Microsoft Issuing Unusual Out-of-Band Security Update
What worries me the most is that according to the guys holding the presentation there was no reponse from the python team on that issue. Also plone, a web platform based on python, they tested their attack against it and notified the plone guys, didn't implement any countermeasures after being notified.
This was fixed in perl in 2003, it's interesting that the opensource community didn't bother to check the hashtable implementations of all other languages back then. Are they in competition not telling others that something important needs to be fixed? Java devs, chose not to change their hash algo in 2003 BTW because it is a too integral part. Well the modified version is in use for 8 years in perl, might wanna upgrade it this time ;)
Also the fixes PHP 5.4rc (and tomcat, and ...) implemented are just workarounds that were already available before with the suhosin extension for example. Limiting the number of variables you can POST is a wannabe fix, can be circumvented with JSON for example (given that the app uses json_decode() on the receiving end).
MySQL Outpacing Oracle In Wake of Acquisition
if you need to constantly change an ENUM field, then it is not supposed to be an enum field in the first place... Use a foreign-key to a table which you can easily edit.
BTW, you can edit an enum fields definition, it's just a series of clever DDL queries. but again, an enum column isn't supposed to change by design.
Open Source Cities Followup — Munich Yea, Vienna Nay
the budget for migrating all vienna offices to vista is 8million, the 740 kindergarten machines "just" cost 105k. I am not saying that this is a good thing, since the software that is the reason for the switch is unnecessary no matter on which OS it runs... But still the numbers are wrong.
I can't believe that this made headlines - just do the math 8M divided by 740 - that's 10810 Euro per machine, you could buy server grade hardware with 32 cores and 64gb ram (running linux of course) for every kindergarten, or a single license of vista according to the editors...