It’s finally a good thing that a US administration believes in a strong technology infrastructure. As part of the economic stimulus package $500 million is being spent on building a new high tech data center to replace the aging social security system. Yes, your data is important and not just the trivial stuff such as pictures and music. I’m talking about protecting you from identity theft, fraud, however the main reason is simply to update archaic government red tape. Slowly moving government offices from paper to electronic processing. Updating process and technology is only part of the process. A much more difficult task will be re-training staff to understand and be able to put the technology to good use. Could this be the cusp of a new hiring phase? Possibly followed by mass retirements and layoffs of senior back office staff? It would be a good thing to inject youth and productivity into the the traditional “slow and steady” government infrastructure. How does one go about starting up a new data center?
*phone call to local computer store
“I need 100,000 two terabyte hard drives … do you take American Express?”
If you’re the government of an internationally disliked country, dealing with daily (by the minute) cyber attacks against your digital infrastructure, it can sometimes get to you. Then by chance some genius decides, “I’m tired of this shit! I’m gonna rewrite the Interweb!” Sounds ridiculous right? Well you’d be wrong. You see for the most powerful country in the world (maybe the universe if you don’t count the Romulans) nothing’s impossible.
Instead of say … fixing … the problems the U.S. Air Force has decided to do just that, rewrite the Internet. The objectives of the Air Force Research Lab Cyber Defense program is to: turn hostile traffic into cartoon anime gifs, identify hackers and launch bombing runs on their mother’s homes, and making their networks an impenetrable fortress. (I’m paraphrasing of course)
Um … yeah. Good luck with that.
Published August 28, 2008
funny , microsoft , news , technology
Tags: facil, government, microsoft, open, quebec, software, source
I think this is pretty funny. Would you rather the Quebec government shut you down right from the start? or pretend to be give you a chance and let you make a futile attempt to make a competitive bid only to be passed over for Microsoft? It’s their choice. Just because you offer a cheaper open source solution, doesn’t mean that it may be a better fit for their systems.
If Facil wanted to make a name for itself, they definitely did, but not in a good way. (see original post below)
“Quebec’s open-source software association is suing the provincial government, saying it is giving preferential treatment to Microsoft Corp. by buying the company’s products rather than using free alternatives.
The lawsuit by Facil was lodged with the Quebec Superior Court on July 15 and made public on Wednesday. In it, the group says the provincial government has refused to entertain competing bids from all software providers, opting instead to supply public-sector departments with products bought from proprietary vendors such as Microsoft and Oracle Corp.”(link)
Published August 25, 2008
Data Recovery , gadgets , Identity Theft , news
Tags: british, data, government, loss, protection, technology, usb
My question is: what security measures were put into place the last time this happened? Apparently none. It’s good to know that the British are taking the issue seriously. Privacy and information should be the new tactics used to scare people into protecting their data. … Now if only the government could be scared into compliance.
“The British government is to data protection as Hurricane Katrina was to New Orleans property values. In the past we have covered the loss of data, including bank details, for 25 million people, and government intelligence documents seem to repeatedly get left on trains or in bars. Now, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has announced that a memory stick containing information on thousands of individuals in the criminal justice system has also gone walkabout.”(link)
Published August 14, 2008
censorship , Identity Theft , news , technology
Tags: crime, data, email, exchanges, government, information, uk
The Government will store “a billion incidents of data exchange a day” as details of every text, email and browsing session in the UK are recorded under new proposals published yesterday.
The information will be made available to police forces in order to crack down on serious crime, but will also be accessible by local councils, health authorities and even Ofsted and the Post Office.
One example of crime prevention using the data given in the consultation document is that of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency, which targets sexual abuse of children.
“The vast majority of CEOP’s work is by resolution of IP addresses, e-mail addresses and increasingly mobile phone numbers. (link)
Published August 5, 2008
copyright , funny , news , technology
Tags: air, appeals, blueport, computer, copyright, court, database, dmca, force, government, piracy, software, us
Last week, a US Court of Appeals upheld a ruling on software piracy. The organization doing the piracy, however, happened to be a branch of the US government, and the decision highlights the significant limits to the application of copyright law to the government charged with enforcing it. Most significantly, perhaps, the court found that because the DMCA is written in a way that targets individual infringers, the government cannot be liable for claims made under the statute.
The backstory on the case involved, Blueport v. United States, borders on the absurd. It started when Sergeant Mark Davenport went to work in the group within the US Air Force that ran its manpower database. Finding the existing system inefficient, Davenport requested training in computer programming so that he could improve it; the request was denied. Showing the sort of personal initiative that only gets people into trouble, Davenport then taught himself the needed skills and went to work redesigning the system. (link)