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A burst of 8 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Gawker hackers release file with FTP, author & reader usernames/passwords
Includes Nick Denton's username, password for his Google Apps, Twitter and Campfire accounts. Let's hope his mobile is working, wherever he is.
The Rise of the Stealth Cloud >> CIOUpdate.com
"The term stealth cloud refers to the unauthorized use of a company's private or public cloud, be that by current or ex-employees or third parties." Does that include use where you allow it at first and then change your mind?
Stephen Wolfram Blog : Programming with Natural Language Is Actually Going to Work
Stephen Wolfram: "with the release of Mathematica 8—we've launched the first production example. It's certainly not the end of the story, but I think it's a really good beginning. And I know that even as an expert Mathematica programmer, I've started routinely using natural language input for certain steps in writing programs." He has an example that's really intriguing.
FTC Hires Hacker to Help With Privacy Issues. It Didn't Last. >> Forbes.com
"Chris Soghoian is an unlikely federal official." More like a prankster in some respects.
The Truth About Google's Nexus S: It's Nothing Special >> Business Insider
Actually, this slightly misses the point. The Nexus S is a 'reference' phone - showing how a vanilla Android phone with the annoyance taken out should look.
Commenting Accounts Compromised — Change Your Passwords >> Gawker.com
If you've commented on a Nick Denton blog at any point then you need to change your password - and perhaps on other sites too. Quickly.
Google Cr-48 for Coding >> John Resig
A programmer has a go with a ChromeOS machine: "Right now I have my primary browser and my secondary terminal. In the terminal I have an SSH connection to my server where I run screen. Within that I split it into two vertical panes which gives me both a text editor and an IRC view (where I spend a vast majority of my day). Using this I can most likely get work done on a day-to-day basis.
"The major problem: This really only works if you're connected to the Internet. I know that this should be rather obvious since this is 'Chrome OS' and it is something of a netbook – but the lack of any filesystem access means that I won't use this machine for anything more than a hobby (certainly can't use it while traveling)."
Still a long, long way to go if even coders aren't happy.
Government departments encouraged to upgrade to Windows 7 >> Computer Weekly
The original headline said "told to upgrade", but it's not as definite as that: "CESG, the Information Assurance (IA) arm of GCHQ, has given the green light to Windows 7 and is encouraging government departments to upgrade to the operating system."
Expect that Internet Explorer 6 will still stick around in some places though.
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