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Comment: Re:Who cares (Score 2) 160

If you do any web development, these browser stats control how much testing and effort you have to spend supporting various browsers. IE unfortunately is difficult to work with as the "standards" they choose to implement often work differently than the standards that Firefox, WebKit and others use.
Privacy

+ - NSA claims it would violate Americans' privacy to say how many of us it spied on->

Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle (2544914) writes "Would you believe the Inspector General from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said it would violate the privacy of Americans for the IG office to tell us how many people in the United States had their privacy violated via the NSA warrantless wiretap powers which were granted under the FISA Amendment Act of 2008?

The annual Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) report [PDF] showed that electronic surveillance increased yet again in 2011. Applications for what the government calls "business records," but also includes the production of tangible things, swelled from 96 in 2010 to 205 in 2011. The EFF said those business records are one in the same as the government using the notorious Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA) is up for a five-year extension, but Senator Ron Wyden said he'd block FAA renewal until Congress received an answer from the NSA about how many "people in the United States have their communications reviewed by the government" under FAA powers."

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Comment: Re:Standard practice? (Score 3, Insightful) 192

by Nittle (#40259617) Attached to: LinkedIn Password Leak: Salt Their Hide
I think everyone fails to keep this in perspective.
This is LinkedIn, not your bank, not the government, nothing important.
If you use the same password on some bunk website as important things, then you deserve what you had, but if, for some reason, I used the same password for slashdot as LinkedIn, and someone hacks my slashdot, whatever. The thing to really worry about is what these companies do with all of our personal information.

+ - Honda's introduces Uni-Cub, a Segway competitor that looks strikingly like Tux!->

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber (1417641) writes "The Wall Street Journal's Driver's Seat blog has the news of Honda's newest electric vehicle, the Uni-Cub, a personal mobility device intended to compete against the Segway. Author Yoshio Takahashi describes it as a "single-seat, unicycle-like vehicle [that] looks something like a vacuum cleaner with a bicycle saddle mounted on top. Indeed, viewed from the side, its black-and-white color scheme makes it look strikingly like a penguin.""
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Comment: Re:When people abuse prices go up (Score 1) 503

If you buy enough, usually you get on the store's special list (i.e. Best Buy Silver Premier). One of the benefits of those memberships (which is free, just comes with buying a new TV more often than I should), is a relaxed and extended return procedures.
Security

+ - Looking for an Excellent Resources on Excessively 1

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rhartness
rhartness writes "I am a long time Software Engineer, however, almost all of my work has been developing server-side, intranet applications or applications for the Windows desktop environment. With that said, I have recently come up with an idea for a new website which would require extremely high levels of security (i.e. I need to be sure that my servers are as 100% rock-solid, unhackable as possible.) I am an experienced developer, and I have a general understanding of web security, however, I am clueless of what is requires to create a web server that is as secure as, say, a banking account management system.

Can the Slashdot community recommend good websites, books or any other resources that thoroughly discuss the topic of setting up a small web server or network for hosting a site that is as absolutely secure as possible?"
Earth

+ - Many Organic Farms Aren't 'Green' 1

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The NY Times reports that even as more Americans buy foods with the organic label just because the label says “organic” doesn't mean it's good for the environment. For example on Mexico's Baja Peninsula, the epicenter of Mexico’s thriving new organic export sector, the explosive growth in the commercial cultivation of organic tomatoes is putting stress on the water table as more than a third of the aquifers in southern Baja are categorized as overexploited by the Mexican water authority. Although experts agree that in general organic farms tend to be less damaging to the environment than conventional farms, in the past, “organic agriculture used to be sustainable agriculture, but now that is not always the case,” says Michael Bomford, a scientist at Kentucky State University who specializes in sustainable agriculture. To carry the Agriculture Department’s organic label on their produce, farms in the United States and abroad must comply with a long list of standards that prohibit the use of synthetic fertilizers, hormones and pesticides (PDF), but the checklist makes few specific demands for what would broadly be called environmental sustainability, even though the 1990 law that created the standards was intended to promote ecological balance and biodiversity as well as soil and water health. “People are now buying from a global commodity market, and they have to be skeptical even when the label says ‘organic’,” says Frederick L. Kirschenmann, a distinguished fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. "That doesn’t tell people all they need to know.""

+ - Asus sued by toy robot maker -> 1

Submitted by bs0d3
bs0d3 (2439278) writes "Hasbro has filed a lawsuit against computer part manufacturer ASUS in Los Angeles federal court. Although Hasbro has made no mention so far of the 'Asus Transformer' line of tablets; they have recently decided that the newest tablet called, 'the Transformer Prime', is taking it a bit too far. Hasbro owns the right to manufacturer transformer toys, including Optimus Prime who they claim the Transformer Prime is trying to imitate."
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Comment: Old Timers (Score 4, Insightful) 435

by Nittle (#38558906) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Re-Entering the Job Market As a Software Engineer?
I've been doing a lot of interviews lately, and as long as you can demonstrate you have the skills necessary to complete the work in the job, I could care less how long since you've had an "actual job." Though, I'm not sure how much HR screening goes on before I see any resumes. The hard part is just coming up with a good way to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills. The last applicant we hired brought a laptop with him and was showing us parts of a cool project he'd been working on, there isn't a much better way to show of your skills than to talk intelligently, then just show off what you can do. Good luck!

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