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Comment Re:This is a recruitent problem (Score 1) 147

This is not a technology issue. Three years ago, I walked into a local Burger King and saw a servicewoman using a laptop that was 20% better than my system in every measure, and my laptop at the time was 3 weeks old and Compaq had only sold it for a month when I bought it.

Roughly 2 years ago, however, I saw a recruiter near my apartment. I asked him, if I was to sign up with the Air Force, could he do 2 simple things for me. One, could I get a full waiver from all physical aspects of basic training, and two, could I get guaranteed placement in the cyber warfare division. I was told no on both requests. This is the problem. The US Military is more interested in transferring soldiers who can hack than recruiting actual hackers. This leads to troops who, while they may have some decent level of skill, are not a fifth as competent in anything cyberwarfare does (or rather, should be doing) as most civilian hackers.

Geeks want to defeat America's enemies as badly as anyone else, but we're not going to have our faces slammed into the dirt by some drill sergeant with a chip on his shoulder to do it. We'll never be able to run 10 miles with 100 pounds of gear on our backs, and while most of us could fire a weapon and hit a target, we're not going to go do it in 140 degree heat in the middle of the desert. On the other hand, when the Chinese, Russians, or whoever else are trying to shutdown the power grid for the whole damn east coast, I don't care if the cyberwarfare division can run or shoot or salute - as long as the lights stay on, they can be as sloppy and physically unfit as they like.

This is the problem with the cyberwarfare division. We're unprepared because the Military is too deep into tradition to attract those who are really the "best and the brightest" for the job in question.

Don't worry though. Eventually this'll get farmed out to some defense contractor once the brass realizes it's costing too much and we suck at it, and those companies are more than willing to hire good hackers, whether they can do 50 pushups or not. I just hope it happens before someone like China decides to bite us in the ass.

Ironic that you should mention farming cyber warfare out to contractors (as I know the Air Force already does this, I was enlisted for 4 years with the USAF), and one of the ones that got hacked (Booze Allen Hamilton) is a prime contractor for a lot of AF systems (as is General Dynamics, Diebold, Lockheed Martin, etc...). The problem is that the enemy can adapt a lot faster than our military can because it is one big bureaucracy on top of another bureaucracy, and it takes too many approvals to change anything, or get anything done. Until the mindset at the pentagon changes this task would be more suited for the NSA/CIA to handle because...well let's face it they have a lot more freedom of who they can hire, and how they can operate.

Comment Bull.... (Score 1) 372

These usage caps are a devolution of the internet here in the US plain and simple. The ISP's did this shit with dial up until competitors came along and said here's all the usage you can have. Of course with dial up you don't need to have your own infrastructure other than having the connection going out. Now these larger ISP's know they have people by the balls because building new infrastructure takes a ridiculous amount of money. If I were google I would wire the country with fiber to the premises and then offer unlimited usage. If they could do that then you would be looking at the first company to have a market cap over $1 Trillion dollars. In this day and age there is no reason to cap usage. For example I have AT&T DSL (Fuck them, and it's the only option here for high speed. Time Warners line terminates 1/4 of a mile from my house go figure...) and I currently have the 6 Mbps Down/1Mbps Up plan and on a monthly average right now I'm always pushing close to the 150Gb cap. I download maybe 2-3 movies a month if that...I spend most of my time surfing and watching SC2 cast's and that alone is almost enough to bust the cap. Believe me the first day that there is another option I'm going to take it. Fuck these greedy companies.

Comment FUUUUUUU (Score 1) 538

As a AT&T customer this bothers the hell out of me. My options for internet are this.... 1. Dial Up 2. Satellite 3. DSL through AT&T (current connection) This is absolutely bull shit the service is already terrible as it is, and I really don't have any broadband choices now they are throwing out a cap on service. I hope they go out of business and lose customers.

Comment It's worth it for this reason (Score 2) 244

Ready for the reason to go... NETWORKING you would be amazed at the job offers you can get while attending anything like this. While I was in the Air Force I attended a few of our major IT conferences, and all these were for the most part was talking with the higher ups about job opportunities when you get out. Trust me go it's worth it.
Real Time Strategy (Games)

Blizzard Suing Creators of StarCraft II Hacks 385

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Rock, Paper, Shotgun: "Blizzard have taken the extremely peculiar decision to ban players from playing StarCraft II for using cheats in the single-player game. This meant that, despite cheating no one but themselves, they were locked out of playing the single-player game. Which is clearly bonkers. But it's not enough for the developer. Blizzard's lawyers are now setting out to sue those who create cheats. Gamespot reports that the megolithic company is chasing after three developers of hacks for 'destroying' their online game. It definitely will be in violation of the end user agreement, so there's a case. However, it's a certain element of their claim that stands out for attention. They're claiming using the hacks causes people to infringe copyright: 'When users of the Hacks download, install, and use the Hacks, they copy StarCraft II copyrighted content into their computer's RAM in excess of the scope of their limited license, as set forth in the EULA and ToU, and create derivative works of StarCraft II.'" Blizzard used similar reasoning in their successful lawsuit against the creators of a World of Warcraft bot.
Data Storage

Quebec Data Center Built In a Silo 113

1sockchuck writes "A supercomputing center in Quebec has transformed a huge concrete silo into the CLUMEQ Colossus, a data center filled with HPC clusters. The silo, which is 65 feet high with two-foot thick concrete walls, previously housed a Van de Graaf accelerator dating to the 1960s. It was redesigned to house three floors of server cabinets, arranged so cold air can flow from the outside of the facility through the racks and return via an interior 'hot core.' The construction and operation of the unique facility (PDF) are detailed in a presentation from CLUMEQ."

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