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Submission + - Sun Java is the most vulnerable plug-in ( 1

dinscott 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.

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

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?

The State of Scripting Languages 415

Esther Schindler writes to tell us that Lynn Greiner has another look at the state of the scripting universe as a follow on to the same topic three years ago. Greiner talks to major players from each of the main scripting languages (PHP, Perl, Tcl, Python, Ruby, and Javascript) to find out the current status and where they are headed in the future. "The biggest change since 2005 has been the growth of richer Web applications that perform more of their computations in the browser using JavaScript. The demand for these applications has forced developers to learn and use JavaScript much more than before. There's also been a lot of interest in Ruby, another dynamic language, spurred by the release and growth of Ruby on Rails. As a result of these changes, many developers are becoming more comfortable with dynamic languages."

Comment I never thought that I would see this story on /. (Score 1) 619

buzzardsbay writes "For the past few years, we've heard a number of analysts and high-profile IT industry executives, Bill Gates and Craig Barrett among them, promoting the idea that there's an ever-present shortage of skilled IT workers to fill the industry's demand. But now there's growing evidence suggesting the "shortage" is simply a self-serving myth. "It seems like every three years you've got one group or another saying, the world is going to come to an end there is going to be a shortage and so on," says Vivek Wadhwa, a professor for Duke University's Master of Engineering Management Program and a former technology CEO himself. "This whole concept of shortages is bogus, it shows a lack of understanding of the labor pool in the USA.""

Honestly, I thought that I would never see Slashdot post such a story, and I never thought that Rob "Commander Taco" Malda himself would post it. Amazing. Perhaps liberals are capable of change, after all.

For more information on the specious "labor shortage," google on terms such as these:

  1. Ron Hira, economics (?) professor
  2. Norm Matloff, Univ. of California CS professor
  3. Kim Berry
  4. Programmers' Guild
  5. Zazona
  6. TORAW, which is now probably defunct (IIRC).

Submission + - XO backbone problems today (

Network guy writes: "This morning I came in to tons of complaints about VPN's not working and websites being unavailable. Some tracerouting showed it wasn't our provider's issue. It appeared packets were dying any time they tried to cross the XO backbone. Sure enough, a half hour later Internet Health Report started showing major packet loss and latency issues on all XO connections to other backbone providers. Has this made your day more interesting?"

Submission + - Windows admin resources for seasoned Linux admins

Psiren 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.

Submission + - How to moderate an underlying story

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."

Submission + - Caching is king for Ruby on Rails apps

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.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955