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Comment Don't complain (Score 5, Interesting) 277

German citizen here, and one working it IT Security for almost two decades now. I have been advocating the use of strong encryption and keeping the crown jewels "in the house" to my employers and customers all the time, but managers would often not listen in order to save the odd buck on the next outsourcing deal.

By launching and funding the spy programmes the US government has willingly accepted possibly detrimental effects on the economy.

In my opinion it serves the US companies right that finally the time has come that companies and people all over the world actually start looking at whom they make business with. The USA have decided to spy on every single person on this planet - OK, but now don't complain that this hurts your economy. If US companies don't like what's happening then they should complain to your government and make them change things.

A lot of trust has been destroyed, and it will take the US economy some effort to regain it. Work hard, and maybe some day in the future I will no longer advise my customers and friends to avoid US services.

Submission + - Keep smiling, waste spammers' time with OpenBSD tools ( writes: When you're in the business of building the networks people need and the services they need to run on them, you may also be running a mail service. If you do, you will sooner or later need to deal with spam. This article is about how to waste spammers' time and have a good time while doing it, using the free tools OpenBSD offers to do your greylisting and greytrapping before any content filtering. It's fun and easy.

Submission + - Helium Balloon Ban May Be Necessary To Protect Future Generations ( 1

casac8 writes: A helium balloon ban is not something many people want to consider as the holiday season nears.
But the floating Mylar orbs may need to go the way of the aerosol can in the near future if humans want to avoid a major shortage of the non-renewable gas in the next 40 years.
At least that's the premise of a speech set to be given by Dr. Peter Wothers, a fellow at the Royal Society of Chemistry and chemist at the University of Cambridge.


Submission + - MysteryTwister C3 Crypto Challenge Contest (

pillilz writes: MysteryTwister Crypto Challenge Contest (MTC3) is an international cryptography competition started in October 2010. A variety of tasks and riddles are offered at four levels of difficulty. These challenges can be as easy as deciphering a Caesar cipher (level I) and as hard as breaking a modern encryption algorithm like AES (level III), so MTC3 offers cryptographic challenges for a wide range of skills starting from a student to cryptography experts with many years of experience and plenty of resources at their disposal.
The various topics covered by the MTC3 challenges are intended to offer a survey of cryptology, and the solvers are supported by a moderated forum.

Role Playing (Games)

World of Warcraft - Wrath Of the Lich King Is In Alpha 303

simrook writes to tell us that World of Warcraft's second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, has entered closed alpha testing, as reported by WoWInsider. Wrath of the Lich King, which we've discussed previously, will raise the level cap to 80 and introduce a new class: Death Knights. World of Warcraft remains the most popular MMORPG on the market with over 10 million subscribers. WoWInsider notes, "Various players are being invited to check it out, under a strict NDA."

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