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    Guidance Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: GUID) today announced management participation at the 2012 Southwest IDEAS Investor Conference.

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  • 11/09/12--11:46: Re-Distributed Computing
  • Chaucer.blogThis morning, Chaucer, our relatively new Sheltie puppy, took off with my slippers. I found one lying in his favorite spot almost immediately, but the other had gone missing. I wandered about the house with one slipper in hand while he hid in his kennel, knowing I was angry but not quite understanding why. It made me ponder the state of computing today, and where we’re headed, because it made me ponder years ago with our last dog, doing exactly the same thing. One was a Shih Tzu, the other is a Sheltie, but puppies chew on slippers with rawhide ties, doesn’t matter the breed or how many years in between.

    Interesting thing about the state of the computing market, puppies – all puppies – do chew on slippers, and that rarely changes, even as we see change all around us in the high-tech world. The corollary? I sat down to learn Android development at a level most people aren’t interested in learning months ago, and guess what? After a decade of progress and hype about new and different, I wrote in Java and C++, used some of the same libraries I used when writing for the Blackberry several years ago, and made calls to most of the familiar parts of Java and quite a few unfamiliar that haven’t significantly changed. The same is largely true of Objective-C. I used it a very long time ago, and while there have been changes, it’s still Objective-C.

    The same is largely true of .NET development. There have been changes over the years, but for the last decade or so, they’ve changed .NET less than they’ve changed the command line (if you count PowerShell). Alternative languages like Ruby have come along, and those of us who geek out on this stuff have tried them, but to-the-hardware development is still done largely in C/C++, and high-level software development is still done largely in Java and .NET with a healthy dose of PHP. The databases organizations ask for have been stable for just about as long. No, I’m not ignoring the Hadoop and derivatives craze, regular app developers are rarely asked for that skill set as a primary skill – so far.

    So what have we developers been doing over the last decade? Learning new platforms, of course. Learning new ways to integrate, of course, but largely, not stretching enough. There are day-to-day problems we’re dealing with, and every dev has to learn new things just to do their job, but they’re largely mundane or vertical things.

    To some extent, the fragmentation of dev combined with the growth of software as the engine of business and a projected reduction in development jobs that never seems to have occurred all contribute to this scenario. And of course, the difficulty in displacing languages with millions or billions of lines of code impact it.

    So does a slowdown in what is revolutionary, I think. after SOA, what next? Well, there have been a lot of developments, from Git to AWS, but in the end, development is much the same. PaaS changed that very little, though it was the most likely of the cloud technologies to do so. We also filter a lot, I think. Do you write multi-core code? Seriously? Most devs in the enterprise don’t, even though there are documented benefits. That’s “beneath the hood” so-to-speak.

    So what has me excited? There are signs of significant change. SDN promises not just a change in platform, but hooks you can manipulate to make your code more reliable. It’s not a Brave New World or anything, but it is food for improving App Dev without a seismic shift in development environments or methodology. The future of mobile device development promises more changes too, as more and more devices suck up more and more bandwidth. An interesting analyst note was that 4G wasn’t helping because devices were being added to the network faster than the network speed was improving. That means optimized communications either in the app or in a device between the app and users, is going to continue to be important.

    Things like Git fall firmly into the re-distributed computing category. It’s a server. Always. You may not think of it as one, but if I have permissions, I can ask to clone the code in your repository. That’s a server. With the added resiliency that so is every other dev machine. Which means the loss of a “server” is not likely to be catastrophic as long as best practices for SVN have been followed. Someone will have a new enough copy that only the most recent work will be lost. And of course, if you’re replicating to GitHub, the likelihood of a catastrophic loss is even smaller. Not a huge change (it’s still version control), but a change that stabilizes source issues in the loss of a single machine.

    This whole micro-server concept will creep in elsewhere, I think. Making a single machine or VM the repository of knowledge critical to your business has never been a great idea, and our outrageous backup plans show we know that at some level. If we’re replicating by virtue of daily business, it will increase network traffic in exchange for less single points of failure. Which means it will happen, because network bandwidth always increases, single points of failure are always a weak point.

