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tinman (2063)

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tinman spent a few years mucking around industry before going back to school for a Masters. Currently not enjoying the weather in North England..

He wrote Perl that looked suspiciously like C code in 1998, while working as an intern, and has been trying to cure that bad habit ever since.

Journal of tinman (2063)

Thursday February 20, 2003
03:02 AM

more fine grained access control joys..

[ #10681 ]

I now know why all of the tutorials and articles on Oracle FGAC (or row level security or VPD, whatever you wanna call it) are curiously sketchy on updates and deletes.. As it turns out, there is no way to reliably inform the user that he CAN'T do a certain update (no nice dialog box to popup and say "sorry, no access".. the update just silently fails.. which of course, isnt very nice (or informative) for the user..

Want to try a page which mysteriously crashes every browser I've tried so far ? try visiting (didnt make it a HREF for obvious reasons). Tried it with IE 6, Opera 7 and Pheonix 0.5, similar results on all. The browser simply crashes.. I can only assume its some sort of silly vbscript or javascript or activex abomination on the page. The sad part is, this URL was given to me by a prospective supervisor, as a reference.. Err, now what do I do ? :p (Google cache crashed the browser too, which is REALLY strange, that rules out the javascript theory)

Neat piece of software that I revisited after a while, Miranda, an ICQ clone that also allows connections to other protocols. The only reason I cant try it out for long is because most of my contacts are on Yahoo and the Yahoo plugin sucks.. (no proxy support, for one).. but the other plugins are marvellous, I really want the Alice plugin *evil grin*.. The win32 port of Gaim is coming along pretty well too..

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  • it worked for me (Mozilla 1.3b, win2k).

    On the other hand, it destroyed the browser for any further use (any other pages, not on that site, came up blank).

    Weird Java tricks.

    Doubt it'll crash w3m or lynx though =)
      ---ict / Spoon
    • Doubt it'll crash w3m or lynx though =)

      I'd already tried them, and links, before I read your comment. My copy of galleon is also quite happy having viewed the page. But among other things, it has JavaScript turned off, precisely because web browsers (currently) can't sandbox untrusted JavaScript code.