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Diaspora's "open Facebook" source code riddled with security issues (Download Squad)

Sep 17th 2010 3:07PM I'd say there's a difference between one-off security bugs and architectural security bugs. All I've heard points to the latter--pre-alpha code or no, code designed for security from the ground up would likely be more well-received. The licensing issues only make things worse as there's no incentive for anyone outside to improve things.

As much as I support the idea, I'm glad I didn't donate to this project, both due to the lack of transparency and now due to these licensing and security issues. Hopefully either they fix their process and code or someone else comes along and makes something better.

Microsoft still selling more than 7 copies of Windows 7 per second (Download Squad)

Jul 23rd 2010 3:05PM > I don't want to bring IE6 into this, but all these Windows 7 sales in the corporate world must mean an upgrade to the IE8 that comes with Windows 7, right? I sure hope so!

Only if you don't count XP Mode. :3

Review: Rainmeter 1.2 (and Gnometer default theme) (Download Squad)

Jun 15th 2010 5:31PM Hmm. Installed it, played with the default theme a bit and then uninstalled it. It may be easier to use than before, but it still relies far too much on configuration files from what I can tell. I couldn't figure out how to get it to display on the bottom of my second monitor with the calendar and system bars expanding upwards, and I didn't want to spend more than 10 minutes figuring it out.

Looks beautiful, though. Shows some promise, if they can figure out the configurability issues.

Tabjacking: a new and ingenious phishing attack (Download Squad)

May 25th 2010 1:47PM >You wouldn't have to hack the site to inject the JavaScript either: an add-on or extension would work just as well...

If you've installed an untrusted extension, you've already lost. Easier to just inject code on the real login page in that case.

Dear Hotmail: I won't take you seriously until you cut this crap out (Download Squad)

May 20th 2010 1:33PM @Peter I'm talking about this next major release that's occurring this summer. I've talked to some superiors about this and I'm hoping that they'll have more official confirmation on this out soon.

Dear Hotmail: I won't take you seriously until you cut this crap out (Download Squad)

May 18th 2010 4:21PM I am an MS employee in the Hotmail group and I'm 99% sure that the next major release of Hotmail will disable those ads. My dogfood account doesn't add them, and we try to make that environment as close to the production environment as possible. Apparently our PR team doesn't see that as something to brag about.

As an interesting side note, if you use the current desktop mail client or Outlook Connector, it doesn't attach the footer ads and never has, as I understand it.

Google Gaming coming to a browser window or tablet screen near you? (Download Squad)

May 12th 2010 4:33PM Google is probably not going to make games. I could be wrong, but I just don't see it. I do think that a platform is much more likely, and I'd be willing to bet that it would be something that runs specifically on Chrome/Android.

Using FoxIt because you think it's safer than Adobe Reader? Think again. (Download Squad)

Mar 31st 2010 1:45PM So what's preventing the attacker from replacing the call to cmd.exe to, say, /bin/sh? I didn't see anything about this attack that makes it necessarily limited to Windows.

Microsoft (attempts) to challenge Steam with new game download service (Download Squad)

Dec 15th 2009 4:45PM So, Microsoft isn't allowed to compete with other companies now?

Wolfram Alpha kills its mobile site, pushes $50 iPhone app (Download Squad)

Dec 4th 2009 2:14PM I wonder what happens if you visit the old mobile site with a non-iphone?