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  • Worse than useless - An American government attempt to help Iranian dissidents backfires (Haystack)

    09/19/2010 5:34:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    The Economist ^ | Sept. 16, 2010
    FOR Iran’s beleaguered opposition, the internet is a potent weapon and a big hope. During the Green movement’s protests in 2009, activists used Twitter and Facebook, often from mobile phones, to upload videos of police brutality and spread messages of support and news of new demonstrations. The authorities responded not only by cracking heads, but cracking computers: trying to trace users, block services and close websites. Outsiders found the struggle inspirational. Austin Heap, a 26-year-old hacker born in Ohio, decided to develop anticensorship software to foil the authorities’ efforts. He named the product Haystack, and began earlier this year to...
  • $700,000 Joke Telling Software - Stimulus Funded

    09/15/2010 7:31:17 AM PDT · by Sad Hill · 29 replies
    Sad Hill News ^ | 09.14.2010 | Sad Hill
    Northwestern University professor, Kristian Hammond, received more than $700,000 in federal stimulus money to develop software that tells jokes. Hammond says it’s serious work. “Understanding what makes humor, what makes irony, what makes interesting juxtapositions, to understand what that means [then] actually create it," said Hammond. WLS-TV reports, “The material generated so far is not exactly killer standup material, and Hammond's critics certainly aren't laughing. Senator John McCain singled out Hammond's project, calling it a ‘joke machine’ — one of many examples of wasteful spending.”Hammond received the funding after he applied to the National Science Foundation, beating out dozens of...
  • Consumer Rights: Court Rules Against Used Software Sales

    09/13/2010 1:35:31 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 88 replies · 1+ views
    ECN Magazine ^ | September 13, 2010 | Jason Lomberg
    The 9th Circuit of Appeals has reaffirmed the right of software companies to circumvent the first-sale doctrine by “licensing” rather then “selling” its products. The significance of this ruling cannot be overstated—it could singlehandedly destroy the used software market. In 2005, one Timothy Vernor bought a sealed copy of AutoCAD Release 14 at a garage sale. In 2007, Vernor purchased four used copies of Release 14 from an authorized dealer, Cardwell/Thomas & Associates (CTA). He subsequently placed all but two copies on eBay, and in each instance, Autodesk appealed to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), alleging copyright infringement. In...
  • Appeals court ruling threatens used software sales (and eBay and Netflix)

    09/11/2010 7:43:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 10, 2010 | Michael Liedtke
    SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court has sided with the computer software industry in its effort to squelch sales of second-hand programs covered by widely used licensing agreements. Friday's ruling by the 9th Circuit of Appeals raised worries that it will embolden music labels, movie studios and book publishers to circumvent the so-called "first-sale" doctrine in an attempt to boost their sagging sales. The doctrine refers to a 102-year-old decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that determined copyright holders can't prevent a buyer from reselling or renting a product after an initial sale, as long as additional copies aren't...
  • For Techies : Software Development, C# Among Top IT Skills in Demand, Online Job Board, Dice Says

    09/11/2010 6:27:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The July 2010 Dice Report shows that software development skills in general and C# skills in particular are more in demand this year, making Dice's top 10 list of in-demand skills. In addition, Dice reports that there are more open full-time IT positions this year than last year at this time. But the numbers are still a far cry from the number of open positions in July 2008. The July 2010 Dice Report shows that software development skills in general and C# skills in particular are more in demand this year, making Dice's top 10 list of in-demand skills. In...
  • Your Opinion on Microsoft Security Essentials: How is it?

    08/14/2010 2:06:53 PM PDT · by Don@VB · 51 replies
    Me | 8/14/10 | Don
    Just wondering about Microsoft Security Essentials. How does it compare to Norton, AVG etc? Often when its free you tend to get your money's worth. Is that the case here? Should I use it in conjunction with other anti-virus software?
  • Computer QUESTION: About "!A2"

    08/11/2010 2:55:05 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 28 replies · 1+ views
    My Firewall/Antivirus detected an infection of the "!A2" and says it's: A malicious trojan horse or bot that may represent security risk for the compromised system and/or its network environment. I tried to block it and delete the infected files, but that just set off an attack against my computer, which caused me to reload from backup several times. How do I get rid of this nightmare, and prevent it from coming back?
  • Best free video editing software?

