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+ - Community-sourced news site, soylentnews.org, goes live 18

Submitted by umafuckit
umafuckit (2980809) writes "soylentnews.org is the new way of taking the pulse of the nerd community. Soylentnews is a grassroots-based platform with the content feeds are powered by readers like you. The objective is to highlight news stories of general importance to everyone, but especially nerds. News about technology, art, science and politics: it's all there. Soylentnews is the new kid on the block and will adapt quickly to satisfy our community's needs and and push boundaries like never before. This is a real community site: no changes in format without a general consensus from the community. Stop by and see what you think of the freshly-launched site."
Social Networks

+ - Simple Machine Forum Co-Founder Speaks Out-> 1

Submitted by SMF Friend
SMF Friend (1298951) writes "It seems there's something going down at SimpleMachines.org, home of the Simple Machines Forum. Within the past week, a new website has cropped up with dozens of former developers and project management in heated discussions over events that transpired last Saturday. A statement has been released by former Developer and Co-Founder Jeff Lewis, which chronicles the life and hardships of SMF and includes a letter from 30 current and former SMF Team Members asking for the removal of three of SMF's Managers.

"Over seven years ago my friend Joseph Fung and I decided the web needed an alternative to the leading PHP forum package out there. We created a PHP fork of perl based YaBB and after working with what we called YaBB SE for a bit, we re-branded as SMF, or Simple Machines Forums, along with a new core of code written by a developer who called himself [Unknown]. After seven years its crumbling but why?"

Other former SMF contributors are already picking up the story (Original German version).

As of writing this, the SMF community has begun banning members who link to blog post on their official forums, including Co-Founder Jeff Lewis."

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Security

+ - Being hacked via backups, could this be you?-> 1

Submitted by Popsikle
Popsikle (661384) writes "A few days ago one of the webs largest hosting discussion forums was supposedly hacked via their backup servers. From the story: "We've since learned that this very deliberate, sophisticated and calculated hack against Web Hosting Talk was carried out by gaining access to our offsite backup servers. From our backup servers, the hacker gained access to the WHT db server. The malicious attacker deleted all backups from the backup servers within the infrastructure before deleting tables from our db server. We were alerted of the db exploitation and quickly shut down the site to prevent further damage."

What sort of security do you put on your backup infrastructure? Looking at your backup solution could you be completely taken down by either someone obtaining a backup or accessing your backup servers? What sort of recommendations does everyone have for this not to happen?"

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User Journal

SPAM: Ann Coulter calls John Edwards 'faggot' 9

Journal by Jeremiah Cornelius

Best-selling right-wing author Ann Coulter, speaking to a conservative audience in Washington Friday, called former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., a "faggot."
Coulter was a featured speaker at the 34th annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Following her prepared remarks, televised on C-Span, Coulter was asked to talk about Edwards.

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