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jamie writes "A grassroots campaign has begun to get Stephen Colbert to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to counter Glenn Beck's recent 'Restoring Honor' event. The would-be rally has been dubbed 'Restoring Truthiness' and was inspired by a recent post on Reddit, where a young woman wondered if the only way to point out the absurdity of the Tea Party's rally would be if Colbert mirrored it with his own Colbert Nation.'"
Security

Searching For Backdoors From Rogue IT Staff 328

WHiTe VaMPiRe writes "When IT staff are terminated under duress, there is often justification for a complete infrastructure audit to reduce future risk to a company. Here is an exploration of the steps necessary to maintain security." Of course the first piece of advice is to basically assume you've been rooted. Ouch.
Businesses

Computer Competency Test For Non-IT Hires? 369

wto605 writes "As computers are used for more and more vital business functions, small businesses must have office employees who understand the dangers of, and how to recognize and avoid, malware, spam, and phishing. After having been stung by monthly virus cleanups (at $75 an hour) due to an otherwise competent office manager, my parents have realized they need to be aware of their employees' computer skills beyond the ability to type a letter in Microsoft Word (currently the closest thing they have to a test of computer competence). The problem is, as a small business, they have no IT expert who would be able to judge a potential employee's competency. I'm wondering if anyone knows of a good way to test these security/safety awareness skills, such as an online test, a set of questions, etc. I have already pointed them to Sonicwall's Spam and Phishing test, but it definitely does not cover all of the issues facing computer users."

Submission + - Dell Removes (then reinstates) 3rd Party Drive Sup (standalone-sysadmin.com)

Bandman writes: Back in February, a posting by Dell rep Howard Shoobe alerted us to the fact that Dell was removing the ability to use non-Dell branded drives in the Poweredge server line, when configured with the PERC H700/H800. There was immediate backlash.

Recently, however, Dell backpedaled on their stance, saying that third party drives would be able to be used, but not officially supported. This much more agreeable stance was brought about by the thousands of Dell customers who railed against the change. The news is that, apparently, Dell listens.

Space

Submission + - 2 killed in SpaceShipTwo motor test explosion (cnn.com)

RZG writes: Two people were killed and 4 were injured during a "cold fire test" of the motor for SpaceShipTwo. This obviously is a setback for Virgin Galactic and the non-government space community in general. "Aerial video of the blast aftermath showed a charred and twisted flatbed trailer attached to a truck cab with a large silver tank next to it. Large pieces of debris appeared to be strewn for hundreds of yards from the center."
Communications

Submission + - America doesn't have a broadband problem

stry_cat writes: According to this story, the new FCC Commissioner believes that "the country doesn't really have a broadband problem."

This statement contrasts sharply with what others are saying. For example a 2006 ars technica article stated "Looking at the statistics contained in the report, we discover that the US is 16th in the world in terms of broadband penetration and 15th in rate of growth. As of December 2005, the US had approximately 16 broadband subscribers for every 100 inhabitants. In contrast, Iceland had almost 27, while South Korea, the Netherlands, and Denmark were right around 25 per 100."

Has our broadband crisis been solved in just under a year, or is the new FCC Commissioner mistaken?

Feed Engadget: NYC cabbies plan September strike over GPS (engadget.com)

Filed under: Transportation

As we told you in March, the technology-bucking drivers of New York City have put their collective foot down and said "no" to GPS systems in city taxis. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a non-unionized group with more than 8,400 members, claims it will call for its drivers to strike if city leaders don't retract plans to install GPS units in 13,000 cabs. No new information there, but recently the NYTWA announced that September would be its target month for the walkouts, putting a very real timetable on what would be a crippling move for the city. If you'll recall, the touchscreen devices would allow passengers to pay by credit card, check the news, and map their taxi's location. The systems would also track pickup and drop-off points (information taxi drivers already report), but cabbies fear their employers will use the information to keep tabs on their whereabouts. The NYTWA plans to specify the date and length of the strike next month, so you'll know more when we do.

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Windows

Submission + - Improvements to DFS in Windows Server 2008 (mcox.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has announced new features for DFS in Windows Server 2008 (Longhorn). This news comes straight from the DFS Namespaces team at Microsoft, so these features should actually be there in the RTM version of Windows Server 2008. The biggest new improvement is support for more than 5,000 targets in a domain-based DFS namespace, along with access-based enumeration (users do not see folders they cannot access in the directory listing).
  • Windows 2000 Server Mode: This provides the same DFS functionality and scalability that is currently available in Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003, but running on Windows Server 2008.
  • Windows Server 2008 Mode: This new mode provides functionality and scalability, along with support for access-based enumeration (users do not see folders/content that they cannot access).

Feed news.com: HD Radio - what's the holdup? (com.com)

Blog: iBiquity is the developer and exclusive licensor of digital radio technology in the U.S. What has taken so long to get this technology to consumers? Europe had it over a decade ago. What's the holdup?
Software

Submission + - Dell admits preloaded Trailware is annoying

Very Anonymous Coward writes: Dell released a new desktop product line 'Vostro'.

The first bullet point emphasized on this product line is "No Trialware. ". A mouse-over description states "Vostro Systems come without annoying trialware, so you get only the software you want"

Though only Windows is available as the OS, so I guess the above is only half true.

http://www.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/o dg/hip_msn?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd

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