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Comment: Standard .gov Notice (Score 1) 365

by kstatefan40 (#45135667) Attached to: Buried In the Healthcare.gov Source: "No Expectation of Privacy"

This is part of a standard notice on .gov/.mil sites:

"This is a protected U.S. government web site and should be accessed by authorized users only. To intentionally cause damage to this website, or to any [agency] electronic facility or data through the knowing transmission of any program, information, code, or command is unlawful.

This system and related equipment are subject to monitoring. Information regarding users may be obtained and disclosed to authorized personnel, including law enforcement authorities, for official purposes. Access to or use of this Web site constitutes consent to these terms."

Comment: Outsourced (Score 2) 761

I can't think of a faster way to send more development jobs to China/India than to unionize. Globalization largely blocks the benefit of unionizing in our industry, whether you are for or against unions is beside the point.

Companies that hire here value a level of service and language skill as a cost of doing business. You start reducing the cost-benefit of that relationship, and they will start shipping more jobs overseas.

Comment: Scumbags (Score 5, Funny) 104

by kstatefan40 (#41553187) Attached to: Recording of Recently Shut-Down Telemarketers In Action

These guys were targeting primarily older users. They called my parents at least 5 times telling them they could tell there were viruses on their machine and that if they didn't pay the fee, the computer would stop working. My mother asked me what she should do, and I told her to get a contact number so she could forward to the Kansas Attorney General.

Phone call went like this:

"Can I get your number so I can send it to the Kansas Attorney General for investigation?"

"What?"

"I need your number so I can send it to the AG."

[someone in the background] "HANG UP! HANG UP NOW!"

Never called back. Problem solved.

Comment: Somewhere, Google is Smiling (Score 4, Funny) 451

by kstatefan40 (#41487261) Attached to: Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes For Maps App, Recommends Alternatives

Steve Jobs must be turning in his grave. It sounds like Mr. Cook failed to learn from Mr. Job's demand for perfection before release. I guess this could be like iPhone v1 not having the copy and paste feature at product launch. Eventually, I wonder if people will get sick of dealing with this kind of attitude from Apple? I did - a long time ago.

Politics

+ - Westboro Baptist Member Runs for KS School Board->

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kstatefan40
kstatefan40 writes "From the Wichita Eagle:

"A Kansas state school board candidate who describes evolution as "Satanic lies" and wants to stop public schools from teaching the theory attends Westboro Baptist, the Topeka church known for anti-gay protests worldwide.

Jack Wu told The Topeka Capital-Journal that he decided to run for the State Board of Education after learning that Democratic incumbent Carolyn Campbell, also from Topeka, would otherwise be unopposed for a second term in the 4th District of eastern Kansas. Campbell supports the state's current science standards, which treat evolution as a well-established, core scientific concept."

It looks like my home state gets to make the news for denying science yet again — but this takes it to a whole new level."

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Security

+ - iTunes Flaw Allowed Spying on Dissidents 3

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Democracy and free speech activists worldwide have something new to worry about — cyberwarfare via iTunes — as the Telegraph reports that Gamma International sells computer hacking services to governments offering "zero day" security flaws, that allows access to target computers "with the ability to take control of the target systems functions to the point of capturing encrypted data and communications." FinFisher spyware, known to be used by British agencies and offered to Egypt’s feared secret police, takes advantage of an unencrypted HTTP request that is filed by iTunes when Apple Software Updater is inactive redirecting users' web browsers to a customized web page that pretends Flash is not installed on the user's computer then installing a sophisticated piece of spyware that sends info on a user's activities directly to foreign intelligence services. The latest iTunes software update, 10.5.1, released on November 14 appears to have fixed the exploit FinFisher used after a prominent security researcher warned Apple about this dangerous vulnerability in mid-2008, yet Apple "waited more than 1,200 days to fix the flaw,” writes security researcher Brian Krebs. "The disclosure raises questions about whether and when Apple knew about the Trojan offering, and its timing in choosing to sew up the security hole in this ubiquitous software title.""
Twitter

+ - KS Governor Sends Tweeting Teen to Principal's Off->

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kstatefan40
kstatefan40 writes "According to the Wichita Eagle, A Kansas teenager is in trouble after mocking Gov. Sam Brownback during a mock legislative assembly for high school students. During the session, in which Brownback addressed the group, Sullivan posted on her personal Twitter page: “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot” On Tuesday, Sullivan was called to her principal’s office and told that the tweet had been flagged by someone on Brownback’s staff and reported to organizers of the Youth in Government program. The principal “laid into me about how this was unacceptable and an embarrassment,” Sullivan said. “He said I had created this huge controversy and everyone was up in arms about it and now he had to do damage control.

This has a nice big brother feel to it."

