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+ - Feds get a D plus for data security

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the_last_rites (837649) writes "The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) suffered months of bad headlines after computer equipment with sensitive data was stolen from the home of an agency employee last May, exposing millions of veterans and active duty personnel to possible identity fraud. But according to a new Congressional report, there's an epidemic of data security breaches across the federal government. The House Committee on Government Reform gave the government a D-plus in its report ach%20Summary%20Final%20(3).pdf after reviewing a long list of incidents in the various federal agencies."

+ - Yahoo's attempts to initiate contact with Aliens

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the_last_rites writes "Mexico's Teotihuacan, once the center of a sprawling pre-Hispanic empire, is set to become the launch pad for an attempt to communicate with extraterrestrial life. Starting on Tuesday, enthusiasts from around the world will have a chance to submit text, images, video and sounds that reflect human nature to be included in the message. Those contributions — part of media company Yahoo's "Time Capsule" project — will be digitalized and beamed with a laser into space on October 25 from the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan, now an archeological site near Mexico City."

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