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Submission + - Feds aren't 'knowingly' weakening encryption, says U.S. official (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: A U.S. official Tuesday defended the government's encryption efforts in response to disclosures that the National Security Agency (NSA) has the ability to crack encryption protections. Patrick Gallagher, undersecretary of commerce for standards and technology and director of NIST, said that the leaks "would appear to attack our integrity." Gallagher, speaking at an Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit here, said that NIST's role "is to support a technical understanding of the strongest, most secure computer security, including encryption that we can. We are not deliberately, knowingly, working to undermine or weaken encryption technologies," said Gallagher.

Submission + - Stand-Up Comedy at the LHC Today (physicscentral.com)

BuzzSkyline writes: Some physicists at the Large Hadron Collider are about to embark on a completely different sort of experiment. What they will discover today may rival the detection of the Higgs particle in, well, in no way whatsoever. Unlike most high energy physics experiments, you won't need countless hours on a massive computer farm to tell if the experiment is a success. You should know pretty quickly by tuning into CERN's After Dark Stand-Up Comedy Evening taking place today at 20:00 in Europe/Zurich time, (2:00 PM Eastern time).
Security

Submission + - Children Turning Into Malicious Code Developers (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: "In a world filled with laptops, tablets and smartphones, today’s children become digitally fluent far earlier than previous generations. Now, AVG has found evidence that pre-teens are writing malware designed to steal login details from online gamers, both young and old. While stealing someone’s game logins may at first seem a minor problem, online gaming accounts are often connected to credit card details to enable in-game purchases, and may also have virtual currency attached to them amounting to hundreds of dollars. Furthermore, many gamers unfortunately use the same login details for social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, potentially putting the victim at risk of cyber-bullying, in addition to identity theft and major inconvenience."
Microsoft

Submission + - Will the iPad increase your Microsoft licensing fees? (networkworld.com)

colinneagle writes: Apple's iProducts have little to no enterprise support. The company has shunned the enterprise, and Steve Jobs famously said he "hated" it. So securing that iPad or MacBook is no easy task, and that might be the opening for Microsoft to whack you when it comes to expensive licensing requirements for Microsoft client and server products.

A survey of almost 800 enterprise-size customers by Directions on Microsoft showed that 67% already allow employees to use personal devices such as an iPad to access corporate IT infrastructure and assets.

So you could find yourself needing an Office license even if it's merely being displayed on an iPad, which is working as a dumb terminal.

Apple

Submission + - Apple iPad 2 As Fast As The Cray-2 Super Computer (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Presenting at the IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing conference, a researcher from the University of Tennessee presented that the iPad 2 is as fast as the original Cray-2 super computer. Performance improvements were made to the iPad 2 LINPACK software by writing Python for generating and testing various Assembly routines. The researcher also found that the ARM Cortex-A9 easily beats the NVIDIA/AMD GPUs and latest Intel/AMD workstation CPUs in performance-per-Watt efficiency.
Microsoft

Submission + - Kenya warned on ditching copyrighted software by Microsoft (standardmedia.co.ke) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Recently, the Kenyan government issued a warning that in would migrate over to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The move is expected to halve the IT cost for this third world country. Microsoft however chimed in with FUD comments about opensource. Here are some choicy bits:
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“We agree with the open standards but not the free and open source software strategy,” said Paul Roy Owino, technology advisor, Microsoft East and Southern Africa.

“The Government stands to lose to hackers, freedom to third party modification coming with Free and Open Source Software it plans to adopt increases chances of Internet attacks,” he said “I do not think the Government has competent expertise to handle the challenges that comes with the free and Open Source Software,” he said.
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Security

Submission + - Poll Finds Americans Think TSA Is 'Doing a Good Job' (forbes.com)

OverTheGeicoE writes: Why is it that airport security never seems to change in the United States? Perhaps it's because most Americans think TSA is doing a 'good job,' according to a surprise Gallup poll, allegedly commissioned by no one but the kind editors at Gallup. The poll found that 54% of Americans believe TSA is doing a good or excellent job, and that 57% have a good or excellent opinion of the agency. So why all the criticism? According to TFA, criticism of the TSA comes primarily from 'Internet sites, where reporting standards are generally not at the same level as newspapers, where reporters are taught to consider what is told to them with skepticism and to seek responses to charges.' Furthermore, 'the TSA is put into a difficult situation when such charges are posted with little or no fact checking by reporters.' Other sources, of course, have different interpretations of Gallup's results, including questions about whether the poll was biased. If Americans secretly do love TSA, that could explain why the recent whitehouse.gov petition failed to gather enough signatures for a 'response.' In fact, you'll find so little information about the petition remains on whitehouse.gov that you'll wonder if my link is correct. And these are not the droids you're looking for. Move along.

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