IT Pagan writes: I work for a small company that has about 40 users. I am looking to move beyond Userid/Passwords and require two factor authentication — Something you have (an access card or token) and something you know (a Pin # or Passphrase). Is one inherently more secure? Is one easier to manage and maintain? Are there major cost considerations?
redletterdave writes: "Days after hactivist and programmer Aaron Swartz committed suicide in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday, the US Department of Justice formally dismissed all pending charges against the 26-year-old co-founder of Reddit and Demand Progress on Monday. Swartz, who was being investigated for illegally tapping and downloading millions of scholarly papers from the digital journal archive JSTOR while visiting the library at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), potentially faced decades behind bars and a $1 million fine."
runner_one writes: Harold "Sonny" White of NASA's Johnson Space Center said Friday (Sept. 14) at the 100 Year Starship Symposium that warp drive might be easier to achieve than earlier thought. The first concept for a real-life warp drive was suggested in 1994 by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre, however subsequent calculations found that such a device would require prohibitive amounts of energy, studies estimated the warp drive would require a minimum amount of energy about equal to the mass-energy of the planet Jupiter. But recent calculations showed that if the shape of the ring encircling the spacecraft was adjusted into more of a rounded donut, as opposed to a flat ring the warp drive could be powered by a mass as small as 500Kg. Furthermore, if the intensity of the space warps can be oscillated over time, the energy required is reduced even more.
jollyrgr3 writes: "An Aussie company, Kogan, decides to tax the users of IE7 6.8% for using their site. Kogan claims this is due to the amount of time required to code their pages to work properly with IE7. The Kogan AU domain no longer Bing search results. Kogan hopes it is a temporary glitch. Microsoft denies tampering with search results."
spiffmastercow writes: After discovering that my Computer Science BS basically only qualifies me to code web apps (at least in the eyes of employers), I have decided to go back to school for a Master's. I have two options available to me: an online M.C.S degree program (associated with a brick and mortar school), or an Applied Mathmatics M.S. degree from a local school, where I will have to take about a year and a half of classes just to meet the entrance requirements. So my question is. do employers care about the difference between M.C.S. and M.S.? Is the M.C.S. a detriment if I decide to continue on to get a Ph.D.?
coop0030 writes: President Barack Obama will ask Congress next year to fund a new heavy-lift launcher to take humans to the Moon, asteroids, and the moons of Mars, ScienceInsider has learned. The president chose the new direction for the U.S. human space flight program Wednesday at a White House meeting with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, according to officials familiar with the discussion. NASA would receive an additional $1 billion in 2011 both to get the new launcher on track and to bolster the agency’s fleet of robotic Earth-monitoring spacecraft.
#gov20guy writes: "Agencies have launched social networking applications at such a fast pace that government officials said on Friday that they plan to add more applications, such as Apple's popular media store iTunes and the career-networking site LinkedIn.
The government also is negotiating agreements with social publishing site Scribd and commenting platform Intense Debate, said Martha Dorris, acting associate administrator for the General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Communications. The federal government has already signed modified terms of service agreements to allow agencies to use social media sites Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Slideshare and AddThis, among others.
The response to the agreements has been excellent, Dorris said. Agencies have set up Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts and YouTube channels to share information with the public. "We're looking at taking information wherever citizens go to get information," she said, adding GSA will consider adding more social networking sites, depending on requests from agencies."
eldavojohn writes: You know the drill, violent video game bill struck down because: "We hold that the Act, as presumptively invalid content-based restriction on speech, is subject to strict scrutiny and not the 'variable obscenity' standard from Ginsberg v. New York. Applying strict scrutiny, we hold that the Act violates rights protected by the First Amendment." Well, that didn't satisfy a one PhD child psychologist turned Democratic California State Senator named Leland Yee who states in his press release that "California's violent video game law properly seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of excessively violent, interactive video games. I am hopeful that the Supreme Court — which has never heard a case dealing with violent video games — will accept our appeal and assist parents in keeping these harmful video games out of the hands of children. I believe the high court will uphold this law as Constitutional. In fact in Roper v. Simmons, the court agreed we need to treat children differently in the eyes of the law due to brain development." His appeal in PDF is here and you can find some industry reactions to the Supreme Court hearing at GamePolitics. Unfortunately Yee seems to be a bit more competent than old Jack Thompson who is currently pushing a bill in Louisiana today.
Al writes: "Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology in Victoria, Australia, have developed an optical material capable of storing information in five dimensions. Using three wavelengths and two polarizations of light, the Australian researchers were able to write six different patterns within the same area. The material is made up of layers of gold nanorods suspended in clear plastic that has been spun flat onto a glass substrate and multiple data patterns can be written and read within the same area in the material without interference. The team achieved a storage density of 1.1 terabytes per cubic centimeter by writing data to stacks of 10 nanorod layers."