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(TNS) –– Federal authorities knew technology used to broadcast official emergency warnings from cell towers was outdated years before deadly fires ignited last month in Sonoma County and throughout Northern California, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee for their lives, many with no warning.

Messages were too short, didn’t support web links and had the potential to be broadcast too widely, according to Federal Communication Commission members charged with regulating how cellphone companies issue government warnings. The commission in 2015 began a formal process to update the requirements and bring warning capabilities into step with technological advancements, but implementation was delayed by industry objections.

Sonoma County officials have cited those issues as factors in their controversial decision not to use the Amber Alert-type broadcasts to warn people about approaching fires that erupted Oct. 8 and ultimately burned across 174 square miles in the county, killing 23 people and destroying more than 5,100 homes.



Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:46

The End of the Password (Again)?

Will it ever go away? The basic password is still alive and well.

Just like a boomerang, every time an attempt has been made to throw it away, it just keeps coming back.

Strong passwords, password vaults, even multi-factor authentication have done little to change the regrettable situation where so many people still “protect” (we use the word loosely) their accounts with a password that reads “1234” or “secret” (or “admin” if you’re working in the IT department).

But perhaps an up and coming field in cybersecurity, that of behavioural analytics, will finally offer the chance to stop the accident and incident prone password, once and for all.



In the first part of this two part series, I outlined why computing power has steadily increased over the years and which challenge it inherently brought for today and in the future. In Part 2, I address why the question of the appropriate cooling system and how additional savings through intelligent waste heat utilization is possible as well as why there are still reservations to water cooling to reduce energy requirements.

Status quo in the air conditioning of data centers is cooling by mechanically cold air.

The entire room is cooled, but more than half of the cold air does not reach the heat hotspots, like the CPU. In doing so, huge sums of money are literally blown into thin air. One of the alternatives to air cooling is to use methods with water or other liquids. But as soon as the data center industry is confronted with "water," it frightens them immediately. Water and IT equipment – they do not fit together. Nevertheless, there are a few operators already who rely on the alternative cooling medium.