Former Hippies Put in Horrible Position of Rooting for F.B.I. | The New Yorker


From Vermont to California, erstwhile hippies bemoaned a nightmare scenario that has forced them to side with a law-enforcement agency they have despised since the Summer of Love.

Source: Former Hippies Put in Horrible Position of Rooting for F.B.I. | The New Yorker

Ciena | Securing the Cloud: Simplifying Security between Data Centers


Typically, the security strategy begins inside the data center with physical security measures, firewalls, anti-virus, and intrusion detection. But what happens once information leaves the safe confines of the data center?

Ignoring inter data center communications creates vulnerabilities. And if data is compromised, it damages a company’s brand and reputation, leading to a loss of customers.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • Why encryption is an important part of a holistic security strategy
  • Key challenges with implementing network infrastructure security
  • How optical layer encryption provides a simple approach to secure all in-flight data passing between data centers

When: February 13th, 11:00am ET
Where: Online

Source: Ciena – Webinar | Securing the Cloud: Simplifying Security between Data Centers

Manufacturing in America | Siemens


MiA (Manufacturing in America) is a platform that brings the manufacturing community together. It features The Summit, with over 100 technical learning seminars and 50 exhibits focused on emerging automation, controls, drive technologies and PLM within this evolving industry.

Visitors will also be able to experience the Digitalization Zone to see the Siemens Digital Enterprise Suite of products in action, highlighting some of Siemens’s most interesting and new technologies. Come discover advanced manufacturing with virtual commissioning, digital twin simulation, and ruggedized smart components. Also, get a sense of what MindSphere, an open, cloud-based operating system from Siemens can do for your business.

When: March 14-15, 2018
Where: Detroit, MI

Source: Manufacturing in America – Manufacturing in America – Siemens

The risk of short term data center planning | Datacenter.com


Regardless of perceived short-term urgencies, we would always say think ‘long-term’ when it comes to data center strategies. Buying good quality space is never about price; it’s about the quality and reputation of the operator and their willingness and ability to deploy best practices when it comes to the day to day management of the facility. Without these fundamentals in place, your data center strategy will always be at risk of being reactive as you move, disappointedly, from one operator to another.

There are many commodities purchase on price rather than quality, and this can never happen when talking of Data Center Sector because of the more the quantity you purchased, the more its quality.

Furthermore, if it’s a question of rapid deployment, might they also be tempted by the short-term price benefits offered by some providers who are merely keen to build a client list? We always advise people that, they should think deeply between the two before taking any action. The protection of company’s data matters most not the money and even if you urgently need space get large space for yourself.

Source: The risk of short term data center planning – Colocation Amsterdam | Datacenter.com – Amsterdam, Dallas, Luxembourg, Singapore data center facilities

Data Center Power Infrastructure Explained | Datacenter.com

To ensure uninterrupted operation even in the case of a large-scale power outage, data centers are typically connected to at least one diesel or gas backup generator. The electricity from both the local utility company and the backup generator is delivered with a medium voltage (10 kV or 20 kV for our Netherlands data center, for example).

Instead of distributing low-voltage electricity directly to sensitive computer electronic components and systems, MDBs pass it through an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) system, which provides short-term power when the input power source fails and protects critical components against voltage spikes, harmonic distortion, and other common power problems.

Most UPS systems are designed to provide power for at least 5 minutes on maximum load during an outage. During those 5 minutes, the backup generation has enough time to make multiple attempts to start and take over the load from the UPS system.

Source: Data Center Power Infrastructure Explained – Colocation Amsterdam | Datacenter.com – Amsterdam, Dallas, Luxembourg, Singapore data center facilities

Can DHS purchase innovation? | FCW


Everyone wants more innovation at federal agencies. Despite a storied history of funding and developing new technologies like the microchip and the Internet, the federal government still carries around a reputation as an innovation killer.

Barry West, senior accountable officer for risk management at DHS, cited events like the reverse industry day and the Procurement Innovation Lab, which is designed to lower barriers of entry and create an experimental environment for non-traditional contractors, as examples of the ways DHS has attempted to embrace and foster innovation in recent years.

However, he said direct outreach and engagement with procurement officials was still the best way to communicate industry needs when project or RFP requirements appear too restrictive.

Source: Can DHS purchase innovation? — FCW

Will feds get to read the Nunes memo? | FCW


The fate of a classified four-page memo by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is riveting much of official Washington.

Under House rules, the committee can vote to publicly release classified information that it deems in the public interest. The president then has five days to register disapproval. If the president disapproves, the full House can still vote to release the information.

One question federal employees should ask, however, is whether it is okay for them to read the Nunes memo, which may be released with unredacted classified information.

Source: Will feds get to read the Nunes memo? — FCW

San Francisco To Toss Out Thousands of Marijuana Convictions | JDJournal


San Francisco prosecutors said that they will dismiss thousands of marijuana-related convictions, according to NPR.

On Wednesday, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said that they will throw out cases dating back to 1975.

Source: San Francisco To Toss Out Thousands of Marijuana Convictions | JDJournal

The case for a new British referendum on the EU is becoming unstoppable | The Federal Trust

If a majority can be constructed in the House of Commons for a further referendum it would be surprising if the necessary legislation and administrative arrangements could not be put in place for a popular vote at the end of 2018 or early in 2019.

The question asked would be whether the electorate accepted or rejected the Brexit terms negotiated (or not negotiated) by Mrs May’s government. If they were accepted by the electorate, the UK would leave the EU in March, 2019.

If they were rejected, the Conservative government would have a number of choices …

Source: The case for a new British referendum on the EU is becoming unstoppable | The Federal Trust

Lithuania debuts as EU gateway for global blockchain industry


The Lithuanian capital Vilnius launched Europe’s first international Blockchain Centre on January 27, making it the EU’s only hub for the digital ledger.

The new hub will help Europe connect with partner Blockchain Centers in Australia, China, Canada, the UK, Belgium, Denmark, Georgia, Gibraltar, Ukraine, Israel, and Latvia.

Source: Lithuania debuts as EU gateway for global blockchain industry