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China

+ - Debate On China Hack Attacks: Play Offense Or Defense? ->

Submitted by kierny
kierny writes: How should U.S. businesses respond to allegations that the Chinese government has been waging cyber espionage using advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks since at least 2006? Shawn Henry (who was America's top cyber cop at the FBI) and John Pescatore (who was America's top cyber security analyst at Gartner) debate the question of whether businesses should focus on information-sharing, identifying their adversaries and providing this information to law enforcement agencies; or whether the attacks should instead drive businesses to not waste time trying to ID their attackers (leave that to the government), but instead focus on better defending against all attacks by shoring up their defenses.
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Comment: Oxford (Score 1) 128

by smartsheep (#42947035) Attached to: Oxford Temporarily Blocks Google Docs To Fight Phishing
Good for Oxford U. If students and faculty will not take security seriously they should be denied the service in the same way as you would take the car keys from a drunk driver or matches from a child. Would you uses a bank that did not take security seriously? or a car that was not safe? I don't see the difference. Best David
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft At The Crossroads: Evolve or Divide->

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snydeq
snydeq writes: "As PC prospects decline, Microsoft has been moving toward a hybrid, cross-platform future with an eye toward opportunities in the server closet and the cloud. But the question remains, How might Microsoft evolve to get there? 'It's tempting to say the past five years has seen Microsoft's desktop-centric strategy slowly give way to a pell-mell free-for-all made up of equal parts desktop, server, mobile hardware and software, cloud services, and auxiliary systems like the Xbox. Truth is, intention has always been present. It's only now, thanks to major upheavals in consumer tech and the cloud, that Microsoft's broad-spectrum plays are becoming more evident and critical. ... What may be new for Microsoft is the need to better cohere its strategy around an ever-widening array of services and technologies, especially as the breadth of competition it faces widens. Most of all, if there ever comes a time to stop being a consumer-oriented company, Microsoft shouldn't flinch. A future where Microsoft doesn't make hardware or end-user programs seems remote, but there was a time when IBM abandoning its PC business seemed jarring, too.' And if Microsoft can't quite cohere its strategy, the best means to this end may be to divide."
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Japan

+ - Sensors pick up North Korean radioactivity->

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gbrumfiel
gbrumfiel writes: "A global network of sensors has picked up faint traces of radioactive gas that probably seeped from last week's underground nuclear test by North Korea. The detection of xenon-133 in Japan and Russia provide further evidence of the nuclear nature of the test, but offer no hint as to the type of weapon used. Atmospheric modelling by the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics in Vienna shows that the gas likely seeped from North Korea's test site on 15 February, three days after the original test. That indicates that the test was well sealed deep underground."
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+ - Amsterdam Airbnb listings set to decline sharply in illegal rental crack down->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The number of Amsterdam home and room rentals available on Airbnb is set to decline sharply as the local government aims to remove illegal hotel listings from the accommodation service.

An initial scan of the site concluded that about 700 of the more than 3,900 Amsterdam homes and rooms for rent on Airbnb are definitely illegal hotels, said Steven Schotte, spokesman of Amsterdam city Councillor Freek Ossel, who is responsible for housing, on Tuesday.

"There are people listed [on Airbnb] that rent more than 14 apartments, that is not allowed," he said. "We don't want them to be a platform for illegal hotels," he added.

Officials of Airbnb met with Ossel last Friday to discuss illegal rentals listed on the website, Schotte said.

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IT

+ - Large corporations displacing aging IT workers with H1B visa workers->

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genericmk
genericmk writes: "NPR is running an interesting story about the unfortunate state of the aging programmers in the IT industry. The headline reads of aging IT workers opposing the H1B visa overhaul; the underlining reality is that large corporations claim shortage of IT talent and are bringing in large volumes of foreign staff. The staff is easier to control and demands less wage; indentured servitude is replacing higher cost labor."
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Transportation

+ - University of Oxford Develops Low-Cost Self-Driving Car System->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula writes: Oxford University’s Mobile Robotics Group (MRG) has developed an autonomous navigation system for cars at a build cost of only £5,000 (US$7,700). Installed in a production Nissan LEAF, the robot car uses off the shelf components and is designed to take over driving while traveling on frequently used routes.
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Portables

Delete Data On Netbook If Stolen? 459

Posted by kdawson
from the grab-brick-smash-window dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I have just moved overseas on a 2-year working holiday visa and so I picked up a netbook for the interim, an MSI Wind U100 Plus running WinXP. I love it to bits. But as I am traveling around I am somewhat worried about theft. Most of my important stuff is in Gmail and Google Docs; however, I don't always have Net access and find it useful to gear up the offline versions for both. Ideally I would like to securely delete all the offline data from the hard drive if it were stolen. Since it is backed up in the cloud, and the netbook is so cheap I don't really care about recovery, a solution that bricks it would be fine — and indeed would give me a warm glow knowing a prospective thief would have wasted their time. But it's not good if they can extract the HD and get at the data some other way. All thief-foiling suggestions are welcome, be they software, hardware, or other."

Comment: Re:Impersonation (Score 1) 931

by smartsheep (#24091661) Attached to: User Charged With Felony For Using Fake Name On MySpace
Yes, but the question ____is it reasonable to expect that people on face book will not play different rolls or make their life appear as they would like? I would say it is not.___ Are people mean nasty and manipulative Yes. Does this mean that we should "protect" people by checking every id to be true. certainly not the right to free expression some time involves deception,for instance the Prince in Hamlet was a stand in For the duke of Cornwall I may have my dukes confused but not up. there is very little any one can do to prevent suicide apart from removing opportunity (do you happen to know how this girl killed herself stopping that is a lot more productive than sending people to prison that will not say a single life but will make the web a for commerce only. The same way we had to register our type-righters in Germany

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