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+ - An Anonymous, Verifiable E-Voting Tech-> 1

Submitted by Kilrah_il
Kilrah_il (1692978) writes "After the recent news items about the obstacles facing E-voting systems, many of us feel it is not yet time for this technology. A recent TED talk by David Bismark unveiled a proposal for a new E-voting technology that is both anonymous and verifiable. I am not a cryptography expert, but it does seem interesting and possibly doable."
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Comment: Hardware As A Service (HAAS) (Score 1) 606

by ers81239 (#33934056) Attached to: Generic PCs For Corporate Use?

DoD Acquisitions has a focus on 'performance oriented' contracting. They suggest you buy things the way you buy managed servers at a server farm like So, you could try to let a contract for the use of 1000PCs for 2 years and specify downtime, replacement, and repair measures. Offer the contractor rewards for exceeding the minimum requirements and penalties for not.

I think the idea applies pretty well here. I wonder how it would work. I'd call it HAAS - Hardware as a Service.

Linux Business

+ - Keeping up with security requirements in Linux.

Submitted by ers81239
ers81239 (94163) writes "I've recently become a Linux administrator within the Department of Defense. I am surprised to find out that the DoD actually publishes extensive guidance on minimum software versions. I guess that isn't so surprising, but the version numbers are. Kernel 2.6.30, ntp 4.2.4p7-RC2, openssl 9.8k and the openssh to match, etc. The surprising part is that these are very fresh versions which are not included in many distributions. We use SUSE Enterprise quite a bit, but even openSUSE factory (their word for unstable) doesn't have these packages. Tarballing on this many systems is nightmare and even then some things just don't seem to work. I don't have time to track down every possible lib/etc/opt/local/share path that different packages try to use by default. I think that this really highlights the tradeoffs of stability and security.

I have called Novell to ask about it. When vulnerabilities are found in software, they backport the patches into whatever version of the software they are currently supporting. The problem here is that doesn't give me a guarantee that the backport fixes the problem for which this upgrade is required (My requirements say to install version x or higher). There is also the question of how quickly they are providing the backports.

I'm hoping that there are 100's of DoD Linux administrators reading this who can bombard me with solutions. How do you balance security with stability?"

Comment: Re:Yes! (Score 2, Interesting) 345

by ers81239 (#28323243) Attached to: Are Code Reviews Worth It?

I just want to highlight your second point. I believe that THE most important thing gained from code reviews is the spreading knowledge and gaining understanding. New development is always great, but most programming is maintaining/fixing/improving existing projects. A code review is a great way to really learn about code readability. You actually get to see other people read your code and you get to read other people's code. All of this code is fresh in someone's mind so it can be explained, and how to make it more readable can be discussed. I learned a ton about writing maintainable code at my first job where we did regular code reviews.

On the more technical side, often once the code is discussed much simpler ways to solve the problem is discovered. It isn't about the individual bug fixes/improvements that can come from a code review. Its really a way to improve your programmers.


+ - AMD 690 Series IGP Chipset Launched

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (666) writes "AMD has taken the wraps off their first product in the chipset arena since the acquisition of ATI last year. Here is a preview look at AMD's new 690 series chipset with integrated Radeon X1200 graphics. Poised at taking on NVIDIA's long since mature nForce 430 chipset, AMD has provided a competitive new offering in the IGP space it seems. The RS690's integrated Radeon X1250 sports a 400MHz, 128-Bit graphics engine, is Direct X9 compatible and has a maximum resolution of 2048x1536 with 32-Bit color. In addition, both VGA and HDMI outputs can run independently and its HDMI interface supports the 1.2 specification as well as HDCP 1.1."

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.