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+ - Systemd looking to assimilate Gummiboot UEFI Boot Manager->

Submitted by stoborrobots
stoborrobots writes: Phoronix notes that "systemd developers are looking at integrating Gummiboot" .

Gummiboot is a bootloader manager — it loads and executes either EFI images or EFI-aware linux kernels.

Gummiboot is infrequently updated, but Kay Sievers recently added some new functionality.

Mattias Geniar also has some other notes from Lennart Poettering's recent FOSDEM talk about the state of systemd.

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+ - GAO finds inadequate planning and oversight caused HealthCare.gov cost blowout->

Submitted by stoborrobots
stoborrobots writes: The Government Accountability Office has investigated the cost blowouts associated with how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) handled the Healthcare.gov project. It has released a 60-page report entitled Healthcare.gov: Ineffective Planning and Oversight Practices Underscore the Need for Improved Contract Management, with a 5 page summary. The key takeaway messages are:
  • CMS undertook the development of Healthcare.gov and its related systems without effective planning or oversight practices...
  • [The task] was a complex effort with compressed time frames. To be expedient, CMS issued task orders ... when key technical requirements were unknown...
  • CMS identified major performance issues ... but took only limited steps to hold the contractor accountable.
  • CMS awarded a new contract to another firm [and the new contract's cost has doubled] due to changes such as new requirements and other enhancements...

Larry Seltzer has more over at ZDNet.
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+ - IPV4 exhaustion is here...-> 1

Submitted by stoborrobots
stoborrobots writes: Following on from APNIC's earlier assessment that they would need to request the last available /8 blocks, they have now been allocated 39/8 and 106/8, triggering ARIN's final distribution of blocks to the RIRs. According to the release, "APNIC expects normal allocations to continue for a further three to six months."
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+ - Sea-Tac Airport runway access, no questions asked!->

Submitted by stoborrobots
stoborrobots writes: The Seattle Times is reporting an incident where two civilians got unescorted access to the runway at Sea-Tac Airport in a van with names unasked, ID unchecked, and vehicle unsearched.

When [retired Army lieutenant colonel Greg Alderete] realized he had driven a van onto a runway tarmac at Sea-Tac airport — and that no one had asked his name, checked his ID or searched his vehicle — well, he just about lost it."I was appalled," Alderete says. "If you go in the airport's front door, they take away your tube of toothpaste. But the back door? That's the weakest security of any critical facility I've ever seen."

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