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The Dangers of Security

June 1, 2007 Chief information security officers must balance restricted access with productivity. A few ways federal agencies handle cybersecurity: During the day, automatically log off users after 30 minutes of no mouse or keyboard activity. Install card readers. Require passwords that are random strings of letters and numbers. In the evening, have ...

Running Lean

May 15, 2007 In a world of sense-and-respond logistics, vehicles call in when they're low on gas and fuel is delivered before they run out. Food and water supplies for U.S. troops fell to dangerously low levels during the invasion of Iraq. The charge north was probably the fastest yet by a significant ...

If the Symptom Fits

May 15, 2007 Electronic patient files advance care, up to a point. Catheterized, put on electrolytes and given beta blockers, the hospital patient is doing better today. A case of obstructive uropathy, this morning there's no bladder distention or tenderness and no fever. Still some blood in the urine, however. Standing in a ...

Tip Thursday - Hooray For YubNub!

May 10, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Welcome to Tech Insider’s Tip Thursday, in which we bring you practical computing tips and information. This week: Command the Web. Earlier this week, Tech Insider blogged about the emergence of command lines on the Web, such as specialized Google search terms. (Click here for a previous Tip Thursday on ...

Glitzy NASA Video Promotes Return to Moon

May 10, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA is promoting a return to the Moon with a slick computer-generated video. Click below to watch a lunar base quickly unfurl, listen to the Hollywoodesque drum machine-powered soundtrack and feel the roar of the mighty rocket engines. And click the comment link below to let us know if the ...

Washington Wiki War

May 9, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new Washington-based wiki premised on libertarian principles sparked a Library of Congress response when founder Jim Harper boasted it would be better than the Library’s online legislation tracker THOMAS, says ars technica. WashingtonWatch.com, launched last month by Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, seeks to ...

Texting Terrorism

May 9, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Al Qaeda in Iraq uses cell phone text messages as a way to organize local protests, writes Small Wars blogger and Iraqi-based counterinsurgency adviser David Kilcullen. “This is classic AQI info ops -- stirring up the population through a combination of manipulation, intimidation and fear of other groups. The level ...

The Return of the Command Line

May 9, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More proof that everything old becomes new again: an article by Northwestern University design professor Don Norman on the future of computer and human interfaces. His prediction? The return of the command line. Command lines all but disappeared from the popular (though not professional) computing world with the widespread diffusion ...

Are You an IT Omnivore? Take the Quiz

May 8, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Are you a "deep user" of technology? Click this link to take an online quiz developed by the Pew Internet & American Life Project to see how you compare with fellow Americans in information and communications technology adoption. According to new research by the project, 8 percent of Americans are ...

Trust No One - Part II

May 8, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Yesterday, we warned about a new Trojan Horse that looks like an authentic Microsoft screen ordering you to “activate” your Windows copy, which, by the way, requires you to submit your credit card information. If you don’t agree to submit the information, the Trojan Horse shuts down your computer. We ...