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+ - Monty Montgomery: Next-Next Generation Video: Introducing Daala->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Xiph.Org has been working on Daala, a new video codec for some time now, though Opus work had overshadowed it until just recently. With Opus finalized and much of the mop-up work well in hand, Daala development has taken center stage.

I've started work on 'demo' pages for Daala, just like I've done demos of other Xiph development projects. Daala aims to be rather different from other video codecs (and it's the first from-scratch design attempt in a while), so the first few demo pages are going to be mostly concerned with what's new and different in Daala.

I've finished the first 'demo' page (about Daala's lapped transforms), so if you're interested in video coding technology, go have a look!

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+ - There Just Aren't Enough IT Security Experts->

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CowboyRobot writes: "There are approximately 67,000 cyber security jobs in the U.S., 50,000 of which require a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, according to public statements by Matt Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies. During the past two years, the number of jobs posted that require CISSPs rose from 19,000 to more than 29,000, a pace the industry can't possibly match, Sigelman said. CISSP certification requires a minimum of five years of active security work in one of 10 specific security disciplines, according to ISC 2, Inc., which administers the certification."
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+ - New site reads+evaluates the ToS so you dont have to->

Submitted by mork
mork writes: Not that anyone reads the small print in the terms of service anyway, but now a new web site does this for you ( They evaluate the terms to see what rights they claim over your usage. The goal is to give users control over their valuable user data and privacy. The site holds peer-reviewed summaries of many social media sites and is working on expanding its evaluations. The work gets released as free software and open data.
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+ - Egypt flips internet kill switch; could the U.S.?->

Submitted by mykos
mykos writes: Human rights and government control are on a crash course in today's world. How much power do governments get when push comes to shove? Do they have the power to cut your entire nation off from the rest of the world? Senators Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins have proposed the "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act". But from whom are they protecting cyberspace? Egypt is answering this question for themselves right now.
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Comment: Renesys data on the Egypt IPSs BGP withdrawal (Score 2) 840

by mork (#35030774) Attached to: Egypt Shuts Off All Internet Access

Renesys reports that the big four ISPs in Egypt have withdrawn approximately 3,500 individual BGP routes, leaving no valid paths by which to reach the rest of the world. One of the very few exceptions to this block has been Noor Group.


+ - Record companies lose, artists gain->

Submitted by mork
mork writes: A recent MSc thesis from two students at Norwegian School of Management show that after 10 years of digitalization of music, the average (Norwegian) musician's income has increased by 66%. As a group, the only losers in digital music seems to be the record companies. The musicians' income increase is due to increased income from concerts, various collection agencies and stipends from the government in the period from 1999 to 2009. During the same period, record sales have decreased by about 50%. The fall in income from record sales is less important for the musicians, however, since, on average, they only receive 15% of record sales, whereas they receive on average 50% from concerts and 80% from collection agencies (who collects provisions from radio play and other uses of the artists' productions.). The thesis also shows that the fall in record sales also means that record companies are becoming less important as launchpads for new artists, and that records to a larger degree become "business cards" — i.e., a marketing tool — to attract audiences to concerts.
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Comment: Auditing (Score 1) 209

by mork (#28207123) Attached to: Should Auditors Be Liable For Certifications?

Auditors check that the company have security policies, that they have proper procedures and that these have been followed in the past. There is obviously no guarantee that the employees in the company will continue to follow the security procedures, just because they have done so in the past. Security breaches usually occur because someone failed to follow procedure.

Security standards and audits give the company assurance that they have reduced the chance of security breaches as much as possible. However , you can NEVER certify any system as "secure".
Audits usually control access and change procedures for systems and verify that there are controls and procedures that have been followed up to that point in time.

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+ - Countdown To NASA's Kepler Mission->

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Adam Korbitz
Adam Korbitz writes: "NASA's planet-hunting Kepler mission is set to launch late on the evening of March 6th. A few days ago the space telescope arrived in Florida for final launch preparations.

According to the NASA/JPL Planet Quest website:

NASA's Kepler spacecraft, scheduled to launch in March on a journey to search for other Earths, has arrived in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Kepler will hunt for planets using a specialized one-meter diameter telescope called a photometer to measure the small changes in brightness caused by the transits.

Over a four-year period, Kepler will continuously view an amount of sky about equal to the size of a human hand held at arm's length or about equal in area to two "scoops" of the sky made with the Big Dipper constellation.

A map of the area Kepler will search is shown above superimposed on a photograph of the constellation Cygnus, The Swan. More information on the Kepler Field of View can be found here.

NASA has posted a countdown clock for Kepler, as well as animations of the spacecraft mission and the science objectives.


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