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  • Congratulations Nick Colebourn - Microsoft Certified Master

    - by Christian
    Congratulations to Nick Colebourn who was brave enough to take his MCM lab exam in Seattle during PASS last month (at very short notice!) and is now a Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server! Nick’s momentous achievement is especially exciting for us as he’s now the 5th member of our team to achieve Microsoft’s highest technical qualification for SQL Server – Coeo now has more SQL Server MCM’s than any other Microsoft customer or partner in the WORLD! Thank you Nick, and congratulations; it’s well deserved and we’re all very proud of you!   Christian Bolton - MCA, MCM, MVP Technical Director http://coeo.com - SQL Server Consulting & Managed Services You can read more about the Certified Master program on Microsoft’s website here: http://bit.ly/aOFLxm

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  • Is Nick Clegg a man or a mouse?

    - by BizTalk Visionary
    Well we got the hung election so many of us wanted! I believe it really is time for electoral change. Why? Consider: the ConMen under Cameroon have polled 36% of the great British voting public – well those that got to vote!! That means 64% of us don’t want him as PM. So what gives him the right to govern? Well an ancient voting system ideal for two party politics. But for the last 30 years we’ve had multi-party politics and going forward we may see 4 or 5 parties stepping up. We have to set in place a system that makes this work! So what does that mean today: Nick has a golden chance to push forward the case and in fact the absolute right for the change. He needs to keep this in mind when he discusses coalition with both Labour and the ConMen. So the mouse approach: Decides it is only fair to side with the ‘biggest’ vote and team up with the ConMen. Chances of electoral change? Big fat zero. Chance of achieving any of his other targets. Big fat zero. Why? Simple (as the Meer Kat would say). Cameroon needs to become PM by hook or crook. Once PM he holds the whip hand. Labour will dump Brown and head off into Leadership race land, Clegg will be knocking on number 10, having meaningless meetings and seeing no reward. Finally while Labour is at 6‘s and 7’s  the ‘new’ PM will call a new election, gain the majority they need and dump luckless Nick!! So the man approach: Team up with Labour. As one of the conditions – Brown to go. Run referendum for PR. Get PR through then force Labour to have new election under PR. Nick now hero and should be in a much better place following a PR election!! The man bit is standing up to the media attack for supporting Labour. Come Nick – be a man for a better Britain!!

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  • Is Nick Clegg a man or a mouse?

    - by BizTalk Visionary
    Well we got the hung election so many of us wanted! I believe it really is time for electoral change. Why? Consider: the ConMen under Cameroon have polled 36% of the great British voting public – well those that got to vote!! That means 64% of us don’t want him as PM. So what gives him the right to govern? Well an ancient voting system ideal for two party politics. But for the last 30 years we’ve had multi-party politics and going forward we may see 4 or 5 parties stepping up. We have to set in place a system that makes this work! So what does that mean today: Nick has a golden chance to push forward the case and in fact the absolute right for the change. He needs to keep this in mind when he discusses coalition with both Labour and the ConMen. So the mouse approach: Decides it is only fair to side with the ‘biggest’ vote and team up with the ConMen. Chances of electoral change? Big fat zero. Chance of achieving any of his other targets. Big fat zero. Why? Simple (as the Meer Kat would say). Cameroon needs to become PM by hook or crook. Once PM he holds the whip hand. Labour will dump Brown and head off into Leadership race land, Glegg will be knocking on number 10, having meaningless meetings and seeing no reward. Finally while Labour is at 6‘s and 7’s  the ‘new’ PM will call a new election, gain the majority they need and dump luckless Nick!! So the man approach: Team up with Labour. As one of the conditions – Brown to go. Run referendum for PR. Get PR through then force Labour to have new election under PR. Nick now hero and should be in a much better place following a PR election!! The man bit is standing up to the media attack for supporting Labour. Come Nick – be a man for a better Britain!!

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  • 50 Years of LEDs: An Interview with Inventor Nick Holonyak [Video]

    - by Jason Fitzpatrick
    The man who powered on the first LED half a century ago is still around to talk about it; read on to watch an interview with LED inventor Nick Holonyak. The most fascinating thing about Holonyak’s journey to the invention of the LED was that he started off trying to build a laser and ended up inventing a super efficient light source: Holonyak got his PhD in 1954. In 1957, after a year at Bell Labs and a two year stint in the Army, he joined GE’s research lab in Syracuse, New York. GE was already exploring semiconductor applications and building the forerunners of modern diodes called thyristors and rectifiers. At a GE lab in Schenectady, the scientist Robert Hall was trying to build the first diode laser. Hall, Holonyak and others noticed that semiconductors emit radiation, including visible light, when electricity flows through them. Holonyak and Hall were trying to “turn them on,” and channel, focus and multiply the light. Hall was the first to succeed. He built the world’s first semiconductor laser. Without it, there would be no CD and DVD players today. “Nobody knew how to turn the semiconductor into the laser,” Holonyak says. “We arrived at the answer before anyone else.” But Hall’s laser emitted only invisible, infrared light. Holonyak spent more time in his lab, testing, cutting and polishing his hand-made semiconducting alloys. In the fall of 1962, he got first light. “People thought that alloys were rough and turgid and lumpy,” he says. “We knew damn well what happened and that we had a very powerful way of converting electrical current directly into light. We had the ultimate lamp.” How To Get a Better Wireless Signal and Reduce Wireless Network Interference How To Troubleshoot Internet Connection Problems 7 Ways To Free Up Hard Disk Space On Windows

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  • Why isn't this driver install working (sudo code)?

