Cory Doctorow takes issue with comments made by Bruce Sterling in his talk at the recent O'Reilly Open Source Convention. Cory believes that technologies such as Vipul's Razor will succeed in eliminating spam, a view that Bruce challenged in his speech at OSCON.
Here's an excerpt from Cory's message, which he originally posted to the Silklist mailing list:
"I think the world of Bruce, and I have some deep disagreements with him. He's wicked-smart, and that makes those disagreements all the more enjoyable. He's challenged my thinking on this, but I'm still unconvinced (though I've come around on some points).
It comes down to this--to a certain extent, Bruce and I are both techno-determinists, except that, in my opinion, I'm an optimistic determinist and he's a pessimistic determinist."
Read the complete message presenting Cory's views on spam-killer technologies in What to Do About Spam?
And if you want to read the unabridged talk given by Bruce Sterling
at the Open Source Convention, we've published his speech in its
entirety. His views on open source will at once surprise and humor
you, and quite possibly get your ire up as well.
A Contrarian View of Open Source
Also this week, Dru Lavigne shows us several ways that we can
increase the security level on a FreeBSD box.
How much data are you logging? Jacek Artymiak shows how to improve
the security of remotely logged firewall logs and how to calculate
how much storage space you'll need to keep a reasonable amount of
logs for convenient analysis.
Securing Remote PF Firewall Logs
And in Part 1 in a multipart series on IRIX binary compatibility,
Emmanuel Dreyfus details the IRIX binary compatibility
implementation for the NetBSD operating system. This article
covers creating a new emulation subsystem inside the NetBSD kernel
as well as some reverse engineering to understand and reproduce
how IRIX internals work.
IRIX Binary Compatibility, Part 1
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Finally, the authors of Practical VoIP Using VOCAL discuss why
VoIP (Voice Over IP) is on the verge of taking off, and how their
book and VOCAL, the open source software that enables a core
network to support VoIP, are helping the community to grow and
build VoIP applications.
Speaking About VoIP
Thanks for reading,
Tara A. McGoldrick
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CASE Tools: Large System Development
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The Sharp Zaurus -- A Lovely Little Computer
Simson Garfinkel reviews Sharp's new Zaurus SL-5500 palmtop computer. With its GNU/Linux-based operating system and applications, the Zaurus is turning heads in the open source community.
Getting Started with SQL
In the second half of his inaugural column, John Paul Ashenfelter introduces us to several good SQL learning tools and begins to define database terms.
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