Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Gun Rights

 Nicely played, Mittens.
HT @hanseldee

"As president, Mitt will work to expand and enhance access and opportunities for Americans to hunt, shoot, and protect their families, homes and property, and he will fight the battle on all fronts to protect and promote the Second Amendment."

God knows I sometimes want to hunt and shoot members of my family (Thanksgiving comes to mind), but I'm pretty sure that isn't the intent of the Second Amendment.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Bsides London 2012: David Rook (@securityninja): Windows Phone 7 platform and application security overview

 This looks interesting.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Streaker at Cardinals game says he lost a bet. Side note: Joe Walsh is head of security at Busch stadium.

Streaker at Cardinals game says he lost a bet

thumbnailST. LOUIS (AP) - A streaker who ran naked onto the field during a Cardinals game says he did so because he lost a bet. Twenty-two-year-old Collin Grundstrom of Jefferson City was captured at Busch Stadium after shedding his clothes before the start of the seventh inning Thursday night. Officers retrieved his shorts from the stands and made him put them back on before leading him away. The St. Loui...

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Droid@Screen | RiboComments


Droid@Screen is a stand-alone Java Swing GUI application that shows the screen of an Android device on a computer. Typical usage is showing an app demo or during training.

Revamp Mobile Policy To Secure The Cloud

 There are benefits to allowing workers to bring their own devices and connect them to the corporate network, but businesses must take action to counter the risks user-owned devices can bring.

While more than eight out of 10 IT managers believe that a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy boosts productivity, more than 60 percent say employees connecting out to cloud services is a risk, according to a survey conducted by telecommunications and consulting firm BT.

"Organizations have to be aware of where their data is now -- in order to control access to it and protect it," says Jeff Schmidt, global head of business continuity, security, and governance at BT Global Services. "CIOs need to have a strategy for how they deal with data at rest and data in motion."

Cloud and the BYOD movement are two trends that are converging to create security problems for companies. Consumer technology could play host to malicious software, which could come from a cloud service or social network, allowing it to enter a business' network unhindered. Devices could also allow an insider to easily exfiltrate data.

"BYOD is a good trend, but there is a negative from a security perspective," says Michael Sutton, vice president of security research for Zscaler. "Where I see most companies migrating to is that they need some degree of control."


Monday, May 21, 2012

Who's in the pocket of Big Oil? - US warplanes can fly faster, carry additional weapons load using advanced fuels and biofuels

Storm breaks out between US military leaders and House Republicans.

Can the US afford to deploy fuels with advanced war fighting capabilities? Republicans say, for now, "no".

WASHINGTON, DC — May 21 — New tests conducted at at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have revealed that US warplanes are capable of flying faster and carry more payload on missions, when flying with synthetic fuels, including biofuels, compared to conventional military jet fuels made from petroleum.

The increased performance of biofuels could allow, for example, a fully loaded F/A-18 SuperHornet supersonic fighter to carry one additional missile during military operations.

According to Air Force special advisor on energy and fuels, Omar Mendoza, the Pentagon has authorized additional testing with General Electric, Rolls-Royce, and Pratt & Whitney to confirm the findings from the Air Force Research Laboratory, based at Wright Patterson AFB, near Dayton, Ohio.

Mendoza added that, if the results seen at the extensive Wright-Patterson engine testing labs are confirmed, outcomes could include consideration of next generation engines that can take full operational advantage of the breakthrough in warplane performance.

House bill to prevent use of high performance fuels

The revelation of the test results comes less than one week after the House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the 2013 Defense appropriation bill that would prevent US armed forces from purchasing high performance biofuels for military operations, unless they cost less than conventional fossil fuels.

Passage of the bill, which is now moving towards consideration by the full House, raises the possibility that US military pilots could be forced, during periods of low prices for conventional fossil fuels, to carry one less missile, fly slower or be restricted in range, during operational missions.