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Submission + - SPAM: NASA network security torched

coondoggie writes: While NASA may be focused on keeping its manned space flight plans intact, apparently it has seriously neglected the security of its networks.

Watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office issued a 53-page report pretty much ripping the space agency's network security strategy stating that NASA has significant problems protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the information and variety of networks supporting its mission centers.
Specifically, NASA did not consistently implement effective controls to prevent, limit, and detect unauthorized access to its networks and systems. The GAO said NASA did not identify and authenticate users; restrict user access to systems; encrypt network services and data; protect network boundaries; and t and monitor computer-related events. The GAO said NASA networks and systems have been successfully targeted by cyber attacks 1,120 times in the past two years. All of this despite the fact that the agency's IT budget in fiscal year 2009 was $1.6 billion, of which $15 million was dedicated to IT security, the GAO stated.
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Submission + - Facial Bones Grown from Fat-derived Stem Cells (

TheClockworkSoul writes: Stem cells so far have been used to mend tissues ranging from damaged hearts to collapsed tracheas. Now the multifaceted cells have proved successful at regrowing bone in humans. In the first procedure of its kind, doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center replaced a 14-year-old boy's missing cheekbones–in part by repurposing stem cells from his own body.

To create the new bones, which have become part of the patient's own skull structure and have remained securely in place for four and a half months, the medical team used a combination of fat-derived stem cells, donated bone scaffolds, growth factors, and bone-coating tissue. The technique, should it be approved for widespread use, could benefit some seven million people in the U.S. who need more bone–everyone from cancer patients to injured war veterans.

Submission + - FCC considers opening up U.S. broadband access

An anonymous reader writes: Hi,

I thought this might be of interest to your readers.

The FCC yesterday, October 14th, opened up public comments on a study
done by Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society about whether
the U.S. should require the telephone and cable companies to open
their networks to competitors so that independant ISPs could begin
offering broadband, much in the way it was done back in the days
of dialup access.

The study found that open-access in virtually every other country "is
playing a central role in current planning exercises throughout the
highest performing countries."

No single FCC issue has been more important, that I can remember, in
the last 5 to 6 years regarding the future of open competition access
to broadband, wireless and cellular networks in this country.

The study finds that open-access to competition was a key component in
virtually every other country with successful broadband:

        "While Congress adopted various open access provisions in the almost
          unanimously-approved Telecommunications Act of 1996, the FCC decided
          to abandon this mode of regulation for broadband in a series of
          decisions in 2001 and 2002. Open access has been largely treated as a
          closed issue in U.S. policy debates ever since."

        "We find that in countries where an engaged regulator enforced open
          access obligations, competitors that entered using these open access
          facilities provided an important catalyst for the development of
          robust competition which, in most cases, contributed to strong
          broadband performance across a range of metrics."

You can read a brief article about the study here:

The study from Harvard can be found here:

The FCC request for comments can be found here:


Dean Brooks
General Manager
IgLou Internet Services, Inc.
Phone 502.966.3848 x1124
Direct 502.815.0366
Fax 502.968.9306

Submission + - Gates proposes waiving royalties on GM seeds (

An anonymous reader writes: Bill Gates spoke at the World Food Symposium today, calling for a renewed Green Revolution and stating his support for genetically modified crops. More importantly: he's proposing that the GM seeds be licensed so that there's no additional cost to farmers. Now, studies show that people tend to value stuff that they have to pay for, but is this going to actually work? Can the big agribusinesses--Monsanto comes to mind--pass up the chance to make a buck off of impoverished African farmers in the interest of Doing the Right Thing? Fascinating stuff. Analysis at but has more play-by-play.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington