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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

mr_mischief Re:*drool* (95 comments)

Why spend $2000 to update from a P4 though? For $350 or $400 a system can show your P$ to be a waste of electricity.

4 hours ago
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IEEE Guides Software Architects Toward Secure Design

mr_mischief Re:I love it when the IEEE... (40 comments)

Well, that's a fair enough argument I guess. Neither Bill nor Hillary are as hardcore along party lines as some. I'd hardly place them with the Republicans, but they are closer to moderate/centrist Republicans than to a lot of the Democratic party. In the same way, lots of Republicans are closer to moderate/centrist Democrats than to the fringe right.

5 hours ago
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IEEE Guides Software Architects Toward Secure Design

mr_mischief Re:I love it when the IEEE... (40 comments)

Yeah, you mean that damn "Republican" Bill Clinton who was in office in 1996 when ITAR and EAR resulted in the DOJ going after Phil Zimmerman?

In case you hadn't noticed, Clinton was and is a Democrat, and the President is in charge of the Executive branch agencies.

6 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

mr_mischief Re:subjective list below, by genre and platform (367 comments)

I should also mention:

Combat - vehicle combat game - Atari 2600
Othello / reversi - board game - also many computer implementations
pente / fives - board game - also many computer implementations
Portal - dimensional perfuckery - Windows, Linux, OS X
icebreaker - bouncing balls and building walls - lots
AssaultCube - quirky shooter with many solo and team modes - Linux, Windows, OS X

8 hours ago
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The American Workday, By Profession

mr_mischief Re:coordinated work (144 comments)

There are asocial and antisocial asshats in pretty much every line of work.

10 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

mr_mischief subjective list below, by genre and platform (367 comments)

These are in no particular order of preference, as I heavily prefer these to most other games. I'll try to put them in broad categories and mention the platform.

  • Megalomania - arcade style falling threat shooter - Atari 2600
  • Gauntlet - cooperative overhead maze runner - arcade (some home systems may suffice, but the arcade is the best)
  • Pitfall - side-scrolling platformer/runner - several, but 2600 is mine
  • Axis and Allies - WWII board game - board game, Avalon Hill then some other companies. There are decent computer implementations. The Hasbro PC version is good except the AI is weak.
  • chess - board game
  • Spades, Euchre, Oh Heck - trick-taking card games - get Hoyle and a deck of cards, really
  • Poker, especially Hold 'Em and Omaha - betting card games - get Hoyle and a deck of cards, really
  • Fallout, Fallout 2 - isometric overhead CRPG - DOS (1 only), Windows, Mac OS, OS X (1 only), OnLive (I've played only on DOS/Win)
  • Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas - first person (with camera changes to 3rd over-shoulder if you like) CRPG - Windows, PS3, Xbox 360
  • Half-Life, Team Fortress Classic - first-person shooters - Windows, Linux, OS X, PS2 (Half-Life only)
  • Half-Life 2 - first-person shooter - Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, OS X, Linux, NVIDIA Shield
  • Unreal Tournament or Unreal Tournament 2004 (take your pick) - first-person shooter - Dreamcast, Linux,
    Mac OS, Mac OS X, PlayStation 2, Windows
  • Trivial Pursuit - trivia board game - board game or one of many computer implementations
  • Asteroids - 2d space shooter with wrap-around threats from all direction - arcade, 2600, others
  • Super Mario Brothers - platform run and jump - NES
  • Bionic Commando - platform run, jump, swing, and shoot - NES
  • Genghis Khan - tile-based, turn-based strategy and tactics - NES, very playable on Wii virtual console version
  • Final Fantasy - multi-character sing;e-player RPG-like adventure - NES
  • Savage Worlds - pen and paper RPG - I've been playing RPGs for more than two decades, and this is my current personal favorite ruleset
  • Scorched Earth or some version of Worms - 2d power and angle turn-based artillery with weapons upgrades - various
  • Scorch3d - 3d reimagining of Scorched Earth - probably various, but I've played it on Linux
  • Starcraft - RTS - Windows
  • Total Annihilation - RTS - Windows
  • Spring - RTS - Linux, Windows (at least)
  • Supreme Commander - RTS - Windows
  • Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance - RTS - Windows
  • Nuclear Dawn - FPS with minor RTT/RTS aspects - Windows, Linux
  • Awesomenauts - 2d platform shooter - Linux, Windows, OS X
  • Risk - board game - board game with many computer interpretations
  • Boggle/Super Boggle - tabletop letter dice grid word-hunt game - special
  • Scrabble - crossword board game - board game, but lots of computer implementations
  • Castles 2 - castle building, defense, and siege game - DOS/Windows
  • Stronghold series - castle building and defense game - Windows
  • Apples to Apples - party card game
  • Cards Against Humanity - like Apples to Apples gone horribly inappropriate - lots of implementations since it's Creative Commons
  • Colonization or FreeCol - Civiliation-style expansion game in the settling of the new world - DOS (Col), multi (FreeCol)
  • Civilization series - complex simulation of competing civilizations - Windows (but check out FreeCiv
  • Alpha Centauri - Sid Meier's Civ series ... IN SPACE! - Windows (watch for another space-faring Civ title, Civ Beyond Earth)
  • Master of Orion series - simple interface, complex 4X games in space - DOS, Windows
  • Mortal Kombat series - 2d fighter - lots
  • Killer Instinct - 2d fighter - SNES (others? IDK)
  • Street Fighter series - 2d fighter - lots
  • Eternal Champions - 2d fighter - Genesis
  • Mechwarrior 4 - first-person mech combat - Windows
  • Armored Core - first-person mech combat - PS/2

