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Tuesday, 12 June


Analyst research: ROI of Pen Testing as a Service "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Dr. Chenxi Wang, industry thought leader and analyst, examined the Return on Investment that organizations may realize by using Cobalts Pen Testing as a Service (PTaaS) platform. This study took a detailed look at the benefits and costs of deploying Cobalts services in comparison with using traditional penetration testing consultancies. For this study, Dr. Wang conducted in-depth interviews with current Cobalt customers. The organizations interviewed represent a wide swath of different industry segments, including SaaS, More

The post Analyst research: ROI of Pen Testing as a Service appeared first on Help Net Security.


Ecuadors Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Francisco Carrin Mena? "IndyWatch Feed"

Francisco Carrin Mena, who had left his countrys Foreign Service in 2011, was appointed in December 2017 to be Ecuadors ambassador to the United States.


Carrin was born April 8, 1953, in Quito, Ecuador. He earned a bachelors degree in public and social sciences from Central University of Ecuador in 1974 and a Ph.D. in international sciences in 1978 from the same institution.


Carrin joined Ecuadors Foreign Service in 1974. Beginning in 1982, he was first secretary at the embassy in Paris. He returned to Ecuador in 1988 as adviser and diplomatic coordinator for then-President Rodrigo Borja Cevallos. Carrin was sent to London in 1991 and served as charg daffaires there.


In 1996, Carrin was home again, this time serving as under secretary of national sovereignty. He also served on the team negotiating peace with neighboring Peru. He was named vice-minister of foreign affairs in 1998. Two years later, Carrin was named ambassador to Spain.

He returned to Quito in 2005 as minister of foreign affairs.


Shortly after President Rafael Correa took over in 2007, Carrin was named Correas representative to the Yasuni-ITT initiative. Yasuni-ITT was a proposal that Ecuador would suspend oil extraction from the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini part of the Yasuni national park if the international community would pay Ecuador $3.6 billion to make up for the lost revenue. The plan was abandoned in 2013.


Carrin was named Ecuadors permanent representative to the United Nations in November 2009, serving until 2011, when he left the diplomatic corps because of disagreements with Correas policies. He had been chairman of the UNs Decolonization Committee.


Since then, Carrin has taught and written a newspaper column for Diario El Comercio. During this period, he did serve as president of the International Committee of the United Nations for the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families. Carrin was appointed U.S. ambassador by Lenn Moreno, who took over the presidency from Correa in May 2017.

Carrin is married and has two children.

-Steve Straehley


To Learn More:

Francisco Carrin Mena: Im Going With the Mission to Open Doors With the United States (Ecuador Times)

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


Severe thunderstorms produce furious outburst of sprites over central Europe "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Powerful thunderstorms that hit parts of central Europe over the past couple of days produced a furious outburst of sprites. "It was unreal," Martin Popek, a well-known photographer of the upward directed bolts, told "I recorded more...... Read more

Snow fell on parts of the US Northwest just days before first day of summer "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Snow fell on parts of the US Northwest over the past weekend, just days before the first day of summer. This upper-level weather system, originating in the Gulf of Alaska, has sent temperatures plunging well below average across the region. In the higher elevations,...... Read more

India eyes coal reserves in Indonesian Papua "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

As it seeks to diversify its sources of fuel, India is looking to get in on the ground floor of coal mining in previously unexploited deposits in Indonesian Papua. In exchange for technical support and financing for geological surveys, officials say India is pushing for special privileges, including no-bid contracts on any resulting concessions a prospect that could run afoul of Indonesias anti-corruption laws. The details of an Indian mining project in Papua are still being negotiated, but Indonesias energy ministry welcomes the prospect as part of a greater drive to explore energy resources in the countrys easternmost provinces. In the future, the ministry hopes mining for coking coal will support the domestic steel industry, while also bringing economic benefits to locals. Rights activists, however, fear the launch of a new mining industry could deepen tensions in a region where existing extractive projects have damaged the environment and inflamed a long-running armed conflict. Forest clearance and plantation development in PT Megakarya Jaya Raya (PT MJR) palm oil concession in Papua. New Guinea Island is home to the worlds third-largest rainforest, but is facing intense pressure due to the logging, palm oil and mining industries. Image by Ulet Infansasti/Greenpeace. Indonesias new coal frontier When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Jakarta last month, joint efforts to extract and process Indonesias fossil fuels, including coal, were on the agenda. Indias interest in investing in a new coking coal mining concession in Papua can be traced 2017, when officials from the Central

Aus der beliebten Serie "bei UNS ist Kernkraft SICHER", ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Aus der beliebten Serie "bei UNS ist Kernkraft SICHER", heute: Doel 4 ist runtergefahren. Damit sind alle Doel-Reaktoren vom Netz. Doel war das marode Kernkraftwerk in Belgien (das andere ist Tihange).