    - by Nick
    I have a soundcard that I'd like to use and I've been trying to install it and being a new Ubuntu user, I get about half way through this in the Terminal and it stops cooperating with me... See the link (soundcard hyperlink) but basically what I have here: I do the following and it works: sudo apt-get install subversion svn co https://line6linux.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/line6linux Change to the directory cd line6linux/driver/trunk Time to build from the source but first make sure you have the latest build and headers sudo apt-get install build-essential sudo apt-get install linux-headers Then after this point it says must specify file to install. Not sure how to do this or what it means. Then, running make gives the following output: ./set_revision.sh ./set_revision.sh: 9: test: https://line6linux.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/line6linux/driver/trunk: unexpected operator make -C /lib/modules/3.2.0-29-generic-pae/build CONFIG_LINE6_USB=m SUBDIRS=/home/nick/line6linux/driver/trunk modules make[1]: Entering directory /usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-29-generic-pae' CC [M] /home/nick/line6linux/driver/trunk/audio.o /home/nick/line6linux/driver/trunk/audio.c: In function ‘line6_init_audio’: /home/nick/line6linux/driver/trunk/audio.c:30:57: error: ‘THIS_MODULE’ undeclared (first use in this function) /home/nick/line6linux/driver/trunk/audio.c:30:57: note: each undeclared identifier is reported only once for each function it appears in make[2]: * [/home/nick/line6linux/driver/trunk/audio.o] Error 1 make[1]: * [module/home/nick/line6linux/driver/trunk] Error 2 make[1]: Leaving directory/usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-29-generic-pae' make: * [default] Error 2 This is in Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS Another thing, semi related. Cut, copy, paste? Seems like it's different from program to program. I was in the terminal and hit Ctrl-C and then Ctrl-Shift-V in Firefox and it won't paste. But in terminal it will paste. I'm confused. Here is what it's giving me after I hit "Make": [email protected]:~/line6linux/driver/trunk$ make ./set_revision.sh ./set_revision.sh: 9: test: https://line6linux.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/line6linux/driver/trunk: unexpected operator make -C /lib/modules/3.2.0-29-generic-pae/build CONFIG_LINE6_USB=m SUBDIRS=/home/nick/line6linux/driver/trunk modules make[1]: Entering directory /usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-29-generic-pae' CC [M] /home/nick/line6linux/driver/trunk/audio.o /home/nick/line6linux/driver/trunk/audio.c: In function ‘line6_init_audio’: /home/nick/line6linux/driver/trunk/audio.c:30:57: error: ‘THIS_MODULE’ undeclared (first use in this function) /home/nick/line6linux/driver/trunk/audio.c:30:57: note: each undeclared identifier is reported only once for each function it appears in make[2]: *** [/home/nick/line6linux/driver/trunk/audio.o] Error 1 make[1]: *** [_module_/home/nick/line6linux/driver/trunk] Error 2 make[1]: Leaving directory/usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-29-generic-pae' make: * [default] Error 2 Looks like these folks also had similar problems: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1163608&page=3

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  • Accessing the same service more than twice in the nick of time

    - by PointedC
    I have an application that will access interface service A which is to run from windows startup. This service is used by program B and my application functions on B's presence after getting a pointer to A. The scenario is translated as follows, public interface A{} ///my program public class MyProgram { public MyProgram() { ProgramB.DoA(); } public A GetA(){} } public class ProgramB { void DoA(){} } The translated source is not true, but that seems to be what I am looking for. In order to eliminate the overhead of allocating and realocating dynamic accesses to the same service used by other processes, would you please provide an actual solution to the problem ?(I am all out of any idea now)

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  • How to get the Jabber ID for a Multi User Chat nick

    - by Kutzi
    I'm trying to get the Jabber ID for a nick in a multi user chat, but the following code returns only null: class JabberMUCMessageListenerAdapter implements PacketListener { private final MultiUserChat muc; public JabberMUCMessageListenerAdapter(MultiUserChat muc) { this.muc = muc; } @Override public void processPacket(Packet p) { if (p instanceof Message) { final Message msg = (Message) p; String jid = muc.getOccupant(msg.getFrom()).getJid(); // returns null ... } } } Does anyone know, what I'm doing wrong?

