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Comment Bad Idea (Score 1) 671

My recommendation to you would be to leave the computer alone. Use it for work purposes only. It doesn't belong to you, therefore you have no entitlement for using it outside of the purpose for which it was given to you. That being said, talk to your IT guy, get an idea of how strict they are with regards to personal usage of company assets. You might find they don't care as much as you think they do. In my workplace, I have a strict "If it doesn't effect your job performance or compromise the security of our assets, then I don't care" policy. It is pointless for me to waste time reprimanding employees for checking their personal email or Facebook accounts periodically. Don't abuse it and it will most likely never be an issue, but you're taking a major risk to your employment regardless.

Comment My two cents as a semi-pro (Score 1) 569

I thought that maybe I could contribute something to this question as a semi-professional photographer. When purchasing a camera, there are so many factors to consider. Before all else, you need to determine whether you want a point-and-shoot or a digital single lens reflex. To be honest, a high end point and shoot is capable of 99% of what a low-end digital SLR is capable of, and at less than half the size, it presents some real advantages. Point and shoot cameras to consider would be along the lines of the Canon G11. Once you move into digital SLRs, there are a lot of small things that you will not be told by the sales person. I am a Nikon shooter, so I can really only speak to that brand, although I am positive Canon is not much different. As you move from a low-end DSLR to a high-end DSLR, you will keep the majority of features, but you'll really see a difference in a few key areas. Firstly, build quality. The cheap DSLRs are made from plastic, whereas the higher-end DSLRs have a magnesium alloy body. Next, the autofocus system. Cheap DSLRs have a slower system with fewer tracking points, and as you move up the ladder, the systems become faster and more complex. ISO performance also improves as you go up the ladder, with the best performance being seen at the D7000 for a crop (DX) sensor, and the D3s for a full-frame (FX) sensor. A full frame sensor will always outperform a crop sensor in every way, although your zoom lenses will zoom a little further on a crop sensor, usually around 1.5x the stated focal distance on any FX compatible lens. Any Nikon DSLR below the D7000 lacks an internal focusing motor. This will make some of the nicest prime lenses Nikon makes entirely manual focus and almost impossible to use without a focusing screen - which, to my knowledge, no DSLR has from the factory. All of that being said, the best spot to drop your money is in your lenses. Specifically the Nikon Trinity: 14-24 f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, and the 70-200 f/2.8 - This set will set you back almost $7,000 but is worth every penny if you want to get serious about photography. They will always be worth close to what you paid for them, and hardly depreciate. A camera body, on the other hand, is practically worthless within three years. This barely encompasses everything there is to know, but I am happy to answer any additional questions, just drop a reply.

Submission + - McGill University uses YouTube to Raise Money (youtube.com)

The Bringer writes: McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, has resorted to YouTube and corporate sponsorships to help raise extra funds for their cancer research programs. For every view of their video, their sponsors will donate some money to the program. While I am sure there is a cap on it, it is for a good cause and could use the attention!

Comment Oh America... (Score 1) 182

I've come to the conclusion that intellectual property is the last thing of value that the United States has in a global economy. The manufacturing sector is a shadow of what it once was, the real estate sector has crashed tremendously, and exports are at a low. Now they have to bully everyone else into enforcing these patents, copyrights, and trademarks in order to stifle competition... It's a sad state of affairs.

Comment Keep going, LulzSec (Score 1) 352

At the rate these guys are going, they are going to be the catalyst for some major changes in law around the world. They've hit some pretty high profile targets that appeal to a wide variety of people. Just wait until the mainstream media (sic: Fox) has their usual "When Hackers Attack..." type of special and that will be the precursor.

Submission + - Dr. Jack Kevorkian Dead at 83 (cnn.com) 1

The Bringer writes: "Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the Michigan pathologist who put assisted suicide on the world's medical ethics stage, died early Friday, according to a spokesman with Beaumont Hospital. He was 83.

The assisted-suicide advocate had been hospitalized in Michigan for pneumonia and a kidney-related ailment, his attorney Mayer Morganroth has said."