yesterday
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PHP 5.6.0 Released

mr_mischief 24 CVE fixes in one language system release (112 comments)

Here are the lines matching for grep -P 'CVE-\d{4}-\d+':

Fixed bug #67390 (insecure temporary file use in the configure script). (CVE-2014-3981)
Fixed bug #66060 (Heap buffer over-read in DateInterval). (CVE-2013-6712)
Fixed bug #67716 (Segfault in cdf.c). (CVE-2014-3587)
Fixed bug #67705 (extensive backtracking in rule regular expression). (CVE-2014-3538)
Fixed bug #67327 (fileinfo: CDF infinite loop in nelements DoS). (CVE-2014-0238)
Fixed bug #67328 (fileinfo: fileinfo: numerous file_printf calls resulting in performance degradation). (CVE-2014-0237)
Fixed bug #67326 (fileinfo: cdf_read_short_sector insufficient boundary check). (CVE-2014-0207)
Fixed bug #67410 (fileinfo: mconvert incorrect handling of truncated pascal string size). (CVE-2014-3478)
Fixed bug #67411 (fileinfo: cdf_check_stream_offset insufficient boundary check). (CVE-2014-3479)
Fixed bug #67412 (fileinfo: cdf_count_chain insufficient boundary check). (CVE-2014-3480)
Fixed bug #67413 (fileinfo: cdf_read_property_info insufficient boundary check). (CVE-2014-3487)
Fixed bug #66731 (file: infinite recursion). (CVE-2014-1943)
Fixed bug #66820 (out-of-bounds memory access in fileinfo). (CVE-2014-2270)
Fixed bug #66946 (fileinfo: extensive backtracking in awk rule regular expression). (CVE-2013-7345)
Fixed bug #67060 (sapi/fpm: possible privilege escalation due to insecure default configuration). (CVE-2014-0185)
Fixed bug #67730 (Null byte injection possible with imagexxx functions). (CVE-2014-5120)
Fixed bug #66901 (php-gd 'c_color' NULL pointer dereference). (CVE-2014-2497)
Fixed bug #66356 (Heap Overflow Vulnerability in imagecrop()). (CVE-2013-7226)
Fixed bug #66815 (imagecrop(): insufficient fix for NULL defer). (CVE-2013-7327)
Fixed bug #67717 (segfault in dns_get_record). (CVE-2014-3597)
Fixed bug #67432 (Fix potential segfault in dns_get_record()). (CVE-2014-4049)
Fixed bug #67539 (ArrayIterator use-after-free due to object change during sorting). (CVE-2014-4698)
Fixed bug #67538 (SPL Iterators use-after-free). (CVE-2014-4670)
Fixed bug #67492 (unserialize() SPL ArrayObject / SPLObjectStorage Type Confusion). (CVE-2014-3515)

That's not the applications written in PHP, mind you. That's the language system.

yesterday
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The American Workday, By Profession

mr_mischief coordinated work (144 comments)

Lots of construction work is only safe to do when the crew is working together. You can't have people single-lifting things that require team lifting. You can't have a truck, pallet jack, front loader, paver, or crane operator running heavy equipment in confined areas without spotters and such. A roofer needs nails and shingles brought up to be efficient. Getting to lunch at the same time is good safety and good business. It's not just a union thing.

yesterday
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

mr_mischief Re:Cooling is worse then warming. (140 comments)

The planet will be fine either way. Save the humans.

