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United States

+ - US Military site - Windows only please

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An anonymous reader writes "Editors — please edit this, I failed English (my native language, go figure)
If you have family and friends fighting overseas, you can chat with them courtesy of the US military, as long as you are using Windows that is. For a site intended to be used by mostly non-technical people, you would think they could afford to purchase a signed certificate from a known authority. Sure it's signed by "DOD CLASS 3 CA-7" with SHA1 and MD5 fingerprints, but Mom and Pop go glassy-eyed when I try to explain. The first call I received from my mother-in-law trying to chat with her daughter was "Unable to verify trusted site — what do I do?". Next call was "it doesn't work". OK, Safari doesn't work so on to Firefox. I can log in and change passwords in Firefox, but trying to chat brings up the error "You must use Netscape Navigator 7 or better". OK, download Navigator 9 (comparing apples to apples?) and get the same error. "You are using Netscape Navigator 5, you need Netscape Navigator 7 or better." Wrong, I'm definitely using Navigator 9, which IDs itself as Mozilla/5.0

The application is apparently Java, so what is the big deal? All a worried mother wants to do is chat with her daughter away from home in the desert."
Businesses

+ - Why IT Dept's Must Support Consumer Technologies->

Submitted by
mgoldberg
mgoldberg writes "Users have always struggled with IT departments, but never more so than when it comes to adopting consumer technology—everything from digital cameras to cell phones to IM. But the adoption is inevitable, says CIO.com in How CIOs Can Learn to Love IM Messages, Social Networking Sites and Other Tools of User Empowerment. Corporate IT may focus on their responsibility to consider security, compliance and the impact an application or device has on the company's infrastructure. "IT risks appearing as an inhibitor to innovation, a part of the company that users don't rely on as much as they bypass," says the article. It goes on to advise IT managers how to learn the art of compromise and "to engage users in a constant dialogue about the pluses and minuses of new technologies and to concede that users can share responsibility for choosing and managing business applications." Otherwise, says the author, IT users will turn to their "shadow IT department.""
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Enlightenment

+ - Data center moving day->

Submitted by
johannacw
johannacw writes "Come along for the ups and downs of a law enforcement data center's middle-of-the night move, with tips and lessons learned. There are photos of big, burly guys moving big, burly machines — and eating pizza, of course — and a companion story about Scottrade's spanking new $25 million data center, with redundant power and cooling supplies, among other cool things."
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Portables (Apple)

+ - iPhone may launch on Sprint as well?

Submitted by
Dan
Dan writes "My friend got had this email conversation with a Sprint representative. The rep claims that the Apple iPhone is coming to Sprint in the next 2-3 months (despite being tied to AT&T for the next few years). Is this at all possible? Email Below:

From: Sprint Customer Solutions
To: *email removed*
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2007 12:35:32 PM
Subject: Re: ID# 20070614104801 (KMM34076778I123L0KM)

Dear *name removed*,

Thank you for your reply.

a.) Yes, we are planning to launch Apple iPhones within next 2 to 3 months. As of now we do not have the details about the phones as there are provided by the manufacture and we are still in the process of launching.

I hope that you can understand our limitation in this matter.

b.) The account would be charged $150.00 cancellation fee, if the services on the #*number removed* are cancelled before 10/23/2007.

Thank you for contacting us, and we look forward to serving you.

Damien S.
Business E-Care
Sprint
"Where our customers come first!"

Original Message Follows:

Are you saying that you will also be offering the Apple iphone within the next 2 to 3 months? I was under the impression that AT&T has exclusiviety for the next 2 to 5 years. Please provide me with more information concerning these phones you are going to offer within the next few months.

One additional question, what would the cost be for the *number removed* number to end the contract prior to the 10/23 date?

Thanks in advance,
*name removed*

— Original Message —
From: Sprint Customer Solutions
To: *email removed*
Sent: Sunday, June 17, 2007 10:52:03 AM
Subject: Re: ID# 20070614104801 (KMM34032828I123L0KM)

Dear *name removed*,

Thank you for contacting Sprint. I will be happy to assist you regarding the Subscriber Agreement (contract).

Here are the details of the Subscriber Agreement (contract) on the account:

Number Contract satisfaction date

#*removed* 03/15/2005 (already satisfied)
#*removed* 10/23/2007.

I also glad to inform you that we are planning to launch iPhones. As soon as the handset will be launched, we will inform our customers with high profile promotions an you can expect this within next 2 to 3 months.

Thank you for contacting Sprint, we were happy to assist you. Please feel free to write back if you have any other questions.

Have a great day!

Damien S.
Business E-Care
Sprint
"Where our customers come first!"

