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Comment: Cybersecurity is hard (Score 2) 71

by iritant (#44469143) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Cyber Insurance. Solution Or Snake Oil?
And here is a great article from researcher Rainer Bohme that explains why it's hard. It's a fairly technical paper, but one big issue is that insurance companies operate on a reserve that assumes catastrophic events are bounded, perhaps by region. That's not the case with correlated cyber-risks. This is explained in Section 3.

+ - Anonymous Declares War on US->

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Hkibtimes writes "Anonymous has uploaded a video declaring war on the US government. In a round of hectic online activity that saw the group hacking many intergovernmental websites, the online hacker community seems to have come on its own to make their latest announcement declaring war on the US administration declared as "Operation V"."
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Prince Says Internet Is Over 450 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the it-was-fun-while-it-lasted dept.
the_arrow writes "According to the artist currently known as Prince, 'The internet's completely over.' At least that what he says in an interview with the British newspaper Mirror. Quoting Prince: 'The internet's like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can't be good for you.'"

CERT Releases Basic Fuzzing Framework 51

Posted by timothy
from the this-field-cannot-be-left-blank dept.
infoLaw passes along this excerpt from Threatpost: "Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Emergency Response Team has released a new fuzzing framework to help identify and eliminate security vulnerabilities from software products. The Basic Fuzzing Framework (BFF) is described as a simplified version of automated dumb fuzzing. It includes a Linux virtual machine that has been optimized for fuzz testing and a set of scripts to implement a software test."

Shuttle Reentry Over the Continental US 139

Posted by kdawson
from the boom-boom dept.
TheOtherChimeraTwin notes that the shuttle Discovery will land at Kennedy Space Center on Monday morning at 8:48 EDT. The craft will make a rare "descending node" overflight of the continental US en route to landing in Florida. Here are maps of the shuttle's path if is lands on orbit 222 as planned, or on the next orbit. says: " takes the shuttle about 35 minutes to traverse the path shown... Observers in the northwestern USA will see the shuttle shortly after 5 am PDT blazing like a meteoric fireball through the dawn sky. As Discovery makes its way east, it will enter daylight and fade into the bright blue background. If you can't see the shuttle, however, you might be able to hear it. The shuttle produces a sonic double-boom that reaches the ground about a minute and a half after passing overhead."

SolarPHP 1.0 Released 125

Posted by timothy
from the something-new-under-the-sun dept.
HvitRavn writes "SolarPHP 1.0 stable was released by Paul M. Jones today. SolarPHP is an application framework and library, and is a serious contender alongside Zend Framework, Symphony, and similar frameworks. SolarPHP has in the recent years been the cause of heated debate in the PHP community due to provocative benchmark results posted on Paul M. Jones' blog."

Comment: Re:Ill bet this will happen (Score 1) 467

by iritant (#30888308) Attached to: IPv4 Free Pool Drops Below 10%, Allocated

I don't know who in Cisco your SP has been speaking with, but even within Cisco opinions vary. What we would probably all agree, however, is that people should pay attention to what is going on with v4 run-out, and particularly service providers, whose very growth has been tied to their unhindered ability to get address space.

How customers should react, however, is a far more complex matter that requires thoughtful consideration.

(not speaking for Cisco but myself).


Sherlock Holmes and the Copyright Tangle 290

Posted by kdawson
from the making-lawyers'-eyes-roll dept.
spagiola passes along a New York Times piece on the copyright travails of Sherlock Holmes. "At his age [123 years], Holmes would logically seem to have entered the public domain. But not only is the character still under copyright in the United States, for nearly 80 years he has also been caught in a web of ownership issues so tangled that Professor Moriarty wouldn't have wished them upon him."

Comment: I don't buy the premise, just yet (Score 4, Interesting) 812

by iritant (#24908965) Attached to: Why Is the Internet So Infuriatingly Slow?

This report is perhaps based on a false premise. While it may be true that 5% of all the users are using 50% of the bandwidth, that's only because the rest of us aren't as demanding. Were we so demanding, TCP, which is what most of the world runs on, would provide more of a fair share. It wouldn't be perfect, mind you, but particularly with WFQ, if you're using more there is a larger chance that your traffic will drop. This doesn't hold true with UDP-based applications that are less friendly to the network.

Also, where is that 50% measured? Is it on peering points or is it at the access point? If it's at the access point then (A) it could be p2p traffic that never transits a backbone and (B) some of that traffic could be dealt with by making arrangements with content providers like Akamai to bring the content closer.

The Internet

Handling Flash Crowds From Your Garage 74

Posted by kdawson
from the to-scale-or-not-to-scale dept.
slashdotmsiriv writes "This paper from Microsoft Research describes the issues and tradeoffs a typical garage innovator encounters when building low-cost, scalable Internet services. The paper is a more formal analysis of the problems encountered and solutions employed a few months back when Animoto, with its new Facebook app, had to scale by a factor of 10 in 3 days. In addition, the article offers an overview of the current state of utility computing (S3, EC2, etc.) and of the most common strategies for building scalable Internet services."

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.