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Science

Submission + - Hurricane Sandy Is 'Meteorologically Mind-Boggling,' Scientists Say

An anonymous reader writes: Scientists have been following and projecting Sandy's path with all the tools at their disposal: ocean buoys, radar and satellite imagery, and computer modeling. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also gathers information from special reconnaissance aircraft, which fly over hurricanes and can drop instruments into them to measure wind speeds, air pressure, temperature, and altitude. The latest data gathered on Hurricane Sandy point to an unprecedented and mighty tempest, scientists say.
Government

Submission + - What if you could solve the deficit? (publicradio.org) 4

pha7boy writes: As people are wondering if Congress will ever be able to solve the budget/deficit crisis, do they understand the complexities involved in the decision making process? Alternatively, do Tea-Party-ers in Congress understand the impact of cutting programs such as education, research, or healthcare?

The Wilson Center's Science and Technology Innovation program, together with American Public Media created Budget Hero, a web game allowing players to try and balance the budget and solve the deficit problem by making policy choices. While the game might not offer ready made policy solutions, it goes a long way toward explaining the trade-offs one has to make in the quest to reduce the deficit.

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft pays university to use Office 365 (nebraska.edu)

An anonymous reader writes: "Microsoft is providing $250,000 in Business Incentive Funds to help us migrate from Lotus Notes to Office 365. That funding will pay for some consulting and licenses to convert a large percentage of our users from Lotus Notes to Office 365. We will also use that funding to pay for a Microsoft Premier Support agreement covering email and Microsoft Office applications for the entire University. "
Open Source

Submission + - Stealing My Free Code! (wordpress.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: I recently found out that the company I used to work for is removing all the open source licenses (GPL and MIT) from my work and distributing it as proprietary software and taking all the credit despite the fact that they contributed nothing to it. They are even renaming it something really silly. What should I do?
Data Storage

Submission + - Dell To Acquire 3PAR For $1.15B (zacks.com)

rexjoec writes: Dell Inc. signed a definitive agreement to acquire enterprise storage products manufacturer 3PAR Inc.. The deal has been valued at $1.15 billion.
The Internet

Submission + - Internet to run out of IP addresses in 18 months 3

thefickler writes: According to Daniel Karrenberg the chief scientist at RIPE NCC, the organization that issues IP addresses in Europe, the web will run out of IP addressees in 18 months — making harder to add new devices to the Internet. The problem appears to be that companies are being slow to adopt the latest Internet Protocol Addressing Scheme (version 6 (IPv6), which can provide trillions of IP addresses, rather than a measly few billion(iPv4) One wag has implored the IT world to take action on this issue: "Come on, get off the fence and let's get on the Ipv6 bandwagon so that my refrigerator can have its own address!" Glad someone out there really understands just how serious this issue is.

Submission + - Prevent my hosting provider from rooting my server (gnu-designs.com) 3

hacker writes: "I have a heavily-hit public server (web, mail, cvs/svn/git, dns, etc.) that runs a few dozen OSS project websites, as well as my own personal sites (gallery, blog, etc.). From time to time, the server has "unexpected" outages, which I've determined to be the result of hardware, network and other issues on behalf of the provider. I run a lot of monitoring and logging on the server-side, so I see and graph every single bit and byte in and out of the server and applications, so I know it's not the OS itself.

When I file "WTF?" style support tickets to the provider through their web-based ticketing system, I often get the response of "Please provide us with the root password to your server so we can analyze your logs for the cause of the outage." Moments ago, there were 3 simultaneous outages, while I was logged into the server working on some projects. Server-side, everything was fine. They asked me for the root password, which I flatly denied (as I always do), and then they rooted the server anyway, bringing it down and poking around through my logs anyway. This is at least the third time they've done this without my approval or consent.

Is it possible to create a minimal Linux boot that will allow me to reboot the server remotely, come back up with basic networking and ssh, and then from there, allow me to log in and mount the other application and data partitions under dm-crypt/loop-aes and friends?

