MediaWiki is written in PHP. Would you really prefer a world without Wikipedia?
How often do you see Server Message Block spelled out in news stories? I guess someone really wanted to avoid implying that Sony Computer Entertainment's rival Nintendo might be behind the attack.
Re-parsed with explicit punctuation: "Sure beats the overstuffed, doilies-everywhere style..."
How can I avoid "consum[ing] that slop" if grocery stores play proprietary music over their speaker system, the royalties for which come out of the price of the groceries I buy?
Hate copyright? Change the friggin' law.
How is that possible when all major TV news sources that cover candidates for federal office share a corporate parent with one of the members of the MPAA? Fox=Fox, CBS=Paramount, ABC=Disney, NBC=Universal, and CNN=Warner. A candidate for federal office who openly opposes the excesses of what copyright has become will draw smear campaigns from all five of these studios' co-owned news channels.
SQL injection. My work place had a typical example:
INSERT INTO users SET fname='$fname', lname='$lname';
Apart from the fact that you're mixing UPDATE syntax with INSERT syntax, substitution is perfectly valid so long as each string has been sanitized in the correct manner for a particular database connection (that is, not addslashes()). For the MySQLi client library, it looks like this:
$fname = $db->escape_string($fname);
$lname = $db->escape_string($lname);
Don't get me wrong; it's bad practice to escape manually unless you're using operator IN on a database client library that supports neither array parameters nor named placeholders (such as MySQLi). But code that correctly uses $db->escape_string() (or the equivalent for other languages or database drivers) should be safe from SQL injection, just as code that correctly uses htmlspecialchars() should be safe from script injection.
With Clonebox, if a customer's web server is hacked or otherwise damaged, we can switch it over to a ~read-only mirror. Sure that protects against hackers, and some customers have been hacked and used the protection. More often, customers simply screw up and delete important files or databases.
But how long do you keep these mirrors around, in case there's a screw-up that goes undiscovered for a while?
Because it only takes one blockbuster renamed as a Linux distro to give them grounds for a lawsuit.
Against the uploader of the torrent, not against the site. OCILLA shields compliant providers from liability for uploaders' actions.
Cult classics are usually good movies (Big Lebowski), or really bad movies (Plan 9 From Outer Space).
So which is Battlefield Earth? Or is it a cult classic only to those actually in a cult?
Has Tinkerbell been fucking bunnies again!
That depends, John. Have you been doing "dust" to stay young?
The existence of public goods as an argument that taxes are not theft assumes:
1) There is no other way to provide public goods
Please provide a counterexample to the claim "There is no other way [than taxation] to provide public goods" and I'll believe you. Preferably more than one, so that other Slashdot users don't shoot each down as impractical.
would it not be stealing if I took your money and gave it to orphans?
Would it not be stealing if I took your money and used it to shoot other people who try to take not only more of your money but also your life? Police and military are public goods. Giving a reasonable peaceful livelihood to orphans helps reduce the cost of police by keeping orphans from forming gangs that use violence against rich people.
Please define "free culture"
If you got a certificate error when viewing the link that I posted above, here's another link to the definition of a license for free cultural works using cleartext HTTP.
then the media companies would sue oh behalf of the starving artists as your free music is making them poor now.
What would be the grounds for such a suit, especially given the ruling in Viacom v. YouTube that OCILLA-compliant providers are not liable for their users' copyright infringement?
I don't see how Creative Commons is so boring for artists practicing their craft in part by remixing other artists' work.