ta bu shi da yu writes: According to Microsoft Security Advisory 961509, "research was published at a security conference proving a successful attack against X.509 digital certificates signed using the MD5 hashing algorithm. This attack method could allow an attacker to generate additional digital certificates with different content that have the same digital signature as an original certificate. The MD5 algorithm had previously shown a vulnerability, but a practical attack had not yet been demonstrated."
Further information on MD5 collisions can be found on the web site of Peter Selinger, who is a Associate Professor of Mathematics at Dalhousie University, Canada.
ta bu shi da yu writes: "Mark Shuttlesworth has announced on the Ubuntu developer's mailing list that the release after Hardy Heron will be called "Intrepid Ibex", is tentatively planned to be released on October 2008 and "is likely to have the version number 8.10." According to Shuttleworth, mobile computing will be the central feature of the distribution, and "a particular focus for us will be pervasive internet access, the ability to tap into bandwidth whenever and wherever you happen to be.""
ta bu shi da yu writes: "Pioneer have released a private beta of a new application called SyncTV, which they bill as providing "home-theatre quality TV shows on an unlimited download service". I found this fairly interesting, but more interesting is their decision to base the core application on GTK+ and GStreamer. Mikael Hallendal, founder of Imendio, writes on his blog that "SyncTV provide this service on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, all through the cross platform capabilities of GTK+. SyncTV also shows that you can make really slick applications with GTK+ that look identical no matter which platform you run it on." Is this the first commercial application of this nature built on GTK+ and GStreamer?"
ta bu shi da yu writes: "Microsoft have just made an unsolicited offer to buy Yahoo! for $45 billion. According to CNNMoney.com, "the deal would pay Yahoo shareholders $31 a share, which represents a 62% premium from Thursday's closing price.""
ta bu shi da yu writes: Mozilla has hired several developers from Humanized. According to Ars Technica, Humanized is a "small software company that is known for its considerable usability expertise and innovative user interface design. The Humanized developers will be working at Mozilla Labs on Firefox and innovative new projects."
ta bu shi da yu writes: "According to Windows Secrets, "thousands of customers are paying almost $120 USD per year to Microsoft for an Internet subscription service that includes e-mail, security, and other features. But Microsoft gives away almost identical services absolutely free in Windows Live and the Windows operating system itself, while neglecting to inform those who pay through the nose." I suppose we shouldn't be surprised, but nevertheless this seems like a bit of a rort."
ta bu shi da yu writes: It appears that, incredibly, Vista often runs out of memory while copying files. ZDNet is reporting that not only does it run out of memory after copying 16,400+ files, but "often there is little indication that file copy operations haven't completed correctly". After several billion dollars spent developing Vista, surely Microsoft could get their OS to copy files properly?