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Comment Re:News from a twit. (Score 2) 582

Well, if that information is classified then not only would the company spokesperson risk firing, he'd also be committing a federal crime for disclosing that information. The journalist himself would face similar pressure, and the number of bloggers and journalists who'd be willing to go to jail to protect a source can be counted on one hand.

Comment Web Application Firewall (Score 2) 333

ModSecurity (or any other WAF) can greatly decrease the number and kinds of attacks that actually make it through to your application. And like a good firewall it can alert you when you're under attack. If you do nothing else, put this in place.

You also want to make sure your app is solid, so head on over to DISA and see what the military recommends. They have Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) for just about everything in your architecture: http://iase.disa.mil/stigs/app_security/index.html

Once you have things built, test! Use some of the open source penetration testing tools to see if there are any known vulnerabilities in your stack. Try it with and without your WAF in place.

Finally, if you really need to go the extra mile, it's time to shell out some cash for professional penetration testers. They'll have a tool belt full of open source and proprietary tools and the good ones will even do a static analysis of your code.


Smell Like An Orc 90

You may have no trouble smelling like an orc after 12 straight hours of raiding, but if you do, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is here for you. The company has come out with a line of RPG inspired perfumes. Choose from: Dwarf, Elf, Half-elf, Hafling, Orc, Cleric, Fighter, or Mage and people will not only see that you're a geek, they'll smell it too.

Why Geim Never Patented Graphene 325

gbrumfiel writes "As we discussed on Tuesday, Andre Geim won this year's Nobel prize in physics for graphene, but he never patented it. In an interview with Nature News, he explains why: 'We considered patenting; we prepared a patent and it was nearly filed. Then I had an interaction with a big, multinational electronics company. I approached a guy at a conference and said, "We've got this patent coming up, would you be interested in sponsoring it over the years?" It's quite expensive to keep a patent alive for 20 years. The guy told me, "We are looking at graphene, and it might have a future in the long term. If after ten years we find it's really as good as it promises, we will put a hundred patent lawyers on it to write a hundred patents a day, and you will spend the rest of your life, and the gross domestic product of your little island, suing us." That's a direct quote.'"

Comment Is this the same as a powered differential? (Score 1) 609

I think so. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limited_slip_differential

On a straight road, both tires spin at the same speed. On a curve, the difference in tire rotation causes the smaller gears in the differential to spin. If those gears were connected to a motor you could choose to spin the tires at a different rate any time.

I'm not convinced that this is as efficient as a normal gear system, since it will take power to spin the second shaft.

United States

Submission + - How the CIA uses Scrum (opensourceconnections.com)

Stultsinator writes: "The CIA's Deputy CIO Jill Singer came to the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce to discuss the process they use for evaluating, architecting and implementing their internal IT projects. What was surprising to me was that they use the Scrum methodology extensively."

Comment Re:Why would any one? (Score 1) 210

Of course such insane arrangements with respect to investments lead to a portion of the financial meltdown.

Oh no...

This may be a valid analogy, but I can totally see it getting out of hand.

The Pirate Bay Trial, Prosecutor:
"Your honor, what The Pirate Bay is promoting, in essence, is the same thing that caused the meltdown of financial systems worldwide!" (followed by dubious lines of logic.)

Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Looking inside the Second Life data centers

An anonymous reader writes: InformationWeek looks inside the data centers that power the game Second Life. Tidbits from the article: The software architecture is an extension of the virtual world metaphor of Second Life. At any time, it's possible to walk into one of Second Life's two data centers, pat one of the rack-mounted servers, and say that particular server is running virtual New York, or San Francisco, or ancient Rome, and imagine itty-bitty people and buildings inside the 1U rack-mounted servers. Linden Lab, which develops and maintains Second Life, runs 2,000 Intel- and AMD-based servers in two co-location facilities in San Francisco and Dallas. And, contrary to widespread belief among Second Life users, Linden Lab has not decided whether to open-source the Second Life server software.

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