top China May Build an Undersea Train To America
CrossRail also seems to be going okay.
top Physician Operates On Server, Costs His Hospital $4.8 Million
This describes it in a little more detail.
My guess is that he turned off a webapp which then caused the HTTP server to provide open directory access. This doesn't explain why he was doing it though or indeed why he was able to.
top Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops
top Smart Toothbrush Aims For Better Brushing Habits
This reminded me of
top Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers
...would have been found but there isn't a Twitter client for an IBM 5100.
top Where Does America's Fear Come From?
A true analogy : Fish farmers who ship live fishes in flexitanks used to be troubled by the large number of fish turned belly up during the transit, and finally someone found a simple way to solve the problem --- they put a live crab inside the same flexitank with the fish.
Because of that one live crab, the fishes were pre-occupied with fear throughout the journey, and as a result, up to 95% of the fishes arrived at the destination still alive.
*or* the crab had eaten all the dead ones.
top Ask Slashdot: Where to Host Many Small, Related Projects?
If you could get somewhere to host it
GForge would seem to fit what I think you're asking. It'd be similar to in effect to running your own "sourceforge" and then hosting each application on that.
Sadly the free/open source version seems to be defunct now from what I can see but the company who do the commercial version seem to offer free licences for non-profits so it might still be an option.
about a year and a half ago
top Some UK Councils Barred From Using Gov't Vehicle Database
Not sure why any local government should have access to the vehicle database anyway. All taxation, etc, is done by national government.
The council I used to work for had access to identify the owners of abandoned cars. We didn't have access to identify fly-tippers or people who might be disposing of trade waste at household sites which I understood would have made that job easier or indeed possible so some of the violations could have been through this kind of temptation or ignorance about the limitations.
Technically it was quite a secure system - access was done from a private, locked room via a dedicated ISDN line whose number was registered with them and then several levels of authentication by users who had had to sign an agreement. They were very strict about the paperwork being up to date so I can believe the comments in the article about some having lost their access temporarily due to not getting the renewal forms back in time.
top How Do You Participate In Black Friday?
In the UK there's been a growing number of businesses doing Black Friday sales, either by name or coincidentally on the same date. It's all very crass as Thanksgiving isn't celebrated here - yet anyway.
top Ask Slashdot: Explaining Version Control To Non-Technical People?
It would be worth thinking about how secure you need your code to be before you entrust it to a 3rd party. The services should be secure but it is an additional risk.
What I have in mind here is not so much the actual code but hard coded passwords or even data that might have found its way in amongst the code.
If it hasn't been mentioned elsewhere you can use SVN without a server but with a repository created on a shared file share which might be an option and at least if all the data is staying on the same share you can't be making things less secure than they are now.
top Ask Slashdot: Explaining Version Control To Non-Technical People?
A SharePoint versioned document library handles this quite well for Word documents and can also be used as a basic version control system for other things if you can't install additional software.
top Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?
Kaspersky are surprisingly uncompetitive when it comes to selling their own products, including via in-application upgrade 'offers'.
If you're otherwise happy with the product have a look on Amazon instead. I do this and pay less than Â£20 for a 3-user licence each year.
top The UK's New Minister For Magic
this isn't the future of the NHS...
top Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?
The problem with a lot of file duplication tools is that they only consider files individually and not their location or the type of file. Often we have a lot of rules about what we'd like to keep and delete - such as keeping an mp3 in an album folder but deleting the one from the 'random mp3s' folder, or always keeping duplicate DLL files to avoid breaking backups of certain programs.
With a large and varied enough collection of files it would take more time to automate that than you would want to spend. There are a couple of options though:
You could get some software to replace duplicate files with hard links. This will save you space but not make things any neater -
DupeMerge looks like it would do it on NTFS but I haven't tried it myself.
Another alternative would be to move your data to a file system that has built in de-duplication such as ZFS and let that handle everything.
Finally when I was looking at this myself what I found was that the problem was not individual duplicate files but that certain trees of files occurred identically in multiple places (adhoc backups of systems were a big culprit here). What you could do with but which I couldn't find and didn't get round to finishing writing was something that would CRC not individual files but entire trees of files/folders and report back the matches. If something does already exist to do that I'd be quite interested myself.
top Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?
I'm with El Reg on this one...
top Google Trying New Strategy to Fix Fragmentation
I'd suggest it's more likely that it's because Apple has an interest in the continued and increased use of a device (through itunes, the app store, search revenues etc.) so the updates make sense.
top Researchers Find Slew of Flaws In SCADA Hardware, Software
And to give you a reason why I think they should plan for it: Windows XP SP1 is what they not only use on their own systems but also set as a requirement for developers to use with their SDK's (together with some custom packages and Visual Studio 6).
From my experience this is because the changes to DCOM security in SP2 break how they've written their applications. You can get it to work by fiddling in dcomcnfg yourself but this didn't seem to be something the Siemens guys had tried.
top Stephen Hawking Looking For Personal Techie
It's only temporary until you learn to make it say to give you a pay increase...
top IBM Tracks Pork Chops From Pig To Plate
This sounds very similar to the cattle passport system that was setup in the UK after the BSE outbreak, if taken a stage further.
top Ask Slashdot: How To Get Non-Developers To Send Meaningful Bug Reports?
Joel has a interesting article on this.
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