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Comment: Meatware needed (Score 4, Insightful) 82

by pheared (#29111209) Attached to: Predicting Malicious Web Attacks

This sounds great, but only if it requires human intervention to implement the block. I used to work in a NOC, and we would have loved to throw up a warning on the big screens that an attack is 80% likely from the following netblocks in the next N hours. That way we would have a strategy developed for defending before it even started and would be able to minimize downtime.

On the other hand, if you make this automatic you're going to piss off a lot of people very quickly because it's going to be wrong more often than you want.

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10th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day 232

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the beware-the-bofh dept.
jonk689 writes "Let's face it, System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year. This is the day that all fellow System Administrators across the globe will be showered with large piles of cash and expensive sports cars in appreciation of their diligent work. But seriously, we are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgment. It's the least you could do."
PHP

PHP 5.3 Released 120

Posted by timothy
from the phffp-phffp-phffp dept.
Sudheer writes "The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate release of PHP 5.3.0. This release is a major improvement in the 5.X series, which includes a large number of new features and bug fixes. Some of the key new features include: namespaces, late static binding, closures, optional garbage collection for cyclic references, new extensions (like ext/phar, ext/intl and ext/fileinfo), over 140 bug fixes and much more."
Games

Why Bother With DRM? 376

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-way-to-make-internet-people-hate-you dept.
Brad Wardell of Stardock and Ron Carmel of 2D Boy recently spoke with Gamasutra about their efforts to move the games industry away from restrictive DRM. Despite the fact that both have had their own troubles with piracy, they contend that overall piracy rates aren't significantly affected by DRM — and that most companies know it. Instead, the two suggest that most DRM solutions are still around to hamper a few more specific situations. Quoting: "'Publishers aren't stupid. They know that DRM doesn't work against piracy,' Carmel explains. 'What they're trying to do is stop people from going to GameStop to buy $50 games for $35, none of which goes into the publishers' pockets. If DRM permits only a few installs, that minimizes the number of times a game can be resold.' ... 'I believe their argument is that while DRM doesn't work perfectly,' says Wardell, 'it does make it more difficult for someone to get the game for free in the first five or six days of its release. That's when a lot of the sales take place and that's when the royalties from the retailers are determined. Publishers would be very happy for a first week without "warez" copies circulating on the Web.'"
Spam

+ - SPAM: Top 10 spam-friendly registrars named and shamed

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "When it comes time for spammers to register their Internet domain names, some companies are more popular than others. Spam-fighting organization KnujOn has released a report on the top 10 registrars it has linked to spam and other illicit activity. It found that some companies have cleaned up their act in recent months and that others — most surprisingly Network Solutions and GoDaddy sister company Wild West domains — have suddenly popped up on the list. At the top of KnujOn's list is Xinnet.com, a Chinese registrar that KnujOn linked to more than 3 million spam messages between June and January. Xinnet has so many problems that Bruen says that the organization that accredits domain name registrars, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, should threaten to pull its accreditation."
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Viewing Tool Provides Scrutiny of Debate Footage 144

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the everything-under-a-magnifying-glass dept.
The New York Times has an interesting tool for reviewing the debate. Alongside the actual video, there is a transcription (which you can click on to go to that section of the video), a search tool (that counts the number of usages by each candidate), a topic segmentation view, and even a fact checker that links to corrections.

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