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Java

+ - Sun Java is the most vulnerable plug-in-> 1

Submitted by dinscott
dinscott (1951608) writes "Wondering how secure your browser is? Research show that browsers and plug-ins are frequently outdated and easily attackable. To make things worse, malware authors adapt quickly and most of their new attacks are against browser plug-ins.

The problem is that people might remember to update the browser, but forget to do the same with the plug-ins — and they are not typically updated by the browser itself. And while everybody knows about the hackers' predilection for targeting Adobe Flash, data shows that Sun Java is by far the most vulnerable plug-in installed in browsers."

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+ - Ask Slashdot: Who is the Best Registrar? (take 3)

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It has been many, many moons since a good registrar debate has been on the frontpage.

My wife has finally gotten into the 21st century, and wants me to grab a domain & set up a website for our personal use. Back in the day, squatters were a huge problem, godaddy would snipe your searches and grab the domain name you wanted before you could get to it and try to extort it from you, etc etc.

SO, how's the registrar field looking nowadays? Are the Great Old Ones (like, for instance, NETSOL) still worth the extra money for better tools/UI/service/etc? Or are we better off just going with the cheapest?"
Windows

+ - Windows admin resources for seasoned Linux admins

Submitted by Psiren
Psiren (6145) writes "In six months or so my colleague is planning to leave and I will take over responsibility for the Windows servers. I have been a Linux/Unix sysadmin for many years, and have of course managed Windows machines in that time, but never to any great depth. I have worked closely with my colleague over the last few years to integrate our Windows and Linux systems as much as possible, so I am familiar with the basics, but am also well aware of the significant differences between the two. I am interested in finding resources that will be useful to help me in this transition. Recommendations for decent admin books for Windows Server 2003 would be a good start, especially those written from the more technical standpoint. Useful websites are generally a google away, but if you have any favourites I'd appreciate some links. Any other advice (other than "Don't do it!") is welcome."
Slashdot.org

+ - How to moderate an underlying story

Submitted by
cprael
cprael writes "So, it's rather obvious how to moderate comments that are good or bad, crap or interesting. But how does one do same to the underlying article? I'm not suggesting on a regular basis, but every once in a while, some of the top-level story stuff that gets posted just cries out to be moderated. Man bites dog journalism, slow news day... it's still crap. And deserves to mod'd accordingly."
Programming

+ - Caching is king for Ruby on Rails apps

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "For some, Rails is hyper productive and for others Ruby is a toy. Rails also has a reputation as unproven with limited scalability. Unlike the C and Java languages, Ruby is interpreted, with all of the inherent performance handicaps. This article explores the Ruby caching strategies such as caching static content, model caching, page caching, action caching, and others that can really speed things up. In many circumstances. there are caching techniques available to increase Ruby on Rails application performance."

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