In diesem Sinne ist in Doel gerade tatschlich die Kernkraft sicher.

Sehr geil auch das Statement der Betreibergesellschaft:

"Es ist nicht ungewhnlich, dass einer der Reaktoren ausfllt", sagte Nele Scheerlinck, Engie-Electrabel-Sprecherin laut der belgischen Zeitung Grenzecho und ergnzte: "Im Durchschnitt gibt es weltweit einen automatischen Stopp pro Reaktor und Jahr, aber es kommt in der Tat nicht oft vor, dass alle vier Reaktoren abgeschaltet werden."
Lieber einmal zu frh runterfahren, wenn ihr mich fragt.

Ich beobachte gerade mit Bestrzung, wie immer mehr ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Ich beobachte gerade mit Bestrzung, wie immer mehr Online-Medien ihr Geschftsmodell auf das Spammen von Amazon-Affiliate-Links umstellen. Die WM-Angebote von Amazon haben keinen Nachrichtenwert. Das ist Werbung, als redaktioneller Inhalt getarnt. Gibt es kein Medienhaus, dass da mal eine Abmahnwelle wegen unlauteren Wettbewerbs lostreten kann?

Die deutsche Autoindustrie ist offenbar voll am Abnippeln.Hausdurchsuchung ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Die deutsche Autoindustrie ist offenbar voll am Abnippeln.

Hausdurchsuchung beim Audi-Chef, VW kann anscheinend gar keine sauberen Motoren bauen, bei 15.000 Dieselbesitzern drohen jetzt Zwangsstilllegungen und als der Minister den Daimler-Chef zu sich zitiert, probiert der es mit schmutzigen Tricks.

Ab wann klassifiziert man diesen ganzen Haufen eigentlich rein rechtlich gesehen als kriminelle Vereinigung? Was genau mssen die tun, damit das passiert? Frage fr einen Freund.

Und noch ein Erfolg der DSGVO:Dank der DSGVO haben ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Und noch ein Erfolg der DSGVO:

Dank der DSGVO haben spanische Nutzer erfahren, dass die App ihrer Fuball-Liga bers Mikro nach nicht lizenzierten, ffentlichen bertragungen fahndet.
Was fr eine Frechheit!

Also so was trauriges habe ich ja noch NIE gehrt: ... "IndyWatch Feed Europe"

Also so was trauriges habe ich ja noch NIE gehrt: Hessens Datenschutzbehrde prft die Praktiken der Schufa.

Na das wre ja TRA-GISCH, wenn die ihren Laden zumachen mssten!

Hurricane "Bud' affecting southwestern Mexico, heading toward Baja California Sur "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hurricane "Bud," the second hurricane of the 2018 East Pacific hurricane season, is strengthening off the southwest coast of Mexico and is expected to become a major hurricane today. Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides are possible across much of...... Read more


French Thought Police and the Creeping Dictatorship of Virtue "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jean Bricmont | Consortium News | June 11, 2018 The French government of Emmanuel Macron has introduced a new law to protect the French from fake news during election periods. This vaguely drafted amendment to existing press law seems to have been inspired by Macrons resentment at rumors circulated against him during last years []


Prison Abolitionists Rally for Human and Environmental Health at Pittsburgh Polluters Offices "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

submitted to Earth First! Newswire

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania On the heels of the 3rd Annual Fight Toxic Prisons Convergence, dozens of organizers, community members, and friends and family of currently- and formerly-incarcerated peoples marched through downtown Pittsburgh, making stops at the headquarters of EQT and ending at a power plant belonging to coal utility NRG Energy on the North Side. The demonstration concludes a weekend of lectures, workshops, and discussion about mass incarceration and its links to environmental health.

EQT Corporation, a major oil and gas company notorious for poisoning drinking water supplies across rural Appalachia, is one of the largest companies involved in fracking, with 793 active wells in Pennsylvania alone. Theyre also one of the top ten worst polluters in the industry, according to a 2015 report published by the Natural Resources Defense Council. In 2012, EQT received several charges for water pollution and disturbance of waterways, and a $1.1 million fine for poisoning drinking water supply sources through a shale pit leak at Rock Run in Tioga County, PA, and has received several other fines, violations, and complaints as well.

The march culminated in a rally at the NRG Energy Center calling attention to the health and human rights atrocities occurring at SCI Fayette, a state-run prison that currently houses 2,176 inmates. SCI Fayette was built in 2003, directly on top of a toxic coal ash dump that has been in operation for decades, receiving millions of tons of waste from coal processing companies, including NRG.

The inmate population of SCI Fayette, and the surrounding community of Labelle, PA, have reported alarmingly high rates of health issues linked to the ash that blows off the dumping site and into the surrounding air.

Richard Mosley, a member of Fayette Health Justice and Put Peopl...


