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Networking

Military Pressuring Vendors On IPv6 406

netbuzz writes "US military officials are threatening IT suppliers with the loss of military business if they don't use their own wares to start deploying IPv6 on their corporate networks and public-facing Web services immediately. 'We are pressing our vendors in any way we can,' says Ron Broersma, DREN Chief Engineer and a Network Security Manager for the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. 'We are competing one off against another. If they want to sell to us, we're asking them: Are you using IPv6 features in your own products on your corporate networks? Is your public Web site IPv6 enabled? We've been doing this to all of the vendors.'"

Comment Re:studies and bias (Score 1) 181

I'm confused... the story you linked to says:

A report from the BI Norwegian School of Management has found that those who download music illegally are also 10 times more likely to pay for songs than those who don't.

(emphasis mine)

So are you saying that you think piracy is here to stay along with people paying for music? Or the opposite?

Comment Re:I'm sure they're (Score 1) 608

There was an opinion piece in the Washington Post recently talking about this very thing (under point 1). Basically the punchline is that we want to avert them really being crazy, so we do a little something, they do less than we want and things are copacetic again for a time. Rinse, repeat every decade.

Would this eventually get to an unsustainable point? Perhaps. Personally, I think we'll see at least another few decades of this (i.e. at least one or two with the youngest son) but I hope that by then reunification will be under way.

Comment Re:Lots of pilots and flight attendants... (Score 1) 1135

Well, given that the searches are always same-sex, unless the TSA hires predominantly lesbians, I don't see how it matters that those who the guys all want to touch are being touched by the women (unless the guys are on dial-up and can't afford a magazine at the corner store).

The paste issue is a Chrome issue that has been noted a couple times before, there is a javascript fix for it (sorry, no link at hand).

I know the person I'm replying to wasn't the original post, but I felt this comment would be most appropriate tied to the parent.

Comment Re:TSA applying pressure to submit to AIT (Score 1) 1135

Genitals and breasts are vigorously groped instead of the older method of using the backs of the hands only.

Do you have a source for this? I haven't seen it anywhere and I am doing my best to keep up-to-date on the whole thing; the only mention was a local IN station news reporter who didn't cite a source other than herself, and it was from back on the 29th of October, the day when the back-of-the-hand 'enhanced' pat down was started. Which is to say I don't give it any credence.

Submission + - Britain to Record Trader's Cellphone Conversations (nytimes.com)

ubermiester writes: The NYTimes is reporting that British financial regulators, in an effort to combat insider trading, will now require "all financial services firms...to record any relevant communication by employees on their work cell phones" for use in future investigations, and would require the firm to hold on to the recordings for six months (at their cost). They would also be required to "discourage" employees from using the private phones for business related communications. Land-lines are already covered — as they are in many other European countries — but Britain would be the first to apply the requirement to cellphones.
The Military

Journal Journal: To our vets

In the name of gen pop, you hereby have our humblest apologies for voting for politicians that sent you off to suffer the horrors of war all for the sake of money. To those who say I don't represent them, Fuck you! You OWE them an apology, at the very least, you greedy fucks.

To you guys about to enlist today and in the future: Don't... You should know better.

The time to end it is NOW!

Games

Submission + - Viacom to sell Rock Band creators Harmonix (gamepron.com)

UgLyPuNk writes: We’re expecting more details soon, but in a conference call today, Viacom have announced that they are selling Rock Band creator Harmonix.

They explain that the unit is “unprofitable”, despite collecting third-party royalties from the Guitar Hero franchise, and are already in talks with several potential buyers for the developer. Last year, Viacom recorded a $230 million “goodwill impairment charge” for Harmonix, and significantly wrote down assets for the Rock Band franchise.

Security

Submission + - How often should you change your password?

jhigh writes: Bruce Schneier asks the question, how often should you change your password? "The primary reason to give an authentication credential — not just a password, but any authentication credential — an expiration date is to limit the amount of time a lost, stolen, or forged credential can be used by someone else. If a membership card expires after a year, then if someone steals that card he can at most get a year's worth of benefit out of it. After that, it's useless." Another reason could be to limit the amount of time an attacker has to crack the password, but Bruce's analysis seems on target.
Space

Submission + - James Webb Space Telescopes Cost is Astronomical (bbc.co.uk)

digitaldc writes: The scale of the delay and cost overrun blighting Nasa's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been laid bare by a panel called in to review the project. The group believes the final budget for Hubble's successor is likely to climb to at least $6.5bn, for a launch that is possible in September 2015. But even this assessment is optimistic, say the panel members. The head of the US space agency has accepted that "cost performance and coordination have been lacking". Charles Bolden has ordered a reorganisation of the project and has changed the management at its top.

Whereas Hubble (space telescope) sees the Universe mostly in visible light, JWST will observe the cosmos at longer wavelengths, in the infrared. It will see deeper into space and further back in time, to the very first population of stars.

Biotech

Submission + - Undescribed Cloning Lizard Found on Vietnam Menu (nationalgeographic.com)

eldavojohn writes: A lizard long served on the menu in the Mekong Delta has recently caught the attention of scientists when it was noted that all animals in the species appeared identical as well as female. The species appears to be a hybrid of two other species (like a mule or liger). But the curious thing is that this hybrid isn't sterile — it reproduces asexually. The species, known for sometime in Vietnam, has now officially been named Leiolepis ngovantrii.

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