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  • storing and retrieving socket

    - by Trevor Newhook
    From what I can understand, once I create a socket, I can then create an array to store it with userArray[socket.nickname]=socket; I can then send a message to it with: io.sockets.socket(userArray[data.to]).emit('private message', tstamp(), socket.nickname, message); The basic logic is to store a copy of each socket in an object, identified by nickname. When I want to send a message to that socket, I use the copy of the socket, and send the message via io.sockets.socket(id).emit(). The entire server code is below: io.sockets.on('connection', function (socket) { socket.on('user message', function (msg) { socket.broadcast.emit('user message', tstamp(), socket.nickname, msg); updateLog('user message', socket.nickname, msg); }); socket.on('private message', function(data) { socket.get(data.nickname, function (err, name) { console.log('Chat message by ', name); }); updateLog('private message', socket.nickname, data.message); message=data.message; io.sockets.socket(userArray[data.to]).emit('private message', tstamp(), socket.nickname, message); }); socket.on('get log', function () { updateLog(); // Ensure old entries are cleared out before sending it. io.sockets.emit('chat log', log); }); socket.on('nickname', function (nick, fn) { var i = 1; var orignick = nick; while (nicknames[nick]) { nick = orignick+i; i++; } fn(nick); nicknames[nick] = socket.nickname = nick; userArray[socket.nickname]=socket; socket.set('nickname', nick, function () { socket.emit('ready'); }); socket.broadcast.emit('announcement', nick + ' connected'); // io.sockets.socket(userArray[nick]).emit('newID', 'Your name is: ' + nick, '. Your ID is: '+ userArray[nick]); io.sockets.emit('nicknames', nicknames); });

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  • Linux Unable to Write to Directory Despite Permissions

    - by Nick Q.
    I'm trying to give myself permissions to /var/www/ however for some reason I am unable to do so. Currently what I'm facing is this: [email protected]:/var$ ls -l drwxrwxr-x 5 root wwwusers 232 Mar 15 19:31 www [email protected]:/var$ groups nick wwwusers [email protected]:/var$ mkdir www/trying mkdir: cannot create directory `www/trying': Permission denied I am running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a VPS and am used to running unix on my own machine so I may be doing something absolutely stupid, but I would like to be able to have the group wwwusers be able to write to www.

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  • Linux Unable to Write to Directory Despite Permissions

    - by Nick Q.
    I'm trying to give myself permissions to /var/www/ however for some reason I am unable to do so. Currently what I'm facing is this: [email protected]:/var$ ls -l drwxrwxr-x 5 root wwwusers 232 Mar 15 19:31 www [email protected]:/var$ groups nick wwwusers [email protected]:/var$ mkdir www/trying mkdir: cannot create directory `www/trying': Permission denied I am running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a VPS and am used to running unix on my own machine so I may be doing something absolutely stupid, but I would like to be able to have the group wwwusers be able to write to www.

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  • Still confused about JavaScript's 'this'.

    - by Nick Lowman
    I've been reading through quite a few articles on the 'this' keyword when using JavaScript objects and I'm still somewhat confused. I'm quite happy writing object orientated Javascript and I get around the 'this' issue by referring the full object path but I don't like the fact I still find 'this' confusing. I found a good answer here which helped me but I'm still not 100% sure. So, onto the example. The following script is linked from test.html with <script src="js/test.js"></script> if (!nick) { var nick = {}; } nick.lowman = function(){ var helloA = 'Hello A'; console.log('1.',this, this.helloA); var init = function(){ var helloB = 'Hello B'; console.log('2.',this, this.helloB); } return { init: init } }(); nick.lowman.init(); What kind of expected to see was 1. Object {} nick.lowman, 'Hello A' 2. Object {} init, 'Hello B' But what I get is this? 1. Window test.html, undefined 2. Object {} init, undefined I think I understand some of what's happening there but I would mind if someone out there explains it to me. Also, I'm not entirely sure why the first 'console.log' is being called at all? If I remove the call to the init function //nick.lowman.init() firebug still outputs 1. Window test.html, undefined. Why is that? Why does nick.lowman() get called by the window object when the html page loads? Many thanks

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  • Can the public ssh key from my local machine be used to access two different users on a remote serve

