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+ - Middle school students best their teachers with social engineering

Submitted by lukej
lukej (252598) writes "In Ketchikan, Alaska a small group of unidentified students gained access to school owned computers by using phishing techniques on their teachers. The then used the elevated access to remotely control their peers computers.

Fortunately the school administrators seem to have a taken a realistic and pragmatic viewpoint of the situation, although no official punishment has yet been determined.

"Kids are being kids," (Principal) Robinson said, adding that he was surprised something like this had not already occurred. "They're going to try to do what they try to do. This time we found out about it."

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Science

+ - Tour of the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Lab->

Submitted by lukej
lukej (252598) writes "Over eleven years ago, the possibility of using the retired Homestake Mine as an underground science laboratory was first proposed.
Today the local newspaper gives a science-filled tour of that facility, along with a short photo tour, and decent descriptions of some of the experiments it hosts (Majorana, LUX, Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment). Some fairly interesting deep, dirty, and real physical science!"

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IT

+ - Choose your own adventure: IT Job Titles-> 4

Submitted by lukej
lukej (252598) writes "A few years back, the somewhat un-managed and arbitrary nature of IT job titles was covered here on Slashdot (I suspect not much has changed since then.) However, I am now in the unique position of my Director asking for my opinion on a new job title. Being generous, he wants to to help me assure that HR properly classifies and compensates me, as well as a nod to my resume/CV and potential future employment.

So, beyond my personal situation, has IT made any progress on standardized or uniform job titles (and associated compensation)? A couple of quick searches yielded some mediocre results.

There are several journalistic articles out there about 'best paying job titles' ... but I'm simply not a Business Continuity Analyst or a Senior Design Architect. In reality, I manage the Systems Administrators and Network Engineers of a small IT department. As such, my current inclination is the boring, and nondescript option of "IT Systems Manager". Any suggestions for something better?"

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Idle

+ - US Navy sells Skunk Works ship->

Submitted by lukej
lukej (252598) writes "Springtime is when many Americans might consider purchasing a new boat, and if you are in the market for a 118 foot long ex-Navy stealth boat, you are in luck! The GSA has listed the Sea Shadow (IX-529) as up for sale, with a respectable starting price of $10,000USD. Probably not a bad price for a ship that cost $50M and was used sparingly 1983-1993, even if it is almost 30years old."
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+ - Recommeded Serial Port Servers?->

Submitted by lukej
lukej (252598) writes "Over a year ago the fate of Serial was debated . At my work, within our small data center, we have the usual collection of misc IT gear (Cisco, SANs, SUNs, etc) that ALL still have serial ports, and that leads me to believe Serial is here to stay. So, what do those of you in the professional IT field recommend when it comes to networked serial port servers (or aggregators)? . Personally, I'm partial to the few old Digi Portservers we have for functionality (but haven't tried other vendors). However, I have a hard time overcoming the price-per-port costs for this obviously 'simple' protocol and hardware, or justify hanging a serial port server in every rack. Is there a cheaper solution, and if not what is the best commercial product available?"
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Security

+ - Web and Content filtering recommendations? 2

Submitted by lukej
lukej (252598) writes "So it's clear everyone here dislikes content filtering, but there are few discussions on how to do it well.
Clearly, some of us in IT are tasked to provide filtering for a variety of reasons, including bandwidth control, compliance, pseudo-HR, etc.

I think the available options are mostly clear: Classic appliance based filters, or the newer 'cloud' solutions, Blacklists/whitelists vs. heuristics, Per user/machine control, and broad policies, Reporting and statistics, etc.

For the record, right now we're using DansGuardian/Squid, and, as always, looking for experiences and suggestions."
NASA

+ - X-38 space plane up for auction->

Submitted by lukej
lukej (252598) writes "NASA is selling mock up of an X-38 Space Plane (Wikpedia). Located at Johnson Space Center (Houston,TX), the space agency is disposing of now canceled project via the GSA Auctions site (sorry, no direct link). While not a functional Crew Return Vehicle (CRV), like the currently used Soyuz, it is quite a bit cheaper, with a current bid of ~$5000. The item description:

(7285S001) MODEL, X-38 MOCKUP W/BASE, MFR:UNKNOWN, MDL:UNKNOWN, DIMENSIONS: 24FT X 16FT X 8FT, WEIGHT: 2700 LBS, MODEL IS SPLIT IN TWO (2) SECTIONS, STRAPS SHOWN IN PICTURES ARE NOT INCLUDED. REPAIRS REQUIRED-ADDITIONAL DEFICIENCIES UNKNOWN **WINNING BIDDER RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING SUFFICIENT MANPOWER AND/OR EQUIPMENT NECESSARY TO REMOVE THIS ITEM**
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Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun CEO enters flamewar with Network Appliance

Submitted by lukej
lukej (252598) writes "With pending litigation on ever popular software patents, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz is blogging about his company's differences with Network Appliance. In his personal take on the situation, Schwartz attempts to closely ally Sun with it's former competition of Open Source. Including the inciteful comment: "...a common misconception among proprietary companies — that you can unfree, free. You cannot.". He also throws out a few other tid bits, including expalaning the Apple/Sun/ZFS relationship and the use of the filesystem in OS X Leopard."
Wireless Networking

+ - Latest promise of in-flight Wifi, from Alaska Air->

Submitted by lukej
lukej (252598) writes "Alaska Airlines announced (more links) it will be the latest of the US domestic carriers to promise wifi+Internet access on all of it's planes. They join a on-again, off-again technology/industry partnership, including the likes of Boing, Quantas, US Air, JetBlue, Lufthansa, and probably others.
Alaska plans to debut Row44's combination satellite/802.11 system on it's Boing 737s, "...the service is intended to work on all its routes, which include flights within the lower 48 states and to Alaska, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. If it works, Alaska may add the service to all 114 of its aircraft."."

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United States

+ - Abaondoned Mine chosen for Deep Underground Lab

Submitted by lukej
lukej (252598) writes "The abandoned Homestake Gold Mine has been chosen as the prefered site for a NSF deep underground laboratory. Google News has plenty of AP coverage, and the local paper has a nice 3d graphic. While the NSF rounds up funding for large astrophysics and biology experiments, the announcement has released millions of dollars in funding for preparatory work. One of the first tasks will be pumping out 3000 feet of water to access the 8000 foot level."
United States

+ - Diebold flops in Alaska

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lukej writes "From the Anchorage Daily News: During yesterday's preliminary and ballot measure election across Alaska, Diebold built voting machines failed to 'phone home' causing a hand recount. As a party spokesperson said:
"I can say there are many systematic problems with Diebold machines that have been identified in many contexts," Brown said.
Additionally, the State itself has mandated some hand counts of all electronic results, and the Demcratic Party is simply suggesting voters request paper voting."
United States

+ - Diebold flops in Alaska

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lukej writes "During yesterday's preliminary and ballot measure election across Alaska, Diebold built voting machines failed to 'phone home' causing a hand recount. As a party spokesperson said:
"I can say there are many systematic problems with Diebold machines that have been identified in many contexts," Brown said.
Additionally, the State itself has mandated some hand counts of all electronic results, and the Demcratic Party is simply suggesting voters request paper voting."

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