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Discussing a Linux powered AR-15 and how Ars doesn’t serve “normals”

Discussing a Linux powered AR-15 and how Ars doesn’t serve “normals” | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Ars revisits a company that became one of our biggest stories last year.
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Hutchinson got his first taste of Tracking Point at last year’s CES. His feature about the company’s rifle, which assists the shooter with sighting a target, received massive attention from Ars readers as well as from other sites. The controversy of gun ownership played no small role in the wide readership, but the empirical importance and innovation is difficult to deny: a bevy of sensors come together to allow an inexperienced marksman to nail a target at 1,000 yards.

At CES, the company showed Hutchinson a new “precision guided firearm” in an AR-15 form factor. The gun combines a TI OMAP processor and its sensors to produce the same kind of assisted aiming Hutchinson first saw in an unwieldy bolt-action hunting rifle.

AR-15s are popular semi-automatic hunting rifles, but they also, sadly, crop up frequently in public shootings like Sandy Hook. In the video above, Hutchinson talks about Tracking Point’s response to potential controversy, the differences between models, and new military and paramilitary uses that could open up now that the precision guided firearm is more like what those groups actually use

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Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac

Linksys's über-hackable WRT wireless router REBORN with 802.11ac | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Fast WRT54G successor embraces open source firmware mods
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That device, which was built around the open-source Linux kernel, was embraced by tinkerers who developed numerous alternative firmware images for it, including OpenWRT, DD-WRT, and Tomato.

Linksys says that not only does it approve of such projects for the WRT1900AC, but it has been actively working with the OpenWRT community to ensure that an open-source firmware for the new router will be available for download once it ships.

"We have brought back the WRT because our customers have asked for a router that had the reliability, functionality and open-source capabilities but with today’s AC wireless technology," Linksys VP Mike Chen said in a canned statement. "The WRT1900AC is the result of all these requests."

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How to Install Linux on a Chromebook and Unlock Its Full Potential

How to Install Linux on a Chromebook and Unlock Its Full Potential | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
There are some Chromebooks with awesome hardware out there, like the beautiful Chromebook Pixel, but they don't quite hit their full potential with Chrome OS. Here's how to install Ubuntu and get more out of your Chromebook.
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Everything you need to know to install SteamOS on your very own computer

Everything you need to know to install SteamOS on your very own computer | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Valve's Linux-based gaming OS isn't hard to get going, if you mind the pitfalls.
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True to its word, Valve has released a beta version of SteamOS, the Linux-based operating system that it will use to power its living room Steam Machine consoles. The release coincides with a lucky group of 300 public beta testers who were selected to actually receive Steam Machines to test on—the rest of us can still use the OS, but we'll have to bring our own hardware.

Valve had previously recommended that users who aren't "intrepid Linux hackers" should wait a few more months before trying out SteamOS, but that's not going to stop Ars from barreling head first into the midst of things! We downloaded the OS as quickly as we could after it went live and spent some time getting it whipped into shape on fresh hardware. Contrary to Valve's warning, the install wasn't complex or scary at all—though if you've never installed Linux before, it might take you a bit out of your comfort zone.

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[Phoronix] Mozilla Firefox Enables VP9 Video Codec By Default

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Re: [tip:x86/asm] x86, bitops: Change bitops to be native operand size

Linux Arch: Re: [tip:x86/asm] x86, bitops: Change bitops to be native operand size.
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Download - DoudouLinux FOR KIDS

Download - DoudouLinux FOR KIDS | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Download the CD now Donate DoudouLinux 2.0 Hyperborea English (1 GB) SHA1 checksum 89f8f6ad3112d2af1d53e109b2fe6f49c2ae04ff (...)
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Doudou came next and was much more approachable for my little "not-quite-3 year old." A nice collection of games, learning and painting software came pre-loaded. And, perhaps the most important part, loading them and moving around was pretty simple for her. It took some hands-on training time, but she picked up the basics pretty quickly.