    - by Nick
    I have an new ubuntu (hardy 8.04) server, it has two users, User1 and User2. User1 is listed in sudoers. I appended my public ssh key (my local machine's public key local/Users/nick/.ssh/id_rsa.pub) to authorized_keys in remote_server/home/user1/.ssh/authorized_keys, changed the permissions on user1/.ssh/ to 700 and user1/.ssh/authorized_keys to 600 and both file and folder are owned my User1. Then added I User1 to sshd_config (AllowUsers User1). This works and I can login into User1 debug1: Offering public key: /Users/nick/.ssh/id_rsa debug1: Server accepts key: pkalg ssh-rsa blen 277 debug1: Authentication succeeded (publickey). debug1: channel 0: new [client-session] debug1: Entering interactive session. Last login: Mon Mar 15 09:51:01 2010 from ..*.* I then copied the authorized_keys file remote_server/home/user1/.ssh/authorized_keys to remote_server/home/user2/.shh/authorized_keys and changed the permissions and ownership and added User2 to AllowUsers in sshd_config (AllowUsers User1 User2). Now when I try to login to User2 it will not authenticate the same public key. debug1: Offering public key: /Users/nick/.ssh/id_rsa debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey debug1: Trying private key: /Users/nick/.ssh/identity debug1: Trying private key: /Users/nick/.ssh/id_dsa debug1: No more authentication methods to try. Permission denied (publickey). Am I missing something fundamental about the way ssh works? Thanks in advance, Nick

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  • Active directory integration not working properly with winbind and samba

    - by tubaguy50035
    I'm trying to get my linux box to use active directory authentication. I believe I have almost everything setup correctly. I'm able to issue wbinfo -g and wbinfo -u and see all the groups and users respectively. Brief intro to my setup: The username I use on my linux box to do admin things is nick. My active directory username is nwalke. They have two different passwords. I am able to log in to the box with nick and that user's password and I'm also able to login as nwalke with nwalke's password. The curious bit: Upon creating the active directory user's home directory, I run a script that requires root access. This is to setup some system wide things like a samba share for them. When I log in as nwalke, I enter my nwalke password and it succeeds. I'm then greeted with [sudo] password for nick:. If I enter my nwalke password here, it says Sorry, try again.. If I enter nick's password, it says Sorry, user nick is not allowed to execute scriptname as root. If I do groups as nwalke, I see that magically my user has been given the group nick. Now, I accidentally thought that nick had a UID of 100, not 1000. So originally in my smb.conf I had idmap uid 1000-10000. The only thing I can think of, is that I logged in with nwalke while that was still set and now I'm just being presented with a UID of 1000 forcing linux to think I'm nick. I'm not really sure where to go from here. Like I said, I'm fairly certain active directory is communicating with my server properly, but something must not be mapped right on the linux side. Any thoughts? Here is my smb.conf: [global] security = ads netbios name = hostname realm = COMPANY.COM password server = adshost.company.com workgroup = COMPANY idmap uid = 10000-90000 idmap gid = 10000-90000 winbind separator = + winbind enum users = no winbind enum groups = no winbind use default domain = yes template homedir = /home/%D/%U template shell = /bin/bash client use spnego = yes domain master = no load printers = no printing = bsd printcap name = /dev/null disable spoolss = yes Let me know if more information about something is required.

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  • It is possible to record a data that have a straight row in mysql based on date or sequence?

    - by user1987816
    I want to get the data that have a straight Sell more than 3 times, it is possible in mysql? If not, how to get it right? I'm need it on mysql or php. my database:- +----------+---------------------+--------+ | Username | Date | Action | +----------+---------------------+--------+ | Adam | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Sell | | Adam | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Sell | | Adam | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Sell | | Adam | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Buy | | Adam | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Buy | | Adam | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Sell | | Adam | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Sell | | Adam | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Sell | | Adam | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Sell | | Nick | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Sell | | Nick | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Sell | | Nick | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Sell | | Nick | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Sell | | Nick | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Buy | +----------+---------------------+--------+ From the table above, I need to list out all data that have a straight sell more then 3 times. RESULT +----------+---------------------+--------+-------------+ | Username | Date | Action | Straight 3+ | +----------+---------------------+--------+-------------+ | Adam | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Sell | 3 | | Adam | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Sell | 4 | | Nick | 2014-08-20 22:30:20 | Sell | 4 | +----------+---------------------+--------+-------------+

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  • How properly perform passing operation result to View

    - by atomAltera
    I'm developing web site on self made MVC engine. I have actionController that handles operations like register, login, post submit and etc. actionController receives operation name and parameters. Of course it mast handle errors such user with same nick already exists or password is to short about which action handler have to notify user. The question is which is the best way to organize errors, such that View could easily get localized user notification message. I see two ways First one: define error constants like ERR_NICK_BUSY = '1' ERR_NICK_INVALID = '2' ... and localization map local[ERR_NICK_BUSY] = 'User with the same nick already registered' local[ERR_NICK_INVALID ] = 'Nick, you entered is invalid' ... And second one: define abstract constants like ERR_FIELD_BUSY = '1' ERR_FIELD_INVALID = '2' ... and pass them with field name. In this case localization looks like local['nick_'+ERR_FIELD_BUSY] = 'User with the same nick already registered' ... I don't like both this methods. Can you advise something else?

