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Comment Actually (Score 1) 159

While they focus on MySQL in their examples, these are the same authors of "the Art of SQL", which tackles how to formulate application schema in a optimal way. It's actually a very good read - and if anyone had read and understood their first book, they would have no need for this second one, regardless of what RBDMS they are using. Also, mod parent Flamebait please - because that's all it is.

Comment Terrible article (Score 1) 693

I am not a lawyer - you are right. But your argument is that techies should stop bringing up legitimate subtleties in technical legal arguments because the police can preemptively search your shit and ruin your reputation, even if you are ultimately acquitted of charges? What?

Submission + - Google Alternatives (

jcatcw writes: "Peter Smith has a minitour of Google's competition up at Computerworld. Only one, Mahalo, got a positive review for both user interface and day-to-day searching results. Clusty is worth visiting for deep searches, Kartoo has decent search results but a confusing interface, and KoolTorch has the user experience, but the results just aren't there. He concludes:

So, should Google be worried? Not just yet. But it's good to see that there are companies out there trying to carve out a segment of the market. Competition means that search tools will continually improve, and that's good news for all of us.

The Courts

Submission + - Patent Injunction Could Roil Wi-Fi Industry (

Arguendo writes: From the article: "A little-noticed federal court decision on June 15, issuing an injunction against wireless-LAN equipment vendor Buffalo Technology in its patent fight with the Australian science agency CSIRO, could have broad implications for the entire Wi-Fi industry." CSIRO has sued quite a few other major players in the industry (including Dell and Nintendo) in the same district where the patent was already been held valid and infringed. Now with the injunction order, could this be a Blackberry fiasco all over again but with Wi-Fi?

Submission + - Windows Server woos Linux customers (

AlexGr writes: "This is a thought-provoking article by Peter Galli (eWeek): Wooed by compelling application ecosystems, performance and cost, several large enterprise Linux customers have begun slowly migrating back to Windows Server, eWEEK reporting has found. The migrations come after a quarter in which Windows Server revenue grew faster than Linux revenue — the first time that has happened since research company IDC started tracking Linux server spending in 1998.,1895,2149300, p"

Submission + - Harry Potter Zero-day exploit released (

soccer_Dude88888 writes: Harry Potter Zero-day exploit released by

A hacker posting on a full disclosure email list run by claims to have obtained a copy of a transcript of the forthcoming book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The self-proclaimed hacker — who calls himself Gabriel — claims to have compromised the PCs of one or more workers at Bloomsbury Publishing, the publisher of the Harry Potter books, by tricking them into visiting a hacker-run website infected with malicious code. Workers who visited the site supposedly became infected with a Trojan which allowed the unnamed cracker to extract a draft copy of the highly anticipated final installment of the Harry Potter series, due out on 21 July.

The claims are unsubstantiated by secondary sources and carry with them the whiff of hackers bragging about their cool skillz rather than authenticity.

Also the supposed motive — revealing the ending to make reading the book "useless and boring" and so prevent youngsters from exposure to "neo-paganism", is a little hard to swallow.

Responses to the post (titled Harry Potter 0day) on the email list has been dismissive. "Who are you people and why should I care? Maybe a new exploit would be more useful," said one unwhelmed punter. ®

The posted message claims to expose the names and ways in which two of the characters die, something that has been the subject of much speculation by fans of author J.K.Rowling and the boy wizard. For those not allergic to potential spoilers (of dubious provenance) the post can be found here. tml


Submission + - Protein mutations link to autism

DoctorPhish writes: The BBC reports that researchers from the University of Texas has discovered that mutations in two key proteins may affect synapse development, leading to certain forms of Autism.

"When they introduced a mutant form of neuroligin-1 thought to be carried by some people with autism the number of synapses fell dramatically — and the cells became significantly less excitable. The latest research suggests that carrying a mutant form of neuroligin-1 may depress the number of synapses that make it into adulthood. This could hamper the ability of nerve cells to make the usual connections, and lead to the deficits seen in people with autism. "

Submission + - Microsoft votes to add ODF to ANSI standards list

RzUpAnmsCwrds writes: "In a puzzling move, Microsoft today voted to support the addition of the OpenDocument file formats to the American National Standards List. OpenDocument is used by many free-software office suites, including Microsoft is still pushing its own Office Open XML format, which it hopes will also become an ANSI standard. Is Microsoft serious about supporting ODF, or is this a merely a PR stunt to make Office Open XML look more like a legitimate standard?"

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