshals operating the machine in the Orlando, Florida courthouse had improperly-perhaps illegally-saved [35,000] images [low resolution] of the scans of public servants and private citizens.
from the virtual-special-shelf dept.
Christopher Cashell writes "As noted on Perlbuzz, Mark Jason Dominus's amazing book, Higher-Order Perl, is now available for free download. This is a great book that goes way beyond your normal programming reference. This will change the way you look at programs, and make you a better programmer in any language. It sits on that special shelf reserved for books like Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, The C Programming Language, and The Practice of Programming."