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+ - Truth and lies about ESD->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "The discussion started on Reddit’s section devoted to networking with this question: “Has anyone here ever destroyed anything via ESD (electrostatic discharge)?” Yes they have. Network Work culled a few of the more colorful anecdotes, and readers there added some of their own. It was also noted that not every claim of ESD-related damage is to be taken at face value: “Most failures claimed to be ESD-related are probably covers for something else.” Most? Probably?"
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+ - Watching a 'Swatting' Slowly Unfold->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "That online gamers have been victimized has unfortunately allowed us to see what “swatting” looks like from the perspective of the target: terrifying and potentially deadly. A similar type of criminally unnecessary SWAT scene played out Saturday night when a caller to police in Hopkinton, Mass., claimed to be holed up in the town’s closed public library with two hostages and a bomb. The library stands within eyesight of the starting line for the Boston Marathon. An editor for Network World, there by happenstance, watched for two hours, and, while it was a hoax and no one was hurt, his account highlights the disruption and wastefulness these crimes inflict."
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+ - RSA Conference Bans 'Booth Babes"->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "In what may be a first for the technology industry, RSA Conference 2015 next month apparently will be bereft of a long-controversial trade-show attraction: “booth babes.” New language in its exhibitor contract, while not using the term 'booth babe," leaves no doubt as to what type of salesmanship RSA wants left out of its event. Says a conference spokeswoman: “We thought this was an important step towards making all security professionals feel comfortable and equally respected during the show.”"
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+ - Oldest dot-com address turning 30->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "On March 15, 1985, Symbolics, Inc, maker of Lisp computers, registered the Internet’s first dot-com address: Symbolics.com. Sunday will mark the 30th anniversary of that registration. And while Symbolics has been out of business for years, the address was sold in 2009 for an undisclosed sum to a speculator who said: “For us to own the first domain is very special to our company, and we feel blessed for having the ability to obtain this unique property." Today there’s not much there there."
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+ - Antiquated 'Pole Box' Net Beats 911 on Fire Call->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "Two Canton, Mass., teenagers spot a building on fire Saturday night. One calls 911 and the other pulls a nearby “pole box.” Canton police report how that went: “Care to venture a guess on what worked the quickest? If you said the ‘pole box’ you are correct! Although numerous 911 calls did eventually come in reporting the fire, the Canton Fire Department was already enroute because those old boxes communicate directly with Canton Fire Alarm.” Score one for old-school tech."
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+ - 'Namifying' Continues Unabated->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "Someone has actually kept count of the number of startups that have chosen to “namify” their company’s moniker by slapping an “ify” at the end of an ordinary word, a practice made most famous by Spotify. The count: 337 since 2007 and 73 so far this year. “I don't know how aware founders are of this pattern or how it's been ridiculed,” says Chris Johnson, the Seattle-based branding consultant doing the counting."
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+ - Guilty plea in Google Maps-related murder->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "Ex-Cisco engineer Brad Cooper, whose first-degree murder conviction for the 2008 strangulation slaying of his wife Nancy was overturned last year based on disputed Google Maps search evidence, today pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Cooper will be sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison and has agreed to allow the adoption of his two young daughters by Nancy Cooper’s sister. In addition to the disputed Google Maps evidence, prosecutors in the initial trial had alleged that Cooper, a VoIP expert, may have borrowed a Cisco 3825S router from his employer in order to fake a phone call from his wife to him after she was already dead. The router was never found."
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+ - Butt-dialing 911 has led to a number of arrests->

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netbuzz (955038) writes "A Tennessee man is facing minor criminal charges after his butt-dialing 911 allowed police to overhear a restaurant conversation in which he allegedly discussed visiting a drug dealer. And while this may seem like an unlikely scenario it turns out that such accidental dialing to the authorities has led to quite a few overheard conversions and quite a few arrests, some for serious crimes."
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+ - Wikipedia reports 50 links from Google 'forgotten'->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "The Wikimedia Foundation this morning reports that 50 links to Wikipedia from Google have been removed under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” regulations, including a page about a notorious Irish bank robber and another about an Italian criminal gang. “We only know about these removals because the involved search engine company chose to send notices to the Wikimedia Foundation. Search engines have no legal obligation to send such notices. Indeed, their ability to continue to do so may be in jeopardy. Since search engines are not required to provide affected sites with notice, other search engines may have removed additional links from their results without our knowledge. This lack of transparent policies and procedures is only one of the many flaws in the European decision.”"
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+ - One way to assure SysAdmin Day appreciation->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "Friday is the 15th annual SysAdmin Appreciation Day and one IT department at a Florida credit union has not been shy about rectifying what it considers to be an underwhelming acknowledgement from co-workers last year. Posters featuring their pictures and scattered throughout the workplace spell it out thusly: “So appreciate an IT person (Friday) and we may allow you to use your computer tomorrow.”"
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+ - Y2K bug sends draft notices to 14,000 born in 1800s->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "And you thought you’d never hear about the Y2K bug again. So did the families of some 14,000 Pennsylvania men who were born in the 1800s yet recently received draft notices from the Selective Service. The snafu originated with a Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles database that uses two-digit dates to represent birth years. ‘‘It’s never happened before,’’ a department spokesman told Associated Press."
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+ - What to expect from 11ac's multiuser MIMO->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "802.11ac is already delivering much higher Wi-Fi throughput. Later this year, with wave two of the standard, a feature called multiuser MIMO will boost network efficiency and help Wi-Fi nets handle the explosion of mobile clients. “A common misconception is that multiuser MIMO makes the network ‘go faster,’” says one expert. “It really doesn’t. It creates multiple logical connections with devices at the same time. This increases network efficiency.” That means by being able to transmit to as many as four clients at once, the 11ac access point can make full use of its available “gigabit” capacity at every moment."
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+ - Cisco purchase of CIA-funded firm may fuel distrust abroad->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "Virtually unnoted in last week’s announcement that Cisco is acquiring ThreatGRID was that the New York-based security company last year received an undisclosed amount of funding from In-Q-Tel, the venture arm of the Central Intelligence Agency. Given that In-Q-Tel has pumped untold millions into technology startups since its launch in 2000, it’s not unusual for major vendors to acquire and absorb such companies. What’s different this time, though, is that Cisco is today scrambling to counter the impression – especially abroad – that it is in league with the U.S. intelligence community, a charge it has always denied. And in addition to the financial connection, there are also familial ties between Cisco’s latest acquisition and U.S. intelligence."
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