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+ - US passport processing delayed worldwide by defective software->

Submitted by Anomalyst
Anomalyst (742352) writes "US passport and visa processing has failed officials reported Wednesday. Travellers have been stranded, over 50K in one country which officials decline to identify they also decline to idenify the issues being encountered "by policy". The database vendor was not identified, nor was the contractor for the database maintenance, (I suspect Oracle in both cases given the magnitude of the failure)"
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Security

+ - Why does openvz require SELINUX to be disabled?

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Anomalyst (742352) writes "All the howto's document declare that openvz must have SELINUX disabled, but none of them explain why this is the case. The Audit2allow process seems to present a solution and I would feel a lot better if a virtual host tasked with running multiple guests pertaining to core functionality had SELINUX protecting it from rogue applications and users. Has anyone actually got openvz to run with SELINUX running?"
Android

+ - Enterprise adoption iPAD vs Android->

Submitted by Anomalyst
Anomalyst (742352) writes "95 percent of all activated tablets are iPads, followed by 3.1 percent for Android.
Pehaps this is because Google Android's lack of support for NTLM authentication (needed for mission-critical resources like Sharepoint sites and ISA proxy) has been missing in action for more than a year, despite plaintive pleadings from enterprise users google has been unacceptably unresponsive with status and rated the issue as "medium" priority. Latest posts report the issue being resolved by using firefox on ARM7 or better processors or Android v3.1 on ASUS eee tablets as documented in these postings http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=4962"

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Android

+ - Googlle NTLM support missing for months->

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Anomalyst
Anomalyst writes "It appears that Google Android suport for NTLM authentication (needed for Sharepoint sites and ISA proxy) has been missing in action for more than a year, despite plaintive pleadings from users google was unresponsive with status and rated the issue as "medium" priority. Latest posts report the issue being resolved by using firefox on ARM7 or better processors or Android v3.1 on ASUS eee tablets."
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+ - Anti-Cancer Agent Stops Metastasis In Its Tracks->

Submitted by Anomalyst
Anomalyst (742352) writes "Mice were implanted with cancer. The control group died as it metastasized The experimental group was treated with macroketone and survived a normal lifespan. While the cancer was not cured, metastasis was significantly (over 80%) inhibited. Even after metastasis had begun and additional cancers developed, macroketone inhibited subsequent metastasis. Original is in NATURE behind a paywall"
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+ - Unreported: American Valor->

Submitted by Anomalyst
Anomalyst (742352) writes "Scroll up on the site to Mondays last submission. There does not seem to be an attribution, unfortunate as the recognition is well deserved. It poignantly recounts the story of a recent recipient of the Navy Cross and asks the question "Why wasn't this be reported on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC? Instead we got 24-7 coverage of Tiger Woods infidelity consequences."
I am not a big fan of TWAT (The War Against Terror) as implemented by our fearless leaders, while the concept seems in line with American military philosophy to take on the bad guys, the implementation seems to be severely lacking. This man did his duty in an exemplary fashion, regardless of his opinion of the reason he was in his situation. As a former (enlisted) marine, this is an officer I would proudly salute.."

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+ - prostitution slavery in the U.S.->

Submitted by Anomalyst
Anomalyst (742352) writes "An in depth article on prostitution slavery in the U.S. We all the smile when reading the /. meme about starting our own business with blackjack and hookers ... forget the blackjack. Enslavement of women into prostitution isn't something that happens "over there", its here on American soil and in such numbers that the police can barely scratch the surface. Even if a woman is lucky enough to engineer an escape, she is an illegal immigrant and there does not seem to be much victims assistance for the unpapered foreigner. A more compassionate solution should be made available."
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Hardware Hacking

+ - Most CF cards fail dma transfers->

Submitted by Anomalyst
Anomalyst (742352) writes "In his quest to create an open source video camara Andrey Filippov of elphel.com has determined tha most Compact Flash devices, although indicating the are DMA capable to the system, do not perform Direct Memory Access transfers correctly, this means successful movement of data to/from the device takes much more slowly with DMA disabled.
http://linuxdevices.com/articles/AT5102023409.html"

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Security

+ - Secret Sign language undermines tinfoil hats->

Submitted by Anomalyst
Anomalyst (742352) writes "Driven to desperation by the current administrations unconstitutional surveillance tactics and the threat of no appeal imprisonment in gitmo, high profile personages communicate through the media, hiding the content using four dimensional encryption techniques. Avoiding the conventional shielding techniques for mind control rays, these gestures should be investigated for their potential influence of the common viewer as the control commands could now enter through the visual system. What if a tinfoil hat actually amplifies the effect on the affected?
http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/2008/07/10/the-plot-thickens-george-clooney-lends-a-hand/"

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Operating Systems

+ - Designing Remote Access for OS testing

Submitted by Anomalyst
Anomalyst (742352) writes "I have a couplke different, older machines that just wont take a vanilla install of any of the linux or BSD distributions. Digi has a nice remote KVM, http://www.digi.com/products/zeroclients/connectportdisplay.jsp With a network boot disk and a static lease assigned to the KVM and the host, would this be enough for Fedora/Ubuntu/BSD teams to troubleshoot what in the detection/assignment (probably ACPI quirks) is failing?"
Graphics

+ - strange attractor [butterfly effect] visualized

Submitted by Anomalyst
Anomalyst (742352) writes "Browsing the POVray.org site led me there. Fascinating images. The math as way beyond me, the introduction forewarns of describing the Lorenz attractor, space of lattices, modular dynamics and its periodic orbits. Equations are knot funny (pun, RTFA) but there for your edification anyway. Dunno if it's art, but I know what I like. http://www.ams.org/featurecolumn/archive/lorenz.ht ml
I was not successful in getting a Coral Cache, URL is reported as blacklisted, so that's the live site, be gentle."
Windows

+ - Vista/Intel NIC: VLAN not supported

Submitted by Anomalyst
Anomalyst (742352) writes "Nothing in Google groups or MS KB regarding +Vista +VLAN
From: http://www.intel.com/support/network/sb/CS-023749. htm
"None of the Advanced Network Services, including Teaming and VLANs are supported under Windows Vista."
Even worse, conventional networking seems to be broken (ASUS P5NSLI both the Marvell on the MB and the Pro 1000 GT desktop NIC).
Using the Intel 8.1.50.0 (11/20/2006) drivers from WU, the NIC fails to get DHCP address on an untagged (vanilla, no 802.1Q VLAN on the switch port). Up to this point Intel has been very reliable in the VLAN and teaming (trunking) support on their adapters. We use VLANs pervasively in our our NOC administration and selectively at our customer sites.

Does this quote mean just Intel is not (currently) supporting it or is it truly a systemic loss of capability in Vista?
Does anyone have multiple VLANs on a NIC working?
If Intel can't seem to make it work what hope is there from other vendors?

Is this a short-term glitch or are we going to have even more vigilant with our customers whe Vista gets shoved down their throats when a new machine is purchased to replace a VLAN-ed host?"

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