    07/23/2010 11:03:54 AM PDT · by Keltik · 21 replies · 5+ views
    07-23-10 | Me
    I am looking for the best (easiest to use) free video editing software. I used to use Windows MovieMaker but I recently got a new laptop (Windows 7) and it has no video editing program.
  • A Man Who Took Life's Business Lemons and Made His Own Business Lemonade

    07/16/2010 11:40:03 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 4 replies
    Associated Content ^ | Published July 16, 2010 by: | Alice Winters
    After getting frustrated out of the lemons his problems gave him, David Miller made his own corporate lemonade. Due to the frustration of always having to call technical support to solve his own frequent hardware problems, he started taking the initiative to educate himself.
  • Transparent Digital Keyboard

    05/06/2010 4:06:23 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 2 replies · 2,097+ views
    Associated Content ^ | May 5 2010 | Alice Winters
    When it comes to computer technology, thin is always in. It's indisputable that the thinner, lighter, clearer, the better when dealing with the latest computer gadget. This keyboard is the epitome of the high standards expected of the technological version of the fashion industry. It's based on image as well, that is, image recognition technology. It judges clicking depending on the image of the size and where your finger touches the keyboard.
  • Ubuntu Reviewed: Hands on With Lucid Lynx

    05/03/2010 11:18:38 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 46 replies · 843+ views ^ | May 3rd 2010 at 1:35PM | Terrence O'Brien
    It seems that every time Ubuntu gets an update there's talk about how the new version will finally usher in the era of user-friendly Linux and turn the open-source operating system (OS) into a serious competitor to OS X and Windows. We've been running the latest version, 10.04 (code-named Lucid Lynx), since it first hit beta in mid-March. While we have a hard time seeing it replace Windows 7 anytime soon, the regular six-month intervals of serious improvements are finally paying off in an arguably consumer-ready OS. A Completely New Look *********************snip***************************** image at website***************************************************** The other major new feature...

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Adobe: "Go Screw Yourself Apple"

    04/09/2010 2:40:02 PM PDT · by decimon · 40 replies · 1,200+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | Apr 9, 2010 | Brandon Hill
    Friday's normally are pretty quite in the tech industry. However, for some reason, today has been particularly interesting -- especially on the Adobe front. Earlier today, we posted a story which pointed out Adobe's fear of HTML5 gaining traction. In fact, one of the only reasons why HTML5 has even beginning a lot of attention these days is for two reasons; 1) Apple's iPhone OS-based devices don't support flash and 2) Apple is out to kill Flash. > Brimelow continues throughout the blog railing against Apple and its behavior with regards to Apple. However, he saves his most colorful language...
  • iPad As A Secret Weapon

    03/30/2010 11:36:59 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 638+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/30/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army is getting very tight with the Apple Corporation, mainly because soldiers have long been enthusiastic users of Apple products (iPod and iPhone, and probably iPad as well). But Apple has tight control over what software can be used on these devices, so the military needs a close relationship with Apple just to get their custom military software on the iPods, iPhones and iPads the troops are so enthusiastic about. This relationship enabled the army to recently run a programming contest for troops and civilian employees. The goal was to create the most effective smart phone software for...
  • Max Secure Software Users: Did You Receive This Email? They Support Earth Hour-Climate Gate.

