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Comment: Start here (Score 1) 182

by Syncerus (#36325948) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Verifying Security of a Hosted Site?

Not to belabour the obvious, but why not start here:
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/mysql-security-excerpt/5.5/en/security.html

That and never, ever insert user-supplied data into a query without using the vendor approved escape mechanism, even if you've done your own safety checks.
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.5/en/string-functions.html#function_quote

Comment: Re:"co-create" a language? (Score 1) 179

by Syncerus (#36099010) Attached to: Translator Puts Us Closer To Dolphin Communication

A very nice and thoughtful comment. Sometimes I come across more negative than I prefer, but a pet peeve of mine is speech designed to fold, spindle and mutilate the simple truth. Had the authors of the study chosen to use terms similar to your own, I would cheer them onward. Jokes about "dolphin sausage" aside, who can help but smile when around the animals?

Perhaps I mean to say that I like dolphins but dislike bunny huggers? Especially academic bunny huggers out to exploit public affection for the animals.

Comment: Why spread the dysfunction? (Score 1) 265

by Syncerus (#36075616) Attached to: Project Icarus: an Interstellar Mission Timeline

Seriously, folks, why are we so eager to spread our dysfunction? Until we can manage the basics of sanity here on Earth, we have no business spreading to the stars. I'm not even talking about an idealised society of some kind; I'm just suggesting basic stability, justice and social order. Two thirds of the globe live in grinding misery,most of which is entirely preventable. I'd even go so far as to say that 85% of human misery is self-inflicted; the remainder is inherent in the human condition.

By any reasonable metric, social science has fallen abjectly behind "hard" science. In my view, this is because of the primacy of subjectivism and relativism in the humanities, but I'm certainly open to other explanations. I'm not opposed to space travel, even interstellar travel, which is almost entirely wishful thinking by the innumerate, I just think we should put our own house in order before we trash our neighbour's place.

Comment: Counter point -- pre-emptive reboot (Score 5, Insightful) 705

by Syncerus (#35269486) Attached to: Why You Shouldn't Reboot Unix Servers

One minor point of disagreement. I'm a fan of the pre-emptive reboot at specific intervals, whether the interval be 30 days, 60 days, or 90 days is up to you. In the past, I've found the pre-emptive reboot will trigger hidden system problems, but at a time when you're actually ready for them, rather than at a time when they happen spontaneously ( 2:30 in the morning ).

+ - Study: Cell Phone Use Doesn't Cause Brain Cancer->

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gabbo529 writes "A new study says that radio frequency exposure from cell phones is not linked to brain cancer.

Using data from the U.K.'s Office of National Statistics, researchers from the University of Manchester looked at the trends in rates of newly diagnosed brain cancers from 1998-2007. The researchers said they needed a five to 10 year period to see the effects of exposure to cell phone radiation. The study found no major significant change in the incidence of brain cancers in men or women during the nine-year span."

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