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Submission + - NSA Firing 90% of it's Sysadmins (rt.com)

sl4shd0rk writes: Director of the NSA, Keith Alexander, has decided that the best way to
prevent illegal activity, or rather be witness to it, is to reduce the number of ears and eyes involved. During a monolog at a cybersecurity conference in New York this week, Alexander revealed his plans to cut 90% of the System Administration workforce at the NSA. "What we're in the process of doing — not fast enough — is reducing our system administrators by about 90 percent," he said. Alluding to an issue of mistrust, Alexander further clarified: "At the end of the day it's about people and trust...if they misuse that trust they can cause huge damage.". Apparently, breaking the law and lying about it leaves one without a sense of irony when speaking in public.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Viable Alternative to Lavabit 1

rizole writes: As we learnt earlier today, Lavabit, an encrypted email provider, was shut down by it's owner. Pointing a finger that the US Government he writes:

I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.

What alternative email provider would you recommend Edward Snowden now gets an account with?

AMD

AMD One-Ups Intel With Cheap Desktop Chips 362

CWmike writes "Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday announced inexpensive desktop microprocessors with up to six cores to put pricing pressure on rival Intel. AMD's new chips include the fastest AMD Phenom II X6 1075T six-core processor, which is priced 'under $250' for 1,000 units, AMD said. AMD also introduced a range of dual-core and quad-core Athlon II and Phenom II desktop microprocessors priced between $76 and $185. By comparison, Intel's cheapest six-core processor is the Core i7-970 processor, which is priced at $885 per 1,000 units, according to a price list on Intel's website."
HP

Submission + - POTUS Aware of H-1B Abuse Since '93

theodp writes: In conjunction with Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination, memos that arrived in her inbox while serving as a Clinton White House policy adviser were released. A number shed light on how the administration's H-1B visa policy unfolded. Despite reports of H-1B abuse dating back to 1993, the Clinton White House ultimately gave ground on a push for visa reform, abandoning a plan to 'call industry's bluff re: their shortage of really highly skilled and desirable workers'. Instead, 'significant compromises' were made that boosted visa limits and exempted 'companies such as Microsoft, Intel, and HP' from attesting to making an effort to recruit U.S. workers.
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Submission + - XHTML 2 Cancelled (w3.org)

Jake Lazaroff writes: "According to the W3 News Archive, the charter for the XHTML2 Working Group—set to expire on December 31st, 2009—will not be renewed. What does this mean? XHTML2 will never be a W3C recommendation, so get on the HTML 5 bandwagon now. According to the XHTML FAQ, however, the W3C does "plan for the XML serialization of HTML to remain compatible with XML." Looks like with HTML 5, we'll get the best of both worlds."

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