    03/27/2010 4:14:43 AM PDT · by stumptalker · 19 replies · 312+ views
    Max Secure Software Email ^ | 3/26/10 | Max Secure Software
    This Saturday, the symbols of our civilization, iconic buildings and landmarks from all over the world, will stand in darkness, to help bring to light one of the biggest challenges of our generation-- Climate Change. The 'Earth Hour' that began as a show of solidarity against climate change has today become a global movement. On March 27 at 8.30pm, switch off your lights to support action against climate change. Call for a climate deal that keeps global warming below two degrees and pledge to reduce your own carbon footprint. You can urge your employer, employees, club and your community to...
  • Haven't found that software glitch, Toyota? Keep trying

    03/15/2010 3:54:27 PM PDT · by dickmc · 30 replies · 733+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 11, 2010 | David M. Cummings
    While the Toyota portion of the article is informative, the really interesting is the authors remarks on: As anyone with experience in embedded systems will tell you, there are nasty software bugs that can be extremely difficult to reproduce in a laboratory test environment. To illustrate, I'd like to describe one such bug we encountered at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory while developing the flight software for NASA's Mars Pathfinder spacecraft.... much more experience is detailed in the article here which is quite interesting and well worth reading.
  • Business accounting software advice needed (DBA)

    03/03/2010 5:47:23 PM PST · by MaxMax · 41 replies · 514+ views
    3/3/2010 | MaxMax
    Hello fellow DBA and other small business owners, I'm seeking advice about accounting software for small business operations. I've used Quickbooks for decades and I'm looking for a new application since my business has upgraded to Win-7, which is WOW btw. QB has become a tiresome and time consuming ordeal since the old school support has become a memory of the past. What app do you use and how long? Does it fare well with small DBA’? And any other input would be gratefully appreciated.
  • Tax Law Was Cited in Software Engineer’s Suicide Note

    02/23/2010 8:52:01 AM PST · by anymouse · 18 replies · 1,200+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 18, 2010 | DAVID CAY JOHNSTON
    In his suicide note, the computer software engineer who flew a small plane into a building with Internal Revenue Service offices in Texas on Thursday cited a 1986 tax law as a major motivation for his action. The law, known as Section 1706 of the 1986 Tax Reform Act, made it extremely difficult for information technology professionals to work as self-employed individuals, forcing most to become company employees.
  • Walk the plank....or not! Help Microsoft eliminate software piracy.

    02/18/2010 6:28:57 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 5 replies · 470+ views
    Linux Pro ^ | 15 February 2010 | Jon maddog Hall
    Several times I have written about "Software Piracy", and I think a lot of my readers get a little tired of hearing about it, but something happened this week that started me thinking about Software Piracy again.Microsoft made Software Piracy Prevention a voluntary thing. Of course Microsoft will probably pitch a different explanation, but what they actually did was post an "update" to Windows 7 that had lots of anti-piracy software in it, and told their customers that it was "voluntary" to install the anti-piracy software. Now this was probably in response to another time when Microsoft tried to force...
  • Government To Pay For Software!

    02/08/2010 10:24:29 AM PST · by steveballmer · 20 replies · 650+ views
    The Secret Diary of Steve Ballmer ^ | 2-6-10 | steveballmer
  • Apple's Wozniak: Toyota may have software trouble

    02/03/2010 6:23:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 60 replies · 1,214+ views
    AFP ^ | 02/02/10
    Apple's Wozniak: Toyota may have software trouble Tue Feb 2, 10:22 pm ET WASHINGTON (AFP) – Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak suggested Tuesday in media interviews that Toyota's troubles with a defective accelerator pedal may have to do with software, after his Prius sped up while in cruise-control. "Since my foot never touches the pedal," Wozniak told ABC News, the problem "cannot be a sticky accelerator pedal.... There might be some bad software in there." He said the problem in his Prius might be related to the random acceleration issue that has forced Toyota into a massive recall of eight million...
  • Creating Training Curriculum

    01/21/2010 9:41:20 AM PST · by killermosquito · 11 replies · 275+ views
    Killer Mosquito | 1/21/2010 | Killer Mosquito
    I would like to create some training materials and need some suggestions. The materials will involve teaching people to use software applications and I would like to be able to demonstrate the software and also ask questions during the presentation.
  • Super OS 9.10 - Karmic Koala with Muscles

