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Comment: Downloading = reviewing book in book store (Score 2) 156

by data64 (#35536284) Attached to: The 'Adventure' In Self-Publishing an IT Book
I have downloaded a lot of pdf and other files, only to delete them after 5 minutes because it was not what I was looking for or I did not like the style. Think of a download like someone picking up a book in a book store and looking through it. Sometimes it results in a sale, but usually not (at least in my case). One thing missing from comments is how good is the book that the author gave away for free. Can someone who has read it comment on this ? Just because a book has been written does not mean it automatically has to make money.

Comment: Re:Zapp Brannigan's Reporting Strategy (Score 1) 588

by data64 (#32889532) Attached to: Apple Censors Consumer Report iPhone4 Discussions

If I invite people to write on my car freely, and then selectively erase some of the stuff written to leave only the stuff I agree with, that's censorship.

It should be pointed out that according to that definition, deleting spam and obscene posts would also be considered censorship.

Comment: Re:Windows only (Score 1) 160

by data64 (#31400274) Attached to: Serious Apache Exploit Discovered

mod_isapi is a core module of the Apache package that implements the Internet Server extension API. The extension allows Apache to serve Internet Server extensions (ISAPI .dll modules) for Microsoft Windows based hosts.

So are you only vulnerable if you use ISAPI ? It does look like that module is enabled by default though. I wonder why ?

Sci-Fi

+ - Indian made car running on compressed air is ready

Submitted by
Gary
Gary writes "The first commercial car to be powered by compressed air could be about to hit the production lines, as Indian automaker Tata Motors prepares to build ex-Formula One engineer Guy Nègre's design. The City Cat runs on nothing but compressed air — which can be refueled at "air stations," and overnight using a built-in compressor, it has a top speed of 68 mph and a range of 125 miles. The Air Car designers are working on a hybrid version that can compress air while it's operating, potentially making cross-India journeys possible."
Businesses

+ - PayPal's Recent System Plagues User Accounts

Submitted by Tech_Maker_and_User
Tech_Maker_and_User (1102125) writes "On Friday, May 11, I had funds from a customer deposit become unavailable to me from my PayPal account. When I called as to why I could not retrieve the funds I was informed by the customer service rep that there is a technical problem and that the problem would soon be resolved. After the weekend, I found that my funds were still unavailable to me for the one deposit. I decided to dig a little deeper and called back but this time spoke to a PayPal customer service representative named Kim. When I asked about the technical issue, she responded, "Do you mean the one plaguing PayPal?" She stated that PayPal recently applied a large system update which has produced this error. "We can see your deposit, but it doesn't reflect in your balance", said Kim. "We have a lot of developers working on this problem even over the weekend, but we cannot give an exact date as to when the problem will be resolved." Kim stated that they are not applying provisional credits because they chose to fix the problem and estimated that it wouldn't be long before the problem is resolved. She added my PayPal account to the "list" of other PayPal accounts that are experiencing this issue."
Data Storage

+ - Microsoft briefly reveals online storage service

Submitted by
Lucas123
Lucas123 writes "This past weekend, Microsoft briefly revealed the online backup service they've been talking about for two years, according to a story on Computerworld. 'The hosted backup service, now called Window Live Folders, will initially offer users 500MB of free storage that they can organize into personal, shared and private folders to separate content and limit access. "Password-protected online file storage. Always available where you need it," the site's tagline read before it went offline.'"
Security

+ - Distributed Open Proxy Honeypot Project Results

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Honeypot Project is capturing live web attack data with sensors placed around the world to provide concrete examples of the types of attacks occurring "in the wild," in addition to raising awareness and developing effective countermeasures to new threats. Since January, the Honeypot Project has logged nearly one million web requests and here are the results."
Robotics

+ - South Korea developing robot code of ethics

Submitted by thefickler
thefickler (1030556) writes "A 12-member task force, consisting of top lawyers, doctors and scientists, has been set up by the South Korean Commerce Ministry to develop a code of ethics for robots by the end of the year, according to TECH.BLORGE.com.

"We expect the day will soon come when intellectual robots can act upon their own decisions. So we are presenting this as an ethical guideline on the role and ability of robots," said South Korea's Commerce Ministry."
Censorship

+ - Myspace eliminates "Gay" option

Submitted by
ishboo
ishboo writes "Just recently myspace abolished the option to select "Gay" as a sexual preference in your profile while still leaving bi and lesbian. This comes form chairman of News Corps. (Myspace's parent company) Rupert Murdoch who made this choice based on "Personal Family Values" who has a history of being accused of being homophobic. http://rawstory.com/news/2007/MySpace_deletes_abil ity_of_users_to_0503.html"
Businesses

+ - Micromanagement, or good business practice?

Submitted by RxScram
RxScram (948658) writes "I have been working at my current job for almost 2 years. About 6 months ago, my manager decided he was too busy, and basically promoted one of my coworkers to be a "middle manager". This former coworker, and now middle manager, keeps adding new administrative burdens. Today he added his most recent... he wants me to start keeping a log where I track my work activities for the day every 30 minutes. He had wanted to do every 15 minutes, but I was at least able to talk him up from that. Does this seem excessive to anybody else, and does anybody else have horror stories about their micromanaging boss?"
Security

+ - Wikipedia admins go on rampage

Submitted by joeszilagyi
joeszilagyi (635484) writes "After their passwords got cracked: At least four different Wikipedia administrators have had their weak passwords taken in the past 24 hours. They deleted the home page repeatedly, and one person even put Tubgirl on the "Site notice", which is a global header for all of en.wikipedia.org. How did it happen? Weak logon security measures — there is no CAPTCHA; crappy passwords, and on top of that, while there is an encrypted SSL logon page, it's hard to find. The scariest thing is that people with passwords of "password" are entrusted as sysops and administrators on one of the Top 10 websites on Earth. They even blocked Jimbo Wales repeatedly from his own website!"

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