    As to languages, the death of Java has been predicted a lot, but I just don’t see it happening any time soon. Java and .NET are both general purpose environments suited to the current state of enterprise computing. Mobile may produce something that truly changes things, but at this point it doesn’t look like it. Low-level systems and those that need greater performance will likely continue with C/C++, though the number of environments that entails will continue to decrease. RoR and PHP will continue to eat a lot of web UI space because they’re particularly suited to it, and we’ll continue on our way.  Command line scripting languages are almost never impacted by even seismic change, so nothing to see there.

    In short, the places to innovate are the connections we can make to other parts of the network – applications and increasingly infrastructure. REST and SOA will continue to rule that space.

    So we’re re-redistributing. Don’t get complacent. In high tech, when you cannot see the massive changes, that means they’re happening incrementally. Continue to grow, stretch your boundaries. Try new things. Bring more to the table, because it is the external environment that is currently changing, and that needs to be accounted for in application development.

    And if you haven’t tried out Git, go check it out (pun intended), you’ll find it intuitive and well documented.


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    St. Augustine Gold and Copper Limited (TSX:SAU) ("St. Augustine" or the "Company") today announced several updates of interest to investors and shareholders on its progress and the status of its King-king Copper-Gold Project, Philippines.

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    MOCKSVILLE, N.C., Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank of the Carolinas Corporation (OTCQB: BCAR) today reported financial results for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012.

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    Doral Financial Corporation (NYSE: DRL) ( "Doral Financial"), the holding company of Doral Bank, with operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S., announced today that on November 8, 2012, it received notice from the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. ("NYSE") that Doral Financial is no longer in compliance with the NYSE's continued listing standards because the average per share closing price of Doral Financial's common stock for the consecutive 30 trading-day period ending on October 31, 2012 has fallen below the NYSE's share price requirements. The NYSE requires the average closing share price of a listed company's common stock to be at least $1.00 per share over any consecutive 30 trading-day period.

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    CLEVELAND, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLF) (Paris: CLF) announced today that the United Steelworkers (USW) ratified the tentative settlement agreement signed by both parties this past October.  All USW local memberships representing workers from Michigan and Minnesota operations ratified the new 37-month labor contract effective Sept. 1, 2012.  The new contract will cover approximately 2,400 USW-represented workers at Cliffs'Empire and Tilden mines in Michigan, and its United Taconite and Hibbing Taconite mines in Minnesota.

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    Paris, France, November 09, 2012 --(PR.com)-- At the 2012 Cartes trade show for the smart card industry, KEOLABS announced availability of services and solutions for validating and certifying smart card products that implement the CIPURSE™ standard for transportation fare collection. KEOLABS’ end-to-end offer for CIPURSE certification includes validation solutions for customers’ in-house development and testing, debugging services and conformance certification. This complete offer allows KEOLABS to accompany customers through their full product development cycle from product conception to conformance certification.

    KEOLABS’ CIPURSE certification solutions are available to customers in two editions to meet their in-house testing needs: Express Edition - allowing test execution, results analysis and reporting, Developer Edition - allowing modification/creation of tests, test execution, result analysis, reporting. The Express Edition is intended for strict execution of the CIPURSE test plan without modifications. It allows users to assess their products’ compliance in-house before embarking on conformance testing with an external laboratory. For users who require the flexibility to test more complex or out of specification scenarios during their product development, the Developer Edition allows modification and creation of test scripts.

    KEOLABS service offer includes both debugging and conformance testing for end-user contactless devices, packaged devices, embedded integrated circuits, and applets. Compliance with the CIPURSE specification is evaluated according to the OSPT Alliance Test Plan which is managed by KEOLABS, and which is implemented in their CIPURSE certification solutions. “By providing a test solution that corresponds precisely to the CIPURSE test standards, we can accompany our customers through their complete development cycle, from prototyping to certification of the final product,” explained Stéphane Jobard, Director of KEOLABS Certification Solutions. “As the OSPT Alliance’s choice of testing labs, we are committed to helping the Alliance fulfill its mission by providing and maintaining support our full range of solutions and services for CIPRUSE conformance validation and certification.”