ASUS wanted to integrate 10 GB RAM on its gaming smartphone "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

ASUS apparently was looking to include 10GB of RAM on its flagship smartphone

Earlier this week, the Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS unveiled its first dedicated high-end gaming smartphone, the ROG (Republic of Gamers) smartphone, designed for gamers at the Computex 2018 in Taipei. With this smartphone, the company is looking to follow companies such as Razer and Xiaomi, both of whom have launched smartphones like Razer Phone and Black Shark respectively, especially for gamers.

Designed for mobile gaming, the ROG features a 6-inch full HD+ (1080 x 2160 pixels) and comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Its AMOLED display blends a 90Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. The display on the ROG Phone is also certified for HDR and has the DCI-P3 color gamut. ASUS has added the worlds fastest 2.96GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with a Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU to the device. Besides this, the ROG Phone comes with 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of onboard storage (with two other options of 128GB and 256GB of storage).

While the specifications do sound crazy, it has come to light that ASUS was apparently experimenting with a 10GB of RAM in an unnamed flagship smartphone about 10 months ago.

According to Twitter tipster Roland Quandt, ASUS had planned to include 10GB of RAM in an upcoming flagship, but it seems that the idea was dropped by the company due to size constraints in the phones body. RAM is usually placed on top of the processor but there was insufficient space to fit the necessary chips.

With ASUS already experimenting with the possibility of including 10GB of RAM in a smartphone, there are chances that the company may come up with such a device in the near future by finding a way through the obstacle.

We have already heard about smartphones having RAMs that are between 4GB 6GB, with one or two exceptions consisting 8GB of RAM. Do you think that we need smartphones with 1...


Neovim 0.3 Text Editor Released With Various Improvements "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Neovim, the fork of Vim focused on offering better extensibility and usability, has issued their v0.3 release...


Pious Homophobes Win One "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

No one was questioning Phillips's faith, only his refusal to do for one couple what he would do for any other, as long as they were heteros. His belief is a canard. His conduct in the context of his business is the only issue. His belief didn't even have anything to do with the gay couple's request. They weren't calling his beliefs in doubt or suggesting that by baking them a cake he was endorsing their sexuality.


What Anthony Bourdain Reveals About Living In The Age Of Loneliness "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I waited to start Gods Favorite Customer, Father John Mistys latest album, until the propellers were spinning on the small plane at the end of the runway out of Dublin, headed on the short flight toward Glasgow. The morning was unseasonably bright and clear, directly at odds with the mood and the music as we crossed over the Isle of Man. And I thought about Anthony Bourdain.

Ive written about Misty real name, John Tillman before, as he is one of the more perceptive analysts of the loneliness and separation of our times.  In his last album, Pure Comedy, he sang about the technological despair of a future marked by ephemeral relations, where we are bedding Taylor Swift every night inside the Oculus Rift, predicting that When the historians find us well be in our homes / Plugged into our hubs / Skin and bones / A frozen smile on every face. But theres another lyric that applies more to Bourdains situation: Can you believe how far weve come? / In the new age / Freedom to have what you want / In the new age well all be entertained / Rich or poor, the channels are all the same.

Bourdains suicide looks increasingly like an impulsive act.  There is no mention of a note. He hanged himself after a few days of work eating and filming with one of his best friends, fellow chef Eric Ripert, in a French village. He walked the cobblestone streets with his typical skinny aging rockstar lope. He took pictures with fans. He Instagramed his breakfast, with his normal ironic commentary (Bourdain famously hated Instagramming food, saying in 2014 Its bullshit. Its about making other people feel bad about what theyre eating. And a certain knowledge that what youre eating is more interesting.).

So in leaving us, Bourdain leaves behind more confusion than anything else. There are rumors, of course a fight with his girlfriend, a relapse to his famed drug use after years of not using but theres no evidence either is true. We dont know if he reached out to anyone before he went, or if he lied and said he was fine. As Misty sings on his new album: One more cryptic message / Thinking that I might end it / Oh god, you must have woken up / To me saying that its all too much / Ill take it easy with the morbid stuff.

From the outside perspective, Bourdain had it all: wealth, fame, a job where he traveled the world, dined with interesting people, was friends with chefs and presidents, ate the best food whether surrounded by finery or by a jungle, and could go anywhere and...


Humans Committing Large-Scale Ecocide "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ IGE OCT TML TWM Humans Committing Large-Scale Ecocide Ecocide: The destructive impact of humans on the natural environment, extensive damage to or loss of ecosystems to the extent that it is unable to support life. Prepared and presented by FIRE-EARTH Science and affiliated scientists. Details are available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. . . . . []


Bill Joy, Silicon Valley Visionary, on the Future of Batteries, Electric Airplanes, and the "Internet of Energy" "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

He says solid-state batteries will be cheaper than today's lithium-ion batteries and help move the grid to 100 percent renewables Photo: Ionic Materials

According to Silicon Valley visionary and