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Comment Re:Security is the real advantage (Score 2) 183

The vast majority of those servers are being compromised through insecure web applications and misconfigured mail servers. The underlying platform has almost no bearing on that. From an attacker's perspective, there's little difference between a Linux box and a FreeBSD box running nothing but SSH.

Comment Re:Slashdotters get Java wrong, again (Score 3, Insightful) 583

Finally a comment from someone with a clue. The Python and Ruby communities really don't seem to realize how primitive the mainline implementations of their languages are. They're a complete joke when compared to the JVM, the CLR, LuaJIT, SBCL, Clozure or numerous Smalltalk implementations.

Even the mainline implementation of Factor, which is primarily programmed by one person, makes CPython look utterly terrible.


Submission + - iPhone Contains Secret Keylogger (tuaw.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Not quite a keylogger, but still disturbing. It's been discovered that a file on the iPhone automatically stores new words that are typed on the phone for its auto correction feature. So far, so good, but unfortunately it also appears to store passwords in plain text within the file. With all the methods of accessing the iPhone filesystem, this is bad news for people who lose their iPhones or sell them without a full wipe.
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Submission + - James Watson's Speech Blocked In A Race Row

bioluminescence writes: "Dr James Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for his part in discovering the structure of DNA, was due to speak at the venue on Friday. But the museum has cancelled the event, saying Dr Watson's views go "beyond the point of acceptable debate," reports BBC. "In an interview with The Sunday Times, the 79-year-old said he was 'inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa' because 'all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the testing says not really'. He went on to say he hoped everyone was equal but that 'people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true'."

Submission + - Nobel Bio Win: Blacks/Whites unequal intelligence

An anonymous reader writes: Okay, there is no way I am going to post this as anything other than an Anonymous Coward. James Watson, one of the three possibly greatest biologists since Darwin (Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin are the other two), thinks "there is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples ... should prove to have evolved identically". He also states some other observations that are, at the very least, controversial. http://blogs.abcnews.com/scienceandsociety/2007/10/james-watson-dn.html

Anyway, when I submitted this, I was hoping that there would be a Section "Flamebait" and a Topic "Race" but because he IS a extremely famous scientist and this, at least, touches peripherally on his subject of expertise (as opposed to say William Shockley) I put it under the Section "Science". Secondly since at least one group has withdrawn an invitation for him to lecture, I put it under the Topic "Censorship".

So what do you think? (I'm sure we'll all know soon enough what you feel!).

Submission + - DNA Discoverer Claims Africans Are Not Intelligent 1

An anonymous reader writes: Nobel laureate James Watson, the co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA, has made controversial remarks about race and intelligence in an interview with The Sunday Times. Watson is 'inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa' because 'all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the testing says not really'. He said he hopes that all races are equal, but 'people who have to deal with black employees find this not true'. He also writes that 'there is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so'. In reply, a British politician has said, 'It is sad to see a scientist of such achievement making such baseless, unscientific and extremely offensive comments.' Watson is promoting his memoirs, entitled 'Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science'.
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - FSF releases the GNU General Public License v3

An anonymous reader writes: The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today released version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL), the world's most popular free software license. "Since we founded the free software movement, over 23 years ago, the free software community has developed thousands of useful programs that respect the user's freedom. The programs are in the GNU/Linux operating system, as well as personal computers, telephones, Internet servers, and more. Most of these programs use the GNU GPL to guarantee every user the freedom to run, study, adapt, improve, and redistribute the program," said Richard Stallman, founder and president of the FSF.

Submission + - Comcast Blocking FedoraProject.org

Kainaw writes: For well over a week, I have not been able to access FedoraProject.org from home (where I use Comcast high-speed Internet). I can access it from work easily. I thought it was a blip for a few days, but then started asking around. Nobody here can access FedoraProject.org through Comcast. I've called and emailed them in the morning and evening for the last three days and I haven't received any worthwhile response. They just tell me to unplug my modem and plug it back in. So, now I'm thinking about the current push by companies like Comcast to charge for preferred Internet service. Is this the first step — blocking Linux sites to push out those "free software" freaks who demand an equal Internet for all?

I like work; it fascinates me; I can sit and look at it for hours.