    01/10/2010 8:14:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 1,123+ views announced today, December 29th, yet another version of their Ubuntu-based Linux distribution... with "super powers." Super OS 9.10 (formerly known as Super Ubuntu) includes patches, tools and technologies that are missing from a standard Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) default installation. Among the applications present in the brand-new Super OS 9.10 we can notice powerful web browsers such as Google Chrome and Opera; a version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser with the Moonlight and Flash plugins; the VLC player with support for DVD playback and most of today's video and audio formats; a Live USB creator; support for portable...
  • Safety First for IT executives in China (Govt Warns Symantec CTO of 'Evil Maid' Virus)

    01/09/2010 10:59:17 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 640+ views
    CRN ^ | Sep 16, 2009 | Sholto Macpherson
    US Government recommends weighing laptop before and after each visit. Senior executives in US IT companies have been advised by the US Government to follow extremely strict policies for visits to China which extend far beyond standard software protection. The policies encourage them to leave their standard IT equipment at home and to buy separate gear only for use in China. Mark Bregman, chief technology officer at security firm Symantec said he left his MacBook Pro behind in the US and took his MacBook Air whenever he flew to China. Bregman said he only ever used the Air in China...
  • Intellectual Property Rights

    01/08/2010 9:29:01 AM PST · by killermosquito · 9 replies · 379+ views
    Killer Mosquito | 01/08/2009 | Killer Mosquito
    I've created a number of software tools which I use and would like to someday make into commercial products. I'm on the verge of getting a new job and would like to protect my rights to my creations...
  • Infamous Chinese Pirates Launch Ubuntu That Looks Just Like Windows XP

    12/26/2009 6:50:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 1,460+ views
    Downloadsquad ^ | 12/26/09 | Sebastian Anthony
    From the Chinese pirate masters of the non-sea-faring variety comes ... Ylmf OS! Not happy with pirating Windows XP itself, these creative Chinese have gone one step further and hacked Ubuntu to look exactly like Windows XP. Why have they moved to Ubuntu? Because their previous release -- a pirate version of Windows XP itself -- is being cracked down on by Microsoft. If you clicked the link above, you'll notice that the entire site is in Chinese with no sign of any button that'll magically turn it into English, but if you navigate to the download page, there does...
  • Drexel sophomore picked as College Entrepreneur of the Year

    12/19/2009 1:07:07 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies · 744+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 12/18/2009 | Mike Armstrong
    “Save your receipts” may be the rule in the workplace for getting reimbursed for expenses, but those slips of paper are just so much trash to a college student. That’s what Drexel University student Bradley Ericson pondered as he observed transactions at the checkout counter at campus dining halls. Students have a meal plan and tap it electronically by using their student identification card. But the cashier still hands over a printed piece of thermal paper. Soon after, that receipt winds up on the floor or counter. A freshman at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business in the fall of 2008,...
  • China Warns About Return of Destructive Panda Virus

    11/27/2009 11:38:36 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 343+ views
    PC World ^ | 11/27/09
    A computer worm that China warned Internet users against is an updated version of the Panda Burning Incense virus, which infected millions of PCs in the country three years ago, according to McAfee. The original Panda worm, also known as Fujacks, caused widespread damage at a time when public knowledge about online security was low, and led to the country's first arrests for virus-writing in 2007. The new worm variant, one of many that have appeared since late 2006, adds a malicious component meant to make infection harder to detect, said Vu Nguyen, a McAfee Labs researcher. "It has gotten...
  • Spectre Gets A Brain Upgrade

    11/09/2009 6:07:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 1,158+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/09/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Air Force is modifying the fire control software on its AC-130H gunships so the 105mm howitzer and 40mm autocannon can track and shoot at different targets at the same time. Currently, the two weapons can both be aimed at only one target at a time. The AC-130s are also being tested using missiles, like Hellfire. U.S. Air Force operates 25 of these gunships (eight AC-130H "Spectre", and 17 AC-130U "Spooky"). The AC-130U has an additional 25mm autocannon, and always had the capability to track more than one target at a time. Because of their vulnerability to ground fire,...
  • Blue Coat Cutting Staff 10%; Moving Some Jobs To India

    11/07/2009 9:23:02 AM PST · by nwrep · 6 replies · 439+ views
    Barrons ^ | November 6, 2009 | Eric Savitz
    Blue Coat Systems (BCSI) this morning said it will cut about 10% of its staff under a new restructuring plan. The company currently has a little under 1,500 employees. The company also said it will acquire S7 Software Solutions, a software R&D firm based in Bangalore, India, for about $5.25 million in cash. Blue Coat said it will shift some engineering positions from Sunnyvale (which is where the company is based) and Austin, Texas to Bangalore and other locations. It is closing offices in Riga, Latvia; South Plainfield, New Jersey; and Zoetermeer, the Netherland.
  • Botnets: Who's Behind Them and Why?

