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After a few days of silence and idiots playing with the Unix gods and bricking their phones, Apple has finally acknowledged the bug that bricks phones with their clocks set to 1 January 1970. Curiously the support document on Apple's site doesn't list the well-known January 1 date, but May 1970 instead.
Professor Brian Kernighan is a computing heavyweight: he worked at Bell Labs, helped develop Unix and was one of two authors of the C programming language. Here, he talks with one of the UK's foremost computer science professors, Professor David Brailsford. Time to geek out.
For the most part, Jurassic Park isn't the kind of movie you'd want a chance to live out, what with the mortal danger and velociraptors and all that. But thanks to the amazing Jurassic Systems website, you can experience of of Jurassic Park's safer thrills first-hand: getting hacked by Dennis Nedry.
A long time ago, when people dialed (as in telephones) into Unix machines in some closet or college campus, they used a command called "w" to see who was also on the machine.
So, how exactly did Microsoft end up patenting Sudo, a years-old Linux command-line tool, without someone stepping in to stop them? Easy! They didn't.
Proof Microsoft could've done whatever it wanted with Windows 7 and people would've swallowed it, as long as it's pretty: People told a demo of KDE 4 was Windows 7 were amazed.
We're not sure why nobody's caught this bug until now, but OpenBSD developer Marc Balmer has just closed the book on a 25-year-old flaw affecting BSD file systems. He found it when an OpenBSD user emailed him about SAMBA crashing, which he then traced to a workaround SAMBA used to function correctly on BSD systems, which he THEN traced back to a flaw that existed since August of 1983. This bug is in every single BSD system since then, including Mac OS X. The code itself was a very trivial fix, which makes it all the crazier that it took 25 years to do so.