    CIPURSE is an open security standard promoted by the Open Standard for Public Transport (OSPT™) Alliance, which addresses the need of transit authorities for future-proof fare collection systems with more advanced security than what is currently in use. Because it is an open standard, CIPURSE promotes vendor neutrality, cross-vendor system interoperability, lower technology adoption risks, higher quality and improved market responsiveness, all of which result in lower operating costs and greater flexibility for transport system operators.

    KEOLABS certification laboratory is an ISO17025 accredited testing center offering the complete range of consulting and services to accompany customers through the certification of their smart card and NFC products. The Center's expertise encompasses validation of secure components including smart cards, mobile phones ePassports, electronic drivers licenses and smart card readers in accordance with a range of industry standards and covering all levels of product validation including durability testing, electrical / analog, protocol / digital and application levels. More information about the CIPURSE test solutions and services is available on the KEOLABS’ web site at http://www.keolabs.com/cipurse.html .

    About KEOLABS
    KEOLABS is a leading provider of tools and services for testing microcontroller and secure component implementation. KEOLABS smart card validation activity provides an end-to-end product and service offer for verifying and certifying smart cards and related technologies in accordance with industry standards. KEOLABS participates in all major certification processes for the secure ticketing, transaction and identity sectors. The company offers a comprehensive range of solutions for validation of all layers of contact and contactless secure components from the electrical to the digital and application layers. KEOLABS service branch includes the ISO17025 accredited Certification Center offering test services to all stakeholders in the secure component sector for smart cards, handsets, ePassports, electronic driver’s licenses and card readers.

    About the OSPT Alliance
    The OSPT Alliance is an international association chartered to define a new open standard for secure transit fare collection solutions. It provides industry education, creates workgroup opportunities and catalyzes the development and adoption of innovative fare collection technologies, applications and services. The OSPT Alliance was founded by leading technology companies, and membership is open to technology providers, transit operators, consultants, solution vendors, government agencies and other stakeholders in the transit ecosystem. For additional information, please visit www.osptalliance.org.

    For additional information about KEOLABS:
    Fabien Pollet
    Smart Card Account Manager
    KEOLABS
    contact@keolabs.com

    For additional information about OSPT:
    Patrick Corman
    OSPT Alliance
    (650) 326-9648
    Patrick.corman@osptalliance.org
    patrick@cormancom.co

    Contact Information:
    KEOLABS
    Steve Gussenhoven
    +33 4 76 61 02 35
    Contact via Email
    www.keolabs.com

    Click here to read the full story: KEOLABS Provides CIPURSE Certification Solution

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    South American Silver Corp. (TSX:SAC)(PINKSHEETS:SOHAF) reports the release of its unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and the related management's discussion and analysis of financial position and results of operations ("MD&A"). In this press release, all amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars.

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    PICKERINGTON, Ohio, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Air Resources Board has told the American Motorcyclist Association that even if it approves the sale of the new E15 ethanol-gasoline blend in California, the blend wouldn't appear in the market for several years.

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    Companies named winners of Security Project of the Year

    LONDON - November 9, 2012 - LogRhythm, the leader in cyber threat defence, detection and response, has become the joint winner of an award for Project of the Year as a result of its ongoing work with Callcredit Information Group, a leading provider of marketing and credit solutions. The companies were honoured yesterday at the Computing Security Awards ceremony, held in London. Now in its third year, the awards were set up to recognise the products, services and companies that have been most impressive at protecting organisations from IT security threats.

    Callcredit is charged with safeguarding significant volumes of sensitive information and holds detailed credit and marketing data on more than 42 million individuals and 2.8 million active businesses. In addition, due to the fact it hosts services online, any outage would be both costly and damaging to its reputation. Before implementing LogRhythm, Callcredit used a system that covered the enterprise services element of the business however it recognised the importance of a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) that could be deployed throughout its entire network. The advanced Protective Monitoring capability of LogRhythm's platform enables Callcredit to automatically monitor its entire IT estate from a central point, enabling the company to make informed decisions based on business intelligence. LogRhythm's Advanced Intelligence (AI) Engine correlates this information with unparalleled efficiency, alerting Callcredit to any malicious activity that might be taking place across its network.

