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+ - Gartner: Mobility management is a mess.

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "What’s the future of endpoint management? According to a Gartner research director: It’s a mess.

Gartner Research Director Rob Smith, speaking in Barcelona this week at the Gartner Symposium, addressed business challenges, particularly in bigger businesses:

IT has to change its basic perspective: All endpoints are untrusted. That’s a big statement and the automatic response might be, “Not if I lock it down!” But, according to Smith, the days of saying no to users is dead. The new reality is that if you say no, users will go around you.

It might not be hopeless, though:

How do we possibly protect our data when things change so fast? Smith thinks the answer is in what he calls his “Lord of the Rings” philosophy: one system to rule them all, or what Gartner refers to as Unified Endpoint Management (UEM). UEM is a consistent, single approach to managing all aspects of endpoint data protection. It encompasses a whole range of features (identity management, app management, data access, etc.) and requires that vendors work together, ensuring their separate services and/or apps talk to each other and work together without necessitating IT involvement.

This sounds like utopia. The good news? According to Smith, vendors have already started to do it. The bad news? IT departments, with their legacy Windows XP and Windows 7 deployments, aren’t ready to support it.

Do you think this all is on the mark? Or are there ways to support users that don't drive both IT and end-users crazy?"

+ - Photon interaction has been created in the fiber->

Submitted by Trachman
Trachman (3499895) writes "Austrian scientists discovered a way to couple photon pairs. During the coupling for two identical photons, under analysis, a phase is changed in one and, using the magic of the world of quantum mechanics, the phase of other photon also changes. Scientists predict that this can advance quantum optics, quantum computations and, in the nearest future, secure fiber networks from NSA and other self appointed nosy rulers of the world.

The question to the community is following: Is there anyone who can explain in simple terms the essence of the discovery and associated potential practical applications."

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+ - The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

Submitted by Nemo the Magnificent
Nemo the Magnificent (2786867) writes "Is there an IT talent shortage? Or is there a clue shortage on the hiring side? Hiring managers put on their perfection goggles and write elaborate job descriptions laying out mandatory experience and know-how that the "purple squirrel" candidate must have. They define job openings to be entry-level, automatically excluding those in mid-career. Candidates suspect that the only real shortage is a one of willingness to pay what they are worth. Job seekers bend over backwards to make it through HR's keyword filters, only to be frustrated by phone screens seemingly administered by those who know only buzzwords. Meanwhile, hiring managers feel the pressure to fill openings instantly with exactly the right person, and when they can't the team and the company suffer. InformationWeek lays out a number of ways the two sides can start listening to each other. For example, some of the most successful companies find their talent through engagement with the technical community, participating in hackathons or offering seminars on hot topics such as Scala and Hadoop. These companies play a long game in order to lodge in the consciousness of the candidates they hope will apply next time they're ready to make a move."

+ - Big Bang Theory's Biggest Lesson: Let Nerds Be Nerds 1

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "Sometimes we can learn great lessons from fictional characters. This article professes to explain what Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, and Raj from the “Big Bang Theory” can teach managers about tapping into nerd talent. For example: "Improvement is a way of life. It’s often difficult for managers to ensure the quality of work remains high for every member of a team, but they never have to worry where nerds are concerned. The brains of geeks are wired to solve problems.""

+ - Solar Panels: Now in Color->

Submitted by Vorognya
Vorognya (3899483) writes "The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) is reporting that they have developed a film that can be used to color any existing solar panel. "It can be applied on top of an existing module or integrated into a new module during assembly, on flat or curved surfaces. [CSEM] can change the color of all existing panels or create customized looks from scratch. Solar panels can now disappear; they become virtually hidden energy sources.""
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"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77 82

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-drive-like-my-brother dept.
samzenpus writes "Many outlets are reporting the death of Tom Magliozzi, co-host of the long-running weekly National Public Radio show Car Talk. Tom and his brother Ray ran a repair shop in the '70s and in 1987 landed their radio gig. They were known as "Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers." The show stopped recording two years ago and is currently airing old episodes. Tom died of complications from Alzheimer's at age 77."

Mozilla Teases First Browser Dedicated To Devs 132

Posted by samzenpus
from the made-just-for-you dept.
hypnosec writes Mozilla has teased a browser for developers — a first of its kind — in a bid to equip developers with a set of tools at one place for better and enhanced productivity. Speaking about the perils of web development Mozilla says engineers, while building for the web, use a range of tools that don't always work well together. Because of this, they have to switch between platforms. This process of switching from one platform to another makes a developer less productive, Mozilla says. The not-for-profit organization hasn't detailed its browser for developers to a great extent, but has revealed that the browser will be available on November 10.

Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving 151

Posted by samzenpus
from the stay-inside-the-lines dept.
cartechboy writes Sometimes you wonder, "Who's watching the police?" Well, now it appears everyone can as Ford has developed a way to track how the police drive. The automaker has announced a new telematics system for police cars that will keep tabs on the cops while they are driving, tracking their behavior in real time. The system will be able to tell what speed the police offers are traveling, whether they're wearing their seat belts, and where they're driving. The idea behind this system is to improve fleet management with a side benefit of creating a degree of transparency to improve public trust.

Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys 150

Posted by samzenpus
from the dial-r-for-room dept.
An anonymous reader writes Starwood Hotels and Resorts has became the first chain to let guests unlock doors with their phones at 10 Aloft, Element and W hotels. They hope to expand the program to 140 more properties in those brands by the middle of next year. From the article: "The technology's developer says that it uses its own encrypted secure channel to ensure thieves cannot abuse the innovation. But one expert had reservations. "Nothing is 100% secure, and once this technology is in widespread use it will make a very tasty target for hackers," said Prof Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey's department of computing.

+ - What should you back up? More important: What SHOULDN'T you?

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "Whatever software you choose for backing up files, you need to be organized. Do you really need myriad copies of the Trash folder or *.bak files, which consume backup time, bandwidth, and storage? Probably not. Inclusions versus Exclusions: Choosing the Best Method for Backup and Data Collection has useful guidelines for designing a sensible business backup strategy, in order to ensure you keep all the right data securely but not the junk."

+ - The Carder Who Loved Me (aka how to entrap a Credit Card Criminal)->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Credit card theft is the bane of the modern world and credit card thieves — known as Carders — are growing in number. Big retail breaches are giving these carders lots of numbers to play with, but thankfully law enforcement is up to the task of tracking down the carders. In a session at the SecTor security conference in Toronto, Grayson Lenik, recounted a story of how a good looking undercover female agent convinced a card to come to Las Vegas to marry her. It didn't end well for the carder — or his friends."
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+ - Protecting Corporate Data...When an Employee Leaves 3

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "When someone leaves the company, the HR department is quick to grab the employee's laptop. But what about the data on other equipment? How can the organization know what's on her mobile devices? Does anyone know to which websites and cloud-based software the employee has access? This article discusses how IT (working with HR) can help ensure the company's data doesn't walk out the front door.

Which raises the question of whether it's possible for IT to even know what external logins an employee has, and whether the effort to track all that is worth the time to do so. While everyone said, "Treat people right and they won't want to do anything malicious with the company data," isn't the implication that it only takes one bad experience...?"

+ - Apple might lose Siri's core tech to Samsung 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "We all know Apple bought Siri in 2010, but what many didn't know is its core technology is owned by Nuance, maker of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Well, it seems Samsung is looking to buy Nuance, and if it does, what are the chances it will cut off the Nuance core from Apple? About as likely as the sun rising in the east."

+ - The frustrations of supporting users in remote offices, and what to do about 'em

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "You're not alone in your struggle against people who think a shell is something you hold to your ear," writes Carol Pinchefsky. "Other techies are out there supporting users in remote offices, fighting the good fight against computer- and user-related mishaps – or at least tolerating user frustration with a modicum of grace."

You can laugh at their pain — and she gives you plenty of opportunity to do so, in The Joys of Remote Tech Support (for Low Values of Joy). Like the tech support person whose systems in Brazil went down — during Carnival:

...We had to wait more than a week for the locals to sober up enough to reconnect the line.

In the end, I had to walk a tech (who did not know the system) through the process step by step via an interpreter. Of course, the interpreter was not technical. So it was kind of like explaining to your mom to tell your grandfather (who is hard of hearing) how to do something while she is on the phone and he is across the room from her.

And maybe you can even learn from their advice."

+ - That fresh lunar regolith smell

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler (16185) writes "The moon has a distinctive smell. Ask any Apollo moonwalker about the odiferous nature of the lunar dirt and you'll get the same answer: the moon smells like gunpowder.

Or something like that:

"When the entire subject of the dust smell came up several years ago, I put forth that what the astronauts were smelling, that is, what their mucus membrane sensed, was highly activated dust particles with 'dangling bonds,'" [Larry Taylor, director of the Planetary Geosciences Institute at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville,] said.


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