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Comment: Re:Oh no... (Score 1) 319

by CodeBuster (#29885001) Attached to: Microsoft Opening Outlook's PST Format
If you are a SharePoint guy then perhaps you can explain why it is so often sold a "general purpose" platform for web development when in fact it is a very poor choice for "general purpose" development? After all, SharePoint was built on top of and using ASP.NET so how can it replace ASP.NET as the general purpose developer platform? Another thing that bugs me about SharePoint is that, like classic VB, it swoops in to solve some "quick hit" problem in a business (i.e. we need better document management) and then proceeds to expand until it collapses under its own weight. This tends to "steal the thunder" of longer term custom development projects using more general purpose tools which, while not finished as quickly, actually scale up and ultimately don't get bogged down in the mud with the SharePoint project that got in over its head. I will admit that SharePoint has its place in the enterprise, but the over-zealous marketing drones at Microsoft and the SharePoint apologists on the blogosphere need to STOP pushing sharepoint as a general purpose development platform and the solution to all business intranet problems. In short they need to quit over-selling SharePoint and using a shoe horn to fit SharePoint into situations where it probably isn't the best choice. They are giving web development a bad name just to garner a few extra sales.
Security

San Fran Hunts For Mystery Device On City Network 821

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the they-just-can't-get-a-break dept.
alphadogg writes "With costs related to a rogue network administrator's hijacking of the city's network now estimated at $1 million, city officials say they are searching for a mysterious networking device hidden somewhere on the network. The device, referred to as a 'terminal server' in court documents, appears to be a router that was installed to provide remote access to the city's Fiber WAN network, which connects municipal computer and telecommunication systems throughout the city. City officials haven't been able to log in to the device, however, because they do not have the username and password. In fact, the city's Department of Telecommunications and Information Services isn't even certain where the device is located, court filings state."
Moon

NASA Developing Small Nuclear Reactor For the Moon 431

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the because-they're-nasa dept.
marshotel writes "NASA astronauts will need power sources when they return to the moon and establish a lunar outpost. NASA engineers are exploring the possibility of nuclear fission to provide the necessary power, and they are taking initial steps toward a non-nuclear technology demonstration of this type of system."
IT

CERN, the Big Bang and Impact On the IT Industry 169

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the these-are-a-few-of-my-favorite-things dept.
whencanistop writes "ComputerWeekly have put together a nice short guide (with lots of links) of what is going on at CERN. They've got a nice slant though on what this big bang experiment is going to mean for the IT Industry. Interesting slant on the world's largest grid and the database clustering technology that they are using. They have also picked up on the amusing rap video by CERN's scientists that has been wandering around YouTube."
Image

Verizon Tech Accused Of Making $220K In Sex Calls On User Lines 218 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the lots-of-lotion dept.
Joseph Vaccarelli, a former Verizon Technician, has been charged with racking up $220,000 in phone-sex calls by tapping into the land lines of nearly 950 customers. Authorities say that he made approximately 5,000 calls, resulting in 45,000 minutes of call time. Verizon estimated that out of a 40-week period, Vaccarelli spent 15 weeks talking on sex lines. How in the world do you have this much phone sex, period, but especially at work, and not have anyone notice?

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