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Submission + - Spammers prefer Trump but are losing faith in him (

netbuzz writes: Whatever difficulties Donald Trump may be having among other potential voting blocs, he’s far and away the favorite presidential candidate of at least one demographic group: spammers. However, he seems to have lost significant support among that group since peaking in January. This is according to an examination of a year’s worth of spam used by an Arizona company to test anti-spam products.

Submission + - Cisco Blames Router Bug On 'Cosmic Radiation' (

netbuzz writes: A Cisco bug report addressing “partial data traffic loss” on the company’s ASR 9000 Series routers contends that a “possible trigger is cosmic radiation causing SEU soft errors.” Not everyone is buying: “It IS possible for bits to be flipped in memory by stray background radiation. However it's mostly impossible to detect the reason as to WHERE or WHEN this happens,” writes a Redditor identifying himself as a former Cisco engineer. As for Cisco, the company says it can’t confirm this particular instance of cosmic meddling, but contends that it is certainly possible and is a problem they’ve been working on since 2001.

Submission + - Why Belgium leads in IPv6 adoption (

netbuzz writes: Every time you read a story devoted to worldwide IPv6 adoption rates, sitting atop the list of highest achievers is Belgium, otherwise better known for chocolate, waffles, beer and diamonds. Google, for example, has worldwide IPv6 adoption at about 12%, Belgium leading at 45%. Why Belgium? Eric Vyncke, co-chair of Belgium’s IPv6 Council, explains a unique set of circumstances involving technology, geography, politics and culture.

Submission + - Plea to Cisco: Fix CCIE written exam (

netbuzz writes: Tom Hollingsworth, a CCIE and author of a blog called “The Networking Nerd,” has issued a blistering critique of Cisco’s CCIE routing and switching written exam. “The discontent is palpable,” according to Hollingsworth, writing from last week’s Cisco Live conference. “From what I’ve heard around Las Vegas this week, it’s time to fix the CCIE Written Exam.” Cisco’s response: “We are always open to feedback and looking for ways to improve and evolve our programs so they remain at the forefront of the industry."

Submission + - Can tech workers skip the Olympics as easily as athletes? (

netbuzz writes: Golfer Jordan Spieth announced this morning that he will not play in the Olympics, citing Zika, meaning the world’s top four players in his sport have now opted out of going to Brazil. They’re self-employed and answer to no one. But what of the rank-and-file employees who work for major technology companies sending large contingents to Brazil? Are they being asked – or compelled — to ignore the risks? Conversely, could women of child-bearing age be denied the opportunity to go at an employer’s discretion? Major vendors like Cisco and GE say they’re not making anyone go, though at least one expert says that doing so wouldn’t necessarily be a violation of employment law.

Submission + - Comodo trying to 'improperly' trademark Let's Encrypt (

netbuzz writes: Let’s Encrypt, a free certificate authority launched by the Internet Security Research Group in November 2014 and backed by some of the biggest names in the industry, today revealed that rival CA Comodo is attempting to “improperly” trademark the Let’s Encrypt brand.

Submission + - SPAM: Verizon strike taking toll on business customers

netbuzz writes: With the Verizon strike now in its fourth week, frustrations born of service delays and cancelations remain primarily the bane of consumers, although business customers are also taking on collateral damage, some of which may not be visible to the untrained eye. “Customers are asking their Verizon (Enterprise) account teams for, you name it – an inventory of current services, a next response to a bid for new services, a network management request that can’t otherwise be handled automatically – and the answer is coming back very frequently that those people aren’t around right now so you’re going to have to wait,” says one industry consultant.
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Submission + - AMC drops 'texting friendly' theaters idea (

netbuzz writes: Stung by a ferocious backlash on social media, AMC Entertainment this morning took to Twitter itself to announce that it will not be experimenting with “texting friendly” movie theaters, a trial balloon floated only days ago by the company’s boss. “NO TEXTING AT AMC. Won't happen. You spoke. We listened,” the company said.

Submission + - FCC levies record $51M fine for Lifeline abuse (

netbuzz writes: Detailing a litany of abuses, the FCC on Thursday said it will fine wireless provider Total Call Mobile some $51 million for allegedly creating tens of thousands of phony Lifeline accounts that defrauded the Universal Service Fund of almost $10 million. Derided by critics as a giveaway of “free Obama phones,” the Lifeline program is intended to provide essential communications services to low-income individuals but has been plagued by fraud. The $51 million fine would be the largest against a Lifeline provider, according to the FCC.

Submission + - 'Did Google Kill a Donkey?' (

netbuzz writes: Google is well known for killing off myriad products and services that the company deems no longer worth its time and money. However, if you type “Did Google kill ” into the company’s search box, the first option offered by autocomplete reads “Did Google kill a donkey.” Google has never had a product named donkey, to the best of our knowledge, so what’s up with the killer question? The answer involves Street View and what Google said in 2013 was simply a photographic misunderstanding.

Submission + - Authorities reportedly question McAfee's ex-girlfriend (

netbuzz writes: While antivirus software pioneer John McAfee is in the media spotlight here for his long-shot Libertarian presidential run, law enforcement authorities in Belize and the FBI have just this week reportedly questioned one of his ex-girlfriend’s as they continue to investigate the 2012 murder of McAfee’s American neighbor. That probe prompted McAfee to flee Belize and eventually land back in the United States. McAfee has steadfastly denied any involvement in the murder.

Submission + - Networking pros: iPads don't cut it on service calls (

netbuzz writes: AT&T service technicians toting company-issued iPads instead of the laptops they once carried are ill-equipped to solve some customer problems, according to IT professionals criticizing what they say has been a wholesale switch to tablets. “The tech arrived to promptly inform us that he only had an iPad. Which has no Ethernet jack. The tech said it was company policy that they will all be issued a tablet for all field work.” AT&T has yet to comment.

Submission + - Digitization shows college life in 1743 was quite familiar (

netbuzz writes: Harvard last week launched a website for The Colonial North American Project, which has been digitizing thousands of documents and letters from the 17th and 18th centuries to make them publicly available online. While many of the documents hold great historical significance, others merely reflect life in the times, such as a letter from James Otis Jr. – he of “Taxation without representation is tyranny” fame – to his father, James Otis Sr., also a prominent colonial attorney.

Submission + - How an obscure acro helped link AT&T to NSA spying (

netbuzz writes: Slashdot on Saturday highlighted a story by Pro Publica and the New York Times that used Snowden documents to reveal previously unknown details of the “highly collaborative” relationship between AT&T and the NSA that enabled the latter’s controversial Internet surveillance program. An aspect of the story that received only passing mention was how the reporters connected an acronym for an obscure proprietary network configuration – SNRC — to AT&T and the NSA in part through a 1996 story in the now-defunct print version of Network World. In essence, that acro proved to be a fingerprint confirming the connection — and its match was found thanks to Google Books.

Submission + - Fourth Oldest Dot-com Serving Up Scareware (

netbuzz writes: Founded in 1982, the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation was this country’s first computer research and development consortium. It was also the fourth organization of any kind to register a dot-com domain name – — having done so in 1985. MCC ceased operations in 2000, but its notable domain name remained active. Unfortunately, it recently was being controlled by scam artists pedaling fraudulent antivirus services and nicking some victims for $400 apiece — until yesterday.

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