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Submission + - DaaS play brings Oracle into a cloud leadership role

Amanda Parker writes: Oracle has made its 96th acquisition, this time focusing on expanding its offerings in cloud marketing technology. AddThis offers sharing features that you will no doubt have seen on many sites, they allow you to share stories to sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The real benefit of this to Oracle is that AddThis has activity data for 1.9 billion monthly unique visitors and over 15 million mobile and desktop web domains. With Oracle saying that it will continue to serve AddThis customers, it means that Big Red will have access to a very large data source. This plays to the company's Data-as-a-Service business, selling anonymised data to help them run their marketing campaigns.

Submission + - Verizon launches auction to sell data centers (

operator_error writes: Verizon has now chosen to reverse "its strategy to expand in hosting and colocation services after it acquired data center operator Terremark Worldwide Inc in 2011 for $1.4 billion", and has "started a process to sell its data center assets".

The so-called 'colocation' portfolio up for sale includes 48 data centers, and generates annual earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization of around $275 million.

The enterprise telecommunications industry has had to adapt in recent years to corporate customers seeking more sophisticated and cheaper offerings to manage their data. Verizon joins a host of its rivals in telecommunications who are shedding their data centers.

The article doesn't mention alternative, scalable, virtual machine technologies or companies with such a focus, like as Amazon, Xen, KVM, or VMware, but Slashdot readers might be able to draw such conclusions for themselves.

Submission + - New HTTPS Bicycle Attack Reveals Details About Passwords From Encrypted Traffic (

campuscodi writes: Dutch security researcher Guido Vranken has published a paper [PDF] in which he details a new attack on TLS/SSL-encrypted traffic, one that can potentially allow attackers to extract some information from HTTPS data streams. Attackers could extract the length of a password from TLS packets, and then use this information to simplify brute-force attacks. The new HTTPS Bicycle Attack can also be used retroactively on HTTPS traffic logged several years ago. Hello NSA!

Submission + - How Outsourcing Companies Are Gaming the Visa System (

shakah writes: Pretty straightforward summary of how the H-1B Visa system is working in the United States. Particularly interesting for me was this clarification on the argument that "VISA holders have to make prevailing wages, so they won't depress wages":

Under federal rules, employers like TCS, Infosys and Wipro that have large numbers of H-1B workers in the United States are required to declare that they will not displace American workers. But the companies are exempt from that requirement if the H-1B workers are paid at least $60,000 a year. H-1B workers at outsourcing firms often receive wages at or slightly above $60,000, below what skilled American technology professionals tend to earn, so those firms can offer services to American companies at a lower cost, undercutting American workers.

Comment Re:Keep Using EncFS (Score 1) 107

I must agree, EncFS is a great way to go. I use SSHFS with Ubuntu, and can simply mount any encrypted volume (including a remote volume) as a local PC disk. Here's a simple GUI tool for Ubuntu: I am pleased to have learned of Windows & OSX versions of the same thing today. Thanks!!!

Comment Re:StartSSL ? (Score 2) 97

Gotta agree, StartSSL has a serious business model that really does work in their best interest. Yeah, sure they give out free certs, until/unless you have the slightest 'professional' website, (like a portfolio site, with the sole intent of landing a job for example), and as others have pointed out, revocations cost more then a certificate from someone else to begin with.

Why is that part about revocations an issue in the first place you might ask? Because their poor user interface lead you to making a mistake that can only be done with a revocation, of course. Stay away from StartSSL and just pay good money for a cheap cert somewhere; a wildcard cert. if need be.

I learned this lesson the hard way *trying* to use StartSSL myself, and I have serious regrets having done so, especially after having to cough up all the documentation like a scan of my passport and more. You have been warned.

In contrast, the new service from 'Let's Encrypt' looks like a well-deserved breath of fresh air, and I can appreciate their list of business partners, especially EFF, the Mozilla Foundation, and the Linux Foundation.

Submission + - In Turnabout, Disney Cancels Tech Worker Layoffs ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: It was previously reported that Disney made laid-off workers train their foreign replacements. The New York Times reports that Disney has reversed its decision to layoff tech workers after it caused an uproar with the public, two investigations by the Department of Labor into outsourcing firms, complaints to the Justice department and calls for an investigation into the H-1B Visa program by Senator Bill Nelson.

Submission + - Uber downgraded from a hot dot-com to an average taxi company in CA (

siddesu writes: The California Labor Commission has ruled Uber drivers are employees and not independent contractors. The ruling has serious implications for Uber’s business model, since it will now be required to offer its drivers benefits that meet the requirements of the Californian labor laws. The labor commissioner's office has apparently awarded $4k per driver, which Uber is appealing.

Submission + - Pink Slips at Disney. But First, Training Foreign Replacements. (

operator_error writes: The employees who kept the data systems humming in the vast Walt Disney fantasy fief did not suspect trouble when they were suddenly summoned to meetings with their boss.

“I just couldn’t believe they could fly people in to sit at our desks and take over our jobs exactly,” said one former worker, an American in his 40s who remains unemployed since his last day at Disney on Jan. 30. “It was so humiliating to train somebody else to take over your job. I still can’t grasp it.”

But the layoffs at Disney and at other companies, including the Southern California Edison power utility, are raising new questions about how businesses and outsourcing companies are using the temporary visas, known as H-1B, to place immigrants in technology jobs in the United States. These visas are at the center of a fierce debate in Congress over whether they complement American workers or displace them.

Disney “made the difficult decision to eliminate certain positions, including yours,” as a result of “the transition of your work to a managed service provider,” said a contract presented to employees on the day the layoffs were announced. It offered a “stay bonus” of 10 percent of severance pay if they remained for 90 days. But the bonus was contingent on “the continued satisfactory performance of your job duties.” For many, that involved training a replacement. Young immigrants from India took the seats at their computer stations.

“The first 30 days was all capturing what I did,” said the American in his 40s, who worked 10 years at Disney. “The next 30 days, they worked side by side with me, and the last 30 days, they took over my job completely.” To receive his severance bonus, he said, “I had to make sure they were doing my job correctly.”

Comment Re:computers (Score 1) 277

Point well made! ...still, it shouldn't be so difficult to set the non-ntp devices, using the ntp devices as a reference, (especially when bugs appear, as happens during these seasonal changes). And even without paying a while lot of attention, you still can kind of expect bugs to happen about this time in the season.

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