    10/27/2009 12:27:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 827+ views
    techradar ^ | 10/26/09 | Jon Thompson
    Cisco boffins infiltrate a botnet to find out about online crime By posing as a rogue programmer, Cisco researchers gained a unique insight into the world of botnets and their owners Poor education, a criminal record and a dislike of authority can all turn programmers bad. That's the finding of Cisco researchers who posed as botmasters to enter the world of online crime. "I wanna do what I wanna do, whenever I want," one botmaster told the researchers. By posing online as a rogue programmer, the researchers got him to reveal how he spams thousands of instant messenger users with...
  • Got A Favorite FREE Computer/Windows Utility Program?

    10/24/2009 5:58:02 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 170 replies · 4,433+ views
    What is it? Where is it? What's it do? ZoneAlarm Firewall
  • Kanye West Death Prank Used to Sling Scareware

    10/21/2009 11:58:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 219+ views
    The Register ^ | 21st October 2009 | John Leyden
    But Beyonce had one of the best hoaxes of all time Rumours of the death of rapper Kanye West in a car crash became fodder for fake anti-malware scams on Tuesday. Users searching for more info on the fictitious fatality ( are liable to get redirected to sites distributing scareware, security researchers warn. The rumour itself reportedly originated on notorious image board 4chan, the seeding ground for the Anonymous campaign against Scientology. Bogus reports, claiming West met his maker in a crash involving two luxury cars in Los Angeles, subsequently appeared in email as well as appearing on social network...
  • Online Glitch Angers Millions Of TD Bank Customers

    10/02/2009 1:25:14 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies · 773+ views
    WCBS TV ^ | 10-1-2009 | Jennifer McLogan
    OCEANSIDE, N.Y. (CBS) ― TD Bank's computer system has been on the fritz for days, causing chaos with balance statements. Customers are furious. On Thursday night, TD Bank was scrambling to fix a computer glitch that has millions of customers angry and confused about their account balances. The bank is now promising to reimburse those affected by the frustrating malfunction. "Very frustrating, very aggravating and scary," said Norma Hernandez, whose account registered zero balance. Online computer glitches with direct deposit created a near run on the bank.
  • Microsoft’s free antivirus program changes game

    10/01/2009 6:41:39 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 80 replies · 3,131+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | October 1, 2009 | Hiawatha Bray
    You paid for your antivirus software? Why? Good free options have been available for years, mainly from no-name companies. Nervous consumers figure they’re better off buying major brands, like Norton security software from Symantec Corp. Well, here’s a major brand for you: Microsoft Corp.
  • Autodesk, eBay seller suit could impact sales of secondhand software

    09/30/2009 5:29:54 PM PDT · by antiRepublicrat · 37 replies · 1,353+ views
    Computerworld UK ^ | September 30, 2009 | Nancy Gohring
    A judge Tuesday heard arguments in a dispute over software sales that could potentially have repercussions on the secondhand sale of virtually any copyright material. The suit was filed by Timothy Vernor, a seller on eBay, after Autodesk, citing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, asked eBay to remove some of its software products that Vernor had listed for sale there, and later to ban him from the site. Vernor had not illegally copied the software but was selling legitimate CDs of the products secondhand. For that reason, he argued, he was not infringing Autodesk's copyright. Autodesk countered that because it...
  • MIT Students Create App to Discover Gay Men on Facebook

