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Submission + - NSA, Obama Sued Over Domestic Surveillance Program 4

Trailrunner7 writes: A group of people, including a former federal prosecutor and the parents of a Navy SEAL sniper killed in action, have filed a class-action law suit against the National Security Agency, Verizon and President Obama over the NSA’s collection of cell phone data. The suit says the order that enabled the surveillance program is “the broadest surveillance order to ever have been issued” and enables indiscriminate collection of data.

The suit, filed this week in federal court in Washington, D.C., also names Roger Vinson, the judge who signed the Verizon order, as a defendant, along with Attorney General Eric Holder and NSA Director Keith Alexander. The plaintiffs say that the NSA’s surveillance program violates the Constitution and unfairly and unnecessarily infringes on citizens’ privacy. The classified order directs Verizon to hand over all of the so-called metadata for calls on its network to the NSA. The metadata includes the originating and terminating phone numbers along with details of the call, but not the contents of the call.

“The order, issued and signed by Judge Roger Vinson, violates the U.S. Constitution and also federal laws, including, but not limited to, the outrageous breach of privacy, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and the due process rights of American citizens.”

Submission + - Sony Introduces New PlayStation 4 at the E3 Event 2013 (fliqolet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Sony has unveiled the much anticipated PlayStation 4 at the E3 event 2013. The cost of the device is $399, hundred dollars less than Microsoft Xbox One. Sony announced that it will not stop the sell of the used games and playing single-player games on offline mood is possible without online authentication

Submission + - Astronaut Chris Hadfield to retire in July (ctvnews.ca)

Anti Cheat writes: The Astronaut who brought space exploration to millions all over the world is retiring from the Canadian Space Agency. Commander Chris Hadfield, by making it fun, seeming accessible and by taking hundreds of pictures of earth and peoples home towns, has decided to end his long career with the agency. What he will do now is up to him but education is strong in this one.

Submission + - Microsoft Apologizes for Employee's Xbox 'Always-Online' Tweets 1

An anonymous reader writes: On Thursday, Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth sent out a slew of tweets implying that he sees nothing wrong with rumors of Microsoft’s next Xbox, codenamed Durango, requiring an “always-on” Internet connection to function. Unsurprisingly, the backlash from users was massive, and although Orth ended up setting his Twitter account to private to hide them from the general public, by then the damage had already been done.

Microsoft on Friday released an official statement regarding the tweets: "We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers. We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter."

Submission + - EA Responds to its Appearance in the Worst Company in America Poll (joystiq.com)

beerdragoon writes: EA's CEO Peter Moore has responded to the company's appearance in the finals for the Consumerist's Worst Company In America poll. While he did accept some responsibility for some of EA's past failings, he seems completely oblivious to the real reasons why EA is in the finals for the second year in a row.

Comment Re:Not true. (Score 1) 984

Maybe that's a Quebec thing?

Correct. I believe I have also seen it in Ontario (Ottawa to be exact). Out west they use the flashing green arrow for a protected turn. A flashing green light is the same as a regular green light, it just indicates that the intersection is pedestrian controlled.

Comment Re:US/Russia? but no China? (Score 1) 615

China is likely rapidly increasing their stockpile to bring it inline with the US and Russia. According to this diagram they are still quite far behind. Even if the US removes 1000 warheads, they will still be far behind. If that matters or not in the end is another argument entirely.

Comment Re:Something wrong with plain switches? (Score 1) 280

You could use a switch if you bought one with a layer 3 license. Unfortunately this switch would only do basic routing functions and wouldn't help you if you want to do site to site VPN for the really small sites. The cheaper solution is to buy ASA 5505s for the small sites. They do site to site VPN quite nicely and they have 8 ports so you probably won't even need a switch.
The Internet

Submission + - UK ISPs Respond to the Dangers of Using Carrier Grade NAT Instead of IPv6 (ispreview.co.uk)

Mark.JUK writes: "Several major Internet Service Providers in the United Kingdom, including BSkyB, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, AAISP and Fluidata, have warned that the adoption of Carrier Grade NAT (IPv4 address sharing) is likely to become increasingly common in the future. But the technology, which many view as a delaying tactic until IPv6 becomes more common place, is not without its problems and could cause a number of popular services to fail (e.g. XBox Live, PlayStation Network, FTP hosting etc.). The prospect of a new style of two tier internet could be just around the corner."
NASA

Submission + - NASA team pushing towards thermal nuclear propulsion systems (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: Nuclear-powered rocket engines are not new. In the 1960s, both the U.S. and the Soviet Union developed and tested thermal nuclear rockets fitted with flight-worthy components. However, Project Rover and NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Nuclear Rocket Application) programs were defunded in the early 1970s just before test flights were to start. Now, as part of the Advanced Exploration Systems program at NASA, the Nuclear Cryogenic Propulsion Stage team is tackling a three-year project to demonstrate the viability of and to evaluate materials for thermal nuclear propulsion systems for use in future deep space missions.

Comment Not Really That Difficult (Score 1) 172

This really isn't that difficult and you can do it on the cheap if wireless isn't critical to your small business. Just buy 1 wired router with a built in DHCP server, and 4 or 5 wireless ones. Unless you need them to be powered by PoE, I wouldn't bother with the Cisco Aironet APs, just buy some cheap Linksys/Cisco wireless routers. Once you have all that, setup your wired router to connect to your network and then configure the wireless routers in the following way:

1. Disable the WAN/Internet interface on each one, you won't need it.
2. Give each one a static IP inside your network on the LAN interface (for example: 192.168.1.200 - 192.168.1.205) with a gateway equal to the LAN IP of your wired router (for example: 192.168.1.1).
3. Set each wireless router to have the same SSID, encryption, password and channel (disable automatic channel selection).
4. Connect one of the LAN interfaces on each wireless router back to your network.

Because all your APs have the same SSID and password, the wireless clients should automatically connect to the one with the strongest signal strength. Your connection may temporarily drop if you are downloading a file and start walking across the office but for most people this solution should work. If you require monitoring, use a ping script or network monitoring tool to make sure all the APs are up. PRTG is actually free for less than 10 sensors so I'd recommend that if you don't already have one.

Comment Re:Socialism and Unions (Score 1) 670

Damn right. I'm reading some of these stories on here and I can't believe how bad it is in some companies. Every year I get 20 vacation days, 5 flex days (to be used for vacation/dentist/sick/child sick days) days and 15 sick days (that can only be used when you are sick). I also live in Canada so going to the doctor when I get someone really bad doesn't cost me anything extra.

I'll take some of the union-induced laziness exhibited by some of my coworkers in exchange for the power of collective bargaining any day of the week.

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