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NSA CTO Patrick Dowd Moonlighting For Private Security Firm

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 1:22am
First time accepted submitter un1nsp1red (2503532) writes Current NSA CTO Patrick Dowd has taken a part-time position with former-NSA director Keith Alexander's security firm IronNet Cybersecurity — while retaining his position as chief technology officer for the NSA. The Guardian states that 'Patrick Dowd continues to work as a senior NSA official while also working part time for Alexander's IronNet Cybersecurity, a firm reported to charge up to $1m a month for advising banks on protecting their data from hackers. It is exceedingly rare for a US official to be allowed to work for a private, for-profit company in a field intimately related to his or her public function.' Some may give Alexander a pass on the possible conflict of interests as he's now retired, but what about a current NSA official moonlighting for a private security firm?

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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

Recent /. Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:20pm
alphadogg (971356) writes The engineering reorganization currently underway at network giant Cisco Systems is intended to streamline product development and delivery to customers. That it is prompting some high profile departures is an expected byproduct of any realignment of this size, which affects 25,000 employees, says Cisco Executive Vice President Pankaj Patel, who is conducting the transformation. "People leave for personal business reasons," Patel said in an interview with Network World this week. "Similar transformations" among Cisco peers and customers "see personnel change of 30% to 50%."

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Supreme Ruler Ultimate Released

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15pm
BattleGoat Studios announces the release of Supreme Ruler Ultimate, which they are calling the pinnacle of fourteen years of development of the geo-political/military strategy series. This can be...

Ships Ahoy - Wings! Remastered Edition

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15pm
Kalypso Media announces the release of Wings! Remastered Edition on GOG.com and Steam, offering the chance to relive Cinemaware's classic Amiga game that relived the early days of combat aviation. An...

Steamships Ahoy - Fist of Jesus

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15pm
Today's (presumably intentionally) controversial game news is the release of Fist of Jesus on Steam for Windows, OS X, and Linux, a beat-em-up based on a short film of the same name. Here's a...

Evening Patches

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15pm
Dead State Patch #3.5 Hotfixes. Thanks Acleacius. World of Warcraft 6.0.2 Hotfixes- October 16. Thanks Ant.

On Sale

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15pm
Devolver Weekend on The Humble Store. Gaming Oktoberfest on GOG.com. Save 60%. The Stanley Parable on Steam. Save 66%.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15pm
Kickstarter Freezes Anonabox Privacy Router Project for Misleading Funders.

Evening Interviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15pm
Galactic Civilizations 3 Interview: Beta 2, Status and More - SpaceSector.com.

Gatherings & Competitions

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15pm
BlizzCon Online Merchandise Sale Begins.

Evening Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15pm
Destiny, PS4 lead sales boost for US games biz in Sept - NPD. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Now Available for Digital Preorder on Xbox One. Halo Collection Has A 20 GB Day-One Update. Thanks...

Evening Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15pm
Why Apple?s heading toward a ?zombie iPad? apocalypse. Thanks Redwood.

Evening Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15pm
NVIDIA and AMD are both working toward 8K resolution, or 7680x4320. Thanks Gamer's Hell.

Evening Legal Briefs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15pm
Fl. Supreme Court Rejects Cell Phone Tracking by Police. Thanks Acleacius.

etc., etc.

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15pm
Thanks Ant. Shawn Levy To Helm "Minecraft" Film… Good Game Spawn Point - Series 5 Episode 35… Hitman- Agent 47 movie delayed to August 2015…

Into the Black

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15pm
Link of the Day: Jon Stewart Has A Field Day With The Florida Gubernatorial Debate. Thanks nin. R.I.P.: SOE Associate Art Director John Roy Passes Away.

Project CARS Delayed

Recent Blue's News Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:15pm
Slightly Mad Studios and BANDAI NAMCO announce a new March 17th release date for Project CARS for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. This represents a delay for the racing game, which they admit...

New Music Discovered In Donkey Kong For Arcade

Recent /. Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:16pm
First time accepted submitter furrykef . writes Over 33 years have passed since Donkey Kong first hit arcades, but it still has new surprises. I was poking through the game in a debugger when I discovered that the game contains unused music and voice clips. One of the tunes would have been played when you rescued Pauline, and two others are suggestive of deleted cutscenes. In addition, Pauline was originally meant to speak. In one clip she says something unintelligible, but it may be "Hey!", "Nice!", or "Thanks!". The other is clearly a cry for help.

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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

Recent /. Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:05pm
rtoz (2530056) writes Facebook has launched a new Tool called "Safety Check." The Facebook Safety Check tool will notify your friends so that they know you're OK after a major disaster. In times of disaster or crisis, people turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates. "During a major disaster, Safety Check will help you: Let friends and family know you're safe; Check on others in the affected area; Mark your friends as safe ... When the tool is activated after a natural disaster and if you're in the affected area, you'll receive a Facebook notification asking if you're safe. [Facebook] will determine your location by looking at the city you have listed in your profile, your last location if you've opted in to the Nearby Friends product, and the city where you are using the internet. ... If you're safe, you can select "I'm Safe" and a notification and News Feed story will be generated with your update. Your friends can also mark you as safe." More creepy, or more reassuring?

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How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

Recent /. Posts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:23pm
blottsie (3618811) writes "On Thursday, the Guardian reported that secret-sharing app Whisper was tracking users' locations even when they opt-out of sharing their location. [See also this earlier, related story.] Whisper has denied the accusations—but this may be a matter of semantics. Whisper allegedly uses an outdated version of GeoIP by MaxMind, which uses your IP address to estimate your location on a map. Whisper's Chad DePue said in a comment on Hacker News that the tool is "so inaccurate as to be laughable," suggesting that determining something as broad as your country or state won't bother the basic user (and he could be right, but what is and isn't an upsetting degree of user information is another argument entirely)."

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