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Submission + - No security ever built into Obamacare site: TrustedSec CEO (

schwit1 writes: Dissecting the critical security problems with the website, with TrustedSec CEO David Kennedy. "When you develop a website, you develop it with security in mind. And it doesn't appear to have happened this time. It's really hard to go back and fix the security around it because security wasn't built into it. We're talking multiple months to over a year to at least address some of the critical-to-high exposures on the website itself."

Another online security expert—who spoke at last week's House hearing and then on CNBC—said the federal Obamacare website needs to be shut down and rebuilt from scratch. Morgan Wright, CEO of Crowd Sourced Investigations said: "There's not a plan to fix this that meets the sniff test of being reasonable."

When it comes to securing personal information online, Kennedy cited Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter as models for the industry. He even said the IRS website does regular testing to help "ensure that when the websites come out they're protected."

Submission + - On duty or off duty, on-call, and waiting to engage or engaged to wait 2

An anonymous reader writes: I have a question on labor law for the Slashdot crowd. My circumstances should be similar enough to others that I'd like to hear how others handle it. I work for a small, privately held company. My employment contract states that I am a full-time employee, non-exempt, hourly. My company leases equipment to smaller companies where it does not make financial sense for them to outright buy their own. My division provides field service on this equipment, as well as on equipment owned by other companies. My division is small, with a couple dozen of us spread geographically across the U.S. Essentially, the job is to await a service call that the equipment is broken, get to the site as fast as possible (some close enough for driving, some require flying to, even by the same primary) and fix it. We each have our own geographical area of responsibility (the secondary is not called unless the primary is otherwise engaged). We have "normal" business hours, M-F, 8am-4:30pm. We work after hours and on weekends as required.

I have worked in this industry for almost 20 years, though not long at this company. In every other instance, I've been paid for 8 hours per day, plus overtime is paid if I go over 40 hours for the week (or over 8 in the day for companies that adhere to CA policies). This company does not. We have been instructed to leave our time sheets blank until a service event occurs, then fill it out. At the end of the week, we are to then go back and fill "non-service hours" so that we reach 40 hours for the week, which is what they now claim is all that they guarantee. If I do not receive a single service call for the week (unfortunately, this happens), I am paid the 40 hours.

The issue is what then happens when I do have a service event. My closest site is a 3-hour drive each direction. Coupled with 5 hours of labor (very common), the day ends up being 11 hours (not counting breaks or meals). So a week with just one service event would, elsewhere, show 43 hours (40 regular + 3 OT). This company counts it as 40 regular hours. The 3 extra hours are deducted from the "non-service hours" that they have us record to get up to 40. It's even more of an issue when I work 15-hr days W-F and they go back and deduct the 16hrs from M & T.

Effectively, they're making the determination on whether or not to pay after the fact. When I talked with the VP of HR about it, they claimed that I'm an "on-call employee" (contrary to what my employment contract states, and contrary to any written policy) and they don't have to pay me unless I'm actually at a job site. I asked if I called the home office at 8am, would they tell me that I was on duty that day. They said yes. I asked if I called back at 4:30pm and asked if I was on duty that day. They said yes. So you have to pay me for those hours worked. Depends on whether or not I did "productive" work (which they define as being on-site or traveling to/from). Can I drink? No. Can I go to the lake? No. Can I go see a movie? No. Can I work a second job? No. Do I have to keep a Go Bag so I can jump on a plane at a moment's notice? Yes.

Has anyone else run into this situation? This is the first time in 20 years that I've been in this situation, and all the other jobs were just like this one (right down to immediate supervisor being over 1000 miles away), but there's never been a dispute over pay. Am I just completely misunderstanding Federal labor law?

And, yes, I am seeing an attorney who specializes in this field. I'm just curious if anyone else here has ever run into this.

Submission + - John McAfee accused of murder, wanted by Belize police ( 1

thn writes: "John McAfee, who started the antivirus software giant named after him, has been accused of murder in Belize and wanted. McAfee had taken to "posting on a drug-focused Russian message board...about his attempts to purify the psychoactive compounds colloquially known as 'bath salts,'" Gizmodo wrote. The scariest aspect of this story may be the fact that an entire lab was constructed for John McAfee’s research purposes. Because of his efforts to extract chemicals from natural chemical plans McAfee was able to justify his experiments in a country that is largely unregulated."

Submission + - Supersymmetry theory dealt a blow (

Dupple writes: Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider have detected one of the rarest particle decays seen in Nature.

The finding deals a significant blow to the theory of physics known as supersymmetry.

Many researchers had hoped the LHC would have confirmed this by now.

Supersymmetry, or SUSY, has gained popularity as a way to explain some of the inconsistencies in the traditional theory of subatomic physics known as the Standard Model.

The new observation, reported at the Hadron Collider Physics conference in Kyoto, is not consistent with many of the most likely models of SUSY.

Prof Chris Parke, who is the spokesperson for the UK Participation in the LHCb experiment, told BBC News: "Supersymmetry may not be dead but these latest results have certainly put it into hospital."

Submission + - Milky Way is Surrounded by Halo of Hot Gas (

kelk1 writes: If the size and mass of this gas halo is confirmed, it also could be an explanation for what is known as the "missing baryon" problem for the galaxy [...] a census of the baryons present in stars and gas in our galaxy and nearby galaxies shows at least half the baryons are unaccounted for [...] Although there are uncertainties, the work by Gupta and colleagues provides the best evidence yet that the galaxy's missing baryons have been hiding in a halo of million-kelvin gas that envelopes the galaxy.

Submission + - Slackware 14 almost here (

DidoEx writes: "Slackware is bound to be about ready, Patrick's on his fifth release candidate for Pete's sake. Fortunately, his steganographical message in the latest changelog said, "Really, this time it is not a drill! Everything is in place and ready to release at this point."
He continued by saying if no showstoppers are found we can expect the official release "soon." It's my good fortune to subscribe to Willy Sudiarto Raharjo's Slackblogs because he parses those boring changelogs into a human readable format. He blogged earlier what was new this release:

* Linux Kernel 3.2.29
* GLIBC upgraded to tzdata 2012f
* Patch rebuilt to add upstream patch
* Git, Slacktrack, Samba, SVN, and VSFTPD upgraded to the latest bugfix releases
* More kernel configs in testing/ directory, including 3.4.11, 3.5.4, and 3.6-RC4"

Submission + - If the SOPA zombies come (

An anonymous reader writes: There are multiple theories about what could happen if SOPA, ACTA or PIPA or other anti-free digital world lobbies get their plans. A digital cops would occupy internet environment. You would not be sure, no about if you are going to find it, but if you are enabled to find it. The main problem is: where are the DNSs (Domain Name System to associate info and domain names)?

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