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Programming

+ - Poll, x LOC before compile

Submitted by visible.frylock
visible.frylock (965768) writes "When writing new software in a high level, general purpose language, I write on average N non-whitespace LOC before the first compile or interpretive run:

- 0 — 25
- 26 — 50
- 51 — 100
- 101 — 200
- 201 — 500
- 501 — 1000
- 1001+"
Communications

+ - NSA Director to Head New Pentagon Cyber Command->

Submitted by visible.frylock
visible.frylock (965768) writes "According to the WSJ, Defense Secretary Gates plans to nominate Lieutenant General Keith Alexander to head the new Pentagon Cybersecurity Command (previously reported on by the Washington Post). While the Post says that "The Pentagon plans do not involve the Department of Homeland Security, which has responsibility for securing the government's non-military computer domain," the Journal reports that Lieutenant General Alexander has mentioned of working with DHS:

"We need to dispel the rumors," he said, adding that NSA didn't want to run all the government's cybersecurity operations but would help Homeland Security secure government civilian networks.

Gen. Alexander also catalogued a few of the "things that are broken" in the government's efforts to protect its networks. The government can't monitor intrusions on its networks in a timely manner. It detects compromises of private-sector networks but sometimes can't disclose the problem because its information is classified.

The Pentagon recently said that Secretary Gates wants to increase the number of security experts trained by DoD from 80 to 250 annually."
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Networking

+ - Stimulus Bill Contains Net Neutrality Provision

Submitted by visible.frylock
visible.frylock (965768) writes "Cnet is reporting that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (PDF), currently in the House Appropriations Committee, contains Net Neutrality provisions:

The so-called stimulus package hands out billions of dollars in grants for broadband and wireless development, primarily in what are called "unserved" and "underserved" areas. [...] The catch is that the federal largesse comes with Net neutrality strings attached.

The broadband grants appear to begin in SEC. 3101 (pg. 49) of the PDF."

Security

+ - Update to story "Microsoft Helps Police Crack ->

Submitted by visible.frylock
visible.frylock (965768) writes "This is an update to the mentioned story by the author of the original article.

Just as I'm submitting this, the article I linked to seems to be down. Here is a google results page to show it does indeed exist. The update I found was called "Looking for answers on Microsoft's COFEE device"

The update seems very sketchy and inconsistent. Not sure if you want to post that, but the original author has put 3 updates to the original story already, and may post more in the future. Just letting you know if no one else has."

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