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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)?

Submission + - Wikipedians want Spoiler Warnings Gone - Do You? (

An anonymous reader writes: Tensions are always high in Wikipedia, but this time it's serious. Many Wikipedians want all spoiler warnings on Wikipedia gone. Real encyclopaedias don't have spoiler warnings. Then again, real encyclopaedias don't have articles about anything recent enough to warrant them.

Should Wikipedia remove its spoiler warnings? Are spoiler warnings a violation of the no censorship policy? Is Wikipedia bound by netiquette?

I know you care about this.


Submission + - Windows Server 2003/VISTA vs. UNIX OS' in security

Anonymous Coward writes: "Windows is insecure is often a statement made here at slashdot. Out of the box that may be true. However, in a post here at slashdot about SELinux: 19410153

14 steps are shown that help Windows Server 2003 SP #2 (and other Windows NT-based OS variants/ancestors (2000/XP) and decendents (VISTA)) be secured to a CIS Tool 1.x score of 84.735 (possibly better, but going online might be compromised) and the CIS Tool runs on many OS platforms so it can be the 'control' in this experiment, since the test is the same.

QUESTION: Can all (or any) of the UNIX derivants & their users outscore it using the same test in the CIS Tool (CENTER FOR INTERNET SECURITY) and still be online?

(I'd like to find out, via a comparison like this one using a common test, wouldn't you??)

That said, I would like to see scores that users on MacOS X, Linux, BSD variants, and Solaris (possibly others as well via the ports/java driven models of CIS Tool downloadable here:

Which also exists for those many OS platforms besides Windows!

Should anyone outscore that Windows score, outline what steps/methods UNIX derivants users utilize to obtain their scores!

(Especially if they exceed that noted by myself in the first URL above also. In this last point in this challenge, We can all gain by extollnig our methods used to secure the various OS' we all use by such a comparison/competition as was done in the URL above regarding hardening Windows Server 2003 SP #2)).

Bottom-line: To the Slashdot Linux/BSD's/MacOS X/UNIX users — Are you ready to put your money where your mouth is vs. a Windows Server 2003 SP #2 that has been fully secured/security hardened by a 14 step procedure?

(Some honesty is required, those with two machines could super harden 1 to a higher score, and post their score from another machine though — but, cheating is not the point here: Showing one another how to secure our machines however, is)"
Operating Systems

Submission + - Running Linux and Windows apps simultaneously

Kamen Tomov writes: "I currently use Windows XP on the desktop and run Linux prorams on a remote machine. What virtualization and remote desktop software should I install to be able to run Linux on the same computer and to have Linux client-side applications on the Windows desktop? Should I run Linux under Windows or Windows under Linux will be better? I have a CPU that supports virtualization and 2GB of RAM."

Submission + - Why doesn't javascript has a sleep/wait function?

sandeepbansal writes: "While executing a webpage in firefox which was a pretty printed version of a JSON feed produced with BeautifyJSON the browser became unresponsive for a long time due to the load of the javascript it was executing. When i decided to modify the script so that it is executed in small steps to increase browser responsiveness i couldn't come up with an elegant way as javascript has no inbuilt sleep/wait function. A similar thing even happens at slashdot. Try going to any story with more then 250 comments and then reducing the expanded comments to 0 and then increasing them to the maximum allowable limit. A user will not be seeing all the +250 comments at the same time and thus executing the script at small intervals would have been much more effective. I really cant understand why doesn't javascript has an inbuilt sleep/wait functionality? Granted javascript provides the setTimout function which can be used to rewrite the function to do the work properly but, is this the correct way? Having a native sleep/wait function would have been much nicer."

Submission + - Phrack has reborn : #64 is out

The Circle of Lost Hackers writes: "The hacking electronic magazine Phrack is back online. A new issue has been released this week-end, which ends up more than a year and a half without publication. This issue features a mix of scene articles and many highly technical papers dealing with almost all topics of computer hacking: Hardware, Code analysis & Reverse engineering, previously unpublished Kernel & Heap exploits techniques, applied network intrusion on Windows and UNIX, Cryptanalysis, OsX kernel tricks, are waiting for you. A new volume of a very high quality that reminds some old-school issues as it also includes its amount of Underground and body/mind experiences reports. A must read."

Submission + - Microsoft Imagine Cup 2007 India final: Review

Sandeep Bansal writes: "From the article

It all started with me getting a call from microsoft inviting me to come and watch the event which was to take place at Air force auditorium, Delhi. Frankly speaking i was not at all interested in going to watch the event as i knew that the projects would be build on .NET only and i don't like .NET at all. But then, the lady on the phone said the golden words. She said, "You are going to get a Free DVD of windows Vista for personal use, free lunch and tickets to watch the movie Spiderman 3". I was already planning to go and watch the movie the next day which incidentally was the release date (5 may 2007) of the movie and getting printed DVDs of windows Vista was also to my liking. So, i agreed to go to watch the event along with a few of my friends. I was in for a big surprise.

Submission + - 10 reasons to use pidgin as an instant messenger

sandeepbansal writes: "Pidgin is an instant messenger used widely all over the world. Here i outline 10 reasons of using pidgin over all other messengers available.
  1. Pidgin is multi-protocol and multi-platform
  2. Large userbase
  3. Multiple login support
  4. Free support
  5. Scripting and plugin support
  6. Encryption support
  7. Anonymity support
Like many messengers pidgin has some bugs but i think that it has too many merits which outshine any bug which exists. Just give it a try and i am sure you will love it.

Submission + - Ubuntu Magazine Released

jpaul writes: The Ubuntu community has yet another thing to rejoice about, and it is their very own magazine. The Full Circle Magazine is completely free and takes a look at various aspects of Ubuntu as well as its immediately family: Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Xubuntu. Issue #0 is currently available and offers a look at Ubuntu's history including the new features that were introduced into Feisty Fawn. Issue #1 is being worked on and stands proud at 44-pages, so keep your eye out for more and don't forget to contribute to the magazine if you have time!

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