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Comment: Re:Murphy says no. (Score 1) 256

by bmimatt (#47433105) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Also, this is one of these scenarios, where virtualization pays. You can simply spin up a new set of boxes (ideally via puppet,chef, whatever) and cut over to it once the new cluster has been thoroughly tested and tested some more. Human eye watching/managing the cutover still recommended, if not required.

+ - Police ask blogger to remove tweet about Ukip-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "Police have asked a blogger to remove a tweet that fact-checked Ukip policies but did not break any laws after receiving a complaint from a Ukip councillor, prompting concern over attempts to stifle debate.

Michael Abberton was visited by two Cambridgeshire police officers on Saturday. He was told he had not committed any crimes and no action was taken against him, but he was asked to delete some of his tweets, particularly a tongue-in-cheek one on 10 reasons to vote for Ukip, such as scrapping paid maternity leave and raising income tax for the poorest 88% of Britons."

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+ - Should Killer Robots be Banned in Policing?->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "The United Nations will debate the use of killer robots for the first time at the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) this week, but human rights activists are calling for the robots to be banned.

Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic have published a new report entitled "Shaking the Foundations: The Human Rights Implications of Killer Robots", which calls for killer robots to be banned to prevent a potential arms race between countries.

Killer robots, or fully autonomous weapons, do not yet exist but would be the next step after remote-controlled armed drones used by the US military today. Fully autonomous weapons would have the ability to identify and fire on targets without human intervention, putting compliance with international humanitarian laws in doubt.

Among the problems with killer robots highlighted in the report is the risk of criminal liability for a military officer, programmer or weapons manufacturer who created or used an autonomous weapon with intent to kill.

If a robot killed arbitrarily, it would be difficult to hold anyone accountable."

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+ - Why tech activists must become campaign finance reform activists->

Submitted by Funksaw
Funksaw (636954) writes "In a blog post called: 'Why we in tech must support Lawrence Lessig', former Twitter engineer Nathan Marz makes the argument that technological issues, such as net neutrality, broadband monopolies, and extended copyrights, can't be addressed until campaign finance reforms are enacted, and that initiatives such as Lawrence Lessig's Mayday PAC need to be supported. FTA:

This issue is so important and touches so many aspects of our society that I believe it's our duty as citizens to fight for change any way we can. We have to support people who are working day and night on this, who have excellent ideas on how to achieve reform.


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+ - Have you changed your password lately? Does it even matter?->

Submitted by (447981) writes "Do frequent password changes actually matter security wise? Or do they just make us pick the minimum complexity password the system will accept? I want your opinion. In his latest piece, Peter Hansteen wants your opinion on common security enforcement practices and even offers a poll about enforced password changes. Let loose the debate rage!"
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Comment: Plumber-architects (Score 2) 278

by bmimatt (#46876195) Attached to: The Ways Programming Is Hard

The comparison that has been coming to my head, regardless of whether I was self- or otherwise- employed is: coders are the plumbers of the Internet age. Furthermore, we are the electricians, the elevator drivers, the janitors, the security guards, the dealers, the cops, the architects. All generalized comparisons apply, because the Net is a representation of the world. Slightly skewed, a representation nonetheless.
I am proud of the being an Internet plumber and cheers to others who spend their days trying make it work smoothly.

+ - NSA has been exploiting Heartbleed for two years-> 2

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "As people were wondering NSA’s role in Heartbleed, it turned out that the agency was aware of the bug for the last two years and has been exploiting it to spy on people. If the reports are true and NSA was aware of the bug and instead of getting it fixed it let extremely critical info of US citizens exposed to cyber criminals then NSA does need more oversight from the government. NSA is not going to get a very ‘heartwarming’ response from the world for this. We need to start asking our lawmakers (who are more concerned whether they are good sell for Koch Brothers are not) when did ‘putting American’s security at risk became an act of ‘protecting nation’s security’?"
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+ - Yes. The NSA did know about, exploit Heartbleed-> 1

Submitted by squiggleslash
squiggleslash (241428) writes "One question arose almost immediately upon the exposure of Heartbleed (Original Slashdot story), the infamous OpenSSL exploit that can leak confidential information and even private keys to the Internet: Did the NSA know about it, and did they exploit if so? The answer is "Yes". Bloomberg reports that "The agency found the Heartbeat glitch shortly after its introduction, according to one of the people familiar with the matter, and it became a basic part of the agency’s toolkit for stealing account passwords and other common tasks." Some National Security experts are upset about this, given the same flaw could just as easily be used by foreign governments against Americans as vice versa."
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+ - The US nuclear weapons complex in disarray, disrepair, and perhaps dissolution->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Kennette Benedict on the severe problems that plague the US nuclear weapons labs (Sandia, Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, Oak Ridge, etc.). A main issue is the privatization of these labs. As NNSA director Bruce Held put it, 'I don’t think we need national laboratories to aspire to be the low-cost producer of widgets. I don’t think that’s why national laboratories exist...What we need national laboratories for is to take on really hard technical challenges that are facing our nation and our national policymakers—take on high-risk, hard problems that involve too much risk for the private sector to honestly support.' Good read."
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Comment: Re:Citation needed? (Score 2) 61

Furthermore, whatever has been invented/improved this year is that - 'invented' as in 'here already' and if valuable enough, unlikely to disappear anytime soon and the time will come to discuss and dissect. Snowden's revelations, on the other hand, seem to be affecting more people right now than any new inventions that and as such tend to take a larger share of the collective mind share.

God made machine language; all the rest is the work of man.