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Comment Re:The elephants in the room (Score 1) 242

That's typically the case.

i suppose you could rely on local AV and Outlook's built in filtering for smaller installations. But there are a lot of things you can do on small installations that don't scale to enterprises.

MultipleAV engines and more comprehensive spam and malicious email filtering in line seems to be the best and common practice however.

1) Postini did not go away un-replaced, Google worked to migrate users to their new filtering service. Basically Gmail, but you could have it pass through to your on-premis environment. It was wonky and they didn't get all the features and capabilities in place in time and we went elsewhere.

2) General market shrink is the reason for loss of some email filtering vendors. Filtering has been integrated in services such as Google Apps for Business and O365, and invariably if you go with those services you go with the included filtering. These services have been growing gangbusters and include email hygiene as part of the base service.

if the included service is good enough it is a difficult business case to make to spend on a standalone filtering service.

Submission + - Tech Professionals' Aggravations Rise, But So Do Salaries (dice.com)

Nerval's Lobster writes: Despite some concerns over the stock market and whether the so-called “unicorns” will survive the year, it’s apparently still a good time to get into tech: New data from Robert Half Technology suggests that salaries for various tech positions will increase as much as 7 percent this year. Which is good, because tech professionals have confessed to a host of aggravations with their lives (Dice link), including too-expensive housing, lengthy commutes and gridlock, inability to achieve work-life balance, and a disconnect from their jobs. It’s neither the best nor worst of times, but the money could be pretty good.

Submission + - Study Finds Correlation Between Students' 'Attractiveness' and Higher Grades

An anonymous reader writes: HughPickens.com writes

Scott Jaschik writes at Inside Higher Education that although most faculty members would deny that physical appearance is a legitimate criterion in grading, a study finds that among similarly qualified female students, those who are physically attractive earn better grades than less attractive female students. For male students, there is no significant relationship between attractiveness and grades. The results hold true whether the faculty member is a man or a woman. The researchers obtained student identification photographs for students at at Metropolitan State University of Denver and had the attractiveness rated, on a scale of 1-10, of all the students. Then they examined 168,092 course grades awarded to the students, using factors such as ACT scores to control for student academic ability. For female students, an increase of one standard deviation in attractiveness was associated with a 0.024 increase in grade (on a 4.0 scale).

The results mirror a similar study that found that those who are attractive in high school are more likely to go on to earn a four-year college degree. Study co-author Rey Hernandez-Julian says that he finds the results of the Metro State study “troubling” and says that there are two possible explanations: “Is it that professors invest more time and energy into the better-looking students, helping them learn more and earn the higher grades? Or do professors simply reward the appearance with higher grades given identical performance? The likely answer, given our growing understanding of the prevalence of implicit biases, is that professors make small adjustments on both of these margins."

Submission + - Forbes Asks to disable Adblock, Serves Malvertising (engadget.com)

Deathlizard writes: From Engadget: The Forbes 30 Under 30 list came out this week and it featured a prominent security researcher. Other researchers were pleased to see one of their own getting positive attention, and visited the site in droves to view the list.

On arrival, like a growing number of websites, Forbes asked readers to turn off ad blockers in order to view the article. After doing so, visitors were immediately served with pop-under malware, primed to infect their computers, and likely silently steal passwords, personal data and banking information.

Submission + - Gravity can be produced, detected, and controlled claims scientist (dispatchtribunal.com)

hypnosec writes: Through a new paper Professor André Füzfa from the University of Namur claims that we can produce, detect and control gravity using existing technologies. Professor Füzfa has put together a proposal that holds the potential of revolutionizing physics and can even test theory of general relativity of Einstein. Currently employed passive mode of study of gravity motivated Professor Füzfa to take up the challenge and put forward a revolutionary approach of study — create gravitational fields at will from perfectly controlled magnetic fields and observe how these magnetic fields can bend space-time.

Submission + - How we know North Korea didn't detonate a hydrogen bomb

StartsWithABang writes: The news has been aflame with reports that North Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb on January 6th, greatly expanding its nuclear capabilities with their fourth nuclear test and the potential to carry out a devastating strike against either South Korea or, if they’re more ambitious, the United States. The physics of what a nuclear explosion actually does and how that signal propagates through the air, oceans and ground, however, can tell us whether this was truly a nuclear detonation at all, and if so, whether it was fusion or fission. From all the data we’ve collected, this appears to be nothing new: just a run-of-the-mill fission bomb, with the rest being a sensationalized claim.

Submission + - Poor Countries Demand $3.5 Trillion in Climate Finance at Paris (reason.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Times (London) is reporting that poor country negotiators have demanded behind closed doors that rich country governments hand over $3.5 trillion in climate finance, or they will refuse to accept the Paris accord. India alone is seeking $2.5 trillion in climate finance. Indiaâ(TM)s total GDP in 2014 was just over $2 trillion. This demand may have been sparked by the fact that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry apparently threatened to walk out of conference if the accord was written so as make climate finance a legally binding obligation. He pointed out that Congress would not accept such an obligation. âoeYou can take the U.S. out of this. Take the developed world out of this. Remember, the Earth has a problem. What will you do with the problem on your own?,â Kerry reportedly said.

The loss and damage provisions in the current text are also causing friction between the developed country governments and developing country governments. Loss and damage deals with those effects of man-made global warming cannot be adapted to and will be irreversible. The U.S. is strongly pushing a stipulation that loss and damage provisions in the accord will âoenot involve or provide a basis for liability or compensation nor prejudice existing rights under international law.â At press conference earlier today, Mary Minette, the Director of Environmental Education and Advocacy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, rather cluelessly asserted, âoeWith regard to loss and damage, none of these issues is about money; they are about life, livelihoods, culture and justice.â

Submission + - Largest destroyer built for Navy headed to sea for testing (ap.org)

An anonymous reader writes: The first Zumwalt-class destroyer, the USS Zumwalt, the largest ever built for the U.S. Navy headed out to sea today. Departing from shipbuilder Bath Iron Works, the ship left to undergo sea trials. The AP reports: "The ship has electric propulsion, new radar and sonar, powerful missiles and guns, and a stealthy design to reduce its radar signature. Advanced automation will allow the warship to operate with a much smaller crew size than current destroyers. All of that innovation has led to construction delays and a growing price tag. The Zumwalt, the first of three ships in the class, will cost at least $4.4 billion."

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