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Silent Circle, Lavabit unite for 'Dark Mail' encrypted email project

Silent Circle, Lavabit unite for 'Dark Mail' encrypted email project | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Two privacy-focused email providers have launched the Dark Mail Alliance, a project to engineer an email system with robust defenses against spying.
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Two privacy-focused email providers have launched the Dark Mail Alliance, a project to engineer an email system with robust defenses against spying.

Silent Circle and Lavabit abruptly halted their encrypted email services in August, saying they could no longer guarantee email would remain private after court actions against Lavabit, reportedly an email provider for NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Their idea, presented at the Inbox Love email conference in Mountain View on Wednesday, is for an open system that could be widely implemented and which offers much stronger security and privacy. As envisioned, Dark Mail would shield both the content of an email and its "metadata," including "to" and "from" data, IP addresses and headers. The email providers hope a version will be ready by next year.

"The issue we are trying to deal with is that email was created 40 years ago," Jon Callas, CTO and founder of Silent Circle, in a phone interview. "It wasn't created to handle any of the security problems we have today."

Silent Circle, Lavabit and at least one VPN provider, CryptoSeal, shut down their services fearing a court order forcing the turnover of a private SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) key, which could be used to decrypt communications.

Lavabit was held in contempt of court for resisting an order to turn over its SSL key, which in theory allowed the government to decrypt not only Snowden's communications but also those of its 400,000 users. Ladar Levison, Lavabit's founder, is appealing.

Callas said Dark Mail is a collaboration with Levison. Rather than create a closed email service, they decided to design Dark Mail with open-source software components that could be used by any email provider

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Linus Torvalds Talks Linux Development at LinuxCon

Linus Torvalds Talks Linux Development at LinuxCon | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Torvalds responds to a question about whether the U.S. government asked him to put a backdoor in Linux, and explains why he's a developer and how others can be.
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Hardware Innovation's Future

Yet Torvalds considered that hardware innovation might at some point slow down. He said he's interested in seeing how the industry will react when Moore's Lawno longer works. In his view, it's just a matter of physics with how far silicon innovation can go. "The reason why Linux runs well on cell phones is because cell phones grew up, and they are thousands of times more powerful than the original machine I used to build Linux," Torvalds said. "People like to pay lip service to Moore's Law, but in 10 years it will be really tough." Virtualization is a direction that many in the hardware community are taking, but it's not an area of interest for Torvalds. "I don't' want to have anything to do with virtualization stuff," Torvalds said. "I want to run on hardware; I'm a real man."

NSA Backdoor

Torvalds was also asked if he had ever been approached by the U.S. government to insert a backdoor into Linux. Torvalds responded "no" while nodding his head "yes," as the audience broke into spontaneous laughter.

On Being a Developer

During the session, Torvalds also explained why he became a developer in the first place. He said that when he started, he didn't have money to run Unix on his own machine. He also noted that his friends were playing games on their computers that he couldn't afford, so he had to learn to program. "Necessity made me try to do something," Torvalds said. While Torvalds has a full life outside Linux, it is at the core of his existence, he said. "I don't see any project coming along being more interesting to me than Linux," Torvalds said. "I couldn't imagine filling the void in my life if I didn't have Linux." Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

 
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Open Source overcomes impasse in the public sector

Open Source overcomes impasse in the public sector | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
The Open Source industry have been waiting the best part of ten years for the UK Government to mandate a ‘preference’ for Open Source Software (OSS
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“Where there is no significant overall cost difference between open and non-open source products, open source will be selected on the basis of its inherent flexibility.”

– Cabinet Office

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Apple's free OS is no threat to Linux at all, Torvalds says

Apple's free OS is no threat to Linux at all, Torvalds says | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Apple's move to offer its latest desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks, for free isn't going to affect the Linux operating system at all, its creator Linus Torvalds said.
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Even if Torvalds gets hit by a bus, Linux will have no issues going on, he said. There are thousands of people involved with Linux for more than 20 years of which some from the beginning are still around, he said. "We have an incredible deep set of developers."

"I'm the person who people know and they know how I work. That means that they may not always like what I do and how I present things but they can trust that I act in a certain way and that is important," he said. "But there are other people that are impolite and can take patches," he added, referring to his flare-ups.

