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+ - Who will be our cyber security team?->

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sgt scrub writes "LOLITA BALDOR wrote a nice piece for the Associated Press, noting the lack of people for government cyber security positions. For people with large student loan debts for that masters in IT, there is hope. It looks like the government has noticed that low pay for qualified technology people is one reason they are having "retention issues". However, another reason they believe they are having issues is lack of training.

The recruiting and retention of cyber workers is hampered by a cumbersome hiring process, the failure to devise government-wide certification standards, insufficient training and salaries, and a lack of an overall strategy for recruiting and retaining cyber workers, the study said. "You can't win the cyber war if you don't win the war for talent," said Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, a Washington-based advocacy group that works to improve government service. "If we don't have a federal work force capable of meeting the cyber challenge, all of the cyber czars and organizational efforts will be for naught."

Since a lot of Slashdot folks are experienced in technology security, what approach do you think will be best to secure the nation. Hire people with less training at lower salaries and train them? Or. Pay more for staff that already have the skills needed for the salaries found in the business sector?"
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Idle

+ - Illegal CD's smell different.->

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sgt scrub writes "I've never thought about sniffing my CD's before buying them but that is all about to change. According to this Yahoo! news article, dogs can be trained to tell the difference between a legit copy of a DVD and one from those pesky pirates.
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — A DVD-sniffing anti-piracy dog named Paddy has uncovered a huge cache of 35,000 discs in Malaysian warehouses, many destined for export to Singapore, industry officials said on Wednesday.
Paddy was given to Malaysia by the MPA to help close down piracy syndicates who churn out vast quantities of illegal DVDs. The dog is specially trained to detect chemicals in the discs."

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Operating Systems

+ - Fixstars buys Terra Soft->

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sgt scrub writes "If you have put Yellow Dog Linux on a PS3, Pre X86 Apple, or have an interest in the CBE (Cell Broadband Engine), you will be pleased to know that Fixstars has purchased Terra Soft.

"A Cell/B.E. software developer and long-time user of Yellow Dog Linux, Fixstars has great faith in Yellow Dog Linux," said Satoshi Miki, CEO of Fixstars. "This business acquisition allows us to offer a reliable and stable Linux distribution with sense of ease for our customers. I have no doubt that in the expanding Cell/B.E. ecosystem we will offer the best Cell/B.E. solution of the High Performance Computing generation."

I can't think of any group of people better suited to expand the Cell horizon."

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