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Comment More spearphishing?! (Score 1) 91

Maybe it's just me, but I can't believe people are still falling for this tactic. Click on a link...enter your credentials...url looks like why not, Stacy from accounting sent it. The only good thing on this is that the SEA is exposing a lot of these weaknesses with basically harmless taunting. So hopefully these non-critical yet influential sites...A/P, various other news and popular sites, will have a chance to get their act together. In theory I could see a really beligerant entity creating a pretty effective "War of the Worlds" panic in 2013. Ha, ha those silly people in 1938 fell for a fake radio program...wait CNN and The New York Times report a nuke attack on Los Angeles?!....arm the ICBM's Dr. Strangleove

Comment Re:About time! (Score 1) 185

No, no, have Big Pharma all wrong...they are here to help people: "Over 120 cancer researchers and doctors have published a paper calling out Novartis specifically for its pricing on the cancer drug Gleevec (marketed as Glivec outside the US). The doctors point out that it can cost over $100,000 per year for Gleevec currently. And, Novartis has been continually jacking up the price. There had been concern when the drug was first introduced a decade ago, that it was priced way too high at $30,000, leading the company's then CEO, Daniel Vasella, to acknowledge the complaints, but to argue that it was "a fair price." Well, now the company is pricing the drug at more than three times what it thought was a fair price, and it should be no surprise that people think this is outrageous profiteering by abusing a government granted monopoly to charge way more than any fair market price would allow."

Comment Re:Orbital pickup truck (Score 1) 204

Since it's a lost cause already, why not bid out a helium re-fill job to one of those private asteroid mining companies like Planetary Resources. If they can send one of their little robots out and refill the telescope they get a few hundred million $$$'s. If the mission isn't successful they get a lesson on the difficulties of space travel.

Comment Groat apparently has a bit of a history... (Score 5, Interesting) 190

So once again he is asked to resign due to a controversy but maintains he was leaving anyway....want to bet that there will be a scandal at the "Water Institute of the Gulf" (his new gig) in a year or two? Below from a posting on by 'DoryHippauf ' Charles Groat Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS ) resigned as Director on June 17, 2005. WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Geological Survey chief resigned Thursday, but a spokeswoman said his departure has nothing to do with the ongoing investigation into e-mails that indicate his agency's employees may have falsified data on the Yucca Mountain project. Between 1998 and 2000, three USGS scientists working on water infiltration projects for the proposed Yucca Mountain facility exchanged emails revealing that they had altered or outright falsified the results of their research to produce desired outcomes. At the hearing, Groat declined to discuss the e-mails in detail pending inspector general investigations. 'We have a 125-year reputation for sound, unbiased science," Groat said in written testimony submitted to the panel. "Anything that casts aspersions on that reputation disturbs us greatly. We, as do you, look forward the to completion of the ongoing investigations to fully determine the impacts and appropriate responses."

Comment Re:7 Core Demands of Occupy Wall Street (Score 1) 1799

Not a bad start...I also would ditch this tidbit "End the War on Drugs ", because keeping it will erode support for this movement. Keep the list short and in the spirit of the current times (zeitgeist) and don't start throwing in every liberal issue from the past 40 years and we might see some traction...

Comment Re:It's the left version of the Tea Party (Score 5, Insightful) 1799

It's interesting to me that Biden says there are similarities between the Tea Party and the Wall St movement, but gets shouted down or mocked by both. Take that a the core principle of the Tea Party is that government has gotten too big, is too wasteful & corrupt and is essentially bankrupting the country you would get a lot of agreement from the public. Take that a core principle of the Wall St movement is that corporations are too big, too powerful & corrupt, and are selling out this country, then that too would probably get a lot of agreement from the public. But still no effort or interest to join together to effect REAL change And of course the fact that the media invariably 'simplifies' the characterizations of one group to be racist rednecks, and the other group to be dirty hippies so that the true 'Middle' type folks won't feel comfortable supporting one or the other and certainly not both. Critical thinking on both sides of the political spectrum would help, but experience has shown that is harder to find in America today than a domestic coding job...

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Verifying Security of a Hosted Site

edi_guy writes: I'm getting ready to launch a small commercial website that will contain customer information in a MySQL database that will be run by a web-hosting service. While I have good experience with SQL databases from a programming point of view, I'm not an expert on securing them. Given all of the publicity around break-ins and data theft on a seemingly daily basis, it seems prudent to review this now rather than later.

What are suggestions on resources that would help verify that both myself and my hosting service are following best practices on securing a database backed website?

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