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Submission + - 10 Books Every Programmer Should Read (codepancake.com)

bodiam writes: There are many books available for programmers, ranging from topics such as programming languages, algorithms, design patterns, and many more. In this forest of books, it’s easy to get lost, so we created a small list of books which should be read by every programmer. Reading these books will help a great deal in becoming a better programmer!

Submission + - Making SFTP transfers fast (daniel.haxx.se)

bagder writes: The nature of the SFTP protocol is quite different than many file transfer protocols, and that gives you some challenges when using this protocol and want to get speedy transfers. This page is an attempt at describing how it works and how to use it to make your sftp transfers fast(er).
Books

Submission + - Confessions of a Used-Book Scanner

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "In a good example of how advancing technology, the internet, and informationally efficient markets can work together to create new niche opportunities for entrepreneurs, Michael Savitz writes how, armed with an a laser bar-code scanner fitted to a Dell PDA, he makes a living spending 80 hours per week haunting thrift stores and library book sales to scan hundreds of used books a day and instantly identify those that will get a good price on Amazon Marketplace. "My PDA shows the range of prices that other Amazon sellers are asking for the book in question," writes Savitz. "Those listings offer me guidance on what price to set when I post the book myself and how much I'm likely to earn when the sale goes through." Savitz writes that on average, only one book in 30 will have a resale value that makes it a "BUY" but that he goes through enough books to average about 30 books sold per day and earn about $1,000 a week in profit. "If I can tell from a book's Amazon sales rank that I'll be able to sell it in one day, I might accept a projected profit of as little as a dollar. The more difficult a book will be to sell, the more money the sale needs to promise." Savitz writes that people scanning books sometimes get kicked out of thrift stores and retail shops and that libraries are beginning to advertise that no electronic devices are allowed at their sales. "If it's possible to make a decent living selling books online, then why does it feel so shameful to do this work?" concludes Savitz. "The bibliophile bookseller, and the various other species of pickers and flippers of secondhand merchandise, would never be reproached like this and could never be made to feel bad in this way.""

Submission + - User settings and application migration tools. 2

loafula writes: Hi Slashdot. I work for a fairly large healthcare organization and we are in the process of a total hardware refresh. We have a lot of users in our billing departments that run a lot of specialized applications. Many of the older PCs still run Windows 2000, and all are going to be replaced with XP machines.
I was looking and hoping to find a migration tool that would help expedite the upgrades. Ideally, the tool would migrate user setting and installed applications from one PC to another. So, Slashdot, I was wondering if any of you out there had any ideas or suggestions to make my life a heck of a lot easier? Thanks in advance.
United States

Submission + - FDA Commissioner blocks new Cancer treatment. (lawyersandsettlements.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, blocked a fast tracked prostate cancer treatment despite strong evidence for its approval and a commitee vote to approve the drug. If the facts of the admitteldy biased article are true then he is also likely guilty of insider trading.
Mozilla

Submission + - NEW MOZILLA DIRECTED GIVING PROGRAM (arstechnica.com)

Ars Technica writes: "The Mozilla Foundation has announced a new directed giving program, one that will allow fans and users of Mozilla's open-source applications to channel their donations to their favorite products. The foundation will let benefactors directly support Bugzilla, Camino, Mozilla Accessibility, and SeaMonkey with their donations while continuing to accept unrestricted donations. Unlike its commercial subsidiary the Mozilla Corporation, which oversees development of Firefox and Thunderbird and saw a 26 percent jump in revenues last year, the Mozilla Foundation is a not-for-profit operation."
IBM

Submission + - IBM sues company selling fake, flammable batteries (computerworld.com.au)

Bergkamp10 writes: A Computerworld article reporting that IBM is suing Shentech for selling laptop batteries that catch on fire and sport allegedly fake IBM logos. IBM apparently followed up on a claim by a customer that an "IBM" laptop battery bought at Shentech caught on fire and damaged his laptop. The customer reported the problem to Lenovo (who license Big Blue's trademark) who subsequently ordered 12 batteries from Shentech and found them all to be fakes. IBM is asking for US$1 million in damages for each dodgy battery sold.
Security

Submission + - Avoid Common Web 2.0 Cross-Site Scripting Attacks

IdaAshley writes: Dodge common Web 2.0-based application attacks, such as cross-site scripting, and dramatically increase your Project Zero application's security using Active Content Filtering (ACF). Learn about the powerful capabilities of applying ACF to a Project Zero environment to remove active content from request data and response output being set to the client.
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft's treatment towards Google defectors (valleywag.com)

Miguel de Icaza writes: "Here is a story revealing just how threatened microsoft are by google. While senior partners can expect the full chair experience, some lowly staffers who are putting in their notice are being escorted off campus immediately. Why? Because they've put in their notice to join Google. In Microsoft's eyes, Google is Enemy No. 1. Anyone leaving Redmond for the search leader is a threat. Not because they'll scurry around collecting company secrets — as if Google's interested in Microsoft's '90s-era technologies. Departing employees, however, might tell other 'Softies how much better Google is. If an employee is leaving for Amazon.com or another second-tier employer which doesn't make Microsoft so paranoid, they'll probably serve out the traditional two weeks of unproductive wrapping up. So if you're planning on leaving Microsoft for Google, pack up your belongings and say goodbye to friends ahead of time. There'll be no cake and two weeks of paid slacking for you."
Graphics

Submission + - The early days of 3D games (blogspot.com)

Christophe de Dinechin writes: "What was Infogrames like when they occupied a single floor of a single building? Was Frederick Raynal already such a bright guy long before becoming insanely famous for "Alone in the Dark" (answer: yes)? How do you draw 3D using mostly additions? As the author of one of the earliest 3D videogames, I wrote a personal account of these crazy days, back when real men coded on real CPUs which had no clue about real numbers (aka floating point)."
The Internet

Submission + - 'Adjusted' Exchange Rates with PayPal 1

incith writes: I recently went to send some money to a friend via PayPal, and noticed they were informing me that 1 Canadian Dollar is equal to 0.99 U.S. Dollars. I went off to check Google and Yahoo Exchange, both reporting that 1 CAD = 1.02 USD roughly. There are some articles I found as well while googling, others who have noticed this. Back when the dollar was still only worth .67 or so and PayPal was reporting it to be .61 roughly. The fellow in question lost nearly $300 just due to the exchange rate PayPal was giving him and the amount he was sending. How much money could PayPal be saving by cutting a cent or two off the exchange rate they give you, and how much are we as customers losing?
Microsoft

Submission + - Free Version of Microsoft Works coming soon (bbc.co.uk)

BigBadBus writes: "Free versions of Microsoft's Works package will be coming soon, Microsoft's losses being mitigated by advertising. There are more details here. Call me cynical, but Works is a fairly frustrating heavily scaled back version of Office, so why not just release versions of that? Is this too little, too late? Or must Microsoft be seen to do something because they are afraid of Google's free Docs and Spreadsheet, and OpenOffice? And, before anyone asks, will this M$ initiative be available for Linux?"

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