    09/21/2009 8:11:54 AM PDT · by Question Liberal Authority · 24 replies · 1,692+ views
    App Scout ^ | 9/21/2009 | Brian Heater
    Locating unidentified homosexual men on Facebook? There's an app for that. It was created by two students at MIT, who discovered that gay men tend to have more male Facebook friends of their own orientation. The students, Carter Jernigan and Behram Mistree, ran the program on 10 men who were gay, but didn't reveal that information on their profiles. The software predicted that all ten were gay. The software apparent does not work for bisexual people or lesbians. No word on when it will be available for the iPhone.
  • Spy Kidz

    09/05/2009 1:40:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 504+ views
    Posted in ubiwar Tagged intelligence, terrorism SNIPPET: "Friends of this blog and others, Palantir Technologies, are profiled in a new article by Siobhan Gorman in the Wall Street Journal, How Team of Geeks Cracked Spy Trade: From a Silicon Valley office strewn with bean-bag chairs, a group of twenty-something software engineers is building an unlikely following of terrorist hunters at US spy agencies."
  • HELP Software QUESTION: Convert download video to text?

    08/28/2009 11:54:00 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 11 replies · 674+ views
    Question: Is there a cheap software program ... that will take sound from a downloaded file, video, or audio, and transcript it into text, and do a good job? I'm using Windows XP SP2 and Word 97.
  • Vanity: Need Help Finding Good Video Editing Software

    08/26/2009 1:19:11 PM PDT · by Brainhose · 19 replies · 838+ views
    Pelham, NH | Today | Brainhose
    HELP! I'm trying to find a good but not expensive application for editing video. What I mostly want to do is just cut out the commercials from recorded shows.Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've tried several apps and haven't had much luck. Thank You
  • Microsoft Says Word Ban Threatens Industry

    08/20/2009 7:19:00 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 54 replies · 1,588+ views
    PC World ^ | 20 August 2009 | Gregg Keizer
    Microsoft late Tuesday warned of "massive disruptions" to sales of Office, as well as to partners such as Best Buy, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard, if the injunction that prevents it from selling Word 2003 and Word 2007 in the U.S. after Oct. 10 is not set aside. In an emergency motion filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Microsoft asked that the injunction imposed last week by U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Davis be stayed, or temporarily put on hold, while its appeal is heard.Artwork: Chip TaylorMicrosoft's move was expected, as it had previously said it would appeal the verdict and...
  • Researchers Say Search, Seizure Protection May Not Apply to SaaS Data

    08/11/2009 1:16:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 786+ views ^ | 31 Jul 2009 | Robert Westervelt,
    Firms embracing Software as a Service (SaaS) are not protected from government and civil search and seizure actions and may not be informed if their SaaS data is seized from their provider, according to a researcher studying the issue. "In cloud computing, you will not have the ability to fight seizure before it happens," said Alex Stamos, co-founder and partner of security consultancy iSEC Partners Inc.. "You may not even know. There are no legal requirements for [SaaS providers] to notify you, and in fact, they may be gagged from doing so." Black Hat USA 2009 Get the latest news...
  • Open-source allies woo U.S. government

    07/22/2009 11:49:11 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 22 replies · 317+ views
    CNET ^ | July 22, 2009 | Stephen Shankland
    Several open-source software companies and many other allies have banded together in a consortium called Open Source for America to try to persuade the U.S. government to use more of the collaboratively developed software, to participate in its development, and help its practitioners work with the government better. The group includes more than 70 companies, academic institutions, organizations, and individuals. Among them are Linux sellers Red Hat, Novell, and Canonical; software sellers Sun Microsystems, its would-be acquirer Oracle, Mozilla, SugarCRM, Alfresco Software, Pentaho, Revolution Computing, Zmanda, EnterpriseDB, and Yahoo's Zimbra; and open-source allies including Advanced Micro Devices and Google. The...
  • How to use Avidemux to create an extracted video and audio

