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Submission + - What "whitehat" training is useful in a Vo

ubercombatwombat writes: For the Open Telephony Training Seminar, I am working up some materials to cover Nessus, WarVOX, SIPp and pointing out some additional web resources. Because time is tight, I will only be introducing these topics, not going in depth.

I do have the demonstration server operational am considering creating temp accounts for learners in Nessus and WarVOX. SIPp can create a DOS by mistake ( I know, my house did not get calls for a few hours...once)and I already decided not to do a live demo of SIPp or be handing over the keys to that car.

This material will be on top of basic Linux security ( ssh, IPTables, logs, etc...) and needs to be covered as attacks on VoIP are on the increase. The goal is awareness, not proficiency. Any thoughts on VoIP security topics or software I may be missing?

Bye Bye Bananas — the Return of Panama Disease 519

Ant sends in a disturbing report in The Scientist on an imminent threat to worldwide banana production. "The banana we eat today is not the one your grandparents ate. That one — known as the Gros Michel — was, by all accounts, bigger, tastier, and hardier than the variety we know and love, which is called the Cavendish. The unavailability of the Gros Michel is easily explained: it is virtually extinct. Introduced to our hemisphere in the late 19th century, the Gros Michel was almost immediately hit by a blight that wiped it out by 1960. The Cavendish was adopted at the last minute by the big banana companies — Chiquita and Dole — because it was resistant to that blight, a fungus known as Panama disease... [Now] Panama disease — or Fusarium wilt of banana — is back, and the Cavendish does not appear to be safe from this new strain, which appeared two decades ago in Malaysia, spread slowly at first, but is now moving at a geometrically quicker pace. There is no cure, and nearly every banana scientist says that though Panama disease has yet to hit the banana crops of Latin America, which feed our hemisphere, the question is not if this will happen, but when. Even worse, the malady has the potential to spread to dozens of other banana varieties, including African bananas, the primary source of nutrition for millions..."

Submission + - SPAM: CSIRO claims revolutionary waste into fuel process

WirePosted writes: "Australia's Commonwealth and Industrial research Organization (CSIRO) and Monash University in Melbourne have developed a chemical process that turns common green waste into a stable bio-crude oil. The reasearchers claim the energy is renewable, greenhouse gas neutral and eliminates the food versus fuel debate."
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Submission + - Vonage ordered to pay Sprint $69.5 million (news.com)

Vincent writes: "Internet telephony player Vonage was dealt another serious legal blow Tuesday when a federal jury found the company had infringed on six patents held by Sprint Nextel. The jury ordered Sprint to pay $69.5 million in damages."

Comment Fighter Ace II (Score 1) 529

The game I really like (don't play now) is Fighter Ace https://fighterace.ketsujin.com/. You fly WWII planes with good physics in WWII scenes. The cool part was that you could fly alone or join sqauds. Having spend time in the military, a place where you really learn how to make and be a friend, most of the players in a good squad approximate some of that bonding. Oh, and when you work as a team it is easy to domonate the skys. Anyway, I would give that one a shot. It is likely I'll take it up again. Robert

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