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Evening Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:29pm
Apple sends OS X Yosemite Public Beta 3 out to testers. Torvalds says he has no strong opinions on systemd. Thanks Ant via Linux Today.

Evening Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:29pm
Thanks Ant. Enemies no more, McAfee and Symantec agree to SHARE threat data. Thanks Ant. WordPress Resets 100,000 Passwords After Google Account Leak. Thanks Linux Today. Four Vulnerabilities Patched...

Evening Legal Briefs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:29pm
US law would safeguard free-speech rights to criticize business online.

College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:13pm
jfruh writes: With a lot of debate over the value of a college education, here's a data point students can use: at one Texas college, students who took an elective COBOL class earned on average $10,000 more a year upon graduation than classmates who hadn't. COBOL, dropped from many curricula years ago as an outdated language, is tenaciously holding on in the industry, as many universities are belatedly starting to realize.

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Pygmy Goats/Kids, Charlie and Lily

"These are my 6-day old Pygmy Goats, Charlie and Lily, playing around! Yes they are cute!"

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Sesame Street: Still Life With Cookie

"Do you know how the morning light dances on a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies? It takes a true artist to capture that scene. Cookie Monster, a well-respected artist knows exactly how to capture that moment. Watch Cookie Monster use some happy blues and yummy browns to paint the perfect still life...

VHS Intro(duction) Graphics

"Around 50 VHS production company logos piled on top of one another..."

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If Girls Proposed to Guys

"If she liked it, then she should have put a lunchbox on it..."

Food Fight!

"The most epic food fight in recorded history..."

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Shadow Of Mordor - Live Action

"Krimp the Orc is about to have a very bad day. Like, Wraith bad.

Based on the awesome game "Shadow of Mordor", check it out!

Check out the BTS! ..."

Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 8:10pm
An anonymous reader writes: Fresh research out of the UNC Gillings and JHU Bloomberg schools of public health shows industrial farm workers are carrying livestock-associated, multidrug-resistant staph into local communities for weeks at a time. "Among the [22 people tested], 10 workers carried antibiotic-resistant strains of the bacteria in their noses for up to four days. Another six workers were intermittent carriers of the bacteria. The 10 workers found to carry the bacteria persistently had strains associated with livestock that were resistant to multiple drugs, and one also carried MRSA. Three more of the workers tested positive for strains of S. aureus that were not resistant to antibiotics. So in total, 86 percent of the workers in the study carried the S. aureus bacteria, compared with about one-third of the population at large, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." This problem has grown since its last mention on Slashdot. Unfortunately, massive industrial lobbying continues to neuter government action.

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NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:07pm
Trailrunner7 writes: In a keynote speech at a security conference in Washington on Tuesday, new NSA Director Mike Rogers emphasized a need to establish behavioral norms for cyber war. "We're still trying to work our way through distinguishing the difference between criminal hacking and an act of war," said Rogers. "If this was easy, we would have figured it out years ago. We have a broad consensus about what constitutes an act of war, what's an act of defense." Rogers went on to explain that we need to better establish standardized terminology and standardized norms like those that exist in the realm of nuclear deterrence. Unfortunately, unlike in traditional national defense, we can not assume that the government will be able to completely protect us against cyber-threats because the threat ecosystem is just too broad.

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Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:19pm
CowboyRobot writes: We live in an imperfect world where routing-security incidents can still slip past deployed security defenses, and no single routing-security solution can prevent every attacks. Research suggests, however, that the combination of RPKI (Resource Public Key Infrastructure) with prefix filtering could significantly improve routing security; both solutions are based on whitelisting techniques and can reduce the number of autonomous systems that are impacted by prefix hijacks, route leaks, and path-shortening attacks. "People have been aware of BGP’s security issues for almost two decades and have proposed a number of solutions, most of which apply simple and well-understood cryptography or whitelisting techniques. Yet, many of these solutions remain undeployed (or incompletely deployed) in the global Internet, and the vulnerabilities persist. Why is it taking so long to secure BGP?"

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What To Expect With Windows 9

Recent /. Posts - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:21pm
snydeq writes: Two weeks before the its official unveiling, this article provides a roundup of what to expect and the open questions around Windows 9, given Build 9834 leaks and confirmations springing up all over the Web. The desktop's Start Menu, Metro apps running in resizable windows on the desktop, virtual desktops, Notification Center, and Storage Sense, are among the presumed features in store for Windows 9. Chief among the open questions are the fates of Internet Explorer, Cortana, and the Metro Start Screen. Changes to Windows 9 will provide an inkling of where Nadella will lead Microsoft in the years ahead. What's your litmus test on Windows 9?

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