    "It was becoming clear that our legacy security system was in urgent need of expansion, but we realised that the upfront investment required for such a task would completely dwarf the value that it could deliver," commented Michael Brown, group head of security and fraud management at Callcredit. "For this project, we wanted to find a provider that would be flexible enough to integrate with many vendor platforms, as well as supporting our own applications. Since deployment, LogRhythm's platform correlates millions of logs daily, and generates actionable intelligence that we integrate into our big data analytics and strategic business processes. Our security has greatly improved, our compliance processes simplified and our overall IT networking processes have become much more efficient. As such, we are delighted that Computing Security has acknowledged the success of the project with this award."

    "Callcredit are to be congratulated on this award, as this is a perfect demonstration of the role that next generation SIEM technology can play in cost-effectively streamlining internal data security processes," said Ross Brewer, vice president and managing director of international markets, LogRhythm. "The overall threat landscape is evolving at such a rapid and unpredictable pace that it can make it hard for companies to keep abreast of the new threats targeting their networks. Callcredit is a great example of a forward-thinking company that is serious about preserving the integrity of the data that it has been entrusted with."

    For the full project case study, please see: http://logrhythm.com/resources/case-studies/callcredit-data-security.aspx

    About Callcredit
    Callcredit Information Group's leading approach to deploying consumer information brings together experts across the fields of credit referencing, marketing services, interactive solutions and consultative analytics to provide clients with a range of innovative and effective products to discover new customers and to engage with current customers to optimise and increase profitability.

    Products include award-winning fraud verification tools and database solutions to positively verify consumers, global operations to help expand businesses into new markets, digital solutions to improve the overall journey consumers make during interaction with a brand, customer handling to ensure consumer satisfaction at all levels and consumer marketing data and segmentation to improve understanding and targeting of customers and prospects.

    Callcredit also offers products for their clients to assess a customer's credit risk and affordability and their experts in collections and recoveries provide tailored debt recovery and tracing tools. Their market analysis and network planning function helps organisations develop profitable retail networks, and their tools in multi bureau, analytics and metrics work to provide fully assessed bureau data. www.callcredit.co.uk

    About LogRhythm
    LogRhythm is the largest and fastest growing independent Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) provider in the world. The company's patented and award-winning SIEM 2.0 Big Data Security Analytics platform empowers organizations around the globe to detect breaches and the most sophisticated cyber threats of today, faster and with greater accuracy than ever before. LogRhythm also provides unparalleled compliance automation and assurance as well as operational intelligence to Global 2000 organizations, government agencies and mid-sized businesses worldwide.

    Positioned as a Leader in Gartner's 2012 SIEM Magic Quadrant and listed as a "Champion" in Info-Tech Research's 2012 SIEM Landscape Report, LogRhythm also earned a perfect, 5-star rating and this year's exclusive "BEST BUY" in the SC Magazine SIEM Group Test. Additional awards have included Computing Security's Bench Tested Solution of the Year, SC Labs'"Recommended" 5-star designation twice, SC Magazine's Innovator of the Year Award, Readers Trust Award for "Best SIEM" solution and "BEST BUY" designation for Digital Forensics. LogRhythm is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with operations in Canada, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

    For further information, please contact:
    Ginnia Cheng or Richard Scarlett
    Johnson King
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    Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, a leading employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm based in Orange County, Calif., took the top spot for its second year in a row in the Orange County Business Journal's annual survey of the best places to work. The survey of Orange County managers and employees named Burnham Benefits the number-one place to work in the small business category.

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    -- Unternehmen erzielt neuen Quartalsumsatzrekord

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    SYDNEY, Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ThinkForex, a leading international Forex broker, today announced it has secured its regulation with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). TF Global Markets (Aust) Pty Ltd is licensed and regulated by ASIC with AFSL number 424700. With a license and regulation from ASIC, one of the strictest and most demanding financial regulators, traders can feel completely confident that their funds are held in segregated accounts to ensure security. ThinkForex is now allowed to accept Forex trades under the ASIC license as an Australian Forex broker.

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    XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LDK Solar Co., Ltd. ("LDK Solar" or the "Company") (NYSE: LDK), a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) products, today announced that it has received a notice from the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") that the Company did not meet one of the NYSE's continued listing standards as the average closing price of the Company's American depositary shares (the "ADSs") was $0.99, less than $1.00, per ADS over a consecutive 30-trading-day period as of November 5, 2012.

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