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Jon Seals

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(TNS) - There are people on the Isle of Que who’ve lived with the prospect and reality of flooding most all their lives.

People like borough councilman Tim Charles, raised on Front Street steps from the shore of the Susquehanna River and now lives just two doors down. He grew up hunting, trapping and fishing on the Isle, and at 68 years old he still snorkels on the river.

Then there are people who move to the peninsula, slight as it is, having never laid their heads in a home within a flood plain. People like Katie Wolfe, who with her husband, Rick, and two young sons moved to Chestnut Street on the Isle in 2006.

“When it first happened, it was surreal. I didn’t understand what was happening until after,” Wolfe said.



(TNS) - With initial flood-related damage pegged at $50 million, a number likely to grow substantially, East Baton Rouge public school officials are hoping to recoup as much as 75 percent of their costs from federal disaster relief.

The difficulties of qualifying for reimbursement from FEMA, as well as the greater than expected damage, have prompted school officials to slow down ambitious plans to try to repair several flooded schools quickly.

When the school system’s 77 schools reopen Tuesday, after being closed for more than three weeks, 12 will be operating in new locations. Eight of them are relocating because of flooding, forcing four smaller schools to relocate.



Fans of “The Social Network,” a movie about the early days of Facebook, (and one that, last we heard, Mark Zuckerberg has never seen), will remember the scene when the Eduardo Saverin character intentionally closes a bank account with funds that keep Facebook online.

The outraged Zuckerberg character tells him:

“Okay, let me tell you the difference between Facebook and everyone else. We don't crash EVER! If those servers are down for even a day, our entire reputation is irreversibly destroyed! Users are fickle, Friendster has proved that. Even a few people leaving would reverberate through the entire user base. The users are interconnected, that is the whole point. College kids are online because their friends are online, and if one domino goes, the other dominos go, don't you get that?”



Tuesday, 06 September 2016 00:00

Mac Malware Part of Worsening Security Picture

With well-known malware threats directed against Mac computers and other devices running Apple operating systems, including the recent Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor backdoor threat and KeRanger ransomware, Apple-based systems are being attacked more. But, say security experts, the threats are more a sign of rising cyberattacks against all devices than any specific spike targeting Apple systems.

Every year for the last six years has been "the year of Mac malware," said Ryan Olson, director of threat intelligence for Palo Alto Networks, the firm credited with discovering KeRanger. Attacks against Macs "are growing for sure," he said. "But it's never been as huge of a problem as attacks against PCs."



Tuesday, 06 September 2016 00:00

The Cloud: Not Just Better IT, All-New IT

It’s fair to say that the cloud is fast-approaching the tipping point as the dominant means of deploying enterprise infrastructure. But while the broad outlines are coming into view, the exact architecture and the host’s location are still very much “up in the air.”

The latest estimate on cloud deployments came from 451 Research this week, which pegged the current cloud workload at about 41 percent of the enterprise total with a likely rise to 60 percent by the middle of 2018. In breaking down the numbers, the firm noted that the majority of deployments are taking place on private clouds and public SaaS infrastructure, and that going forward the private side will see largely flat growth while SaaS will jump by 23 percent. As well, IaaS deployments, currently only 6 percent of the total, will double to 12 percent in the next two years.