Open Source

Submission + - Popular Rails CMS: Refinery releases version 1.0 (refinerycms.com)

dgjones writes: "Refinery was created by Resolve Digital to meet the needs of non-technical clients to manage and update their websites. It’s easy to extend and sticks to ‘the Rails way’ where possible, reducing the learning curve for developers.

The project began closed source at Resolve Digital in 2004 and 5 years later was released as open source software in 2009.

The project has grown rapidly since the first public release and is now the most popular Rails CMS. Refinery is now used by leading tech companies including Google and Wildfire Interactive, and has been downloaded over 70,000 times. It has also been translated into 25 languages.

Path to Popularity

The tipping point for Refinery was the addition of Rails 3 support just two days after Rails 3 was released. The leading alternative Rails CMS still does not have support for Rails 3, so developers flocked to Refinery when beginning new projects. As a result of this, Refinery was a finalist at the New Zealand Open Source Awards in 2010.

The 1.0 release firmly establishes Refinery as a real contender in the CMS space, and reinforces the qualities that have proven popular with both website owners and the Refinery developer community."

Submission + - Rare Midnight Solar Caught in the Arctic (wired.com)

Tyketto writes: Wired Magazine has an article posted regarding a solar eclipse occurring overnight in the Arctic and Scandinavian regions over the night of June 1st and 2nd. They explain: "During the Arctic summer, the sun dips low on the horizon but never sets. That means a solar eclipse is theoretically possible at any time. But this week’s eclipse was the first visible from Scandinavia since 2000, and the deepest since 1985. The next one won’t be for another 73 years."

NASA has the details, while NPR also has a small blurb on it, with Tromsø, Norway resident Rhys Jones adding some pictures to Flikr, and SpaceWeather putting together a gallery.


Submission + - LTE-based iPad 3 coming in time for Christmas? (edibleapple.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Wall St. Journal relays a research note from CLSA claiming that Apple is working hard to deliver an LTE-based iPad 3 just in time for this year’s holiday shopping season.This is particularly interesting in light of a number of reports that we saw in the weeks leading up to the iPad 2 launch which claimed that Apple would release two iPad models in 2011.

Submission + - Microsoft: Xbox 360 sales 'accelerating' (winbeta.org)

BogenDorpher writes: "As the E3 video game conference rapidly approaches, Microsoft is not holding back on bragging about its progress in the video game arena. Microsoft is already bragging that the company has sold 55 million Xbox 360 units worldwide since it launched."

Submission + - "White Ninja" attempts Apple Store burglary (edibleapple.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple’s chain of retail stores have been popular targets for thieves lately, but now Ninjas are also looking to get MacBooks, iPods, and iPhones on the cheap.

Earlier this morning, a man dressed in white, and described as wearing a “white ninja suit”, drove a stolen car into the outer glass windows of an Apple Store in Greensboro, North Carolina. The glass naturally gave way to the car as it entered the retail store with resounding force. Hey, aren’t Ninjas supposed to be stealthy?


Submission + - Solar-Powered Bikini Powers Your iPod (ecouterre.com)

fangmcgee writes: "Capable of charging your cellphone or MP3 player, the solar bikini comprises thin, flexible photovoltaic film strips and USB connectors, woven together with conductive thread. Each bikini, coming in at just under $200, is entirely hand-stitched, requiring an average of 80 hours to make. No need to worry about your iPod running out of juice; the solar bikini will charge your favorite gadgets while you soak up the rays."

Comment Common Sense (Score 1) 182

From what I know, I would say that having a good password policy is first and foremost. Secondly, ensure that your MySQL server is only accessible from IP Addresses on the whitelist. Hash your passwords and make sure you salt them. No one likes a good hash without some salt. The biggest threat is an injection. Make sure you sanitize every single input on your site, don't trust cookies for security, and make sure you're regularly validating your security tokens. Oh, and don't be an idiot. There is no reason for you to store anything more than the last four digits of a customers credit card number anywhere on your server.

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