Crime Ring Revelation Reveals Cybersecurity Conflict of Interest | Scientific American


It is not uncommon for cybersecurity companies to research and hype threats that could drive sales.

The cybersecurity market and its customers would benefit from government regulation and research to help buyers separate good and bad security products and get objective reports on emerging cyber threats

via Crime Ring Revelation Reveals Cybersecurity Conflict of Interest – Scientific American.

Lockheed Successfully Links Live, Virtual F-16 For Training Exercises | defensenews.com

Lockheed Martin has taken a major step forward in advancing live, virtual and constructive (LVC) technologies with a training exercise that linked a pilot flying an F-16 in the air with a “wingman” flying an F-16 on the ground, fighting against computer-generated adversaries.

via Lockheed Successfully Links Live, Virtual F-16 For Training Exercises | Defense News | defensenews.com.

What coffee is served at the White House? | The Boston Globe


A recipe for beer brewed by the White House? The Obama administration happily shares it. A list of wines served at state dinners? No problem.

But what about the First Family’s coffee habits?

Caffeine consumption in the West Wing has, apparently, become a state secret.

via An enduring mystery: What coffee is served at the White House? My mug is empty – Politics – The Boston Globe.

THOMAS Top Ten for 9/14/2014 | THOMAS (Library of Congress)

  1. H.R. 5021 [113th]
    Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014
  2. H.R. 5078 [113th]
    Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014aa
  3. H.Res. 711 [113th]
    Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers
  4. H.R. 3522 [113th]
    Employee Health Care Protection Act of 2013
  5. H.R. 2495 [113th]
    American Super Computing Leadership Act
  6. H.R. 5161 [113th]
    E-LABEL Act
  7. H.R. 1821 [113th]
    Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2013
  8. S. 2199 [113th]
    Paycheck Fairness Act
  9. S. 744 [113th]
    Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
  10. S. 2410 [113th]
    Carl Levin National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015

via THOMAS Top Ten for 9/14/2014 – THOMAS (Library of Congress).

The Ultimate Office Perk: Not Having an Office | GovExec.com


“We have this factory model, and we think someone’s working if they show up in the morning and they’re not drunk, they don’t sleep at their desks, they leave at the right time.

“But that has so little to do with what you create. And we all know people who create a lot without fitting into those norms.”

via The Ultimate Office Perk: Not Having an Office – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com.

Here’s What Happens to Calls ‘Recorded for Quality Assurance’ at AT&T


Say AT&T starts getting a bunch of angry calls about service quality from customers in a specific neighborhood.

The system can detect those complaints and chart them by location, allowing employees to isolate the problem and quickly brief customers on the situation.

It can even anticipate the kinds of questions a customer might ask so reps can be ready with the answers.

via Here’s What Happens to Calls ‘Recorded for Quality Assurance’ at AT&T.