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  • Using the public ssh key from local machine to access two remote users [closed]

    - by Nick
    I have an new Ubuntu (Hardy 8.04) server; it has two users, Alice and Bob. Alice is listed in sudoers. I appended my public ssh key (my local machine's public key local/Users/nick/.ssh/id_rsa.pub) to authorized_keys in remote_server/home/Alice/.ssh/authorized_keys, changed the permissions on Alice/.ssh/ to 700 and Alice/.ssh/authorized_keys to 600, and both the file and folder are owned my Alice. Then added I Alice to sshd_config (AllowUsers Alice). This works and I can login into Alice: ssh -v [email protected] ... debug1: Offering public key: /Users/nick/.ssh/id_rsa debug1: Server accepts key: pkalg ssh-rsa blen 277 debug1: Authentication succeeded (publickey). debug1: channel 0: new [client-session] debug1: Entering interactive session. Last login: Mon Mar 15 09:51:01 2010 from 123.456.789.00 I then copied the authorized_keys file remote_server/home/Alice/.ssh/authorized_keys to remote_server/home/Bob/.shh/authorized_keys and changed the permissions and ownership and added Bob to AllowUsers in sshd_config (AllowUsers Alice Bob). Now when I try to login to Bob it will not authenticate the same public key. ssh -v [email protected] ... debug1: Offering public key: /Users/nick/.ssh/id_rsa debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey debug1: Trying private key: /Users/nick/.ssh/identity debug1: Trying private key: /Users/nick/.ssh/id_dsa debug1: No more authentication methods to try. Permission denied (publickey). Am I missing something fundamental about the way ssh works?

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  • Can the same ssh key be used to access two different users on the same server?

    - by Nick
    I have an new ubuntu (hardy 8.04) server, it has two users, User1 and User2. User1 is listed in sudoers. I appended my public ssh key to authorized_keys in /home/user1/.ssh/authorized_keys, changed the permissions on user1/.ssh/ to 700 and user1/.ssh/authorized_keys to 600 and both file and folder are owned my User1. Then added I User1 to sshd_config (AllowUsers User1). This works and I can login into User1 debug1: Offering public key: /Users/nick/.ssh/id_rsa debug1: Server accepts key: pkalg ssh-rsa blen 277 debug1: Authentication succeeded (publickey). debug1: channel 0: new [client-session] debug1: Entering interactive session. Last login: Mon Mar 15 09:51:01 2010 from 86.141.61.197 I then copied the authorized_keys file to /home/user2/.shh/ and changed the permissions and ownership and added User2 to AllowUsers in sshd_config (AllowUsers User1 User2). Now when I try to login to User2 it will not authenticate the same public key. debug1: Offering public key: /Users/nick/.ssh/id_rsa debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey debug1: Trying private key: /Users/nick/.ssh/identity debug1: Trying private key: /Users/nick/.ssh/id_dsa debug1: No more authentication methods to try. Permission denied (publickey). Am I missing something fundamental about the way ssh works? Thanks in advance, Nick

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  • Postfix rewrite sender: why doesn't this work

    - by Nick Coleman
    I have server A with an IP address only and a dummy FQDN (on the basis all machines should have a FQDN): pants.net.invalid. All mail is relayed through another server elsewhere, which works fine. On server A, Postfix rewrites the sender address with smtp_generic_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/generic. According to the Rewrite manual at http://www.postfix.org/ADDRESS_REWRITING_README.html#remote, this should rewrite all outgoing external mail's Sender address: $ cat /etc/postfix/generic @pants.net.invalid [email protected] but it does not. postmap -q [email protected] returns nothing. This works: [email protected] [email protected] It seems as though it is doing regex matching even though I specify type hash:. Clearly I am misunderstanding the manual. I don't want to use regex or pcre expressions because there are only a couple of users (root and two others) and I don't want the overhead. I can specify the users exactly and it works. But, I would like to know what I am misunderstanding for future reference. Thanks.

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  • Listing common SQL Code Smells.

