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Submission + - Attacking the Internet's Core (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: There's a commonly held belief that the Internet's predecessor — ARPANET— was originally designed, during the Cold War, to withstand a nuclear attack. While apocryphal, the story illustrates a design goal that has proven invaluable to this day. The Internet is heavily resilient to damage. Due to its decentralized topology, the loss of individual networks, even core pieces of infrastructure, should not bring down the Internet as a whole. Attacks may cause some users to lose connectivity or disrupt the path between two sets of users, but, on the whole, the network survives.

But what if there were an attack that could "kill" the Internet, even temporarily? Recently, a new such attack was devised. Security researchers from the University of Minnesota came up with what they called Coordinated Cross Plane Session Termination (CXPST), a form of DDoS attack designed to cause wide-scale disruption to Internet traffic....More

Submission + - Is Silicon Valley Over? (techcrunch.com)

HaveNoMouth writes: Paul Carr writes in TechCrunch that Silicon Valley is no longer where the real tech innovation is happening. Instead, the valley has filled up with cargo-cult Zuckerclones. Carr describes a recent party where he struck up a conversation with an entrepreneur who claimed he was creating a billion-dollar company:

It was only then I noticed his outfit. Everyone else was in smart-ish jeans and shirts, but the entrepreneur was carefully dressed in a hoodie and a pair of open-toed flip flops. Later investigation would reveal that his 'billion dollar' app was a social network for people with .edu addresses. The secret sauce? The fact that it gave college kids a way to flirt around campus.
Any of this sounding familiar? All he needed to complete the picture was a couple of embittered rowing twins baying for his blood...

Carr says the real tech innovation is happening in places like New York where old media is dying, where people take risks because they have nothing left to lose.

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Submission + - Wikipedia flights with retention of contributors (wikimedia.org) 1

rackeer writes: "According to wikipedia's Editor Trends Study, active contributors are leaving, and new contributors don't stay with the project and make up a continuously smaller share of the total number of contributors. A whitepaper by the wikimedia foundation proposes top priorities based on this study. One of these priorities is the creation of a climate which is positive towards newcomers. What is your opinion of what should change?"

Submission + - Japan May Prioritze Power for Data Centers (datacenterknowledge.com)

miller60 writes: The Japanese government is working to ensure that major data centers have power so that communications services remain available. across the disaster-stricken nation. The current power rationing will require data centers to switch over to backup generators for extended periods of time. Access to diesel fuel may become an issue if the rolling blackouts persist. Equinix said it has contracts that provide priority access to diesel fuel for its Tokyo sites, but acknowledges that priority customers may be competing for limited resources.

Submission + - Atom Smasher: World's First Time Machine? (ibtimes.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "Vanderbilt University researchers say the Large Hadron Collider — a particle accelerator to study the smallest known particles — could be the first machine capable of causing matter to travel backwards in time. This approach to time travel could be used to send messages to the past or the future, they say."

Submission + - 400 Wolves Besiege Remote Russian Village 2

Hugh Pickens writes writes: The Daily Mail reports that a 'super pack' of 400 wolves has been terrifying the remote town of Verkhoyansk (population 1,300) in Northern Russia leaving more than 30 horses dead in just four days as twenty four teams of hunters have been put together with a bounty of $335 for every wolf skin brought to officials. "To protect the town we are creating 24 teams of armed hunters, who will patrol the neighbourhood on snowmobiles and set wolf traps" says district official Stepan Rozhin. "'But we need more people. Once the daylight increases, the hunters will start shooting predators from helicopters." Dr Valerius Geist, a wildlife behaviour expert, says the harsh Siberian winter — where temperatures plummet to minus 49C — is the problem with the cold killing off the animal's usual prey. "Wolves are very careful to choose the most nutritious food source easiest obtained without danger — which in this case happens to be horses," opines Geist. "They will start tackling dangerous prey when they run out of non-dangerous prey."

Submission + - HBGary targets Unions for Chamber of Commerce (thinkprogress.org)

An anonymous reader writes: ThinkProgress has revealed that the same team (HBGary Federal, Palantir, Berico Technologies and lobbying firm Hunton and Williams)
hired to damage Wikileaks on behalf of Bank of America
had been retained by the US Chamber of Commerce to discredit labor unions and activists.
Actions included investigating the families and children of opponents. Meanwhile, HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr bemoans loss of privacy after his emails are hacked and published by Anonymous after he bragged about infiltrating the group.

Submission + - World of Warcraft: my career? (youtube.com)

Nylint writes: I kid you not, I have had dozens of people refer to their game play in the World of Warcraft as a career. I have always scoffed at these guys that the community calls, high-end raiders or top 100 raiders. So, I stumbled upon this film trailer for an upcoming documentary about these very people the other day. My first reaction was awe. It is certainly well researched and the filmmakers have all of the relevant players in the community involved. My second reaction was fear. See, I have been one of these players for 2 years. I am currently in a top ranked guild and we often talk about where we rank and our desire to be in the top
ten. Slowly it began to dawn on me......I have a career in the World of Warcraft.


High Fructose Corn Syrup To Get a Makeover 646

An anonymous reader writes "With its sweetener linked to obesity, some cancers and diabetes, the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) doesn't want you to think 'fructose' when you see high fructose corn syrup in your soda, ketchup or pickles. Instead, the AP reports, the CRA submitted an application to the FDA, hoping to change the name of their top-selling product to 'corn sugar.'"

Submission + - How to provide managed services to Macs? 1

Deviant writes: I work in a MS-focused IT managed services provider to SMEs (some as large as 200 seats). Increasingly we've been getting requests to introduce Macs or even switch to them. Up until now I have accomodated a few here and there — joining them to Active Directory and pointing Entourage at Exchange etc. I had a client whose Macbook Pro I've supported ask why he shouldn't move his whole 50 seat company to Mac Minis or Macbooks. I dismissed it with concerns around how you'd image/deploy and manage that many Macs. His servers are a bit old as well and he mentioned switching to a Mac server which I've never done and the XServe hardware seems a bit lame compared to the HP DL380s I usually use.

My question to those who deal with large fleets of Macs is this — what are the tools of the trade and how is it done? Can you build one image with all the relevant software like MS Office already in it? Is there a Volume Licence Key for that so it doesn't compain if you can? Can you automatically have Entourage set itself up like you can with Windows Office and a PRF? How do you automatically mount network drives and setup printers? How do you deploy software? I've read a bit about the Golden Triangle of having a MS for AD and Exchange and an Apple server with the machines to provide management — is that really necessary? If I went that route would the Mac Mini server be enough if the MS was doing the heavy lifting?

I guess I just want to take a look down the rabbit hole at just how much we'd have to change the way we do business/solutions to roll out solutions that incorporate a large Mac component. We are very comfortable reselling HP ProLiant MS servers and services and does an all/mostly Mac solution on the desktop solution mean that you really just should go with an Apple server and a total change? Even if you went "All Apple" what tools make a Mac network as easy to manage as a well configured Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 one?

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.