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Idle

+ - Kansas Governor Appoints CIO with Degree from Fake->

Submitted by kstatefan40
kstatefan40 (922281) writes "The Topeka Capital-Journal is reporting that Kansas Governor Sam Brownback appointed Jim Mann as Chief Information Officer this week (with a salary of $155,000), and noticed that Mr. Mann listed his education B.S. in Business Administration from a degree mill called the University of Devonshire. "The school, according to a 2002 article by Wired, was owned by American residents in Romania, used mailing address in the United Kingdom, printed materials in Israel and banked in Cyprus. One estimate placed at 70,000 the number of degrees sold in the United States by their University Degree Program doing business as University of Devonshire and a series of other names." A spokeswoman for Governor Brownback said the decision by Brownback to hire Mann wasn't based on Mann's scholarly performance with the distance learning university.

A college degree isn't everything in IT, but this just seems like a really bad idea."

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Comment: Re:Stoll's "Cuckoo's Egg" has some great anecdotes (Score 1) 90

by kstatefan40 (#36630812) Attached to: Early UNIX Contributor Robert Morris Dead at 78
Cliff- I'm another person who has you to thank for getting me into the security field through your book. I'm 21 now, just getting ready to finish up my undergrad in Information Assurance. I was working as a web developer at an internet security firm in high school when my boss, an old Unix hacker, suggested your book to me. It got me hooked and I haven't ever looked back. Appreciate your insight into Mr. Morris's life. He laid the foundation for all of us. Thanks for jumping in. Tyler

Comment: Fort Hays State University (Score 3, Informative) 428

by kstatefan40 (#33040284) Attached to: Your Online Education Experience?
Take a look at the Department of Informatics at Fort Hays State University - you can take all of the courses (at both undergrad and graduate level) online to complete a degree. It is not one of those curriculum sets you can just ace - it is a challenging set of courses which encompass internetworking, web development, media studies, and information assurance. You can pick your specific concentration, but you will still get to see a little bit of everything. This is one of the best programs in the country for updated networking and web curriculum. It is both a Cisco Networking Academy and an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance. You can work toward you CCNA/CCNP/CISSP if that is the direction you'd like to take, or you can work toward an advanced degree in web development. I know these classes are quality because I have taken them - the internetworking series of classes were the most difficult classes I have ever taken. I loved the challenge and the connections you gain with classmates from around the world are invaluable. http://www.fhsu.edu/informatics/ Thanks for posting and good luck!
Crime

Geologists Might Be Charged For Not Predicting Quake 375

Posted by timothy
from the google-will-no-doubt-be-found-at-fault dept.
mmmscience writes "In 2009, a series of small earthquakes shook the region of L'Aquila, Italy. Seismologists investigated the tremors, but concluded that there was no direct indication of a big quake on the horizon. Less than a month later, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake killed more than 300 people. Now, the chief prosecutor of L'Aquila is looking to charge the scientists with gross negligent manslaughter for not predicting the quake."

Comment: Re:ya right (Score 1) 135

by kstatefan40 (#32530510) Attached to: New Declassification Process To Open 400 Million Pages of Records
I think you forget that the government just declassified portions of COMINT and SIGINT documents dating back to 1933. These documents were the precursor to the NSA run by the US Army Signal Corps. In the case of cryptographic information, 25 years is an awfully short period. I found many of the documents that were declassified from '33 to contain tons of extremely interesting and historically valuable information.
The Courts

+ - Seizure of MLB Players' Drug Tests Ruled Illegal->

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kstatefan40
kstatefan40 writes "CNN is covering [CNN.com] a recent ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals against federal investigators who seized drug test records on 104 Major League Baseball players in 2004. From the article, "The appeals court's decision says such a standard for computer searches would be dangerous to everyone's privacy as protected by the Constitution's Fourth Amendment. 'Seizure of, for example, Google's e-mail servers to look for a few incriminating messages could jeopardize the privacy of millions,' wrote the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges. The judges noted that 'some players appear to have already suffered this very harm as a result of the government's seizure.'" The warrant was for 10 players records, but since 104 were in plain site, they took those too. This is good news for everyone who has information stored on servers around the world."
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Image

A Unique Environmental Policy to Deal With Fraudulent Customers 7

Posted by samzenpus
from the the-customer-is-sometimes-right dept.
kstatefan40 writes "Hosting company WebHostingBuzz introduced a unique environmental policy this weekend, calling for executives at the company to use fraudulent complaints as toilet paper and donating $100 to the International Tree Foundation to apologize for the abuse of such precious resources by customers who fraudulently file complaints against their company. The story goes back a few weeks, but it ended with WHB CEO Matt Russell telling a fraudulent customer who filed a complaint against with the BBB, 'Cool. I look forward to tearing it up and wiping my ass with the piece of paper.' Read and enjoy the entire exchange."

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