3 days ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

mr_mischief Cool? No. Common? Workhorse? Yes. (507 comments)

I doubt too many people think a cast iron pan is cool. Yet it can be used to bake, broil, fry, sauté, reduce, and more.

Is mergesort cool? Are linked lists and hash tables cool? They are common building blocks, but are very useful.

Is DRAM cool? Are x86_64 processors sexy?

Is the Honda Accord or the Toyota Camry "bitchin'"?

Are asphalt shingles as impressive as a slate roof?

When your job calls for a sturdy workhorse, you don't need a thoroughbred racehorse. You don't haul gravel in a Huracan. If your project calls for Java, or C++, or Fortran, Ada, or even for COBOL then you use what gets the job done. If it calls for rapid deployment from a small team, you might use Perl, Python, Ruby, Javascript, or even a shell script. If you need Erlang, Forth, Swift, some assembly language, or some Basic dialect due to platform, existing code, etc then you just suck it up and do that. If you have a chance to do greenfield development and can pick your language, pick anything that works.

If you're in a Java shop working on a Java project, you write and debug Java. Sometimes there's more than one right tool for the job, but you use the one everyone in your workshop has and can use.

4 days ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

mr_mischief Re:2GB of RAM? (215 comments)

Who cares for the puroses of this story, since an AMD A4 is a 64-bit (AMD64 / x86_64) processor from AMD?

about two weeks ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

mr_mischief Re:The drugs are terrible (200 comments)

Not all ADHD folks are hyperactive. The "H" is common but not universal. Poor sleep can definitely cause a loss of ability to focus, though. It can also contribute to risk of stroke, heart attack, type 2 diabetes, and a lot of other problems. I wouldn't doubt that hyperactivity could be among those.

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Uses Preteen Gamers To Beta Test Tomorrow's Military Software

mr_mischief Re:Greetings, Starfighter. (84 comments)

Listen, Centauri. I'm not any of those guys, I'm a kid from a trailer park.

about two weeks ago
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Cornering the Market On Zero-Day Exploits

mr_mischief Re:No, the CIA spies on the US Senate. (118 comments)

That was a specific case in which the CIA was trying to protect itself from a specific investigation into their other illegal activities. In general the CIA does not spy on US citizens because there are other agencies already doing that.

about three weeks ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

mr_mischief Re:catch has gotten more specific, skill not chang (146 comments)

I'm not so sure I agree. When you practice out routes and sideline routes your whole career counting on push-out rules and then suddenly being pushed out means you're out of bounds for the catch, that's massive. An out route can't go as far out, and a sideline route has to be further in from the sideline. It's probably a bigger change than going from NCAA football with the one-foot rule to the NFL with the two-foot rule.

The reply rules made what counts as a catch a lot more strict, but a good solid catch with control of the ball was always the goal. Thayt didn't change too much other than getting incomplete passes more accurately called. The push-out rule changing OTOH changed how the routes are run on the same size field.

about three weeks ago
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Cornering the Market On Zero-Day Exploits

mr_mischief Re:They'll do the right thing (118 comments)

Nah. The CIA spies overseas. The FBI spies domestically. The NSA does both. Then they all hand their analyses to DHS overlords to put us on watch lists for further Fourth Amendment violations with no actual evidence of anything.

about three weeks ago
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Google+ Photos To Be Separated From Google+

mr_mischief Plus is primarily centralized account management (114 comments)

Google Plus is only incidentally a social network. It was designed to merge and centrally manage the YouTube, Picasa, GMail, et al accounts. It's been quite effective. The stream was an easy add-on goal and an additional selling point for consumers. Circles offer a nice benefit and are being used now not just for the Plus stream but to notify people about one another's activities on the other sites like YouTube.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

mr_mischief Re:Protip (209 comments)

Clearly you work for Trane since your freelancer.com profile says Fort Smith. There, that's out of the way now.

about a month ago

Submissions

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White House petitioned to save those in hot cars

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  about a month ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "The White House, through the "We the People" petition site, has received a petition to allow civilians to proactively free children, the elderly, and animals stuck in hot cars and then contact authorities, as these situations are time-sensitive. The petition asks for a federal law granting people the right to do this uniformly across the country.

So far it has fewer than 1,000 signatures, but do we really need it to have more? Is there a jurisdiction in the US where breaking a window to save a human life is actually considered a crime by police and the courts? If so, what madness is that? Do Congress and the President really need to state in a statute that saving a life is justifiable grounds for what it basically minor property damage?

Is this a case of overly cautious people, overly litigious civil society, or overzealous enforcement of laws? How does it interact with good samaritan laws? What makes doing the right thing so hard?"
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Bill to ban sales of prepaid wireless without ID

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "The Washington Post headline reads: "New proposal would require identification to buy prepaid cellphones".

According to the Washington Post, "A bipartisan pair of Senate leaders have introduced a first-of-its-kind bill aimed at stopping terrorist suspects such as the would-be Times Square bomber from hiding their identities by using prepaid cellphones to plot their attacks." The proposal says the term of retention by the phone companies should last until eighteen months after deactivation.

At least The Post mentions some of the problems, which is better than many others covering the story. They cover the need for anonymous communications for battered spouses, whistleblowers, and others. They also note the concern that it could be a precursor to registered-only communications on the Internet.

Mobiledia quotes Chuck Schumer as, ""This proposal is overdue because for years terrorists, drug kingpins and gang members have stayed one step ahead of the law by using prepaid phones that are hard to trace," said Schumer. "There's no reason why it should still be this easy for terror plotters to cover their tracks."

Mobiledia goes on to compare freedoms about electronics in the US to, of all places, Thailand, Singapore, and Australia. "Several countries, including Australia, Germany, Japan, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and Thailand, already require prepaid buyers to register their information."

According to Rueters, Republican John Conryn is quoted as, "A major lesson we've learned from the investigation and arrest of Faisal Shahzad is that we must require individuals purchasing a prepaid cell phone in this country to provide verified identifying information," Cornyn said (emphasis added by submitter to Slashdot).

Michael McAuliff of The New York Daily News editorializes, "We suspect most people will like this measure, but the phone companies, libertarians, and immigrant groups may not be pleased."

Is this really an important power of government, or is it just more grabbing of the privacy and security of normal Americans using a questionable rallying cry?"

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Google updates Chrome EULA

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "According to The Register and confirmed at Chrome's EULA page, the objectionable parts of Chrome's license as reported in Slashdot story Reading Google Chrome's Fine Print have been removed.

Rebecca Ward is the Senior Product Counsel for Google Chrome. When asked about the debacle and the public outcry, she said, "In order to keep things simple for our users, we try to use the same set of legal terms (our Universal Terms of Service) for many of our products. Sometimes, as in the case of Google Chrome, this means that the legal terms for a specific product may include terms that don't apply well to the use of that product. We are working quickly to remove language from Section 11 of the current Google Chrome terms of service. This change will apply retroactively to all users who have downloaded Google Chrome."

Matt Cutts over at Google called the license snafu, "clearly a mistake" and said he should have been "grateful to the people that pointed it out". He apologizes for his initial "strident" reaction in his blog."
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Washington Post labels Kennedy from Illinois

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  about 6 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "It's a common theme on Slashdot to point out sloppy reporting, especially around tech or science articles. I thought I'd point out this US political snafu from a paper that should know better — The Washington Post has Senator Ted Kennedy labeled as a Democrat from Illinois. Too bad he's from Massachusetts. Perhaps this sloppy reporting problem has as much to do with hurrying the stories as having no clue about what's being reported."
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Fallout 3 deemed unsuitable for sale in Australia

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "According to GameSpot, PC World, and PSX Extreme, the Office of Film and Literature Classification has refused to classify Bethesda's third installment to the venerable series.

Games apparently need to be classified with a rating to be legal for sale in Australia. The most adult-oriented classification for games is for material suitable for the age of 15 and over. That means the OFLC deems something in the game — rumored to be use of the drug morphine, although there are no details as to why on the OFLC site — is unsuitable for those under 15. There are higher classifications for other media."
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Switchgrass -- a biofuel source for the US?

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "SciAm reports that farmers and USDA scientists have tracked the energy inputs into a native perennial grass over a five-year period. They've also tracked the output, and they say there's a 540% surplus of energy harvested over what's put in by the farmers. It even grows on land that's not good enough farmland for raising food and fiber crops. The catch is that it requires cellulose to ethanol conversion, which unlike sugar to ethanol conversion is not yet a commercial concern in the US.

The DOE intends to help change the picture by partially funding six refineries for cellulosic biorefineries to the tune of $1.2 billion.

