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Comment Re:News from a twit. (Score 2) 582

Well, if that information is classified then not only would the company spokesperson risk firing, he'd also be committing a federal crime for disclosing that information. The journalist himself would face similar pressure, and the number of bloggers and journalists who'd be willing to go to jail to protect a source can be counted on one hand.

Comment Web Application Firewall (Score 2) 333

ModSecurity (or any other WAF) can greatly decrease the number and kinds of attacks that actually make it through to your application. And like a good firewall it can alert you when you're under attack. If you do nothing else, put this in place.

You also want to make sure your app is solid, so head on over to DISA and see what the military recommends. They have Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) for just about everything in your architecture:

Once you have things built, test! Use some of the open source penetration testing tools to see if there are any known vulnerabilities in your stack. Try it with and without your WAF in place.

Finally, if you really need to go the extra mile, it's time to shell out some cash for professional penetration testers. They'll have a tool belt full of open source and proprietary tools and the good ones will even do a static analysis of your code.


Robot Throws First Pitch At Phillies Game 92

RedEaredSlider writes "The first ball at the Phillies-Brewers game will get thrown by a robot — but Roy Halladay's job is still safe. As part of an outreach program and the Phillies' 'Science Day At The Ballpark,' the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science is showcasing a robot made from a Segway and featuring an arm that acts more like a human throwing than an ordinary pitching machine. A pitching machine functions more like a gun, firing a baseball in what amounts to a straight line. But the robot has an armature connected to a hand that was specifically designed for throwing. Another thing the robot can do is identify the strike zone."

Why Geim Never Patented Graphene 325

gbrumfiel writes "As we discussed on Tuesday, Andre Geim won this year's Nobel prize in physics for graphene, but he never patented it. In an interview with Nature News, he explains why: 'We considered patenting; we prepared a patent and it was nearly filed. Then I had an interaction with a big, multinational electronics company. I approached a guy at a conference and said, "We've got this patent coming up, would you be interested in sponsoring it over the years?" It's quite expensive to keep a patent alive for 20 years. The guy told me, "We are looking at graphene, and it might have a future in the long term. If after ten years we find it's really as good as it promises, we will put a hundred patent lawyers on it to write a hundred patents a day, and you will spend the rest of your life, and the gross domestic product of your little island, suing us." That's a direct quote.'"

Comment Is this the same as a powered differential? (Score 1) 609

I think so.

On a straight road, both tires spin at the same speed. On a curve, the difference in tire rotation causes the smaller gears in the differential to spin. If those gears were connected to a motor you could choose to spin the tires at a different rate any time.

I'm not convinced that this is as efficient as a normal gear system, since it will take power to spin the second shaft.

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Submission + - How the CIA uses Scrum (

Stultsinator writes: "The CIA's Deputy CIO Jill Singer came to the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce to discuss the process they use for evaluating, architecting and implementing their internal IT projects. What was surprising to me was that they use the Scrum methodology extensively."

Comment Re:Why would any one? (Score 1) 210

Of course such insane arrangements with respect to investments lead to a portion of the financial meltdown.

Oh no...

This may be a valid analogy, but I can totally see it getting out of hand.

The Pirate Bay Trial, Prosecutor:
"Your honor, what The Pirate Bay is promoting, in essence, is the same thing that caused the meltdown of financial systems worldwide!" (followed by dubious lines of logic.)


Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do? 1397

jfruhlinger writes "If you use a Unix machine, it probably has a funny name. And if you work in an environment where there are multiple Unix machines, they probably have funny names that are variations on a theme. No, you're not the only one! This article explores the phenomenon, showing that even the CIA uses a whimsical server naming scheme." What are some of your best (worst?) naming schemes?

Google Chrome Is Out of Beta 444

BitZtream writes "This morning Google announced that Chrome is out of Beta, and showing improvements for plugin support, most notably video speed improvements. It also contains an updated javascript engine, claiming that it operates 1.4 times faster than the beta version, and work has begun on an extensions platform to allow easier integration with the browser by third parties."

"I've finally learned what `upward compatible' means. It means we get to keep all our old mistakes." -- Dennie van Tassel