Archive | June 30, 2006

Want to steal an election? Go electronic!

Ars Technica notes New e-voting study shows it's really easy to steal an election. “If you have some basic tech skills, a few readily available tools, and some hooligan friends, then you too could steal an election. Sadly, election fraud ain't that hard in the age of electronic voting.”

Tell your local officials: paper ballots are still the only reliable system. With audits. And reviews. And security. Electronics are just too easy to hijack.

SCO continues to fail in court

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols rejoices that “SCO hits iceberg,” but, while I'm relieved no poor judgement was rendered, this shouldn't come as any surprise. Most people felt SCO had no basis for their lawsuit, and that the entire process was targetted as a chilling effect, deterring the more risk-averse from trying or deploying Free and Open Source Software solutions. The question I have is this: did the SCO suit have the effect that SCO (and those who funded the effort) desired?

Novell executive changes

ComputerWorld reports “Update: Novell board ousts CEO Messman: COO and President Ron Hovsepian will take over CEO duties” I hope this turns out to be a good thing for Novell. Their SuSE distribution has a great reputation and their plan to merge Novell server technologies into their Linux offering is a promising avenue.

Apple ships patch upgrading Tiger to 10.4.7.

Looks like it's time for the monthly Apple patch-and-reboot. Get Patching!

The 10.4.7 Update is recommended for all users and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes for the following applications and technologies. It includes fixes for:

– preventing AFP deadlocks and dropped connections
– saving Adobe and Quark documents to AFP mounted volumes
– Bluetooth file transfers, pairing and connecting to a Bluetooth mouse, and syncing to mobile phones
– audio playback in QuickTime, iTunes, Final Cut Pro, and Soundtrack applications
– ensuring icons are spaced correctly when viewed on desktop
– determining the space required to burn folders
– iChat audio and video connectivity, creating chat rooms when using AIM
– importing files into Keynote 3
– PDF workflows when using iCal and iPhoto
– reliable use of Automator actions within workflows
– importing and removing fonts in Font Book
– syncing addresses, bookmarks, calendar events and files to .Mac
– compatibility with third party applications and devices
– previous standalone security updates

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