    - by Phil Factor
    Once you’ve done a number of SQL Code-reviews, you’ll know those signs in the code that all might not be well. These ’Code Smells’ are coding styles that don’t directly cause a bug, but are indicators that all is not well with the code. . Kent Beck and Massimo Arnoldi seem to have coined the phrase in the "OnceAndOnlyOnce" page of www.C2.com, where Kent also said that code "wants to be simple". Bad Smells in Code was an essay by Kent Beck and Martin Fowler, published as Chapter 3 of the book ‘Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code’ (ISBN 978-0201485677) Although there are generic code-smells, SQL has its own particular coding habits that will alert the programmer to the need to re-factor what has been written. See Exploring Smelly Code   and Code Deodorants for Code Smells by Nick Harrison for a grounding in Code Smells in C# I’ve always been tempted by the idea of automating a preliminary code-review for SQL. It would be so useful to trawl through code and pick up the various problems, much like the classic ‘Lint’ did for C, and how the Code Metrics plug-in for .NET Reflector by Jonathan 'Peli' de Halleux is used for finding Code Smells in .NET code. The problem is that few of the standard procedural code smells are relevant to SQL, and we need an agreed list of code smells. Merrilll Aldrich made a grand start last year in his blog Top 10 T-SQL Code Smells.However, I'd like to make a start by discovering if there is a general opinion amongst Database developers what the most important SQL Smells are. One can be a bit defensive about code smells. I will cheerfully write very long stored procedures, even though they are frowned on. I’ll use dynamic SQL occasionally. You can only use them as an aid for your own judgment and it is fine to ‘sign them off’ as being appropriate in particular circumstances. Also, whole classes of ‘code smells’ may be irrelevant for a particular database. The use of proprietary SQL, for example, is only a ‘code smell’ if there is a chance that the database will have to be ported to another RDBMS. The use of dynamic SQL is a risk only with certain security models. As the saying goes,  a CodeSmell is a hint of possible bad practice to a pragmatist, but a sure sign of bad practice to a purist. Plamen Ratchev’s wonderful article Ten Common SQL Programming Mistakes lists some of these ‘code smells’ along with out-and-out mistakes, but there are more. The use of nested transactions, for example, isn’t entirely incorrect, even though the database engine ignores all but the outermost: but it does flag up the possibility that the programmer thinks that nested transactions are supported. If anything requires some sort of general agreement, the definition of code smells is one. I’m therefore going to make this Blog ‘dynamic, in that, if anyone twitters a suggestion with a #SQLCodeSmells tag (or sends me a twitter) I’ll update the list here. If you add a comment to the blog with a suggestion of what should be added or removed, I’ll do my best to oblige. In other words, I’ll try to keep this blog up to date. The name against each 'smell' is the name of the person who Twittered me, commented about or who has written about the 'smell'. it does not imply that they were the first ever to think of the smell! Use of deprecated syntax such as *= (Dave Howard) Denormalisation that requires the shredding of the contents of columns. (Merrill Aldrich) Contrived interfaces Use of deprecated datatypes such as TEXT/NTEXT (Dave Howard) Datatype mis-matches in predicates that rely on implicit conversion.(Plamen Ratchev) Using Correlated subqueries instead of a join   (Dave_Levy/ Plamen Ratchev) The use of Hints in queries, especially NOLOCK (Dave Howard /Mike Reigler) Few or No comments. Use of functions in a WHERE clause. (Anil Das) Overuse of scalar UDFs (Dave Howard, Plamen Ratchev) Excessive ‘overloading’ of routines. The use of Exec xp_cmdShell (Merrill Aldrich) Excessive use of brackets. (Dave Levy) Lack of the use of a semicolon to terminate statements Use of non-SARGable functions on indexed columns in predicates (Plamen Ratchev) Duplicated code, or strikingly similar code. Misuse of SELECT * (Plamen Ratchev) Overuse of Cursors (Everyone. Special mention to Dave Levy & Adrian Hills) Overuse of CLR routines when not necessary (Sam Stange) Same column name in different tables with different datatypes. (Ian Stirk) Use of ‘broken’ functions such as ‘ISNUMERIC’ without additional checks. Excessive use of the WHILE loop (Merrill Aldrich) INSERT ... EXEC (Merrill Aldrich) The use of stored procedures where a view is sufficient (Merrill Aldrich) Not using two-part object names (Merrill Aldrich) Using INSERT INTO without specifying the columns and their order (Merrill Aldrich) Full outer joins even when they are not needed. (Plamen Ratchev) Huge stored procedures (hundreds/thousands of lines). Stored procedures that can produce different columns, or order of columns in their results, depending on the inputs. Code that is never used. Complex and nested conditionals WHILE (not done) loops without an error exit. Variable name same as the Datatype Vague identifiers. Storing complex data  or list in a character map, bitmap or XML field User procedures with sp_ prefix (Aaron Bertrand)Views that reference views that reference views that reference views (Aaron Bertrand) Inappropriate use of sql_variant (Neil Hambly) Errors with identity scope using SCOPE_IDENTITY @@IDENTITY or IDENT_CURRENT (Neil Hambly, Aaron Bertrand) Schemas that involve multiple dated copies of the same table instead of partitions (Matt Whitfield-Atlantis UK) Scalar UDFs that do data lookups (poor man's join) (Matt Whitfield-Atlantis UK) Code that allows SQL Injection (Mladen Prajdic) Tables without clustered indexes (Matt Whitfield-Atlantis UK) Use of "SELECT DISTINCT" to mask a join problem (Nick Harrison) Multiple stored procedures with nearly identical implementation. (Nick Harrison) Excessive column aliasing may point to a problem or it could be a mapping implementation. (Nick Harrison) Joining "too many" tables in a query. (Nick Harrison) Stored procedure returning more than one record set. (Nick Harrison) A NOT LIKE condition (Nick Harrison) excessive "OR" conditions. (Nick Harrison) User procedures with sp_ prefix (Aaron Bertrand) Views that reference views that reference views that reference views (Aaron Bertrand) sp_OACreate or anything related to it (Bill Fellows) Prefixing names with tbl_, vw_, fn_, and usp_ ('tibbling') (Jeremiah Peschka) Aliases that go a,b,c,d,e... (Dave Levy/Diane McNurlan) Overweight Queries (e.g. 4 inner joins, 8 left joins, 4 derived tables, 10 subqueries, 8 clustered GUIDs, 2 UDFs, 6 case statements = 1 query) (Robert L Davis) Order by 3,2 (Dave Levy) MultiStatement Table functions which are then filtered 'Sel * from Udf() where Udf.Col = Something' (Dave Ballantyne) running a SQL 2008 system in SQL 2000 compatibility mode(John Stafford)

