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Submission + - State Department CIO: What's Changed Since WikiLeaks (informationweek.com)

CowboyRobot writes: "Eighteen months after its diplomatic cables were exposed in the WikiLeaks breach, the State Department continues to lock down its confidential information, while increasing its use of using social media.

The agency is deploying new security technology, including auditing and monitoring tools that detect anomalous activity on the State Department's classified networks and systems. State has also begun tagging information with metadata to enable role-based access to those who need it, and is planning to implement public key infrastructure on its classified systems by the summer of 2014.

This is all taking place despite the recent announcement that the IT budget will be cut by nearly 5%"

Submission + - Stolen Samsung AMOLED technology sold to rival, 11 suspects arrested (bgr.com)

zacharye writes: Nearly a dozen suspects have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the theft and sale of AMOLED display technology under development at Samsung. Yonhap News Agency on Thursday reported that 11 suspects either currently or formerly employed by Samsung Mobile Display have been arrested. One 46-year-old researcher at Samsung is believed to have accepted a payment of nearly $170,000 from an unnamed “local rival firm” in exchange for trade secrets pertaining to proprietary Samsung technology used in the company’s AMOLED panels...

Submission + - Don't Be Evil: How Google Screwed Our Startup (hatchlings.com)

An anonymous reader writes: After nearly a year of trying to fix things diplomatically behind the scenes it's time to go public with the story of how Google screwed our startup out of $40,000 in earned ad revenue and then systematically ignored us for almost a year.
The Military

Submission + - Military surplus a bonanza for law enforcement (sfgate.com)

k6mfw writes: from the article: "San Francisco may be known for antiwar movements and peace rallies, but when local law enforcement agencies needed help with supplies, they've turned to the U.S. military."
"A total of 163,344 new and used items valued at $26.2 million — from bath mats acquired by the sheriff of Sonoma County to a full-tracked tank for rural San Joaquin County — were transferred last year to state and local agencies."

Submission + - Majority of landmark cancer studies cannot be replicated (yahoo.com) 3

Beeftopia writes: "NEW YORK (Reuters) — A former researcher at Amgen Inc has found that many basic studies on cancer — a high proportion of them from university labs — are unreliable, with grim consequences for producing new medicines in the future.

During a decade as head of global cancer research at Amgen, C. Glenn Begley identified 53 "landmark" publications — papers in top journals, from reputable labs — for his team to reproduce. Begley sought to double-check the findings before trying to build on them for drug development. Result: 47 of the 53 could not be replicated. He described his findings in a commentary piece published on Wednesday in the journal Nature.

[...] But they and others fear the phenomenon is the product of a skewed system of incentives that has academics cutting corners to further their careers."


Submission + - Make Leisure Suit Larry come again (kickstarter.com) 2

eugene2k writes: It seems more and more famous developers are jumping on the Kickstarter bandwagon. First there were Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert with their Double Fine Adventure project, then Brian Fargo decided to create a Wasteland sequel, and now Al Lowe and team decided to remake Leisure Suit Larry. They even promise to port the game to platforms such as iOS and Linux if they exeed their goal of $500000.
The Internet

Submission + - Belfast Plots 1Gbps Ultrafast Broadband Network (techweekeurope.co.uk)

twoheadedboy writes: "Belfast is going to get ultrafast broadband, as plans for a 1Gbps network get going. Belfast’s City Council has been guaranteed £6m of the UK government's £100m Urban Broadband Fund, but could receive up to £13.7m if the Government approves its plans. The city plans to get the network up and running in three years, which will make it one of the best-connected cities in the world."

Submission + - Walmart gives HD-DVD a boost with a $99 player 1

smoondog writes: "HD-DVD, the next generation format in a tight battle with rival Blu-Ray, got a huge boost this week with Walmart and K-Mart unveiling new pricing and exclusive advertising campaigns. Walmart is featuring the Toshiba HD-A2 player on Friday (11/2) as a 'secret' sale at $98.97. Additionally, a black Friday ad has the third generation HD-A3 at $169 at Sears, and K-Mart is now HD-DVD exclusive. Dreamworks is rolling out an exclusive Shrek based advertising campaign, and Walmart ads have been showing in primetime all week. Deflating even more from the Blu-Ray camp, Walmart is unveiling new pricing of $14.97 on a library of titles. Although Blu-Ray still maintains the sales lead, it is getting harder to argue with the $300 price difference between the lowest priced players."

Picture Passwords More Secure than Text 261

Hugh Pickens writes "People possess a remarkable ability for recalling pictures and researchers at Newcastle University are exploiting this characteristic to create graphical passwords that they say are a thousand times more secure than ordinary textual passwords. With Draw a Secret (DAS) technology, users draw an image over a background, which is then encoded as an ordered sequence of cells. The software recalls the strokes, along with the number of times the pen is lifted. If a person chooses a flower background and then draws a butterfly as their secret password image onto it, they have to remember where they began on the grid and the order of their pen strokes. The "passpicture" is recognized as identical if the encoding is the same, not the drawing itself, which allows for some margin of error as the drawing does not have to be re-created exactly. The software has been initially designed for handheld devices such as iPhones, Blackberry and Smartphone, but could soon be expanded to other areas. "The most exciting feature is that a simple enhancement simultaneously provides significantly enhanced usability and security," says computer scientist Jeff Yan."

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.