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+ - Taiwan looks to strengthen U.S. cyber relations to block Chinese threats->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Taiwan is planning to enter into a tighter cybersecurity partnership with the United States in a bid to tackle the rising amount of online attacks heading its way from China [http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/30/us-taiwan-cybersecurity-idUSKBN0MQ11V20150330]. Authorities in Taiwan have announced their interest in seeking involvement in the international anti-hacking drill set up by the U.S., ‘Cyber Storm’. The exercise takes place every two years, with the last test taking place in 2013 in 11 countries. China has officially denied any attempt at hacking in Taiwan. However security experts in the region suspect that the country is a major target due to long-engrained hostility from Beijing and tense cross-strait relations. Taiwan was attacked more times than any other country in the Asia-Pacific region during the first half of 2014. The nation is often described as a testing ground for Chinese hacking attempts."
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+ - China's Foreign Ministry: China did not attack Github, we are the major victims.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "At the Regular Press Conference on March 30, China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying responded on the charge of DDoS attack over Github. She said "It is quite odd that every time a website in the US or any other country is under attack, there will be speculation that Chinese hackers are behind it. I'd like to remind you that China is one of the major victims of cyber attacks. We have been underlining that China hopes to work with the international community to speed up the making of international rules and jointly keep the cyber space peaceful, secure, open and cooperative. It is hoped that all parties can work in concert to address hacker attacks in a positive and constructive manner."
She obviously said nothing."

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Comment: isn't it obvious? (Score 1) 3

by Lead Butthead (#49358675) Attached to: Internet Explorer website wont work with Windows

It's a government project. They'll need to solicit bids from at least six distinct vendors, gets cancelled and reinstated at least twice due to budgetary constraints, gets monumentally fscked up by the contractor in China because they can't read English and only write in Engrish, and gets into massive cost overrun because their accounting do their maths extremely well, tied up in committees for months over if the wording in the contract required a period instead of comma, then finally deployed, and discover it's still broken.

Comment: Re:I dub all unswitchable hardware: disposable (Score 4, Informative) 362

by Lead Butthead (#49306143) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers

... to apply some unofficial, off-the-record pressure to the OEMs ...

Pressure? Not at all. There'll just be a ... "discount" if you do. This has happened before, and it'll happen again. It's within M$'s nature to rub out its competitors by pressing every advantage; it can't help itself.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Building a Home Media Center/Small Server in a Crawlspace 4

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I've decided it's time for me to build a separate machine specifically for use as a Media Center/Small Home Server.
My wife and I haven't had cable TV in years, instead relying entirely on Netflix, other streaming sites, and hard copies we've bought over the years. Having just finished ripping our entire media collection (CDs, DVDs, and even our Vinyls and VHS with the help of a capture card and some sweet digital voodoo) to a couple HDDs, I'm feeling froggy. Up until now we've been using WDTV Live, and it's been pretty snazzy, but I want to upgrade to a dedicated media machine instead of piggybacking off of my office computer. It'll be a Windows based machine utilizing Plex, and it's going in the crawlspace of the house.

The crawlspace in question is unfinished, but I do have a dry concrete slab down there where I can put/mount/assemble something. Cooling won't be an issue obviously, and I am keeping a close eye on hardware specs with regards to moisture. It is still a crawlspace though...

My Question(s) being:
* What would be a good setup to to house the hardware? Priorities being to safeguard against moisture, vermin, and dirt.
          — Modified PC Tower?
          — Rack?
          — Build an enclosure?
          — Something I haven't considered?

Please assume I'm stubborn and absolutely dead-set on putting it in the crawlspace to avoid the discussion devolving into the "best" place to put a media machine. Any advice or ideas are very much appreciated, Thank you /."

+ - Mars One finalist accuses the company of fraud

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "One of the finalists in the one-way-to-Mars competition by the company Mars One has now accused the company of fraud.

Most egregiously, many media outlets continue to report that Mars One received applications from 200,000 people who would be happy to die on another planet?—?when the number it actually received was 2,761.

As [finalist Joseph] Roche observed the process from an insider’s perspective, his concerns increased. Chief among them: that some leading contenders for the mission had bought their way into that position, and are being encouraged to “donate” any appearance fees back to Mars One?—?which seemed to him very strange for an outfit that needs billions of dollars to complete its objective. “When you join the ‘Mars One Community,’ which happens automatically if you applied as a candidate, they start giving you points,” Roche explained to me in an email. “You get points for getting through each round of the selection process (but just an arbitrary number of points, not anything to do with ranking), and then the only way to get more points is to buy merchandise from Mars One or to donate money to them.”

There’s more at the link. Essentially, the whole operation has apparently devolved into a petty scam to milk money from the finalists themselves."

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