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+ - The end of OpenSolaris->

Submitted by sarkeizen
sarkeizen (106737) writes "A leaked memo from Mike Shapiro, Bill Nesheim and Chris Armes of Sun Microsystems details a radical change to the Solaris operating system. Developers will no longer have free access to source as it is commited to the tree. Instead they will be offered Solaris 11 Express, a binary distribution with an free RTU license. Although Sun will continue to accept patches to CDDL code and promises to release some this throws a significant wrench into keeping a product based on Solaris current and compatible."
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Data Storage

+ - Petabytes On A Budget - How To Build Cheap Storage

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sarkeizen
sarkeizen writes "Backblaze, another addition to the growing list of online backup services has posted some pretty detailed information about the hardware they use. Following the tradition of Google they build almost exclusively from commodity parts but unlike the big 'G' they have placed all of this into a spiffy 4U enclosure of their own design. This fire-engine red casing houses 45 1.5 TB hard drives. The drives are combined through port multiplier backplanes which are in turn connected into four SATA controllers. 64 Bit Ubuntu's software RAID 6 is used to expose a JFS filesystem via HTTP. According to them each device costs them $7,867 in parts which yields 67 TB of raw storage. Although they don't sell these things they freely invite hackers to create their own 'storage pods', providing a full bill of goods and even solidworks files to fabricate the casing."
Security

+ - BGP Security Hole shown at DEFCON

Submitted by sarkeizen
sarkeizen (106737) writes "A recent post to Wired's blog network mentions two presenters Anton "Tony" Kapela and Alex Pilosov demonstrating the ability to use BGP to eavesdrop on unencrypted traffic. They allege that:

"Anyone with a BGP router (ISPs, large corporations or anyone with space at a carrier hotel) could intercept data headed to a target IP address or group of addresses."

Perhaps this isn't a big threat from individual hackers but it could have significant privacy implications if it could be done by any sufficiently large organization (i.e. governments, corporations, organized crime)"

Security

+ - Partial Hack for Short Key Quantum Cryptography

Submitted by sarkeizen
sarkeizen (106737) writes "According to nature.com a team of researchers has, for the first time, hacked into a network protected by quantum encryption. . The MIT group was able to entangle a photons polarization with its momentum. Which allowed them to get up to 40% of the information by measuring the particles momentum without significantly disturbing it's polarization. The researchers agreed that this kind of attack, although interested could be rendered useless by increasing the key length."

Suggest you just sit there and wait till life gets easier.

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