Original Message Follows:

================================================== ===========
Customer Name: *name removed*
Sprint PCS Phone Number: *number removed*
Account Number: *number removed*
Form: Ask A Question-Manage
Topic: Other
================================================== ===========
Question: I was wondering when my contract is up so that i can jump over to AT&T for the iphone? Thanks,
*name removed*
================================================== ==========="
The Almighty Buck

+ - Gaming the H-1B process->

Submitted by MonkMonk
MonkMonk (1109741) writes "Lawrence Lebowitz, an attorney at Cohen & Grigsby, explains a method that can be used for hiring foreign workers under the U.S. government's Program Electronic Review Management process. PERM stipulates requirements for placing help wanted ads to fill job vacancies, with the intent of either hiring U.S. workers or showing that no qualified Americans are available.

According to Lebowitz "Our goal is clearly not to find a qualified and interested U.S. worker."

To help employers not find a qualified employee Lawrence and company explain how to disqualify employees using such techniques as:

- Listing many job requirements — If a resume does not list ALL requirements it can be dismissed
- Not listing the Salary — If the candidates salary request is higher than the hidden salary it can be dismissed

If any resumes make it this far they explain how the hiring manager can be used to dismiss them."

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Security

+ - Dep't of Homeland Security hacked->

Submitted by
athloi
athloi writes "The Homeland Security Department, the lead U.S. agency for fighting cyber threats, suffered more than 800 hacker break-ins, virus outbreaks and other computer security problems over two years, senior officials acknowledged to Congress.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070620/ap_on_go_ca_st _pe/dhs_computer_security

I shouldn't laugh..."

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The Courts

+ - Court Rejects RIAA Motion against U. of New Mexico

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NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The federal court in New Mexico has rejected the RIAA's ex parte attempt to get information about University of New Mexico students suspected of copyright infringement through P2P filesharing. In his 3-page decision (pdf), Judge Lorenzo F. Garcia held that there was no reason that the proceeding had to be made ex parte rather than on notice to the affected students, and rejected the RIAA's claim that it would suffer "irreparable harm" if the motion were not granted immediately, saying that "it requires a Coleridgian "suspension of disbelief" to accept that the harm is irreparable, especially when monetary damages can cure any alleged violation. On the other hand, the harm related to disclosure of confidential information in a student or faculty member's Internet files can be equally harmful." He ordered the RIAA to meet and confer with the University of New Mexico's lawyers to work out a procedure for giving prior notice both to the university and to the affected students. He further pointed out that under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, "ex parte proceedings should be the exception, not the rule"."
Operating Systems

+ - Don't become a Linux zombie in the bot army

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "This article focuses specifically on the practical aspects of periodic Linux system auditing based on real-world requirements from a system administrator of a subnet in a large academic network. The lessons learned by this administrator apply to everyone from business intranets to home users who want to prevent their home machine from becoming a zombie in the bot army."
Operating Systems

+ - Mandriva rules out patent agreement with Microsoft

Submitted by Robert
Robert (703254) writes "Franco-Brazilian Linux distributor Mandriva is the latest Linux distributor to rule out the potential of a patent-related interoperability deal with Microsoft, following similar rejections by Red Hat and Ubuntu. While Microsoft has signed up Novell, Xandros, and Linspire to interoperability and patent agreements, Mandriva's chief executive, Francois Bancilhon, has denied that the company he leads will be next. "We don't believe it is necessary for us to get protection from Microsoft to do our job or to pay protection money to anyone," he wrote on the company's corporate blog, adding that while the company was in favor of interoperability, it was not convinced by Microsoft's claims that Linux and open source software infringes 235 of its patents."
Microsoft

+ - MS to change desktop search after Google complaint->

Submitted by
Raver32
Raver32 writes "Microsoft Corp. will make changes to the program that helps Windows Vista users search their hard drives, in response to antitrust complaints from Google Inc., according to a U.S. Justice Department report issued late Tuesday. Google filed a 49-page document with the Justice Department in April claiming Vista's desktop search tool slowed down competing programs, including Google's own free offering, and that it's difficult for users to figure out how to turn off the Microsoft program. Microsoft initially dismissed the allegations, saying regulators had reviewed the program before Vista launched. However, Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, said in an interview last week that the company was willing to make changes if necessary."
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Microsoft

Microsoft Pleads With Consumers to Adopt Vista Now 912

Posted by Zonk
from the our-os-is-so-awesomez dept.
SlinkySausage writes "Microsoft has admitted, in an email to the press, that 'some customers may be waiting to adopt Windows Vista because they've heard rumors about device or application compatibility issues, or because they think they should wait for a service pack release.' The company is now pleading with customers not to wait until the release of SP1 at the end of the year, launching a 'fact rich' program to try to convince them to 'proceed with confidence'. The announcement coincides with an embarrassing double-backflip: Microsoft had pre-briefed journalists that it was going to allow home users to run Vista basic and premium under virtual machines like VMWare, but it changed its mind at the last minute and pulled the announcement."

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