It certainly sounds better than ethanol from corn, but we'll have to wait to see if this is the fuel source of the near future in the US."
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Another Google cross-domain vulnerability fixed

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "The Register reports that a vulnerability allowed exploiting Google Docs to access information stored in users' GMail accounts. The bug is said to be fixed now. It was possible using proof-of-concept code to grab Gmail contact lists as witnessed by the reporters. The developer of the PoC says he could just as easily grab actual email messages or other user data on Google's servers until the hole was closed."
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CNet reporter calls for Microsoft to abandon Vista

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "As it's hard to miss the stories lately, all of us on /. are likely to know people are underwhelmed with Windows Vista. Well, Don Reisinger over at CNet's News.com is not quite just underwhelmed. He suggests that Vista may be the downfall of Microsoft because the company has really just missed the mark with the operating system. Despite years in development, Reisinger says Vista was delivered to market too early. He also says it's overpriced and plain doesn't work well enough for its users, among other complaints. His suggestion? Support those who are running it, but ditch Vista and move on."
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$199 Linux laptop

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mr_mischief writes "According to Hot Hardware's recent review, Asus is getting ready to unleash a $199 compact notbook running Linux. This is entirely different from this recent $150 Linux laptop story which many Slashdot readers believ to be a scam.

There's a dual-mode menu which offers a simple system for novice computer users, and a slightly more advanced version for others. It's not aimed squarely at the same market as the One Laptop Per Child project's XO, and is expected to be sold to end suers worldwide. It's targeted at new users who don't own a computer or at people who want a cheap, small laptop for basic tasks.

The reviewed version has a 7" screen and a cramped keyboard to match, but a 10" version is available for $100 more. It offers built-in wired and wireless networking,four USB 2.0 ports, and a three-hour battery life. The storage options are a bit cramped, as you only get 4 GB of onboard storage (8 GB on the $299 model) and no optical drive. As the review says, though, USB 2.0 can make up for that if you like, and the lack of moving drive parts makes the machine run dead quiet."

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mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "Got Firefox? Get it updated!

The Mozilla Foundation has released an important security update for Firefox 2.0 which fixes eight vulnerabilities (five of them rated critical) among other things.

Patches are also available for Firefox 1.5.0.x and Thunderbird 1.5.0.x as well.

See Secunia's advisory to find out more about security issues with memory corruption in the JavaScript and layout engines, a heap-based buffer overflow handling Windows bitmaps, a couple of arbitrary HTML/script vulnerabilities and what appear to be a couple of arbitrary native code vulnerabilities."
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mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "It turns out that circumcision, which some berate as a cruel and primitive practice while others say helps in cleanliness and disease control, may actually have a significant impact on the spread of certain diseases. In particular, the BBC is reporting a US National Institutes of Health study in whichthe practice cut HIV transmission rates from women to heterosexual men by about 50%.

While doctors understandably don't want to promote promiscuous sex and 50% is still too strong a chance of transmitting such a serious disease, the recommendation is that circumcision be part of a plan to combat the disease.

Although every disease is different, I wonder if it's clear enough to people that if one disease is slowed by this practice that it probably has some effect in slowing some other diseases as well."
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mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "EETimes reports Microsoft is working on standardizing a robotics platform and development for it. They want to make it easier to develop robots, starting with the IDE and development environment and continuing through specifying acceptable hardware, just like for PCs and Windows CE devices.

What's next, the MS directives of robotic behavior, including "Do not allow Microsoft to be harmed through your actions or inactions", and "Do not play music, movies, or games that are not from cartel-approved suppliers?""
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mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mr_mischief (456295) writes "Microsoft has a bulletin about a vulnerability for something called Vector Markup Language. Security Focus has one too.

Vector Markup Language was a proposed web standard that was passed on by the standards bodies and which was both subsumed and superseded by Scalable Vector Graphics.

Despite VML being passed over and another alternative being made a standard, Microsoft implemented it anyway. In the implementation there is a security problem that MS says can allow an attacker total control of a target system.

If it's nonstandard, duplicating functionality offered by a standard, and they can't be bothered to do it right the first time, perhaps they shouldn't preinstall it on millions of computers around the world. How could Microsoft actually get enough of an edge from undercutting a fairly widely implemented standard with a dangerous implementation that it is financially worthwhile for them? Wouldn't be better for them in the long run to just implement the standard, or is there some huge installed base of VML somewhere that I'm just missing?"

Journals

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Is Acclaim really being forward-thinking with Top Secret?

mr_mischief mr_mischief writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I saw this message when I went to their site to look it over using Firefox 2.0.0.3:

Welcome to Acclaim!
We recommend viewing the Acclaim site
with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0. You can
use other browsers but you may not receive
the full experience.

WTF? And they want to tell me they're a groundbreaking software house? Check out the groundbreaking work they're doing in your favorite browser and see what it says.

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