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July 3, 2013

Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: A handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home.

"Show all mail to supv" - supervisor - "for copying prior to going out on the street," read the card. It included Mr. Pickering's name, address and the type of mail that needed to be monitored. The word "confidential" was highlighted in green. "It was a bit of a shock to see it," said Mr. Pickering, who owns a small bookstore in Buffalo. More than a decade ago, he was a spokesman for the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group labeled eco-terrorists by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Postal officials subsequently confirmed they were indeed tracking Mr. Pickering's mail but told him nothing else.

September 25, 2012

On September 25th, SourceForge became aware of a corrupted copy of phpMyAdmin being served from the 'cdnetworks-kr-1' mirror in Korea. This mirror was immediately removed from rotation.

The mirror provider has confirmed the attack vector has been identified and is limited to their mirror; with exploit having occurred on or around September 22nd. Through validation we have confirmed the corrupted file (a modified copy of was served only via the 'cdnetworks-kr-1' mirror. While we believe that only one file was modified on the 'cdnetworks-kr-1' mirror, we are conducting additional validation to confirm and will provide update once this process concludes. The mirror remains out of rotation.

January 10, 2012

WordPress comes with something called conditional tags, which let's you change how content is displayed depending on what conditions that are met.

For example, you can check if the user is on the frontpage, or if she is logged in or not. in this article we'll go through how to use these conditional tags, and how they work. If you are familiar to PHP, this will be a walk in the park. Otherwise, dont worry, I'll show you how it works.

July 16, 2011

St. Charles County may have an answer by returning to the traditional apprenticeship system.

Quilogy, a fast-growth, technology-based company, is offering a high-tech twist to the traditional apprenticeship - a system which allows new college graduates an opportunity to develop their skills with experienced mentors while saving clients money and ultimately adding to their bottom line.

by D. David Beckman

July 16, 2011

Companies are hoodwinking their clients, their customers and their shareholders by not divulging this, all because they are afraid of public reaction.

Daley said he has found evidence that companies engaged in offshoring are forcing their employees and vendors to sign non-disclosure agreements. Such agreements prohibit the disclosure of offshoring activities to those outside the company. As a consequence, measuring and reporting the extent of offshoring activities is difficult, if not impossible, he said.

June 6, 2011

The United Nations has declared cutting off access to the Internet a human rights violation, according to a report by Wired.

The report released Friday by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection to Freedom of Opinion and Expression came just as Syria's Internet was disconnected. According to a report by the Associated Press, authorities have cut off Internet access before in areas of military operations but Friday's outage was more widespread. US security firm Renesys said that two-thirds of all Syrian networks were unavailable. These outages recall the earlier Egypt Internet outages in January where more than 88 percent of ISPs were cut off.

by Matt Cutts

May 16, 2006

People have been asking for more details on "pages dropping from the index" so I thought I'd write down a brain dump of everything I knew about it. Bear in mind that this is my best recollection, so I'm not claiming that it's perfect.

Considering the amount of code that changed, I consider Bigdaddy pretty successful in that I only saw two complaints. The first was one that I mentioned, where we didn’t index pages from sites with less trusted links, and we responded and started indexing more pages from those sites pretty quickly. The other complaint I heard was that pages crawled by AdSense started showing up in our web index.

by Michael Chen

April 3, 2014

An Ocean Beach boy is in the spotlight after he discovered a back door in to one of the most popular gaming systems in the world.

When 5-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel is playing his Xbox, his feet don't touch the ground. But something he did has made the smartest guys at Microsoft pay attention. "I was like yea!" said Kristoffer. Just after Christmas, Kristoffer's parents noticed he was logging into his father's Xbox Live account and playing games he wasn't supposed to be.

by Shawn K. Hall

December 10, 2005

One of the more common discussions on website development forums revolves around whether to use dashes or underscores as word separators in file names. Most developers advocate one or the other. It's my turn.

Much of the current "Professional" SEO advice on this matter is based on a blog entry written by Matt Cutts, Google Software Engineer since early 2000. Matt makes an effort to explain why dashes are preferred, in his perspective, because when he first needed to use a search engine to find programmatic keywords and variables used in programming languages back in 1999, Google returned better results.

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October 11, 2006

It is a bad sign when it is less of a hassle to go through customs in Saudi Arabia then to enter back into my own country.

"While not physically intrusive as in the case of a strip or body cavity search, the search of one's private and valuable personal information stored on a hard drive or other electronic storage device can be just as much, if not more, of an intrusion in the dignity and privacy interests of a person. This is because electronic storage devices function as an extension of our own memory," Pregeson wrote in an October 2, 2006 opinion.

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