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New WoW Patch Brings Cross-Server Instances 342

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-and-shiny dept.
ajs writes "World of Warcraft's Wrath of the Lich King expansion was staggered into 4 phases. The fourth and final phase, patch 3.3, was released on Tuesday. This patch is significant in that it will be the first introduction of one of the most anticipated new features in the game since PvP arenas: the cross-realm random dungeon, as well as the release of new end-game dungeons for 5, 10 and 25-player groups. The patch notes have been posted, and so has a trailer. The ultimate fight against the expansion's antagonist, the Lich King a.k.a. Arthas, will be gated as each of the four wings of the final dungeon are opened in turn — a process that may take several months. The next major patch after 3.3 (presumably 4.0) will be the release of Cataclysm, the next expansion."
Government

Keeping Up With DoD Security Requirements In Linux? 211

Posted by timothy
from the behind-the-phony-curve dept.
ers81239 writes "I've recently become a Linux administrator within the Department of Defense. I am surprised to find out that the DoD actually publishes extensive guidance on minimum software versions. I guess that isn't so surprising, but the version numbers are. Kernel 2.6.30, ntp 4.2.4p7-RC2, OpenSSL 9.8k and the openssh to match, etc. The surprising part is that these are very fresh versions which are not included in many distributions. We use SUSE Enterprise quite a bit, but even openSUSE factory (their word for unstable) doesn't have these packages. Tarballing on this many systems is a nightmare and even then some things just don't seem to work. I don't have time to track down every possible lib/etc/opt/local/share path that different packages try to use by default. I think that this really highlights the trade-offs of stability and security. I have called Novell to ask about it. When vulnerabilities are found in software, they backport the patches into whatever version of the software they are currently supporting. The problem here is that doesn't give me a guarantee that the backport fixes the problem for which this upgrade is required (My requirements say to install version x or higher). There is also the question of how quickly they are providing the backports. I'm hoping that there are 100s of DoD Linux administrators reading this who can bombard me with solutions. How do you balance security with stability?"

Comment: Standard isn't finalized (Score 1) 36

by NewmanKU (#27764139) Attached to: Internet Hardware For White-Space Spectrum?
What will most likely go into that space are 802.22 WRAN devices, so look for manufacturers that are claiming to be working in this area. The problem is that the 802.22 isn't finalized, so as the previous poster states, its a little soon to know who the players are. However, a good guess would be the members of the white space coalition: Adaptrum, I2R, Microsoft, Motorola, and Phillips.

Comment: Re:How the telcos will respond (Score 1) 150

by NewmanKU (#26823135) Attached to: White Space Plan Would Reuse TV Spectrum

TV Band/whitespace Devices are not in-between. They are "on top of" existing TV channels: 2 to 51.

White space devices work in the "white space", in the same bands as TV channels 2 to 51. FCC will not certify a device if it has any chance of causing co-channel interference.

We've done multiple studies at the University of Kansas and in order for a 802.11 basestation operating at the standard 15 dBm power to cause interference to a DTV receiver it would have to be within a couple meters if operating on adjacent channels. 802.22 (similiar signal) is the most likely candidate for using this spectrum.

Check out the IEEE Dynamic Spectrum Access (DySPAN) conference proceedings on many hardcore studies on the effects of these devices. Phil DT-6 is in the low-VHF band (2-6) which is more susceptable to various noise. This is why the FCC recommends not putting digital tv signals there. They have lower max transmission power constraints also.

Comment: Re:Sweet (Score 1) 575

by NewmanKU (#26475687) Attached to: Wiretapping Program Ruled Legal

Um, no. You know the "F" is for Foreign? It has never had jurisdiction over domestic communication.

Yes, I understand the "F" is for Foreign. Did you know that two "Foreign" persons can actually communicate within the US? This is considered a domestic communication because it is within the US, yet is still covered under FISA because the end users are "Foreign". So yes it has jurisdiction over domestic communication.

Comment: Re:Sweet (Score 0) 575

by NewmanKU (#26469141) Attached to: Wiretapping Program Ruled Legal
This is just for international communications coming in and out of the US. FISA is still valid for domestic communication. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but this really only means they don't need a warrant immediately, they will still have to go through FISA to get a longer term warrant. This "warrantless" program just gives them a few extra days of immediate listening instead of having to wait the few days it takes to get a warrant and miss some valid data.
Input Devices

+ - Commercial brain computer systems are coming

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "All over the world, systems that directly connect silicon circuits to brains are under development, and some are nearly ready for commercial applications, according to a new report from the World Technology Evaluation Center and announced by a news release of the University of Southern California (USC). Some of the conclusions of this report about brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are quite surprising. For example, North America researchers focus almost exclusively on invasive BCIs while noninvasive BCI systems are mostly studied in European and Asian labs. If you don't have enough time to read the 234-page report, please look at my selection of four exciting projects from all over the world."
Education

+ - University of Kansas strict copyright infringement 1

Submitted by
NewmanKU
NewmanKU writes "Eric Bangeman at Ars Technica writes that the University of Kansas has adopted a new strict copyright infringement policy for the students on the residential network that are sharing copyrighted files. The university's ResNet website states that, "Violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is against the law. If you are caught downloading copyrighted material, you will lose your ResNet privileges forever. No second notices, no excuses, no refunds. One violation and your ResNet internet access is gone for as long as you reside on campus." According to a KU spokesperson, KU has recieved 345 notices in the past year from organizations and businesses regarding complaints about copyrighted material downloading."

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