Torvalds said he has no idea where Linux will end up in five years. "I never had a plan. I still don't have a plan. It is kind of evolution in biology: there is no end plan. It is just that what works survives," he said. Linux will keep on evolving and improving in the same way, he said.

"I don't know which direction we'll improve in, but I don't feel I need to worry about that," he said.

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Technische Universität Chemnitz

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Technische Universität Chemnitz, TU Chemnitz: Wissen, was gut ist. Studieren in Chemnitz.
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Wer Fächergrenzen überspringen möchte, ein gut betreutes und praxisnahes Studium auf einem modernen Campus sowie besondere Forschungsbedingungen sucht, findet dies an der Technischen Universität Chemnitz. Hier sind Ingenieur- und Naturwissenschaften sowie Mathematik eng verknüpft mit den Wirtschafts-, Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften. In diesem Klima entstehen gemeinsam mit der Industrie Spitzencluster in der Forschung, attraktive Bildungsangebote und internationale Netzwerke. Wir laden Sie ein zu einer virtuellen Reise durch die Universität. Wir freuen uns auch auf Ihren Besuch.

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Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary

Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Android is open—except for all the good parts.
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Six years ago, in November 2007, the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) was announced. The original iPhone came out just a few months earlier, capturing people's imaginations and ushering in the modern smartphone era. While Google was an app partner for the original iPhone, it could see what a future of unchecked iPhone competition would be like. Vic Gundotra, recalling Andy Rubin's initial pitch for Android, stated:

He argued that if Google did not act, we faced a Draconian future, a future where one man, one company, one device, one carrier would be our only choice.

Google was terrified that Apple would end up ruling the mobile space. So, to help in the fight against the iPhone at a time when Google had no mobile foothold whatsoever, Android was launched as an open source project.

In that era, Google had nothing, so any adoption—any shred of market share—was welcome. Google decided to give Android away for free and use it as a trojan horse for Google services. The thinking went that if Google Search was one day locked out of the iPhone, people would stop using Google Search on the desktop. Android was the "moat" around the Google Search "castle"—it would exist to protect Google's online properties in the mobile world.

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Google Ports Capsicum To Linux, and Other End-of-Year Capsicum News - Slashdot

Google Ports Capsicum To Linux, and Other End-of-Year Capsicum News - Slashdot | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
An anonymous reader writes "Security researcher Robert Watson at the University of Cambridge has posted a blog article describing recent progress on the Capsicum security model, which will shortly appear in FreeBSD 10.0 enabled by default, and has...
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Ubuntu unleashes dual boot tool for Android mobes'n'slabs

Ubuntu unleashes dual boot tool for Android mobes'n'slabs | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Is that a Grub in your pocket or are you booting up?
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Canonical has just given curious Reg readers something interesting to to do in the dead days between Christmas and whenever you go back to work: figuring out how to dual boot an Android phone.

The Ubuntu custodian company has slipped out a developer preview of a new dual boot tool that allows owners a limited number of Android devices to install Ubuntu for mobiles alongside Android.

 

The tool has only been tested on four devices – the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 – but Ubuntu says the tools that make dual boot possible should work on 50 Android machines listed here.

Once you run the tool and run Ubuntu, you'll have the chance to exercise the options depicted below.

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A Short History of Computers In the Movies - Slashdot

A Short History of Computers In the Movies - Slashdot | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Esther Schindler writes "The big screen has always tried to keep step with technology usually unsuccessfully. Peter Salus looks at how the film industry has treated computing.
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AMD, Nvidia ramp up Linux driver support after Valve's SteamOS announcement | PCWorld

AMD, Nvidia ramp up Linux driver support after Valve's SteamOS announcement | PCWorld | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
The Linux-based SteamOS isn't even available yet but it's already making waves.
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Amittedly, these are baby steps down a long road. It's still too soon to know if Valve's new endeavor will be a success, and you definitely can't call 2013 the oft-dreamed-for "Year of the Linux desktop" just yet, but one thing is for certain: SteamOS is already making an impact on Linux gaming, and AMD and Nvidia's driver support will only get better if the Steam Box concept takes off in the living room. (Here's how to make your own Steam Box if you're interested.)