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  • Web Sockets: Browser won't receive the message, complains about it not starting with 0x00 (byte)

    - by giggsey
    Here is my code: import java.net.*; import java.io.*; import java.util.*; import org.jibble.pircbot.*; public class WebSocket { public static int port = 12345; public static ArrayList<WebSocketClient> clients = new ArrayList<WebSocketClient>(); public static ArrayList<Boolean> handshakes = new ArrayList<Boolean>(); public static ArrayList<String> nicknames = new ArrayList<String>(); public static ArrayList<String> channels = new ArrayList<String>(); public static int indexNum; public static void main(String args[]) { try { ServerSocket ss = new ServerSocket(WebSocket.port); WebSocket.console("Created socket on port " + WebSocket.port); while (true) { Socket s = ss.accept(); WebSocket.console("New Client connecting..."); WebSocket.handshakes.add(WebSocket.indexNum,false); WebSocket.nicknames.add(WebSocket.indexNum,""); WebSocket.channels.add(WebSocket.indexNum,""); WebSocketClient p = new WebSocketClient(s,WebSocket.indexNum); Thread t = new Thread( p); WebSocket.clients.add(WebSocket.indexNum,p); indexNum++; t.start(); } } catch (Exception e) { WebSocket.console("ERROR - " + e.toString()); } } public static void console(String msg) { Date date = new Date(); System.out.println("[" + date.toString() + "] " + msg); } } class WebSocketClient implements Runnable { private Socket s; private int iAm; private String socket_res = ""; private String socket_host = ""; private String socket_origin = ""; protected String nick = ""; protected String ircChan = ""; WebSocketClient(Socket socket, int mynum) { s = socket; iAm = mynum; } public void run() { String client = s.getInetAddress().toString(); WebSocket.console("Connection from " + client); IRCclient irc = new IRCclient(iAm); Thread t = new Thread( irc ); try { Scanner in = new Scanner(s.getInputStream()); PrintWriter out = new PrintWriter(s.getOutputStream(),true); while (true) { if (! in.hasNextLine()) continue; String input = in.nextLine().trim(); if (input.isEmpty()) continue; // Lets work out what's wrong with our input if (input.length() > 3 && input.charAt(0) == 65533) { input = input.substring(2); } WebSocket.console("< " + input); // Lets work out if they authenticate... if (WebSocket.handshakes.get(iAm) == false) { checkForHandShake(input); continue; } // Lets check for NICK: if (input.length() > 6 && input.substring(0,6).equals("NICK: ")) { nick = input.substring(6); Random generator = new Random(); int rand = generator.nextInt(); WebSocket.console("I am known as " + nick); WebSocket.nicknames.set(iAm, "bo-" + nick + rand); } if (input.length() > 9 && input.substring(0,9).equals("CHANNEL: ")) { ircChan = "bo-" + input.substring(9); WebSocket.console("We will be joining " + ircChan); WebSocket.channels.set(iAm, ircChan); } if (! ircChan.isEmpty() && ! nick.isEmpty() && irc.started == false) { irc.chan = ircChan; irc.nick = WebSocket.nicknames.get(iAm); t.start(); continue; } else { irc.msg(input); } } } catch (Exception e) { WebSocket.console(e.toString()); e.printStackTrace(); } t.stop(); WebSocket.channels.remove(iAm); WebSocket.clients.remove(iAm); WebSocket.handshakes.remove(iAm); WebSocket.nicknames.remove(iAm); WebSocket.console("Closing connection from " + client); } private void checkForHandShake(String input) { // Check for HTML5 Socket getHeaders(input); if (! socket_res.isEmpty() && ! socket_host.isEmpty() && ! socket_origin.isEmpty()) { send("HTTP/1.1 101 Web Socket Protocol Handshake\r\n" + "Upgrade: WebSocket\r\n" + "Connection: Upgrade\r\n" + "WebSocket-Origin: " + socket_origin + "\r\n" + "WebSocket-Location: ws://" + socket_host + "/\r\n\r\n",false); WebSocket.handshakes.set(iAm,true); } return; } private void getHeaders(String input) { if (input.length() >= 8 && input.substring(0,8).equals("Origin: ")) { socket_origin = input.substring(8); return; } if (input.length() >= 6 && input.substring(0,6).equals("Host: ")) { socket_host = input.substring(6); return; } if (input.length() >= 7 && input.substring(0,7).equals("Cookie:")) { socket_res = "."; } /*input = input.substring(4); socket_res = input.substring(0,input.indexOf(" HTTP")); input = input.substring(input.indexOf("Host:") + 6); socket_host = input.substring(0,input.indexOf("\r\n")); input = input.substring(input.indexOf("Origin:") + 8); socket_origin = input.substring(0,input.indexOf("\r\n"));*/ return; } protected void send(String msg, boolean newline) { byte c0 = 0x00; byte c255 = (byte) 0xff; try { PrintWriter out = new PrintWriter(s.getOutputStream(),true); WebSocket.console("> " + msg); if (newline == true) msg = msg + "\n"; out.print(msg + c255); out.flush(); } catch (Exception e) { WebSocket.console(e.toString()); } } protected void send(String msg) { try { WebSocket.console(">> " + msg); byte[] message = msg.getBytes(); byte[] newmsg = new byte[message.length + 2]; newmsg[0] = (byte)0x00; for (int i = 1; i <= message.length; i++) { newmsg[i] = message[i - 1]; } newmsg[message.length + 1] = (byte)0xff; // This prints correctly..., apparently... System.out.println(Arrays.toString(newmsg)); OutputStream socketOutputStream = s.getOutputStream(); socketOutputStream.write(newmsg); } catch (Exception e) { WebSocket.console(e.toString()); } } protected void send(String msg, boolean one, boolean two) { try { WebSocket.console(">> " + msg); byte[] message = msg.getBytes(); byte[] newmsg = new byte[message.length+1]; for (int i = 0; i < message.length; i++) { newmsg[i] = message[i]; } newmsg[message.length] = (byte)0xff; // This prints correctly..., apparently... System.out.println(Arrays.toString(newmsg)); OutputStream socketOutputStream = s.getOutputStream(); socketOutputStream.write(newmsg); } catch (Exception e) { e.printStackTrace(); } } } class IRCclient implements Runnable { protected String nick; protected String chan; protected int iAm; boolean started = false; IRCUser irc; IRCclient(int me) { iAm = me; irc = new IRCUser(iAm); } public void run() { WebSocket.console("Connecting to IRC..."); started = true; irc.setNick(nick); irc.setVerbose(false); irc.connectToIRC(chan); } void msg(String input) { irc.sendMessage("#" + chan, input); } } class IRCUser extends PircBot { int iAm; IRCUser(int me) { iAm = me; } public void setNick(String nick) { this.setName(nick); } public void connectToIRC(String chan) { try { this.connect("irc.appliedirc.com"); this.joinChannel("#" + chan); } catch (Exception e) { WebSocket.console(e.toString()); } } public void onMessage(String channel, String sender,String login, String hostname, String message) { // Lets send this message to me WebSocket.clients.get(iAm).send(message); } } Whenever I try to send the message to the browser (via Web Sockets), it complains that it doesn't start with 0x00 (which is a byte). Any ideas? Edit 19/02 - Added the entire code. I know it's real messy and not neat, but I want to get it functioning first. Spend last two days trying to fix.

