Developer Week in Review

Suing your suppliers, tracking your customers, and giving away your assets.

Welcome to this week’s edition of Developer Week in Review. Sorry we’re running a little late. We assure you it has nothing to do with the release of “Portal 2.”

The wide world of litigation

Another busy week for the court system, courtesy of the software industry. Software patents are back at the Supreme Court, this time courtesy of Microsoft and i4i. Meanwhile, Apple is suing Samsung over look and feel issues related to the Galaxy Tab, while at the same time ordering $7.8 billion USD of iPad 2 components from Samsung this year. This is equivalent to getting plastic surgery from a doctor that you’re suing for malpractice, as far as I can tell.

For those keeping score at home, Technologizer has come up with a handy reference chart showing who has who in court at the moment. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t play!

Every step you take, every move you make, I’ll be logging it to consolidated.db

All good conspiracy theorists know that cell phones track your every move and send it to the secret CIA spy satellites, where mole people study the data and plot the subjugation of mankind. This week brought confirmation (well, not of the mole people, but still…)

Security researchers have found a magic log file on the iPhone that records pretty much everywhere you’ve ever been since you first turned the phone on. I can confirm that it had details of my travels going back well into last summer.

The more paranoid minded may see this as some global plot. I tend to apply the maxim that you should never ascribe to malice what can be explained by incompetence. It does serve as a wake-up call to developers that your logs files can often be your most vulnerable security hole. We spend a lot of time worrying about SQL injection and cross-server scripting attacks when we write code, but tend to ignore the sensitive data we may be spitting out in clear text to log files.

Remind me again, why did Oracle buy Sun?

With a resounding thump, another chunk of former Sun technology fell off the good ship Oracle this week, as the house of Ellison announced their decision to end commercial development of Open Office and give the whole kit and caboodle to the open source community.

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