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vvaduva (859950) writes "The previously top-secret Schedule A has been released and is attached. We are currently going through the data, focusing on prices, ratings, LTVs and other taxpayer critical data. Stephen Friedman saying, as we type, that revealing Schedule A will injure the taxpayer interest, as when the Fed will try to sell these CUSIPs, sophisticated buyers will have an advantage. Of course, we note, these sophisticated buyers will exist only because this list was offloaded to the taxpayers in the first place." Link to Original Source top
vvaduva (859950) writes "The ugly truth is that many network guys secretly work on production equipment all the time, or test things on production networks when they face impossible deadlines. Management often expects us to get a job done but refuse to provide funds for expensive lab equipment, test circuits and for reasonable time to get testing done before moving equipment or configs into production. How do most of you handle such situations, and what recommendation do you have for creating a network test lab on the cheap, especially when core network devices are vendor-centric, like Cisco?" top
vvaduva (859950) writes "Florida Rep. Alan Grayson wants to see one of his critics go directly to jail, all over her use of the word "my" on her blog. In a four-page letter sent to Holder, Grayson accuses Langley of lying to federal elections and requests that she be fined and imprisoned for five years. Her lie, according to Grayson, is that she claims to be one of his constituents. Langley, Grayson says, is misrepresenting herself by using the term "my" in the Web site's name." Link to Original Source top
vvaduva (859950) writes "Basic algebra involving fractions and decimals stumped a group of City University of New York freshmen — suggesting city schools aren't preparing them, a CUNY report shows. During their first math class at one of CUNY's four-year colleges, 90% of 200 students tested couldn't solve a simple algebra problem, the report by the CUNY Council of Math Chairs found. Only a third could convert a fraction into a decimal." Link to Original Source top
vvaduva writes "Several major newspapers and TV news outlets are now raising hell over the creation of the BrickArms Mr. White minifig: 'The controversial miniature figure, created by Seattle-based Will Chapman as part of his BrickArms military fighters line, is a bearded militant with a face-covering hood, a tiny toy assault rifle, a little grenade launcher and plastic bombs that can be attached to an explosives belt.' What are/. ers opinions on this topic? Is this just another media freakout, or the free market operating as it should?" Link to Original Source top
vvaduva writes "Today CheckFree lost control of several domains which were dispensing invalid SSL certs from a single IP address: "Security experts say the 220.127.116.11 IP address has long served as a conduit for online crime. Spamhaus offers this laundry list of alleged dirty deeds that includes running botnet command channels and various drive-by download sites. According to security researcher Paul Ferguson of anti-virus software provider Trend Micro, the IP address was recently observed handing off booby-trapped PDF files that infected those unfortunate enough to open them."" Link to Original Source top
vvaduva writes "The case of Julie Amero, a Connecticut substitute teacher is now wrapped up with a plea deal in which she lost her teaching license and agreed to a single charge of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. Throughout the case, Security professionals have strongly criticized the lack of knowledge of the expert witnesses used by the prosecution and the state attorney's long delay in deciding whether to retry the case. The prosecutors have since admitted their mistake and the case was overturned on appeal, but not before the defendant served 16 months in prison." Link to Original Source