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Networking

Submission + - Hosting your own website 1

GPTelemann writes: As an almost-grad-student in computer engineering who's been using cheap webhosting services, I figured that I should be able to use an older computer lying around to run my own Linux webserver. I've used Linux from time to time since before the days of Debian 2.0, and Ubuntu seems to be very popular these days. Unfortunately, I don't really know how to go about setting up a simple, secure webserver on my local internet connection. What things are most important to know, and where should I look to learn how to go about this (and how to get an already-registered domain to link to my computer)?
The Internet

Submission + - Small Developers (insidefacebook.com)

jbiesi writes: An independent developer that I've worked with in the past created a little app using the new facebook API's, but he never saw that the response could be so huge. Now in addition to the all the questions about how he can maintain and improve his work, he is also facing questions to buy his app and offer him jobs. Can anyone in the slashdot community offer him advice/moral support?
NASA

Journal SPAM: No Boom today

Shuttle had to land in CA due to weather. Too bad. What's a couple more million and a few days though? It's just government money.

HP

Submission + - Data Center Disaster and Recovery (hp.com) 1

John -- on behalf of HP writes: "Nothing is indestructible — but that doesn't mean you have to loose what's important when disaster strikes. To prove this very important point, HP recently simulated a gas leak and used explosives to blow up a datacenter, which included the entire spectrum of HP products, including StorageWorks, servers, software and Procurve solutions. What resulted was the flawless fail-over of every system with full IT services up and running in 13 seconds to less than 2 minutes. Take a look at the destruction here: http://h71028.www7.hp.com/enterprise/cache/523434- 0-0-0-121.html"
Security

Submission + - Session Management Security Hole in Orkut (grok.org.uk)

tomcataxis writes: You login to Orkut and network with your friends everyday and then you finally log out. But do you really log out? What does logging out mean? Logging out means you have closed your account. Your account is accessible to none, not even to you unless you authenticate yourself with your username and password once again. Apparently logging out has a different meaning for Orkut. When you log out of Orkut, not only can you use your account without authenticating yourself but attackers and the bad guys can also use your account without even knowing your user name and password. Yes! That's true! They don't need your user name to hijack your account. Then what do they need? 3 Indian hackers Susam Pal, Vipul Agarwal and Gaurav Mogre have disclosed a security hole in Orkut that can be exploited to compromise an account if certain Orkut cookies are stolen and the account can be used even after the owner of the account has logged out.

The following are the steps to protect yourself.

1. A user logged into Orkut should not run any untrusted JavaScript,
      program, etc. or click on any suspicious link to prevent the cookie
      from being stolen.
2. On a shared system, the user must log out of Orkut by clicking the
      "Logout" link. This would delete the session cookies at the browser
      and another user can not read the cookie value from the browser.
      Alternatively, the cookie can be removed from the browser.

Click the title above to read the complete report.

Linux Business

Submission + - Best open-source virtualisation solution?

wikinerd writes: "I am looking for a fast virtualisation solution supporting Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 64bit with file-based storage or LVM. Apart from speed and OS, my other requirements are that the project must be released as free software under GPL or open-source under BSDL or similar licence, and that the project must be developed by a strictly non-commercial 'hacker-ethics' community. I am using Xen at the moment, and it works great, but I wish to keep my eyes open for any other alternatives satisfying my criteria. What would you suggest?"
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Are there used book stores with personal service? 1

davonshire writes: Recently I decided to amass a collection of novels by a specific Science Fiction author who died not long ago. I don't expect that this collection will ever be more valuable than the price I pay for the used books. As such I don't have a lot of demands but I would like a few things that makes building this collection a bit challenging.

I would like the books to be in at least good condition, paperback is fine. Because this author wrote many series, I would like them all to have at least the same cover artist if not the same issue. Because I live where there is not a well stocked store with a good inventory flow. I'm limited to internet/mail order.

Does anyone know of a good, used book store that has personal service? I don't know exactly the nomenclature to use to even search for a store like this. Any help would be appreciated.

TIA.

Davon Shire.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Pics: World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Collectors

LuckyNicky writes: "The productivity of 8 Million people will drop on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 when World of Warcraft Burning Crusade expansion hits store shelves. Press mailings of the game went out today of the exclusive Collector's Edition. This post has pictures of the box and what's inside including the DVD and PC-CD of the game, an art book, trading cards and limited edition mouse pad. http://www.gamedailyxl.com/2007/01/12/first-look-g amedaily-receives-wow-burning-crusade-collectors-e /"
User Journal

Journal Journal: Ubuntu Is Installed & My Thoughts 3

First, thanks to all who helped out with my grub problem. I finally let it loose on the MBR and everything still works. That solved a major problem because I could now boot into my new installation. After that, I had to solve a couple more problems:

