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Comment IP to Phone Number (Score 2) 35

They can talk about 'trusted partners' and 'optimising websites' all they want, but the main point here is that they are sending your phone number over HTTP. Anyone on a hop along the way or of course the end website and their 'trusted partners' can now link an IP address to a phone number. Via other cookies they can tie that IP address to your previous ones and suddenly they have a Phone Number to go with the previously anonymous browsing history and customer profile.

Just imagine if that irritating banner ad could actually call you! It really is a phenomenal breach of privacy and security.

Comparison of Nine Ruby Implementations 75

An anonymous reader writes "Zen and the Art of Programming published a new version of The Great Ruby Shootout, which was aimed at testing the performances of multiple Ruby implementations. On the benchmark table this time around are Ruby 1.8 (on GNU/Linux and Windows), Ruby 1.9 (aka Yarv), Ruby Enterprise Edition (aka REE), JRuby 1.1.6RC1, Rubinius, MagLev, MacRuby 0.3 and IronRuby. The results of this comprehensive comparison show that for this set of benchmarks, Ruby 1.9.1 is almost 5 times faster than the notoriously slow Ruby 1.8. Is Ruby finally going to be acceptably fast?"

MagLev, Ruby VM on Gemstone OODB, Wows RailsConf 132

murphee ends along a report from InfoQ: "Gemstone demoed [MagLev,] their Ruby VM built on their GemStone S64 VM, to an ecstatic audience. Gemstone's Smalltalk VM allows OODBs of up to 17 PetaBytes, with none of the old ActiveRecord nonsense: the data is persisted transparently. The Gemstone OODB also takes care of any distribution, allowing the Ruby VM and data to scale across many servers (Cheerio, memcached!). There's also an earlier quite technical interview with Gemstone's Bob Walker and Avi Bryant about MagLev."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - The most crazy case-mod ever. A dead dog.

Funny Finder writes: Koln, Germany-After keeping their taxidermied family dog in the living room for 4 years Albert and Petra Zimmerman decided to make better use of their small living space by combining the home computer with Ex-pet Dieter. Keep reading

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