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Submission + - Carlson Sues IBM for Outsourcing Fraud (informationweek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Cutting off a deal at the halfway point, Carlson is suing Big Blue for not living up to the outsourcing hype. IBM is denying any wrongdoing. It would be a huge black eye for IBM if Carlson wins the suit. It could also start a wave of lawsuits for disgruntled companies paying more for outsourcing than they bargained for.

Submission + - Secrets of 'Magic' Antidepressant by Yale Team

An anonymous reader writes: Yale researchers have discovered how a novel anti-depressant can take effect in hours, rather than the weeks or months usually required for most drugs currently on the market. The findings, described in the August 20 issue of the journal Science, should speed development of a safe and easy-to-administer form of the anti-depressant ketamine, which has already proven remarkably effective in treating severely depressed patients. The Yale scientists found that, in rats, ketamine not only quickly improves depression-like behaviors but actually restores connections between brain cells damaged by chronic stress.

US House Passes Ban On Caller ID Spoofing 171

smarek writes "The 'Truth in Caller ID Act' passed the US House of Representatives on Wednesday. The legislation is trying to outlaw Caller ID spoofing. In some cases, this spoofing has led to individuals giving out information that has led to identity theft. Last year the NYPD discovered over 6,000 victims of Caller ID spoofing, who together lost a total of $15 million. A companion bill has already been passed by the Senate, and the two are on their way to 'informal conference to reconcile any differences.' The bill that results will most likely pass." PCWorld's coverage notes that callers will still be able to block their information entirely, and that the bill may have negative consequences for legitimate phone-related services, such as Google Voice.

Submission + - Escapist Website Mass Bans Users Who Mention Adblo (escapistmagazine.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: One user posted a thread on the forums complaining about an ad. Other users responded that they used adblock so never saw any ads. Down comes the banhammer wiping out several users that have post counts in the thousands and years of membership, just for mentioning the name of the hated extension.

There are no terms of use prohibiting adblock or listing blocking of ads as a bannable offense.

The thread was quickly locked and will probably be deleted.


Submission + - inexpensive 3D printer built by grad student & (reprap.org)

An anonymous reader writes: this was just posted to hackaday, and I think it might be of interest to your readership:

My name is Peter, a PhD student in the Cognitive Science Lab at McMaster University. My dad and I have built an inexpensive and fairly simple-to-build 3D printer from a few inkjet printers and about $200-$300, which is about a third to half the price of the next cheapest kit (a Makerbot). While the design is Makerbot-inspired, it makes some simplifications that dramatically reduce it's complexity and make it far easier to produce. Infact, many of the parts were created with a table saw and a hand drill, tools fairly common in most any garage.



Submission + - What is the Future of Firewalls? 1

jlmale0 writes: When I mess with my WAP/router at home or coordinate with the network team at work, it seems like I'm stuck in 1995. We're still manually listing IP address/port combinations for our firewall rules. There's a certain simplicity to this when dealing with a single system, but there are firewalls everywhere these days. What's available for managing complex firewall arrangements? What's being developed? Can I take a visio diagram, run it through a script and get a list of firewall rules? What about a gui that illustrates the current system configuration and then lets me drag and drop systems across firewalls, and have the individual firewall ports automatically configured? What about tying a firewall into an authentication system so that when jdoe logs in, only then are the firewalls opened to pass her traffic? What about managing distributed firewalls so that one repository of rules opens up your system's firewalls, the DMZ firewall, and the public firewall all at once?

Let's get a conversation started. What cool projects do I need to know about? What cool management features would you like to see? What's next for firewall management?

Submission + - U.S. Infrastructure At Risk From Cyber Attacks (net-security.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Nearly three-quarters of federal IT decision-makers who work in national defense and security departments or agencies say the possibility is “high” for a cyber attack by a foreign nation in the next year, according to a Clarus Research Group survey. Additionally, a third of these respondents say they have already experienced such a cyber attack within the last year. Only six percent of respondents rated the federal government’s overall ability to prevent or handle possible threats from cyber attacks on critical IT infrastructure in the U.S. as “excellent.” Difficulty integrating multiple technologies, aligning IT needs with department objectives and in complying with requirements were identified as the greatest challenges in managing IT security operations today.

Submission + - Name That Element - Think Heavy (nytimes.com)

mr crypto writes: A team of Russian and American scientists has discovered a new element that has long stood as a missing link among the heaviest bits of atomic matter ever produced. The element, still nameless, appears to point the way toward a brew of still more massive elements with chemical properties no one can predict.

Submission + - Largest Sodium Sulfur Battery Powers Texas Town (inhabitat.com)

separsons writes: The largest sodium sulfur battery in America, nicknamed "BOB," can provide enough electricity to power all of Presidio, Texas. Until now, the small town relied on a single, 60-year-old transmission line to connect it to the grid, so the community frequently experienced power outages. BOB, or "Big-Old Battery," began charging earlier this week. The house-sized battery can hold four megawatts of power for up to eight hours. Utilities are looking into similar-sized batteries to store power from solar and wind so that renewables can come online before the country implements a smart grid system.

Submission + - Mozilla warns of unknown root certificate authorit (zdnet.com) 1

suraj.sun writes: Mozilla warns of unknown root certificate authority in Firefox

In a startling revelation, the open-source Mozilla project says that its flagship Firefox browser contains a root certificate authority that doesn’t seem to have a known owner.

Here’s the disclosure by Kathleen Wilson, who serves as a peer for the “CA certificates module” within the Mozilla project:

“I have not been able to find the current owner of this root. Both RSA and VeriSign have stated in email that they do not own this root. Therefore, to my knowledge this root has no current owner and no current audit, and should be removed from NSS.” A separate bug report identifies the root certificate authority as “RSA Security 1024 V3.”

Interestingly, that root certificate authority is shown as valid in Apple’s System Roots but not in Microsoft’s.

Mozilla’s own Gervase Markham is worried about the implications:follow Ryan Naraine on twitter

The lack of transparency in 2002 re: the source of added roots means we have no idea whether e.g. some malicious actor slipped an extra one into whatever list they were keeping internally to Netscape, and has been MITMing people ever since.

ZDNet : http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=6016

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