With sufficient memory and CPU, I could install VMware and run my entire system within a VM, and encrypt that. I could also use UML, and try to bury my data in there, but that's not encrypted. Ultimately, I'd like to have an encrypted system end-to-end, but if I do that, I can't reboot it remotely without entering the password at boot time. Since I'll be remote, that's a blocker for me.

What does the Slashdot community have for ideas in this regard? What other technologies and options are at my disposal to try here (beyond litigation and jumping providers, both of which are on the short horizon ahead)."

Submission + - Linux Media Center Apps?

Bryan Gividen writes: I am looking to turn my quickly-aging Dell Laptop into a Linux Media Center that I will hook up to a flatscreen TV. As a Linux novice, I use Ubuntu and am looking for good applications to make it a complete Media Center. Thing is, I don't know how complete, complete can be. I turn to Slashdot to guide me on everything I should install and any additional hardware I ought to look into.
Education

Submission + - Does your college or university support Linux? 4

yuna49 writes: Lately I have been visiting colleges with my daughter who's a senior in high school. Every school has proudly announced that they support both Windows and Macs, and most of these schools report having about a 50-50 split between the two technologies. However we've been a Linux household for many years now, and my daughter routinely uses a laptop running Kubuntu 9.04. Sometimes I would ask the student tour guide if Linux was supported and was usually met with a blank stare. We're obviously not concerned about whether she can write papers using OpenOffice and Linux. Rather we've been wondering about using other computing services on campus like classroom applications, remote printing, VPNs, or wifi support (nearly all these campuses have ubiquitous wifi). Given the composition of Slashdot's readership, I thought I'd pose the question here. Does your school support Linux? Have you found it difficult or impossible to use Linux in concert with the school's computing services?
Portables

Submission + - Atari 1200XL vs Dell Inspiron: My 1st vs my latest

Bill Kendrick writes: "My first computer was the short-lived 1200XL model of the Atari 8-bit computer line. I finally got ahold of one again, after having to settle with a lesser Atari system. My immediate reaction was: "damn, it's as big as my Dell Inspiron laptop!", and I couldn't resist doing one of those side-by-side comparisons, complete with photos of one system sitting atop the other. (I also put the 1983 storage and speeds in 2009 terms, for the benefit of the youngin's out there.)

While, in many ways, the Atari pales in comparison to the latest technology they cram into laptops, I do get to benefit from SD storage media. It also still boots way faster than Ubuntu on the Dell, has a far more ergonomic keyboard, and is much more toddler-proof."
Software

Submission + - A Painful Lesson about Band-Aids (technologyprofessional.org)

Janneth writes: "The pace of IT operations ensures you will never have an opportunity to go back and clean up a temporary solution if you do not address it while the urgency is still fresh in mind. Removing temporary fixes, workarounds, and band-aids should be part of your problem management procedures for follow-up. I realize this lesson is obvious, but most mistakes are, in fact, simple mistakes; and following standard procedures is one way to minimize them."
Security

Submission + - Obama could soon be able to shut down the internet (worldnetdaily.com) 2

Michael writes: "A pair of bills introduced in the U.S. Senate (773 & 778) by Senator Jay Rockefeller would grant the White House sweeping new powers to access private online data, regulate the cybersecurity industry and even shut down Internet traffic during a declared "cyber emergency. A working draft of the legislation obtained by an Internet privacy group also spells out plans to grant the Secretary of Commerce access to all privately owned information networks deemed to be critical to the nation's infrastructure "without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule or policy restricting such access.""
Spam

Submission + - Outlook Spam Block List

bhenson writes: "As like most people I hate spam. Looking on the internet there are so many spam domains that its hard to keep up on the desktop to block them. I have put together a list of known spam domains to add to your Outlook(R) or email servers black list. you can get this list by going to here Also help us by submitting spam email domains and users to spam@techwhip.com. The list will be updated as the submissions come in."

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