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Comment: Re:Please forgive my likely stupidity (Score 4, Interesting) 108

by ioErr (#39547497) Attached to: GreenSQL is a Database Security Solution, says CTO David Maman (Video)

Hire competent programmers or hire cheap programmers and install a database firewall instead. Some companies are going to opt for the cheap programmers.

Other than that, I guess you could use the database firewall if you have an old legacy system of questionable quality.

Comment: Re:And where exactly is moonlight? (Score 1) 335

by ioErr (#28653739) Attached to: Silverlight 3.0 Released, Allows Apps Outside the Browser

Apple is dropping MacOS's support for PPC later this year, but you can still get Safari 4 for PPC today. Microsoft never even made Silverlight 2 for PPC.

And it's not that I mind; I've never encountered a site requiring Silverlight in my daily surfing, and if I did I'd just go somewhere else instead of reaching for my MacBook Pro, I'm just saying that Flash beats Silverlight when it comes to platform support.

First Person Shooters (Games)

Duke Nukem For Never 565

Posted by samzenpus
from the let-god-sort-'em-out dept.
PLSQL Guy writes "Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms is shutting down, according to Shacknews. They cite 'a reliable source close to the company,' who said the developer is finished and employees have already been let go. It looks like all of the Duke Nukem Forever jokes are turning into reality; DNF might turn out to be the ultimate vaporware after all." 3D Realms' webmaster, Joe Siegler, confirmed the closing, saying that he didn't know about it even a day beforehand. Apogee and Deep Silver, who are working on a different set of Duke Nukem games (referred to as the Duke Nukem Trilogy) say they are not affected by the problems at 3D Realms.
Software

+ - Petition calls for UK government to open source IT

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "The UK government website has a petition calling for the source code for government projects to be released under a Free licence. It seems to me that the tax payer should have a right to use the source code they have paid to have developed (except for certain military projects). Shouldn't the citizens also have a right to audit the security of database systems which store their personal information? Does the Slashdot community think that open sourcing government projects will help reduce costs by promoting the use of existing Free projects as the basis for new systems?"
Science

Scientists Find 'Altruistic' Center of the Brain 223

Posted by Zonk
from the be-nice-brainy dept.
davidwr writes "A team of researchers at Duke University published a paper linking the brain's posterior superior temporal cortex to altruistic behavior. The BBC also picked up the story. If confirmed this has applications in neurology, psychology, child-rearing, and a host of other domains. From the BBC piece: 'Using brain scans, the US investigators found this region related to a person's real-life unselfish behaviour. The Duke University Medical Center study on 45 volunteers is published in Nature Neuroscience. The participants were asked to disclose how often they engaged in different helping behaviours, such as doing charity work, and were also asked to play a computer game designed to measure altruism.'"
Encryption

Decryption Keys For HD-DVD Found, Confirmed 473

Posted by kdawson
from the house-of-cards dept.
kad77 writes "It appears that, despite skepticism, 'muslix64' was the real deal. Starting from a riddle posted on pastebin.com, members on the doom9 forum identified the Title key for the HD-DVD release 'Serenity.' Volume Unique Keys and Title keys for other discs followed within hours, confirming that software HD-DVD players, like any common program, store important run-time data in memory. Here's a link to decryption utility and sleuthing info in the original doom9 forum thread. The Fair Use crowd has won Round One; now how will the industry respond?"
The Internet

UN Official Says UN Not Taking Over Internet 104

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the our-hands-are-clean dept.
kaufmanmoore writes "Hamadoun Toure, the new head of the UN's International Telecommunications Union says that he does not plan to take over governance of the internet and leave it up to groups like ICANN. In his statement he says that the ITU will instead focus on bridging the digital divide, internet security and standardize broadband communications. When asked about Chinese censorship Toure said that issue is beyond the mandate of the ITU."
Operating Systems

+ - Carmack Blasts Vista, Questions Direct X 10.

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222 writes "Apparently id's John Carmack is also having trouble finding a reason to upgrade to Vista. ""Nothing is going to help a new game by going to a new operating system. There were some clear wins going from Windows 95 to Windows XP for games, but there really aren't any for Vista," Carmack told Game Informer." He also seems to feel that Direct X 10 is more of a gimmick than anything. "They're artificially doing that by tying DX10 [DirectX 10] so close it, which is really nothing about the OS. It's a hardware-interface spec. It's an artificial thing that they're doing there." With this coming from an industry leader, will you be upgrading?"

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