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+ - Stratfor hacker Jeremy Hammond sentenced to ten years in jail->

Submitted by NSN A392-99-964-5927
NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "Internet activist Jeremy Hammond who pleaded guilty to hacking servers of the private intelligence company Statfor and leaking its information to anti-secrecy site, WikiLeaks, was sentenced to ten years in jail on Friday, November 15.

The release of internal emails belonging to Strategic Forecasting Inc. or Stratfor, has become one of the most successful operations ever conducted by the hacktivist group, Anonymous, which Hammond admitted to being part of. A trove of emails attributed to Stratfor executives suggested that the private company, which employs many former officials from the CIA and other government agencies, kept close ties with the security apparatus.

In particular, the emails published by WikiLeaks suggested that Stratfor was hired by private companies and government agencies alike to monitor political protesters and activists, including members of Occupy Wall Street and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)."

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+ - FBI Reports US Agencies Hacked by Anonymous->

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Reuters is reporting that the FBI has issued a warning to several U.S. Government agencies that the Anonymous collective has hacked their systems. Included in the list of compromised agencies are the U.S. Army, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and potentially many more agencies. The avenue of attack: Adobe Cold Fusion."
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+ - Puzzled Scientists Say Strange Things Are Happening on the Sun

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Robert Lee Hotz reports in the WSJ that solar activity is stranger than in a century or more, with the sun producing barely half the number of sunspots as expected and its magnetic poles oddly out of sync. Based on historical records, astronomers say the sun this fall ought to be nearing the explosive climax of its approximate 11-year cycle of activity—the so-called solar maximum. But this peak is "a total punk," says Jonathan Cirtain. "I would say it is the weakest in 200 years," adds David Hathaway, head of the solar physics group at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Researchers are puzzled. They can't tell if the lull is temporary or the onset of a decades-long decline, which might ease global warming a bit by altering the sun's brightness or the wavelengths of its light. To complicate the riddle, the sun also is undergoing one of its oddest magnetic reversals on record with the sun's magnetic poles out of sync for the past year so the sun technically has two South Poles. Several solar scientists speculate that the sun may be returning to a more relaxed state after an era of unusually high activity that started in the 1940s (PDF). "More than half of solar physicists would say we are returning to a norm," says Mark Miesch. "We might be in for a longer state of suppressed activity." If so, the decline in magnetic activity could ease global warming, the scientists say. But such a subtle change in the sun—lowering its luminosity by about 0.1%—wouldn't be enough to outweigh the build-up of greenhouse gases and soot that most researchers consider the main cause of rising world temperatures over the past century or so. “Given our current understanding of how the sun varies and how climate responds, were the sun to enter a new Maunder Minimum, it would not mean a new Little Ice Age," says Judith Lean. "t would simply slow down the current warming by a modest amount.""

Comment: What lessons have been learned? -None (Score 1) 195

by NSN A392-99-964-5927 (#45061359) Attached to: Probe of Einstein's Brain Reveals Clues To His Genius

When you have dead tissue, whether it be the brain, a finger, an arm or a leg it contains no 'Life Force' Menos.

Trying to dig into dead tissue explains nothing. It is wishful thinking.

I know a few top Neurologist's in the United Kingdom and they agree that they still do not understand 99.9% of the brain and these professors have been at it for 40 years plus.

Comment: The UK 1 camera for 12 people. (Score 2) 154

The UK is far worst with 1 CCTV camera for every 12 people.. take a look at this recent article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2359825/One-CCTV-12-people-Surveillance-soars-care-homes-hospitals-schools.html

On top of that we also have ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition); facial recognition systems in some shops bars etc!

It does make me wonder though; what would happen when someone develops some malware that affects CCTV and similar systems? I think it is only a matter of time... just look at Stuxnet.

+ - CentOS releases the Xen4CentOS project returning Xen support to CentOS 6. ->

Submitted by dustwun
dustwun (662589) writes "From the announcement

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability for the Xen4 virtualisation stack for CentOS-6/x86_64 The software is delivered as a dedicated repository under http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/xen4/ and were developed with the help of the Xen Project, the Citrix Xen open-source team, GoDaddy.com's Cloud Engineering team and Rackspace Hosting.

This should help a large number of hosters more easily migrate their aging systems to a more recent version of CentOS, as well as take advantage of newer features. There have been some rumblings in the CentOS world, and this announcement seems show that they've been busy."
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+ - Introducing the NSA-Proof Crypto-Font-> 1

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "At a moment when governments and corporations alike are hellbent on snooping through your personal digital messages, it'd sure be nice if there was a font their dragnets couldn't decipher. So Sang Mun built one.

