A different sort of hash (browns). Photo by jeffreyw on Flickr. Some rights reserved
A burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
PwdHash >> Stanford University
"PwdHash is an browser extension that transparently converts a user's password into a domain-specific password. The user can activate this hashing by choosing passwords that start with a special prefix (@@) or by pressing a special password key (F2)."
And it can stop phishing because the password hash is generated from the domain. Great! Er - but what if you use a different browser or a different machine that doesn't have it installed?
SOCIAL FIGURES: A cunning way to find cool Facebook stats >> The Dan Slee Blog
It is indeed cunning: pretend you want to book adverts to find out how many of various types of people there are. Smart.
Welsh government lays out broadband plans >> ZDNet UK
"According to the Welsh Assembly, only 35 percent of the Welsh population is likely to get super-fast broadband without public subsidy." But the Welsh parliament has declared it must be achieved by 2020. Interesting.
Cloud computing: the latest chapter in an epic journey >> Official Google Blog
Eric Schmidt: "With Chrome OS, we have in development a viable third choice in desktop operating systems. Before there was no cloud computing alternative—now we have a product which is fast, robust and scalable enough to support powerful platforms. It's something computer scientists have been dreaming about for a very, very long time. The kind of magic that we could imagine 20 years ago, but couldn't make real because we lacked the technology."
Not that this has prevented companies announcing it about once every three years for the past 20.
Google's Motion to Dismiss Paul Allen's Patent Infringement Complaint Granted >> Groklaw
Our suspicion is that Groklaw is being too triumphal, and that Allen's company will come back with a better lawsuit.
Suspended death sentence for Chinese official in anti-virus kickback plot >> Naked Security
Our nomination for headline of the week. The criminal's name is Yu Bing. We are not making this up.
Why we think we need the Grace programming language >> gracelang.org
Because there isn't a static-typed simple language. Durr. Let's see if this goes anywhere.
Mobile Opportunity: What's really wrong with BlackBerry (and what to do about it)
Fantastic analysis both of RIM's business model, and the flaws in it (it would be interesting to see similar ones for the iPhone and for Android, if the latter could be done) plus the usability nightmare of the BlackBerry Torch's contacts system. Having tried - and failed - to do a phone reset on a BlackBerry, or to find a way to mass-delete contacts while using the phone (so it could be given to someone else), it has to be said that RIM has a long usability road ahead of it.
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