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Rackspace CEO Takes a Positive Spin from AWS for OpenStack Growth

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-05-12 17:14

ServerWatch: Rackspace's cloud fortunes today are somewhat tied to the open-source OpenStack cloud platform, which it helped to create.

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German Cryptanalysis of the M-209

Schneier on Security - Tue, 2015-05-12 17:13
This 1947 document describes a German machine to cryptanalyze the American M-209 mechanical encryption machine. I can't figure out anything about how it works. EDITED TO ADD (5/14): German attacks on the M-209....
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What's the Business Model For Commercializing Cyborgs?

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-05-12 16:41
An anonymous reader points out an article about Backyard Brains, a small company notable for turning cockroaches into cyborgs. The article explores how such an odd use of science and technology can actually form the basis of a business. They primarily work with educational organizations to bring their brand of DIY neuroscience to students and other interested parties. School budgets are often small, so a key part of Backyard Brains's goal is to make things inexpensive. "We want to inspire a generation of citizen-scientists. If we can lower the barrier to entry so the only limit is creativity, that might help with finding treatments for neurological disorders." As they find success, they're developing more research kits, and finding more ways to make cyborg insects into a business.

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Enjoying the Spring? Microsoft has 13 ways to fix that

The Register - Tue, 2015-05-12 16:35
May brings baker's dozen of patches from Redmond

Microsoft has put out 13 bulletins to address a total of 48 CVE-listen vulnerabilities in various products.…

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Time to get your babble on: Microsoft opens Skype Translator Preview to all comers

The Register - Tue, 2015-05-12 16:32
Chat to your mates in Klingon

Microsoft's Skype Translator, which automatically converts some voice calls and IMs between languages, has been available to beta testers for some time, but Redmond has now opened it up as a Preview to the general public – provided they have the right operating system.…

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Amateurs Produce Amateur Cryptography

Schneier on Security - Tue, 2015-05-12 06:41
Anyone can design a cipher that he himself cannot break. This is why you should uniformly distrust amateur cryptography, and why you should only use published algorithms that have withstood broad cryptanalysis. All cryptographers know this, but non-cryptographers do not. And this is why we repeatedly see bad amateur cryptography in fielded systems. The latest is the cryptography in the...
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