Sang, a recent graduate from the Rhode Island Schoold of Design (RISD), has unleashed ZXX—a "a disruptive typeface" that he says is much more difficult to the NSA and friends to decrypt. He's made it free to download on his website, too.

"The project started with a genuine question: How can we conceal our fundamental thoughts from artificial intelligences and those who deploy them?" he writes. "I decided to create a typeface that would be unreadable by text scanning software (whether used by a government agency or a lone hacker)—misdirecting information or sometimes not giving any at all. It can be applied to huge amounts of data, or to personal correspondence."

He named it after the Library Congress's labeling code ZXX, which archivists employ when they find a book that contains "no linguistic content."
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+ - HTML5 used for new, dynamic Transport for London website->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Transport for London (TfL) which oversees the smooth (sometimes) running of the entire London transport network has unveiled plans to build a new website based entirely on HTML5 so it can meet the needs of mobile commuters on any device. It will also be ditching Microsoft's Bing Maps for Google's services in the process."
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+ - Aurora Attackers Were Looking for Google's Surveillance Database

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "When in early 2010 Google shared with the public that they had been breached in what became known as the Aurora attacks, they said that the attackers got their hands on some source code and were looking to access Gmail accounts of Tibetan activists. What they didn't make public is that the hackers have also accessed a database containing information about court-issued surveillance orders that enabled law enforcement agencies to monitor email accounts belonging to diplomats, suspected spies and terrorists. Whether this was the primary goal of the attacks as well as how much information was exfiltrated is unknown. current and former U.S. government officials interviewed by the Washington Post say that the database in question was possibly accessed in order to discover which Chinese intelligence operatives located in the U.S. were under surveillance."

+ - Stem-Cell Treatment Restores Blind Man's Sight->

Submitted by ewolfson
ewolfson (2876545) writes "A blind man has received the gift of sight, thanks to an innovative stem-cell treatment. The treatment, which was part of a trial examining the safety of using human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), has restored the man's vision enough for him to pass any standard vision test for a driver's license.

"There's a guy walking around who was blind, but now can see," said Gary Rabin of Advance Cell Technology (ACT) . "With that sort of vision, you can get a driver's license."

This news comes on the heels of the announcement last week that U.S. scientists have successfully cloned human embryos to make stem cells, a development that has reignited the debate surrounding human cloning and the morality of experimentation with stem-cells."

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+ - Hypervisor or Bare Metal 1

Submitted by Hunabka
Hunabka (2928827) writes "I’ve been tasked to re-provision old hardware for an off-site file server. The machine has 2X Xeon E5440 CPUs, 12GB of memory, and 7 Disk Raid 5 with 1 Hot Spare, no warranty. This client does not have any IT staff at the remote location, any hardware issues will require additional cost for support. The plan is to install Server 2012 and enable DFS for the remote office file storage.

My question is: Do I install Server 2012 on the Bare Metal or install a hypervisor (VMware ESXi) Then 2012? Other options or ideas?

Problems with VMware: Our monitoring agent does not support ESXi and it does not look like the ESXi (Free version) supports SNMP monitoring. Although I do get hardware status just no emailing of errors.

Problems with Bare Metal: If anything does go wrong and on-site visit will require physical support staff."

+ - EU to criminalize nearly all seeds and plants->

Submitted by NSN A392-99-964-5927
NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "A new law proposed by the European Commission would make it illegal to “grow, reproduce or trade” any vegetable seeds that have not been “tested, approved and accepted” by a new EU bureaucracy named the “EU Plant Variety Agency.”

It’s called the Plant Reproductive Material Law, and it attempts to put the government in charge of virtually all plants and seeds. Home gardeners who grow their own plants from non-regulated seeds would be considered criminals under this law.

As you might suspect, this move is the “final solution” of Monsanto, DuPont and other seed-domination corporations who have long admitted their goal is the complete domination of all seeds and crops grown on the planet."

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+ - Baroness Thatcher; Britain's first female prime minister dies->

Submitted by NSN A392-99-964-5927
NSN A392-99-964-5927 (1559367) writes "Today Baroness Thatcher dies; you can read part of the story from the telegraph in the following link http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/margaret-thatcher/9978844/Margaret-Thatcher-dies-live.html

As and ex-special forces solider fighting in the Falklands; she did treat us well after we returned. There will be some people on slashdot with connections in the UK and abroad that will hate her for what she was and still have ill feelings.

Please do not let this get in the way of a remarkable woman who was truly only kicked out of office as she was against the european common market which has evolved into the United States of Europe (EU) or 4th Riech as some of us now call it!"

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