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Comment: Tried Many, Used a Few (Score 1) 867

by sorton9999 (#41472165) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?
In this day and age of VMs and high bandwidth connections, I've downloaded quite a few ISOs (or grabbed a few from Linux Format) and at least poked around a little. I've tried Sabyon (?), Mandriva, Damn Small Linux, Puppy Linux, Mint, Knoppix. But the one's I actually do anything useful on are as follows in order Slackware (floppy) -> Redhat (floppy to CD to DVD) -> Fedora (CD to DVD) -> CentOS -> Ubuntu I develop seriously on CentOS and Fedora. Redhat was painful to develop on up until 5.0 then settled down and became more standardized.

Comment: Use XAMPP as your LAMP setup (Score 1) 382

by sorton9999 (#37508610) Attached to: Newb-Friendly Linux Flavor For LAMP Server?
I agree with other posts about using XAMPP ( I've used it quite a bit for development work and I found it super easy to install. It supports Linux (debian and redhat among others) and Windows. It comes with MySQL and SQLlite with the phpMySQLAdmin admin tool, PHP and perl for development). The best thing about it is Apache, MySQL and PHP are all pre-configured. There's even an FTP server included. I'm not too sure about security though as I never went live using it, but if you read up on server (esp. web server) security, you can configure it pretty easily from what I understand.

Comment: Re:How about the obvious... (Score 2, Insightful) 293

by sorton9999 (#31220108) Attached to: After Learning Java Syntax, What Next?
I agree with writing actual applications to hone your new knowledge. My first real applications in java were a calculator and a CD collection application. I wrote these without an WYSIWYG IDE. It helps to really see how things work if you don't use a GUI "builder". If you want to get ideas for good projects you can read "Java Cookbook" published by O'Reilly. It provides some programming example projects that can be expanded upon. Finally, read a good algorithms book (can't think of any examples, sorry). Java is great for supplying many objects that hide the implementation, but it's still helpful to know the theory behind these implementations.

+ - School-Issued Laptop's Webcam Used for Spying->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Philadelphia-area student accuses his private school of spying on him AT HOME through the integrated webcam on his laptop. Apparently he was called in to see the principal who told the student that they had evidence of him engaging in improper activity at his home. The evidence? A photo snapped of him through the webcam on his school-issue laptop. It is unclear what the "improper activity" was exactly, but I can think of a few "improper" things I might have been doing on a laptop at age 15. Article also notes that students were informed of the school's capability to employ the webcam in this fashion "in case of theft, etc." Some students took to covering the cam with bits of paper while at school- time to take this practice home with them!"
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+ - Google attacks linked to top Chinese schools->

Submitted by SpuriousLogic
SpuriousLogic (1183411) writes "A series of online attacks on Google and dozens of other American corporations have been traced to computers at two educational institutions in China, including one with close ties to the Chinese military, say people involved in the investigation.

They also said the attacks, aimed at stealing trade secrets and computer codes and capturing e-mail of Chinese human rights activists, may have begun as early as April, months earlier than previously believed. Google announced on Jan. 12 that it and other companies had been subjected to sophisticated attacks that probably came from China.

Computer security experts, including investigators from the National Security Agency, have been working since then to pinpoint the source of the attacks. Until recently, the trail had led only to servers in Taiwan."

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+ - Belgian coma patient "communication" falsified->

Submitted by SpuriousLogic
SpuriousLogic (1183411) writes "This was previously discussed on Slashdot

It was the feel-good story of Thanksgiving: A Belgian car crash victim in a persistent vegetative state not only was conscious but also was communicating for the first time in decades through a speech therapist who helped him type out thoughts on a keyboard.

Videos of Rom Houben working with the therapist — who said Houben was guiding her hand with gentle pressure from his fingers — were seen around the globe and inspired hope in families of loved ones with brain injuries.

It seemed too good to be true. And it was.

Houben's neurologist, Dr. Steven Laureys, said in an interview Wednesday that he tested a controversial technique called facilitated communication on three patients with brain injuries.

In two of the three cases — including Houben's — the therapist was found to be the one doing the communicating."

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Comment: Re:The same should be done (Score 1) 141

by sorton9999 (#30216298) Attached to: Inside England and Wales' DNA Regime
Right. In the U.S., fingerprints are kept indefinitely. At least in the local law enforcement offices. But they are viewable/searchable by other agencies as well. The reason they keep these is for identification purposes other than crimes such as after death or missing person, etc. I'm sure DNA will be kept for the same reasons.

Comment: Re:Not possible (Score 2, Insightful) 435

by sorton9999 (#30214620) Attached to: Would You Use a Free Netbook From Google?
Let's say the hardware DOES cost $150. I think over the lifetime of the hardware they can more than recoup the cost. I think it's in the realm of possibility to get $10 add revenue per month per user. That includes search revenue and adds splashed all over everything. They get their money back after 15 months. Let's say the average lifetime of the hardware is 2 years, they make money after a while. Of course, they make money sooner as the hardware gets cheaper.

Comment: Re:What about MySQL? (Score 1) 906

by sorton9999 (#27648385) Attached to: Oracle Buys Sun
Yes, deprecation of MySQL is my fear. It seems to me that not keeping some form of MySQL free is like biting the hand that feeds it. There is plenty of cash flow in the form of services that can be had. I'm hoping that if Oracle cannot support MySQL development/maintenance, it will be spun off into a separate business arm ala RedHat/Fedora. BTW, there already is a fork of MySQL, Drizzle (

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