The April 12 launch at Pad 39A of STS-1, just seconds past 7 a.m., carries astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen into an Earth orbital mission (STS-1. 1981). NASA

Succeeding at Software Projects

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Software projects are almost always late and underdone. Most executives take it for granted nowadays that developers will turn in something other than what was requested for more than was announced. They even admit that this is one of the biggest reasons that they outsource, because the contracts with outsourcers force the organization to develop software in a rational way. …

Analog Computing Machine in Fuel Systems Building Lewis Flight Propulsion Lab-NASA

Latest issue of COMPUTER actually useful

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Wouldn’t you know it? The last issue that I have coming to me before I was going to end my IEEE Computer Society membership and it had to be interesting. I’ve been reading Computer for several years now and I’ve gotten to the point where I just pass it on to some other IT schmuck without actually opening it. I …

Epipremnum pinnatum (refused entry sticker on box). (c) Forest & Kim Starr. (CC BY 3.0)

Role Based Access Control (RBAC) vs. Access Control Lists (ACLs)

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Executive Summary From a security perspective, RBAC always provides superior security to ACLs. However, there are places where the cost of using RBAC would be too high. These include: the security of Windows file systems, Oracle/Sybase/SQL Server DBA and employee-specific functions such as where an employee manages his or her own 401(k). Developers should use RBAC in almost all cases. …