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+ - db framework

Submitted by komap
komap writes: I need a solution for small scale data base and management tools, for something like 10 users, tens of tables and thousands of records, with simple forms to view, search and update it.

Although I am a programmer, the application will (hopefully) be developed / maintained by my wife for her medical laboratory, who had never developed software.

* Free, better open-source
* Suitable for non-tech people
* Zero or almost zero programming (i. e. writing code)
* Preferably not PHP-based, because I dislike it and don't want to learn it.

In MS-DOS I used something like [[Magic Software Enterprises]]
Later I used Access for similar goals,
Later, like 10 years ago, I would use Delphi + any free DB
3 years ago I thought web dot-net solution (C# + DB) is best.

What about today? Is there any web-based development tools that can meet my goals?
I tried to check about Drupal, Google Spreadsheets + forms, Ruby on Rails but was unsatisfied.

Saudi Arabia Captures "Israeli Spy Vulture" 8

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-want-to-spy-like-the-animals dept.
Saudi Arabian officials have captured a vulture tagged by Israeli scientists on suspicion of being a Mossad spy. The bird was part of a long-term study on the migratory patterns of vultures, or so the Israelis say. The avian arrest comes just weeks after accusations that a shark killing tourists in an Egyptian port city may have been released by Israeli agents to destroy the tourist industry.
The Internet

Woman's Nude Pics End Up Online After Call To Tech Support 197

Posted by samzenpus
from the how-was-your-service-today? dept.
Tara Fitzgerald couldn't find the nude pictures she planned on sending to her boyfriend, but instead of just taking more, she decided to see if a Dell tech support call could fix her problem. Apparently the tech support guy found them. Unfortunately, he then put them up on a site called "bitchtara."

Nuclear Energy Now More Expensive Than Solar 635

Posted by samzenpus
from the sunlight-is-free dept.
js_sebastian writes "According to an article on the New York Times, a historical cross-over has occurred because of the declining costs of solar vs. the increasing costs of nuclear energy: solar, hardly the cheapest of renewable technologies, is now cheaper than nuclear, at around 16 cents per kilowatt hour. Furthermore, the NY Times reports that financial markets will not finance the construction of nuclear power plants unless the risk of default (which is historically as high as 50 percent for the nuclear industry) is externalized to someone else through federal loan guarantees or ratepayer funding. The bottom line seems to be that nuclear is simply not competitive, and the push from the US government to subsidize it seems to be forcing the wrong choice on the market."
GNU is Not Unix

New LLVM Debugger Subproject Already Faster Than GDB 174

Posted by timothy
from the pop-will-eat-itself dept.
kthreadd writes "The LLVM project is now working on a debugger called LLDB that's already faster than GDB and could be a possible alternative in the future for C, C++, and Objective-C developers. With the ongoing success of Clang and other LLVM subprojects, are the days of GNU as the mainstream free and open development toolchain passé?" LLVM stands for Low Level Virtual Machine; Wikipedia as usual has a good explanation of the parent project.

SOFIA Sees Jupiter's Ancient Heat 59

Posted by Soulskill
from the but-blanche-and-dorothy-didn't-believe-her dept.
astroengine writes "The flying telescope SOFIA took its maiden flight on Wednesday, and its 'first light' images have already been released. The cool thing about SOFIA is that it flies high enough (integrated inside a converted 747, taking it to an altitude of 41,000 ft) to carry it above 99% of the atmosphere's infrared-absorbing water vapor. This means it can collect 80% of the IR radiation that hits orbital telescopes (like NASA's Spitzer) but without the huge cost of being launched into space. Also, SOFIA is expected to last 20 years, many times the operational lifespan of space missions. Already, SOFIA has returned stunning results, including the observation of heat leaking through Jupiter's clouds, heat that was generated billions of years ago when the gas giant was forming."

+ - UK students build electric car with 264 mile range

Submitted by da_how
da_how writes: A group of students and graduates at Imperial College London have built an electric car with a massive range — 264+ miles on one charge at 'reasonable' highway speeds (60 mph). They appear to have done this by filling the car to the absolute max with as many Lithium-Iron-Phosphate batteries as possible (56 kWh) and designing a very efficient direct drive powertrain (about 90% batteries to wheels at highway speeds from what I've read). The choice of vehicle is an interesting one, it's a converted Radical SR8 — a track racing car with speed record on the Nurburgring.Not an obvious contender for an endurance vehicle (no windscreen either!) — but then they claim it's lightweight to start with (steel space frame and glass fibre), plus Radical are based in the UK and presumably provided some help. You can read all about it in the Wired Magazine blog at http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/05/racing-green-endurance-srzero/ — personally I think it's pretty cool looking..

+ - Porn ban being considered in South Africa->

Submitted by krou
krou writes: Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba has gone to South Africa's Law Reform Commission to see whether or not the law can be changed to allow a complete ban of digitally distributed pornography. Gigaba has also been in discussion with The Justice Alliance of South Africa, 'a coalition of corporations, individuals and churches committed to upholding and fighting for justice and the highest moral standards in South African society', who have written its own draft bill regarding the issue, which covers the banning of pornography on television, mobile phones, and the web. Using a car analogy, Mr Gigaba said: "Cars are already provided with brakes and seatbelts... There is no reason why the internet should be provided without the necessary restrictive mechanisms built into it." Related documents and the JASA's proposed bill can be found here, one of which has the wonderful title, 'A reasonable and justifiable limitation on Freedom of Expression and Right to Privacy'.
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+ - Practical Gesture-Based Computing->

Submitted by averyzoe
averyzoe writes: Imagine a gaming system where you could pick up special items, swing your sword, and navigate a virtual world using only gestures of your hand. No controllers to charge or replace, no confusion on which button does what. Now imagine that you didn't have to sell your house to afford that gaming system. Gesture-based computing has been around for awhile, but until recently has been expensive and not terribly accurate. Researchers at MIT have developed a gesture-based system that utilizes only a webcam (standard on many new computers) and a special vinyl glove.
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Science Luminary Martin Gardner Dead at 95 96

Posted by timothy
from the sad-to-note dept.
From James Randi's blog comes word that science writer Martin Gardner has died at the age of 95. I never met Gardner, but one of his books (Entertaining Science Experiments With Everyday Objects) has been a favorite of mine since I was 6 or 7 years old; I didn't realize until just now quite how many books he authored.

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.