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Linux, Cloud, and Next Generation Workloads - Brad McCredie, IBM

Linux, Cloud, and Next Generation Workloads - Brad McCredie, IBM | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
From LinuxCon & CloudOpen North America in New Orleans, LA. Brad McCredie, the visionary behind OpenPOWER, shares insights into the future of Linux-based clo...
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Qimo 4 Kids | Software For Kids

Qimo 4 Kids | Software For Kids | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
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Qimo came next for us. Think of Qimo as, essentially, Xubuntu with a user interface custom tailored to little kids. The best way to describe it would be "big, colorful buttons." She picked up launching games using the mouse quickly. When I put Qimo on a touchscreen laptop things got even easier. I found that she was able to use the system unattended for quite some time.

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Endian -  Mercury 50 (Small and Medium Businesses) 

Endian -  Mercury 50 (Small and Medium Businesses)  | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
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Complete protection for small to medium-sized networks

Conceived with small, expanding businesses in mind, the Mercury 50 is the perfect solution for future-proofing the growth of your network. With a capacity of 50 active users, the Mercury 50 was designed to handle the processing of heavy Internet traffic, emails and VPN connections to branch offices. And with enterprise-level security features like stateful firewall, intrusion detection & prevention system and gateway Anti Virus, the Mercury 50 makes it easy to provide your network with comprehensive protection

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Gnu Bizz 2

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safe & userfriendly open source software
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Important built-in information in Debian Wheezy 7 system.

October 30, 2013 by anne0001 Leave a comment

Important built-in information in Debian Wheezy 7 system.

Our purpose is how we can grab important information available in our system.
We can guide us trough many available built-in tools. It’s impossible to remember all commands and what functions they have.
The system give us the opportunity to rediscover forgotten things.
When you’ve a question you can use the whatis command, the answer will be displayed.
Lets see what’s happen if you execute the command without any option.
The system will ask you what you want to know.
Type whatis + enter.
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Your Next Network Operating System Is Linux - Slashdot

Your Next Network Operating System Is Linux - Slashdot | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
jrepin writes "Everywhere you look, change is afoot in computer networking. As data centers grow in size and complexity, traditional tools are proving too slow or too cumbersome to handle that expansion.
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"Everywhere you look, change is afoot in computer networking. As data centers grow in size and complexity, traditional tools are proving too slow or too cumbersome to handle that expansion. Dinesh Dutt is Chief Scientist at Cumulus Networks. Cumulus has been working to change the way we think about networks altogether by dispensing with the usual software/hardware lockstep, and instead using Linux as the operating system on network hardware. In this week's New Tech Forum, Dinesh details the reasons and the means by which we may see Linux take over yet another aspect of computing: the network itself."

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LinuxIT Awarded G-Cloud IV Framework Agreement

LinuxIT Awarded G-Cloud IV Framework Agreement | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
Linux Systems Management and Open Source Software specialist LinuxIT is looking to expand its portfolio after being awarded a Framework Agreement on
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Simon Mitchell, Executive Director, LinuxIT said: “As part of the fourth phase of the G-Cloud framework, we are delighted to continue to offer our Specialist Cloud Services  to Local UK authorities, Government departments and other public sector organisations through this method.  The continued push and support from the Government for public customers to procure relevant services from SME’s via this framework is vitally important as SME’s are regarded as the drivers of innovation and growth in the UK.”

LinuxIT has secured a position on Lot 4: Specialist Cloud Services including Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment, UNIX to Linux Migration Services, Open Architectures Readiness Assessment, Consultancy, Design and Implementation through to Managed Services.