    07/07/2009 4:11:08 AM PDT · by rudy45 · 8 replies · 1,149+ views
    I have a .VOB file, from a DVD, from which I would like to extract 10 minutes. I am using Avidemux, but find the documentation to be virtually nonexistent. I have a really simple objective: extract a continuous 10 minutes from this original .VOB file. IF this were an audio file, and IF I were using Audacity, the process is simple: I would highlight the section of audio. Then I would - "trim" the audio outside the shaded area - save the result as a new file Or, I could - copy the highlighted section - open a new file...
  • Software Developers: C++, Java, Python, or C# for my desktop application? (VANITY)

    07/06/2009 12:40:46 PM PDT · by ROTB · 88 replies · 2,107+ views
    Various ^ | 7/6/2009 | Me
    I'm writing a desktop application that I'd like to deploy onto Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. I'm trying to pick the language that will give me the most conveniences, without setting timebombs that will go off down the road. Here's what I think I know so far: C++ Pros: 1) resulting code runs fastest, provided I am not a bonehead 2) most flexibility in memory management 3) Maximum difficulty in reverse engineering my object code, though there is nothing revolutionary or complex in what I plan to write. 4) Tools are rock-solid. C++ Cons: 1) memory management is the biggest hassle,...
  • 15 Must-Have Web Apps for Students (Freebies)

    07/02/2009 1:57:45 AM PDT · by Wooly · 23 replies · 1,953+ views ^ | 6/30/09 | Karen Schweitzer
    15 Must-Have Web Apps for Students June 28, 2009 in Tips and Tools Welcome! If this is your first time here, you may want to subscribe to get updates in your RSS feed reader. Thanks for visiting! This is a guest post from Karen Schweitzer. For more from Karen, check out her blog about Online College Courses, or follow her on Twitter. College students are increasingly reliant on computers – and, for many of us, that means spending tons of money software that we’d rather not use anyway. The reality, though, is that there are a ton of great, free...
  • Vanity -- What is the best editing/proofreading software?

    06/18/2009 3:11:13 PM PDT · by Ronin · 11 replies · 885+ views
    June 20, 2009 | Ronin
    I have been working as an independent professional rewriter and editor for many years and have recently began upgrading my resources and skills to handle science and medical technical papers, etc. I have heard some good things about Stylewriter, but I have also heard it takes a long time to get used to and the settings are difficult to manage. I have also seen online advertisements for a product called White Smoke, that seems much easier to use, but I have no idea of how capable it actually is. I know Free Republic has a great number of writers and...
  • SUBJECT: Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in Cuba

    04/18/2009 2:30:09 AM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies · 553+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | April 13, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secrectary _______________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release April 13, 2009 April 13, 2009 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE SUBJECT: Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in Cuba The promotion of democracy and human rights in Cuba is in the national interest of the United States and is a key component of this Nation's foreign policy in the Americas. Measures that decrease dependency of the Cuban people on the Castro regime and that promote contacts between Cuban-Americans...
  • Former Wall Street computer whizz Michael Osinski admits his work broke the banks

    04/05/2009 6:10:10 AM PDT · by Scanian · 94 replies · 3,616+ views,uk ^ | April 4, 2009 | Philip Sherwell
    As world leaders in London put the finishing touches to their G20 communiqué, Michael Osinski was up to his thighs in water on the other side of the Atlantic, retrieving oyster cages at low tide off a misty Long Island. Nowadays, he supplies oysters to some of the best restaurants in Manhattan. But he was following the efforts to reach agreement on tackling the global economic crisis with a deep personal interest. For in his previous incarnation, Mr Osinski played a crucial, if inadvertent, role in stirring up the financial whirlwind that has battered the world. As the top computer...
  • 11 reasons to switch to Linux

    03/30/2009 10:29:24 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 44 replies · 1,592+ views
    Geekzone ^ | 4-FEB-2009 08:24 | foobar
    People like to publish top-10 lists of all sorts. And "reasons to switch to Linux" is no exception. Many of those have been published, and the latest entry is here. However, I think the author completely forgot a very important point. Also, some of the points he makes should be examined a bit more closely and critically. The comments on the original article reflect some valid and some unfounded criticism. Let me just run through those points (italics are quotes from the original 10-point list, my comments are directly below each point) and provide my own take on those: Free: ...