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PHP.net Compromised

webnut77 Re:It was already a dangerous site to visit ... (189 comments)

What's driving your zealous PHP advocacy?

PHP has lots of add-ons that make it very powerful like: PHPExcel for churning out a spreadsheet, TCPDF for creating a PDF, PHPMailer for sending an email, etc. I don't know if other languages have these but they are simple to use in PHP.

It is true you can write a crappy application with security holes like swiss cheese in PHP. But you can do that in any language. If you're going to write 'good' programs there are quite a few web principles like sanitizing input that you MUST learn.

On the other hand, I think one of the flaws of PHP is that it is often co-mingled with HTML. This makes it hard to debug. A better approach, I feel, is to turn PHP on in the first line and don't turn if off until the last line. If you want to send some HTML, use an echo statement. Learn to use loops (for, foreach, while, etc.), give variables meaningful names, and create functions for things you do over and over.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Attracting Developers To Abandonware?

webnut77 Re:I Tried (321 comments)

Sorry, but "Anonymous Cowards" are not allowed to use the "I" pronoun. There is no "I" there.

Unless you're an "Anonymous Coward" from Apple. You know, iAC? :-)

about 7 months ago

Microsoft Botches More Patches In Latest Automatic Update

webnut77 Re:This is why I have a 1 week delayed install pol (254 comments)

we have a tool from quickbooks that does a thorough uninstall/reinstall, and i mean rigorous should work. pm me and ill try to get it to you.

I have that program too; it's call Dancing_Bunnys.exe. Just download it and rename to Completely_remove_dot_NET.exe and it will fix you right up. Enjoy!

about 7 months ago

All-in-Ones Finally Grow Up, With Fast Graphics, SSDs, and CPUs

webnut77 Re:Usage Enforcer Time (211 comments)

2) if the misuse becomes common then the concept-space itself is lessened by the loss/declarification of the original word, reducing everybody's ability to communicate clearly.

This! This is so true with 'AS' people. "Please listen carefully AS our menus have recently changed". Whatever happen to 'since' and 'because'? 'AS' means everything nowadays.
"AS I'm doing my homework, I listen to music". What wrong with the word 'while'?

The same holds true for the 'myself' people. "Myself and Bob went to town." What's up with that?

about 8 months ago

Misinterpretation of Standard Causing USB Disconnects On Resume In Linux

webnut77 Re:linux has bugs? (280 comments)

Giving yourself an Ego boost is one reason why people contribute to OSS projects.

On the other hand, I've benefited so much from open source software that on the rare occasion that I can help, I'm delighted I can 'give' back.

about 8 months ago

German Government Warns Windows 8 Is an Unacceptable Security Risk

webnut77 Re:Not just Win8 (373 comments)

What you're saying is Linux is more popular if we include installations that are managed by professionals earning $100K+ and installations on devices that are usually customized by a small group of very skilled people to perform a set of specific tasks for "dumb" users. The end users of these systems neither know or care that Linux is powering them.

The desktop is a different matter and penetration figures show it.

Well, here's the problem with hiring unskilled, pointy-clicky admins. If your instance of any service stays inside the GUI coder's box, maybe all is well. But if you need something the GUI coder didn't include then your out of luck. And if you stay inside the box and things still don't work, well the pointy-clicky admin doesn't know what is wrong and has no clue where to begin looking.

I recently looked at a Windows administrator's network and discovered that all traffic, public and private, is on the same wire. He's not using VLANs or anything to separate it. He doesn't understand what a tremendous risk this is. Everything works and that's good enough.

about 8 months ago

Google Multiplies Low-Tier Bug Bounties By Factor of Five

webnut77 Re:more incentive? (29 comments)

Isn't this just going to get people to sit on their bugs until the prize money goes up again? Obviously not right now, since an increase just happened, but in a few years; it wouldn't surprise me to see a fall-off in the number of bugs reported, followed by a very sudden increase after the next increase.

It's a risk. There's always the possibility that someone else will find the same bug you do and cash in first.

about 8 months ago

How To Stop AT&T From Selling Your Private Data To Advertisers

webnut77 Re:Well that's a shame (88 comments)

I was just thinking of switching to AT&T. Not anymore.

So, you've chosen the 2nd way to opt-out.

about 9 months ago

Millions At Risk From Critical Vulnerabilities From WordPress Plugins

webnut77 Re:Not an unsafe language... (145 comments)

Wish I had mod points.

about 10 months ago

Spain's New S-80 Class Submarines Sink, But Won't Float

webnut77 Re:The spanish armada (326 comments)

"sunken patrimony"

Fathers who died in shipwrecks?

No, silly; it's guys named Patrick that have to pay their ex-wives.

about a year ago

Browser tabs I have open right now ...

webnut77 Re:Better question (300 comments)

Melissa was my last infection, and she was cute too!

I don't think they're talking about STDs.

about a year ago

WD Explains Its Windows-Only Software-Based SSHD Tech

webnut77 Win modem (286 comments)

Yeah, that was a nightmare!

about a year ago

Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers Searchable On Google

webnut77 Re:Google + inurl: == FUN! (192 comments)

Ok, a Java enabled coffee maker; doesn't anyone see the joke potential here?

about a year ago

All Ruby On Rails Versions Suffer SQL Injection Flaw

webnut77 Re:select (81 comments)

Is that you, little Bobby?

about a year ago

Researchers Create New Cheap, Shatterproof, Plastic Light Bulbs

webnut77 Re:I am having a vision of the future... (296 comments)

Last sentence of TFA:

He also has great faith in the ability of the new bulbs to last. He says he has one in his lab that has been working for about a decade.

Which of course doesn't mention the stability of the light output over time or the similarity of this one to the production model, but it's at least theoretically possible.

So he's been sitting on this invention for ten years? Doesn't sound logical when there's money to be made.

I probably should have read TFA.

about a year ago

Researchers Create New Cheap, Shatterproof, Plastic Light Bulbs

webnut77 Re:I am having a vision of the future... (296 comments)

You also can break a blood vessel while picking your nose if not done correctly.

about a year ago

Google Docs Ditching Old Microsoft Export Formats On Oct. 1

webnut77 Re:And (199 comments)

All this cloud crap is just the return of the mainframe.

No, it's not. With a mainframe, it's your data on your disks attached to your mainframe managed by your software.

In the cloud, it's your data on their servers, sometimes managed by their software, according to their Terms of Service and mined for their benefit.

Not remotely close.

about a year and a half ago

Google Pulls Access To Unsupported But Popular Weather API

webnut77 Re:What is the point? (168 comments)

I sure hope everybody is backing up the crap they keep in 'the cloud'.

So that would be, er.. , ah.. , iCrap?

about a year and a half ago


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