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Ubuntu Touch On a Nexus 7: "Almost Awesome" - Slashdot

Ubuntu Touch On a Nexus 7: "Almost Awesome" - Slashdot | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
colinneagle writes "I installed Ubuntu Touch "1.0" on my first-generation Nexus 7 tablet and have been using it as my main tablet system for the last four days. Here's how it went. First off, the installation was surprisingly painless.
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Once installed, Ubuntu Touch booted up rather quickly — in only just a few seconds (a fair bit faster than Android 4.x on the same tablet). And, immediately, I was presented with a short tutorial that appears the first time the system is booted, which, I might add, has got to be one of the slickest, least annoying tutorials I've seen. But... there were problems. The battery life was, to put it mildly, terrible. Performance has been mixed, and the OS was prone to what I call 'The Pulsating Seizure Feature' a few dozen times over the weekend. In a nutshell: launching apps (and, occasionally, moving between apps) can cause the device to freeze and begin flashing the screen rapidly."

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The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested

The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested | Linux A Future | Scoop.it
In spite of the fact that they'll make bank.
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Check it out, I’m working on a reboot of The Graduate, set in 2013. Simon and Garfunkel are out, Skrillex is in, and that scene at Dustin Hoffman’s graduation party where everyone’s giving him advice and is being all out of touch and stuff goes like this:

“Come with me for a minute I want to talk to you. I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Cybersecurity. There’s a great future in cybersecurity.”

Cybersecurity, as an industry, is booming. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs as network systems and information security professionals are expected to grow by 53 percent through 2018. Yet, just like Hoffman doesn’t have any interest in plastics in 1963, young people today aren’t interested in getting jobs in cybersecurity.

By all accounts it's a growing and potentially secure, lucrative job. But according to a new survey by the defense tech company Raytheon, only 24 percent of millennials have any interest in cybersecurity as a career. Forty percent of respondents would want to be a "TV or movie entertainer," while 26 percent had interest in being a lawyer. (Respondents could pick multiple careers.) 

Like many new tech fields, there was a conspicuous gender gap—just 14 percent of young women as compared to 35 percent of young men were interested in a jobs in cybersecurity. A survey among those already working in the field found more than 80 percent of people they interviewed were male.

The pay is actually pretty good. A Semper Secure survey found that workers in cybersecurity were pulling down an average of $116,000 a year. Given that job prospects are otherwise exceedingly grim for young folks, why aren’t they all packing lecture halls on Cisco Systems?

Part of that is that it probably just doesn’t occur to them that “cybersecurity person” is a job that you can have. The survey found 82 percent of millennials reporting that no high school teacher or guidance counselor ever mentioned careers in cybersecurity.

But also the survey found that millennials are prioritizing “Interesting work” above things like “competitive pay” and “security clearance.” Not only does “cybersecurity” sound like an amorphous field to many young folks, it has a ring of tedium to it, of sitting in windowless rooms, listening to the fans on the servers whirr.

Of course, some millennials do love computers, and that Semper survey states that people working in cybersecurity found it to be challenging and interesting work. Problem is, for whatever reason, the type of person who’s really into hacking, like apt to go to hacking conferences like DefCon, aren’t interested in being the digital era’s wall-builders.

The cybersecurity industry’s focal point is in DC, and you can guess what that means. Recent recruiting efforts by the federal government to recruit young hackers straight out of high school and at hacker conferences like DefCon have done little to assuage suspicions that cybersecurity means hacking for “The Man.” The summer of Snowden has reinforced the idea that there’s something inherently pernicious in doing so; an informal Motherboard survey at DefCon found that when asked if attendees would work for the NSA, the overwhelming response was "Hell no!"

In summation, the problem is that millennials either haven’t heard of careers in cybersecurity, or, if they have, it sounds like a boring and potentially unethical boy’s club. Not a great combination.

So what do young folks wanna do? The survey found they want to be entertainers, and failing that, entrepeneurs, which opens the possibility that they’ll become cybersecurity personnel once life beats hope and aspirations out of them and they’re willing to say “Hello darkness, my old friend.”

Until then, I’ve got plenty of people to audition for my reworking of The Graduate.

By Ben Richmond 17 hours ago Tags: cybersecurity, defcon, recruitment, employment, millenials, hacking, hackers  Tweet CommentsFeatured

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