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Surveillance State: Liberty & Security - Innovation of Technology Should Drive Government Policy - Opportunity

This Prism issue is not a new issue.  Remember William Binney, whistleblower and former NSA crypto-mathematician who served in the agency for decades, said the David Petraeus sex scandal was most likely exposed using illegal surveillance of his email. Binney came to national attention earlier this year when he started telling the story of how NSA surveillance works to anyone who would listen. He is a crypto-mathematician and a codebreaker of the nth degree (described as one of the best in NSA history) and his explanation of the spying program appeared in the New York Times in August 2012. He spoke about “Stellar Wind” a... more »
Prism & NSA Conversations - Lessons Learned from the NSA on Scaling Data Mining Monitoring

Prism & NSA Conversations - Lessons Learned from the NSA on Scaling Data Mining Monitoring

With all the conversations around the NSA and Prism monitoring our data it's important to learn what it takes to mine the massive amounts of data. The Atlantic had a great post on the challenges of technology advancements and how hard it is to apply the policy of getting data on bad actors.    To me the core issues are: 1) tech policy isn't that mature and 2) yes we do need to keep an eye on what is acceptable and have transparency. The challenge is who do you trust? The courts have failed to develop a robust system for applying the Fourth... more »
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ServiceNow VP Discusses App Creation for Newbies

ServiceNow has positioned itself at the forefront of the abstraction tidal wave that’s sweeping through IT with the recent launch of App Creator, a new system that makes it much easier for users to extend their platform with custom functionality. Matt Schvimmer, the company’s vice president of product management, talked about the news and discussed the value of simplicity with theCube hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick. Schvimmer boasts that App Creator offers a great deal of depth for developers, and yet doesn’t require users to possess any programming skills to get started. The only prerequisite, he says, is an understanding... more »
Nutanix Lands in Australia as a Part of Global Expansion Initiative

Nutanix Lands in Australia as a Part of Global Expansion Initiative

Nutanix, an emerging provider of modular cloud infrastructure solutions, has launched its first Australian office in Sydney earlier this week. The new outlet is the eighth international office that the San Jose-based company has opened in the past 12 months. Nutanix says that its next Asia Pacific destination is Melbourne, which it chose as the location for an upcoming support center that will serve customers and partners throughout the region. “The high adoption of virtualised infrastructures and the growing demand for centralised data storage by Australian and New Zealand organisations is driving this rapid take-up of our converged solution,” said Vignesh Shashidhar,... more »
NSA Spying Denials Prove That Google is Truly Evil

NSA Spying Denials Prove That Google is Truly Evil

Google has finally been exposed as the deceitful, two-faced entity it really is, and now it's desperately trying to spin the revelations of the NSA' s pervasive spying program to its advantage. The company that loves to portray itself as the defender of the internet, espousing its "Don't be Evil" propaganda whilst appearing to fight for internet freedoms, has been left scrambling to defend its so-called 'reputation' as a company worthy of our trust. Hot on the heels of reports from The Guardian and the Washington Post, Google was among the first of the nine tech firms involved to deny any... more »
IBM Pulls the Rug from Under AWS

IBM Pulls the Rug from Under AWS

A $600 million contract between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Amazon has been derailed by IBM, which complained that the cloud provider has received favorable treatment from the spy agency. This week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office announced that it has accepted the company’s claims. Big Blue alleges that the CIA “failed to properly evaluate prices and waived a contract requirement” only for Amazon, giving it an unfair advantage over the other vendors that competed over the deal. The arbitrator of federal contract disputes, whose advice is usually heeded by government agencies, subsequently recommended that the CIA reopen negotiations with... more »
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Microsoft Calms the Mob, Addresses Xbox One Critics

Microsoft has finally broken its silence on some of the Xbox One's most pressing issues, in a series of posts.  Some rumors addressed: Always connected Microsoft's post stated that a persistent connection is not required as gamers can play on the Xbox One for up to 24 hours offline using their own console and an hour if gamers are accessing their game library in another console.  They cannot continue playing offline if they have not established a connection after the allotted offline gaming has lapsed, but will still be able to enjoy live TV and Blu-ray and DVD movies. Long story short: Internet... more »
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Dell Compellent Propels the Future of Flash-Only Computing

The Dell Enterprise Forum wrapped yesterday in San Jose, CA and the company announced some notable products during the span of the event. First up is Vertex, described as a “data center in a box.” There's also updates to ActiveSystems, Dell’s partnership with Oracle, two new additions to Compellent - Version 6.4 of Compellent Storage Center which introduces an ‘intelligent data placement’ engine that distinguishes high-performance flash from lower quality variants and SC280, an ultra-dense rack enclosure that can store up to 336 terabytes in a 5U form factor, and version 3.0 of Dell’s FluidFS file system. Joining Kristin Feledy in this... more »
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If PRISM Exists, Privacy is Dead : Willing Participants Undermine Our Trust

Earlier reports have stated that the government is mining data from nine US tech giants which includes Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, AOL and PalTalk with Dropbox soon joining the alliance. It's worth noting that Twitter is missing from from the lineup, but that’s not entirely surprising since the microblogging service is quite apprehensive in aiding the government in its intrusion efforts.  But who’s to say that Twitter won’t be jumping onto this wagon anytime soon?  As SiliconANGLE’s Mike Wheatley pointed out, Twitter is not entirely “squeaky-clean” as it complied with 57 percent of the 1,009 government requests for data that... more »
Apache CloudStack 4.1.0 Is Here!

Apache CloudStack 4.1.0 Is Here!

After graduation from Apache incubator in March this year, CloudStack has come up with its first major release. Apache CloudStack project recently announced CloudStack Version 4.1.0, which is a clear indicator that the cloud orchestration platform is in completely blooming state. If you remember, Citrix submitted the project to the Apache Foundation in 2012. It was released as an ASF approved CloudStack as a TLP (top-level project) this March. With this latest release, it has become an integrated software platform that enables users to build a feature-rich IaaS. The 4.1.0 release includes several new features such as: An API discovery service that... more »

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