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Comment Re:Those aren't "programming" mistakes... (Score 1) 213

well some of the mistakes definitely are programming mistakes. If the requirement states 'take input from field A and store it in table C' then it is a programming mistake not to use a prepared statement but to dynamically build a statement. On the other hand, the promotion of frameworks may make the software over-engineered and the architecture more complicated than necessary. That again can cause many problems...

Comment Re:Seems just as safe as ever... (Score 1) 1148

I'm afraid it isn't that easy. Shure you can build more modern and more save nuclear plants. The problem is what happens if something goes (terribly) wrong. If a gas plant fails terribly, you get a big explosion and a number of killed people. Tragic, but the consequences are limited in terms of regional spread and timeline. If a nuclear plant fails, the consequences are quite different. You can't just go, clean the place up and build a new plant. The contamination remains and will continue to be lethal for generations to come. Just invest some time and money? Well, you certainly believe in software that has no bugs, do you?

Comment Re:Karma (Score 1) 616

Yes, you can (talking about germany now). It isn't even uncommon. There are two motivations for it: 1) frienly end: If you fire somebody because of business changes, this period is a good time to find a new job. I've seen employers phoning other companies to help that person with a new job. 2) unfriendly end: better not have the fired person in your companies messing around with your stuff.

Journal Journal: Minox Windwatch Pro

Designed for all outdoor activities such as; cycling, hiking, sailing, surfing, mountain climbing, canoeing, or anything else . . more

Submission + - Einstein's twin paradox resolved

slashthedot writes: "An Indian American scientist Subhash Kak from Louisiana State University has resolved the 100+ years old Einstein's twin paradox. "The fact that time slows down on moving objects has been documented and verified over the years through repeated experimentation. But, in the previous scenario, the paradox is that the earthbound twin is the one who would be considered to be in motion — in relation to the sibling — and therefore should be the one aging more slowly. Einstein and other scientists have attempted to resolve this problem before, but none of the formulas they presented proved satisfactory. Kak's findings were published online in the International Journal of Theoretical Science, and will appear in the upcoming print version of the publication."
"The implications of this resolution will be widespread, generally enhancing the scientific community's comprehension of relativity. It may eventually even have some impact on quantum communications and computers, potentially making it possible to design more efficient and reliable communication systems for space applications."
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-02/lsu -lpr021407.php"

Submission + - The *REAL* facts of Linux vs Windows ?

yorugua writes: From the report: "Considering the publicity that has surrounded — and, despite super new security-focused Service Packs, continues to surround — Windows security issues, Microsoft's determination to demonstrate that Linux is less secure than Windows shows a certain chutzpah. The company has however had some support here; Forrester, for example, provides some numbers that can be used to support the contention that Microsoft flaws are less severe, less numerous and fixed faster. And although there's a general readiness among users to believe that Windows is a security disaster area, there's also a reasonable amount of support for the view that Linux would get just as many security issues if it had anything like Windows' user base.". PDF available at http://regmedia.co.uk/2004/10/22/security_report_w indows_vs_linux.pdf . Let the flam^H^H^H^Hdiscussion begin.
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YouTube Users Attend First Official Get-Together 52

An anonymous reader wrote us with a link to News.com's coverage of the first official YouTube get-together. Video aficionados from as far away as Australia descended on the Pier 39 shopping complex in San Francisco to meet and, of course, videotape each other. An estimated 100 some people attended the 'As One' event, which allowed some of the most popular bloggers and video posters to meet their fans. "'I don't have any groupies yet,' said Ben Going when asked whether his Internet fame has changed his life. The 21-year-old waiter from Huntsville, Ala., has a regular YouTube audience that numbers nearly 26,000. Two minutes after making his joke, Going was approached by two red-haired teenagers who asked him for an autograph. Going, known at YouTube as Boh3m3, shrugged at a reporter and appeared simultaneously thrilled and embarrassed. Lowering his hat, the one Going wears in many of his videos, he signed away."

Journal Journal: Sennheiser PXC 450

This headphones using NoiseGard 2.0 Advance technology for active attenuation of ambient noise from Sennheiser that can protect against ambient noise up to 90.0% . . more

Feed Satellites Seek Substorm Source (wired.com)

Five science satellites blast off on a single rocket -- it's a mission to find the source of powerful geomagnetic substorms in the Earth's atmosphere. By the Associated Press.


Submission + - Rollable E Ink Display Becomes Real Product

An anonymous reader writes: Two years ago Philips unveiled a prototype of a functional electronic-document reader, called the Readius, which could unroll its display to a scale larger than the device itself. Unfortunately, that was only a prototype. According to Cnet, however, Polymer Vision, which spun out from Philips in 2006, has redesigned the Readius and turned it into a real product that it is going to be available by the end of this year. There are some notable differences between this Readius and the prototype version, in particular, the ability to display 16 shades of grey instead of just 4 and the connectivity options. What doesn't make sense though, is given the energy efficiency and easy-to-read high contrast functionality of E Ink, why other than Motorola with its Motofone, has no other cell phone manufacturer incorporated E Ink technology into its handsets?

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