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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.


Inspector General Investigated For Muzzling Inconvenient Science 276

Posted by Soulskill
from the better-be-able-to-take-what-you-dish dept.
Layzej writes "Federal biologist Charles Monnett was placed on administrative leave July 18 pending final results of an inspector general's investigation into integrity issues. The investigation originally focused on a 2006 note published in Polar Biology based on a unique observation of four dead polar bears. The investigators acknowledged that they had no formal training in science, but later demonstrated a complete misunderstanding of science, the peer review process, and at times basic math with questions like 'seven of what number is 11 percent?' They also expressed concern over the fact that the note was reviewed by Monnett's wife prior to submitting the paper for peer review. When nothing turned up, the investigation turned towards Monnett's role in administering research contracts. But documents released by PEER, a watchdog and whistle-blower protection group, suggest even that investigation is off base. Monnett has since been reinstated, albeit in a different position. Now the IG handling of this case is itself under investigation following a PEER complaint that the IG is violating new Interior Department scientific integrity rules."
The Media

Linux Journal Goes — Surprise! — Digital 184

Posted by timothy
from the you-can-print-it-out-like-my-dad-would dept.
Mr_Perl writes "Linux Journal sent out an email to subscribers today announcing that they are going 100% digital. Subscribers signed on for a paper version of the journal, and now have been switched to an electronic version, apparently at the exact same subscription rate. No news yet on why they did it, and no sign of any offers to reimburse unused subscriptions for subscribers who are disappointed."

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.
The Internet

Facebook Exposes Advertisers To Hate Speech 806

Posted by kdawson
from the just-take-it-down dept.
NewsCloud writes "Does Facebook believe that no publicity is bad publicity? Why else would they leave a group called, "F**k Islam" open since July 21, 2007 despite more than 53,482 members joining an opposing group called petition: if "f**k Islam" is not shut down..we r quitting facebook group? Furthermore, advertisers such as Sprint, Verizon, T Mobile, Target, and Qwest wouldn't be too happy to learn that they are paying for ads on the 'F**k Islam' group pages. Shouldn't a startup like Facebook, reportedly worth more than a billion dollars and with over a hundred employees, be expected to enforce its own Terms of Use in less than six weeks?"
GNU is Not Unix

FSF Rattles Tivo Saber At Apple 571

Posted by kdawson
from the interesting-to-try-and-prove-that dept.
Ohreally_factor takes us back to Friday when both the iPhone and the GPLv3 were released. "This article at Tectonic suggests that Apple's iPhone might run afoul of the GPL. Peter Brown, executive director of the FSF is quoted as saying: 'Today, Steve Jobs and Apple release a product crippled with proprietary software and digital restrictions: crippled, because a device that isn't under the control of its owner works against the interests of its owner. We know that Apple has built its operating system, OS X, and its web browser Safari, using GPL-covered work — it will be interesting to see to what extent the iPhone uses GPLed software.' Might there really be GPLed code in the iPhone? It's well known that OS X built on BSD, which of course uses the BSD license. Webkit is based on KHTML which uses the LGPL."

+ - 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?"

How can you work when the system's so crowded?