Thursday, January 08, 2015

The data we've been waiting for! Well, maybe not data, but “assurances” that the FBI knows what they know and we can trust their wisdom. Do not consider things like “IP spoofing” or hackers trying to deliberately mislead law enforcement.
At the International Conference on Cyber Security held at Fordham University on Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey revealed new details about why the FBI and “the entire intelligence community” [A slight exaggeration... Bob] has a “very high confidence” that North Korea was responsible for the so-called Sony Hack. The full text of these parts of his remarks are appended at the end of this post.
Most importantly, Mr. Comey stated:
“[T]here are a couple things I have urged the intelligence community to declassify that I will tell you right now.
[S]everal times they got sloppy. Several times either because they forgot or because they had a technical problem they connected directly and we could see them. And we could see that the IP addresses being used to post and to send the e-mails were coming from IPs that were exclusively used by the North Koreans.” (my emphasis added).

(Related) Another revealing talk. This is the best “intelligence” he can report? I'm underwhelmed.
Intel chief Clapper watched 'The Interview'
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper finally got a chance to watch “The Interview” over the weekend.
His review?
“It’s obvious to me the North Koreans don’t have a sense of humor,” the intelligence chief said during a speech at Fordham Law School on Wednesday, ABC News reported.

“Yeah, but it's really cool!”
DHS IG Report – Border Patrol Use of Drones Ineffective
“Although CBP’s Unmanned Aircraft System program contributes to border security, after 8 years, CBP cannot prove that the program is effective because it has not developed performance measures. The program has also not achieved the expected results. Specifically, the unmanned aircraft are not meeting flight hour goals, and we found little or no evidence CBP has met its program expectations. We estimate it costs $12,255 per flight hour to operate the program; CBP’s calculation of $2,468 per flight hour does not include all operating costs. By not recognizing all operating costs, CBP cannot accurately assess the program’s cost effectiveness or make informed decisions about program expansion. In addition, Congress and the public may be unaware of all the resources committed to the program. As a result, CBP has invested significant funds in a program that has not achieved the expected results, and it cannot demonstrate how much the program has improved border security. The $443 million CBP plans to spend on program expansion could be put to better use by investing in alternatives.”

If you already have a 52 inch TV, why not turn it into a computer monitor?
CES 2015: Intel’s Compute Stick looks like a Chromecast, but puts a Windows 8.1 PC on your TV for $149
… Today’s CES announcement of the Intel Compute Stick hints at just that. It’s a pocket-sized device with a quad-core Atom processor, and it delivers a full Windows 8.1 computer experience that you can plug into any display with an HDMI input. And there’s a Linux version coming as well that’s 40% cheaper.

Documentation is not easy to find, but this looks like a useful “Big Data” tool.
Dato Joins New Wave of Machine Learning Startups
Guestrin is a professor of machine learning at the University of Washington and the brains behind an open source project called GraphLab, a freely available tool originally designed to help machines analyze “graphs”—i.e. the online relationships between people and the stuff they use on the net. In May 2013, he launched a startup around this machine learning software, called it GraphLab too. And this past fall, the startup’s first commercial product was released.
But on Thursday, in announcing that it had received an additional $18.5 million in funding, the startup also changed its name to Dato. According to Guestrin, the new name is meant to show that the company’s software can handle all sorts of machine learning tasks—not just graph analysis.

For my students.
5 Sites To Find Your Next Dream Job In A Tech StartUp
… Some people like the idea of working for a startup. The salary will be lower and the perks not as flashy, but you earn something else. Going to work each morning knowing that you’re on the ground floor of something, that you’re part of building something, instead of just being another cog in the corporate machine.
But how can you find these “tech start-up jobs”? Leaving aside the big sites such as TechCrunch, and LinkedIn, let’s look at 5 job-hunting sites further down the totem pole.

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