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Encrypting Passwords Is A Waste Of Time

Encrypting passwords is no longer a vital operation, and these days seems mostly useless. Why? I'll tell you.

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Facebook: Enemy #1

Facebook has decided (without asking you) that developers of Facebook apps will now be allowed to harvest your personal contact information. Yes, that's as bad as it sounds. Actually, it's even worse if you understand what can be done with this kind of information in the hands of criminals or malicious people.

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SunSolve: Going, Going, Gone

Today is the last day that the SunSolve support service center will officially be available. Oracle released the final pre-deployment details today for the "decommissioning" of SunSolve and is now ramping up its replacement, My Oracle Support, which is slated to take the reins in the support arena immediately. Sun hardware and software users have […]

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Apache Foundation “Goes To War” With Oracle

The Apache Foundation has declared "war" on Oracle over the recent developments in the Java language, specifically over licensing issues and the announcement that Oracle plans to split the Java language into "paid" and "unpaid" versions.

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Zeus Botnet Traps Researchers With Honeypot

The authors of a recent Zeus Trojan exploit, which targeted federal taxpayers, also set up a special honeypot trap for researchers who might investigate the attack. They set up a phony "administrative panel" that fed the researchers fake statistics on the number of Zeus-infected machines, as well as fake "botnet" software that actually gathered intelligence […]

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It’s Official: Silverlight Is Pointless

Microsoft has now officially admitted that the Silverlight platform is a waste of time for users, deveopers, and practically everyone else, too. The company failed to make Silverlight compelling to anyone in any meaningful way and is scaling back their efforts to promote it, claiming now that that it's a "development platform for Windows Phone”, […]

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Oracle Spends 1 Billion To Buy Art Technology

Oracle Corp. has announced that it will pay roughly $1 billion to acquire Art Technology Group Inc., a maker of e-commerce software. The purchase will add significantly to Oracle's business-software offerings. ATG currently has approximately 1200 enterprise and mid-sized clients around the world to whom they provide cross-channel commerce platforms and software applications. ATG offers […]

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Microsoft Death Spiral

The latest article by Information Week's Senior Editor Paul McDougall is well written and cites example after example of Microsoft's incompetence and inability to gain traction in virtually every market they've tried their hand at recently. His article, "Microsoft Looking Like An End-Stage Company" is spot-on and well worth reading.

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Oracle Says That Google ‘Directly Copied’ Their Java Code

Oracle has now amended the lawsuit it filed against Google back in August, stating that they believe that 'approximately one third of Android's Application Programmer Interface (API) packages' are 'derivative of Oracle's copyrighted Java API packages' and related documents. Is this another "SCO"-style lawsuit, without any merit, or did Google really steal Oracle's code? It's […]

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If you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product

"If you aren't paying for the product, you are the product." It's unclear where that quote first originated but in the internet world, no truer words have been spoken. And that brings us to Facebook, where the users are the product. That's right, Facebook is a service, but the users are the product. More specifically, […]

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