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+ - Network Solutions Under Large Scale DDoS Attack->

Submitted by netizen
netizen (707412) writes "CircleID is reporting a large scale DDoS attack affecting all of Network Solutions name servers for the past 48 hours potentially affecting millions of websites and emails around the world hosting their domain names on the company's servers. NANOG mailing list indicates that it is due to a very large-scale UDP/53 DDoS which Network Solutions has also confirmed: "[t]here is a spike in DNS query volumes that is causing latency for the delay in web sites resolving. This is a result of a DDOS attack. We are taking measures to mitigate the attack and speed up queries.""
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Announcements

+ - ASSP Wiki Host Takes Ball, Goes Home

Submitted by
kimvette
kimvette writes "The site administrator for the ASSP SMTP gateway has taken the ball and gone home. On top of that he has removed the site from the Internet Wayback Machine and has forbidden anyone from reposting the content, citing that he authored it all and no one else contributed.

However, he clearly benefited from the ASSP developers' efforts at some point, and I presume like you and I he did not pay the developers for the code. How can he justify removing the official documentation for an open source project and forbid anyone else from using it? Granted, the documentation was not open source, but his actions strikes me as hypocritical (In the thread I used a more choice term)."
Transportation

+ - Scientists Teleport Matter More Than Three Feet->

Submitted by
erickhill
erickhill writes "While it feels odd to be promoting a scientific report coming from Fox News, the fact is Gene Roddenberry even sat up (in his grave) and took notice of this:

"Scientists have come a bit closer to achieving the "Star Trek" feat of teleportation. No one is galaxy-hopping, or even beaming people around, but for the first time, information has been teleported between two separate atoms across a distance of a meter — about a yard."

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Security

+ - SPAM: Hacker wins court review

Submitted by JobsEnding
JobsEnding (1434031) writes "A British court ruled on Friday that a man who hacked into US military computers will be giving permission for a judicial review against his extradition to the United States. Hacker Gary McKinnon, 42, who had been diagnosed recently with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, has admitted hacking into the military computers. His lawyers had said McKinnon was at risk of suicide if he were extradited."

Comment: Re:cynicism (Score 1) 431

by Klootzak (#26570641) Attached to: Trojan Hides In Pirated Copies of Apple iWork '09

Is that cynical?

Actually, it's called Critical or Analytical thinking...

Cynicism is a negative perception of something that doesn't neccessairily involve evaluation of the topic in the larger context, something like:
"There is no good left in the world, people will never change, and I might as well become evil too!".
^^^^That's some pretty bad cynicism (or pessimism) though, hopefully most people don't ever get that cynical ;).

Operating Systems

+ - Linux's role in Microsoft's decline-> 1

Submitted by nerdyH
nerdyH (702091) writes "As early as last quarter, Microsoft admitted that Linux and netbooks were eating into its fat profits. Today, it came home, with the software giant announcing its first-ever layoffs. LinuxDevices interviewed Linux Foundation Director Jim Zemlin on Linux's role in Microsoft's misfortunes. Zemlin sums it up pretty well: "Companies can offer their own branded software platform based on Linux. If Microsoft is getting 75 percent margins, you would like some of that high-margin business, too.""
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The Almighty Buck

+ - Russia develops National Operating System

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Elektroschock
Elektroschock writes "According to Russian media the Government is going to develop a National Operating System to lower its dependencies on foreign software technology licensing. The Russian plan will base its efforts on Linux and expects a worldwide impact. Microsoft is also involved in the round table process that led to the recommendation. The Chinese government successfully lowered its Microsoft licensing costs through an early investment in a national Linux distribution. I wonder if other large markets as the European Union will also develop their own Linux distributions or join the Russian initiative."
The Courts

+ - RIAA Threatens Harvard Law Prof with Sanctions->

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NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Unhappy with Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson's motion to compel the deposition of the RIAA's head 'Enforcer', Matthew J. Oppenheim, in SONY BMG Music v. Tenenbaum, the RIAA threatened the good professor with sanctions (PDF) if he declined to withdraw his motion. Then the next day they filed papers opposing the motion, and indeed asked the Court to award monetary sanctions under Rule 37 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure."
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Government

+ - Obama Staff Struggles Against Old White House Tech

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TarrVetus
TarrVetus writes "The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration is having difficulties adjusting to the old technology of the White House. From jumbled cables, to outdated software, to security regulations, the first days have been difficult for the new, tech-savvy administration. "'It is kind of like going from an Xbox to an Atari,' Obama spokesman Bill Burton said of his new digs." Officials in the press office were prepared, though, with their own cellphones and permission to set up Gmail accounts for office use."
United States

+ - SPAM: The government's top 10 trials and tribulations

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "The US government certainly has its hands full, especially now with the new administration transitioning in. And the list of problems and hot spots continues to grow. Watchdogs at the Government Accounting Office periodically assess the Fed's most high-risk areas or areas that are prone to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement that can directly impact all of us. On the GAO hit list which was sent to the 111th Congress this week are all manner of issues from repairing the nation's cyber infrastructure and keeping taxpayer information private to how to effectively move the IRS and financial regulatory systems into the future. Interestingly one of the GAO's oft-targeted ventures, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control modernization has been dropped from the high risk list. While the list currently includes some 31 areas that the GAO says are riskiest, for our purposes we'll focus on 10. [spam URL stripped]"
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Comment: +1 Brilliant!!! (Score 1) 154

by Klootzak (#26558095) Attached to: The State of Video Game Regulation

Bringing accountability to Government means actually saying what you think, not just accepting that you have no voice...
Incidentally - the Internet & Web is the most effective tool for "having a voice" that the Human Race has ever had, why do you think China comes down so hard on it?

Don't just let Governments (or other people in power) pull the wool over your eyes with crap because it makes their jobs easier... Speak out!! (within legal boundaries)

Remember people, we live in Democracies (well, alot of us do!), you don't just have to bend over and take it unless EVERYONE AGREES you should, and most of the time people JUST AREN'T AWARE/INFORMED of what's happening.

The Internet

+ - ISPs charge child abuse investigators for data ->

Submitted by
nk497
nk497 writes "In the UK, ISPs are charging a child protection agency for access to IP user details they need for their investigations into online-related abuse. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre has paid out over £170,000 since 2006 on IP data requests related to child abuse cases, and expects to pay another £100,000 this year — enough to fund another two investigators.

The CEOP's CEO said that any ISP which can't afford to give the police such help "simply can't afford to do business.""

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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - SPAM: Spiderman Comics Includes Obama Cameo

Submitted by
destinyland
destinyland writes "Comic book geeks discovered that Amazing Spider-man #583 includes a story with Barack Obama. The nerdy superhero thwarts an imposter who'd planned to have himself sworn in as President instead. But Spider-man doesn't hang around, because he thinks Joe Biden is "still mad I confused him for The Vulture on the train that one time.""
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Businesses

+ - Aus Telco's memo service suffers as outsourced ope->

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davidmwilliams
davidmwilliams writes "Australian road warriors and others who depend on Telstra's mobile memo service to juggle their voicemail — presenting messages as human-answered bite-sized SMS messages — have noticed a massive degradation of service quality in this last month. I investigated and while Telstra initially denied any change they now concede their outsourced operator — global call-centre player TeleTech Holdings — has offshored 15% of calls to the Phillippines. The execs I spoke to disputed the figure was as low as 15% and are vowing to dump the service in droves due to TeleTech's apparent lack of any quality guarantees. http://www.itwire.com/content/view/22823/127/"
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