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Pentagon Creates New Posts For Cyberspace Warfare

Posted by on May 31, 2009 in Politics, Web | 0 comments

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to create a new military command for cyberspace, administration officials said Thursday, stepping up preparations by the armed forces to conduct both offensive and defensive computer warfare.

The military command would complement a civilian effort to be announced by President Obama on Friday that would overhaul the way the United States safeguards its computer networks.

Mr. Obama, officials said, will announce the creation of a White House office — reporting to both the National Security Council and the National Economic Council — that will coordinate a multibillion-dollar effort to restrict access to government computers and protect systems that run the stock exchanges, clear global banking transactions and manage the air traffic control system.

White House officials say Mr. Obama has not yet been formally presented with the Pentagon plan. They said he would not discuss it Friday when he announced the creation of a White House office responsible for coordinating private-sector and government defenses against the thousands of cyberattacks mounted against the United States — largely by hackers but sometimes by foreign governments — every day.

But he is expected to sign a classified order in coming weeks that will create the military cybercommand, officials said. It is a recognition that the United States already has a growing number of computer weapons in its arsenal and must prepare strategies for their use — as a deterrent or alongside conventional weapons — in a wide variety of possible future conflicts.

The White House office will be run by a “cyberczar,” but because the position will not have direct access to the president, some experts said it was not high-level enough to end a series of bureaucratic wars that have broken out as billions of dollars have suddenly been allocated to protect against the computer threats.

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Floyd’s Response

Posted by on May 23, 2009 in Humour, Politics | 0 comments

 

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So by now I am sure that you have heard the brilliant interview that Floyd Shivambu did with Redi Direko the other day? If not, then you better head on over and take a listen!

But things get even better! Floyd has a blog! Not only that, but he has released a statement on that blog regarding his thoughts on the interview. Priceless.

I don’t want to spoil it by quoting anything from his blog, so just go on over by clicking here.

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Julius Malema Pupper Sold For R100 000

Posted by on May 15, 2009 in Gossip, Politics | 0 comments

I know this is a bit late. I had to down to post, but forget, and have only just remembered to post it! News24 reported this with regards to the auction:

“The Julius Malema puppet has been auctioned off for R100 000, Nando’s said on Thursday.

The puppet which starred in the fast food chain’s recent TV advert and became a “celebrity overnight” was sold to Ryan Lotter from Johannesburg.

It was auctioned for a charity group that funds, among other things, courses in woodwork, the subject Malema notoriously scored a GG for in matric.

“We are very sad to see Julius go because we have become very fond of him and has become a highlight in the office.

“We did however offer him one last Nando’s lunch and he’s always invited to Nando’s anytime,” Nando’s brand manager Lara Easthorpe said in a statement.

According to a report on Independent Online, Lotter said he was considering giving his new puppet to Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille who Malema recently called a “racist little girl”.”

That is a healthy amount of money for a puppet used in one ad! Julius really is famous now. ;) If you want to get the low down on the entire story click here.

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France Passes Anti-Piracy Law

Posted by on May 15, 2009 in Politics, Web | 0 comments

A bill requiring French ISPs to disconnect people who are caught downloading or sharing illegal content three times has been given approval by Senate. The controversial legislation will mean that illegal file-sharers will receive a warning through email first, then through a letter, and on the third offence, will face disconnection, according to an article by TorrentFreak.

The bill attempts to reduce online piracy by deterring users from illegally file-sharing, and was supported by the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. Users who are disconnected may have to continue paying for their internet for the duration that they are disconnected, which can be up to a year.

The bill has faced a lot of heat from groups concerned that the new system will wrongly punish people, particularly if their computers are hijacked by hackers or malware. According to an article by the BBC, the legislation is “dangerous, useless, inefficient, and very risky for us citizens”, according to socialist parliamentarian Patrick Bloche.

However, John Kennedy, chairman of the IFPI, stated that the bill was “an effective and proportionate way of tackling online copyright infringement and migrating users to the wide variety of legal music services in France”. The law was passed by Senate with 189 votes for, and 14 against.

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I think that this is a good move! The more countries that pass this law the better!
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The New Dr. Evil

Posted by on May 13, 2009 in Humour, Politics | 1 comment

I got sent this in an email and I think it is absolutely brilliant. Not so much the fact that is ripping off Zuma, but it seems everyone is taking a dig at Malema. Check it out and let me know what you think below!

The New Dr. Evil

The New Dr. Evil

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Now that is true awesomeness….

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