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  • Kansas City .NET UG March Meeting &ndash; Tonight!!!!

    - by John Alexander
    Meeting tonight!!! Food! Great giveaways including a full license of Infragistics for a year! See you there!! Meeting for March 23rd, 2010 WHERE: Centriq Training, 8700 State Line Road, Leawood, KS (Click WHEN: 6:00 PM TOPIC: Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle for Agile development Microsoft recently added secure development guidance for agile methodologies within their SDL. During this presentation, Nick will summarize the new guidance and discuss what makes this guidance successful for Agile development. SPEAKER: Nick Coblentz Nick Coblentz is a senior consultant within AT&T Consulting Services' Application Security Practice. He focuses on helping organizations build mature application security programs and secure development processes. Nick has provided consulting services to fortune 500 companies within the retail, financial services, banking, and health care sectors. SPONSOR: TekSystems TEKsystems® is the leading IT staffing and services company. Our capabilities span a wide range of services: from technical staff augmentation and direct placement services, to full management of IT projects and comprehensive workforce management solutions. With over 25 years of experience, we are experts at connecting technical professionals. Whether you are looking for the best IT talent, an experienced IT outsourcing partner, or a career in the IT industry, TEKsystems delivers.

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  • Ruby IRC bot don't works.

    - by JavaNoob
    require "socket" server = "irc.rizon.net" port = "6667" nick = "Ruby IRC Bot" channel = "#0x40" s = TCPSocket.open(server, port) s.print("USER Testing", 0) s.print("NICK #{nick}", 0) s.print("JOIN #{channel}", 0) This irc bot don't connect to the IRC server, What are i'm doing wrong?

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