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It’s Bruce Lee’s birthday!

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Software-defined networks aka virtualized networking coming of age

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I guess it was inevitable after Cisco released the virtualized images of its Nexus switch OS for use in VMWare vSphere environments and F5’s IP and layer 7 load balancers having virtual copies that can interact with them that the virtualized networking market was going to blow up. El Reg reports on the move by several CTOs of large tech corps to try implementing a standards base for this technology and the speculation that this is a strategic move by Cisco to level the playing field to keep the market from getting monopolized and hence reduce the cut in baremetal network hardware that is Cisco’s bread and butter (as in, the nervous system of the Internet).

Hopefully such standards will come to pass by the IEEE, ISO or whoever and keep some semblance of sanity in large, heterogenous datacenter environments.

Anon hits RFID-using school district’s website

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In an interesting and viral turn of events, a twitter user named @RemainSilentz has claimed to disable the website of San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District, who recently expelled a student of one of its high schools named Andrea Hernandez. I covered NISD RFID situation in an earlier, typically meandering I admit, post about my thoughts on RFID after having attended a protest at NISD in late September where I met Andrea and her father and a diverse number of other very lively and erudite activists wanting to outflank this phalanx of the globalists wanting total control of everything and everyone.

Anyway, it just a simple DDOS most likely and the site appears to have been going up and down, responsive as of this writing. I’m pleasantly surprised mostly at the fact that this issue is gaining global traction. It’s nice to see mention of this while doing my daily perusal of tech websites (in this case, a UK one) while I’m in a more vocational state of mind.

The 21Foot Rule and Over-reliance on Firearms

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2 police killed by crazy knife-wielder (graphic)

See also: sawed-off shotgun, pistol-grip.

There was a police ballistics analysis I read recently where over 20 officers spent over 100 rounds trying to subdue one subject, who had taken I think 15 rounds of 2 different calibers before they finally got him. One bullet had shattered and broken his upper arm while another had shattered his foot after an officer shot under the car.

Carry and know your knife and learn some basic hand-to-hand, fatboy. Once a zombie closes the distance, hopefully you can run or fight effectively.

Protective Concepts

First off let me say there is a definite need for firearms in personal and third party security in certain environments and situations.  I firmly support the right to keep and bear arms and also recognize their utility in many different scenarios. That said some people put too much confidence in their ability to use their weapon to protect themselves against a myriad of threats.

This over-reliance can cause them to downplay or ignore skills like situational awareness, avoidance, de-escalation, less than lethal weapons and unarmed combatives.  There are good legal and ethical reasons for considering and training in skillsets across the use of force continuum.  Obviously using a firearm is not the best response to every situation.  Beyond that there are also good tactical reasons to use other options.

Consider the 21 foot rule.  Originally presented by Dennis Tueller, a sergeant in the Salt Lake City, Utah Police Department in…

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320 Licence Plate Reading Police Cars In Maryland , And Growing

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Big Brother Is Here





Safety . It’s All In The Name Of Safety … What A Crock Of S**t . Power and Revenue … That’s What It Is Really About 

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