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Porn Industry Backs HD DVD, Is Blu-ray Dead?

junger writes: "At the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, three production houses touted HD DVD products, including at least one who formerly supported Blu-ray. Speculation is centering upon the availability of Blu-ray production machines owned by Sony or tied to Disney, both of whom seemingly want to avoid tarnishing their family-friendly reputation. Plus this gem from Kaylani Lei of Wicked Pictures on being filmed in HD: "I'm not really self-conscious because I'm so focused on my lines.""
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Hello AT&T, Goodbye Cingular

Anonymous Coward writes: "From the Article "The Cingular name will start to disappear on Monday, when the AT&T brand will once again describe a mobile offering in the U.S. The move will have a tangental effect on Apple's nascent plans to get into the mobile phone business. Earlier this week, in unveiling its new iPhone, Apple announced that Cingular would be the exclusive U.S. carrier for the smartphone. Cingular CEO Stan Sigman appeared onstage with Steve Jobs during the Apple CEO's Macworld Expo keynote." And "As a result of a series of mergers and acquisitions, the AT&T brand on a wireless service was recently killed off, only to now be revived."

The article is done by Macworld,, and they have some good keypoints as to how this merger will effect Apple and their release of the new iPhone. Apparently all this name flipflopping is causing more than a bit of confusion with all their customers."
Announcements

Submission + - Exxon to Cut Ties w/ Global Warming Skeptics

An anonymous reader writes: It seems Exxon has finally pulled its head out of the sand. According to this article [msn.com], Exxon Mobil Corp. "...has stopped funding groups skeptical of global warming claims...", and has engaged in talks regarding the reduction of greenhouse gasses. I know the /. crowd feels that major corporations can do no good, especially big oil, but this does seem to be a step in the right direction. The article also mentions that Exxon is forced to follow the Kyoto treaty in nations that abide by those regulations, and it is inefficient to have differing environmental standards by region.
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Behind the Armor: 501st Professionals

bonniegrrl writes: "After game show host and Rose Parade commentator Bob Eubanks publicly labeled the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers as bunch of "groupies" and stated they all "need to get jobs" during the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade on national television, when in reality the group primarily raises money for various charities worldwide and have amazing careers, we felt the need at starwars.com to write a story that would help counteract that rather rude and uninformed statement.

Article excerpt:
As the 200 members of the 501st Legion marched down the streets of Pasadena, CA, Rose Parade viewers everywhere were impressed with not only their marching skills, but their true dedication to the Star Wars saga and the characters they represent. But there's more to the 501st than the sea of troopers clad in white armor. 501st Garrisons are full of members who not only enjoy giving back to their communities by working with local charities, but they are also an impressive cross-section of professionals in every career field imaginable.

"I think it's important the public learn from the service-minded example the 501st sets," Legion founder Albin Johnson says. "If more people gave back to their communities while enjoying their hobbies, the world would be a much better place. Our club engenders a positive attitude of giving, not just taking. We actually gain from our friendships and the work we do. That's a unique experience few other hobbies can boast."

The 501st Legion contributes time and money to numerous charities including Ronald McDonald House, Toys-for-Tots, Make-a-Wish, Candle Lighters Fund, and the Jimmy Fund. Each garrison has also visited countless hospitals, daycare centers, schools and community centers to entertain children throughout the U.S. and around the world.

In addition to their charity work, 501st members have extremely varied and important careers. "We have our share of IT specialists, software engineers and librarians," 501st.com webmaster and Carolina Garrison member Dean Plantamura says. "But we are also lawyers, fashion models, ex-rollerderby stars, police officers, professional divers, pyro-technicians, butchers, teachers, air traffic controllers, nurses, social workers, security officers, musicians, accountants, graphic designers, illustrators, postal workers, helicopter pilots, pediatricians, dentists, nuclear plant operators, bankers, meteorologists, crime scene investigators, firefighters, DJs, paramedics, airplane mechanics, ex-pro wrestlers, actors, video game designers, stay-at-home moms, small business owners, chimney sweeps, archeologists, as well as many members who are currently serving in the Armed Forces."

Read the full story here:
Behind the Armor: 501st Professionals "
Security

Submission + - Google Exploit Allows Account HiJacking

Rub3X writes: "To execute the attack, the victim needs to be logged in to a Google service, and visit a specially crafted page. The page in question is on a Google sub domain, so it does look legitimate. A proof of concept page was set up to verify the claims, and successfully tested on a user of the Google services in question. With this attack you can: Get in to Google Docs and Spreadsheets application and read and modify documents saved there, Read subjects from GMail, including part of the first sentence, Access the personalized homepage, View Google Accounts page, Enter Google Reader, Read your private Google Notebook, View my complete Google search history if search history feature is enabled."

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