US trying to create "Marmageddon"

WELLINGTON (AFP) – New Zealand Prime Minister John Key complained his personal supplies of Marmite were dwindling on Tuesday, amid a nationwide shortage of the salty spread caused by the Christchurch earthquakes.
In a culinary crisis that has been dubbed ‘Marmageddon”, the country’s only Marmite factory in Christchurch closed in November due to earthquake damage and will not resume production of the thick, black savoury concoction until July.
Mr Key said the shortage was already impacting on the prime ministerial breakfast.
‘I’m going to have to go thin I’m afraid. I have a very small amount in my office and once that runs out I’m obviously aware that supplies are very short,’ he told TV3 on Tuesday.

Subscription services running OpenVPN sharing network resources?This technology will make setup boxes obsolete

Subscription services running OpenVPN sharing network resources?  Imagine, if you can run and share over the air broadcasting, cable and network services sharing resources, how much do you save? If everybody’s resources can be easily tapped to run your own services, what will be the impact? We now have the technology to do that. It allows you to stream live videos side by side with the Internet and also other medias. Of course this is an idea, and you need to tweak it to produce the final product. This proof of concept is real cause there is a great demand for such real world applications, to spur the next innovations. I can easily find the pros and cons of a technology or a product, its limitations with a roadmap of future developments and its combinations with other technologies, to develop a proof of concept, but not to produce the final product, as God does not allow me to take away other people’s ricebowl, everyone has it’s unique gifts and mine is as stated.
– Contributed by Oogle.

OpenVPN is an open source software application that implements virtual private network (VPN) techniques for creating secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities. It uses a custom security protocol[2] that utilizes SSL/TLS for key exchange. It is capable of traversing network address translators (NATs) and firewalls. It was written by James Yonan and is published under the GNU General Public License (GPL).[3]
OpenVPN allows peers to authenticate each other using a pre-shared secret key, certificates, or username/password. When used in a multiclient-server configuration, it allows the server to release an authentication certificate for every client, using signature and Certificate authority. It uses the OpenSSL encryption library extensively, as well as the SSLv3/TLSv1 protocol, and contains many security and control features.

Encryption

OpenVPN uses the OpenSSL library to provide encryption of both the data and control channels. It lets OpenSSL do all the encryption and authentication work, allowing OpenVPN to use all the ciphers available in the OpenSSL package. It can also use the HMAC packet authentication feature to add an additional layer of security to the connection (referred to as an “HMAC Firewall” by the creator). It can also use hardware acceleration to get better encryption performance.[4][5] Support for PolarSSL is coming in version 2.3

Authentication

OpenVPN has several ways to authenticate peers to each another. OpenVPN offers pre-shared keys, certificate-based, and username/password-based authentication. Preshared secret key is the easiest, with certificate based being the most robust and feature-rich. In version 2.0 username/password authentications can be enabled, both with or without certificates. However to make use of username/password authentications, OpenVPN depends on third-party modules. See the Extensibility paragraph for more info.

Networking

OpenVPN can run over User Datagram Protocol (UDP) or Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) transports, multiplexing created IPsec ESP tunnels on a single TCP/UDP port[citation needed] (RFC 3948 for UDP).[6] It has the ability to work through most proxy servers (including HTTP) and is good at working through Network address translation (NAT) and getting out through firewalls. The server configuration has the ability to “push” certain network configuration options to the clients. These include IP addresses, routing commands, and a few connection options. OpenVPN offers two types of interfaces for networking via the Universal TUN/TAP driver. It can create either a layer-3 based IP tunnel (TUN), or a layer-2 based Ethernet TAP that can carry any type of Ethernet traffic. OpenVPN can optionally use the LZO compression library to compress the data stream. Port 1194 is the official IANA assigned port number for OpenVPN. Newer versions of the program now default to that port. A feature in the 2.0 version allows for one process to manage several simultaneous tunnels, as opposed to the original “one tunnel per process” restriction on the 1.x series.
OpenVPN’s use of common network protocols (TCP and UDP) makes it a desirable alternative to IPsec in situations where an ISP may block specific VPN protocols in order to force users to subscribe to a higher-priced, “business grade,” service tier.

Security

OpenVPN offers several internal security features. It runs in userspace, instead of requiring IP stack (and therefore kernel) operation. OpenVPN has the ability to drop root privileges, use mlockall to prevent swapping sensitive data to disk, enter a chroot jail after initialization and apply a SELinux context after initialization.
OpenVPN runs a custom security protocol based on SSL and TLS[2]. OpenVPN offers support of smart cards via PKCS#11 based cryptographic tokens.

Extensibility

OpenVPN can be extended with third-party plug-ins or scripts which can be called at defined entry points.[7][8] The purpose of this is often to extend OpenVPN with more advanced logging, enhanced authentication with username and passwords, dynamic firewall updates, RADIUS integration and so on. The plug-ins are dynamically loadable modules, usually written in C, while the scripts interface can execute any scripts or binaries available to OpenVPN. In the OpenVPN source code [9] there are some examples of such plug-ins, including a PAM authentication plug-in. There also exists several third party plug-ins to authenticate against LDAP or SQL databases such as SQLite and MySQL. There is an overview over many of these extensions in the related project wiki page for the OpenVPN community.

Spending on property will increase as the conditions of low interest will not last forever

08:54 AM Mar 23, 2012
WASHINGTON – There is still not enough spending and investment to sustain the economic recovery, United States Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke yesterday.
Mr Bernanke said consumer demand remains weak relative to its level before the Great Recession. He noted that other contributors to economic growth – including borrowing and trade – have declined.
“Consumer spending has not recovered. It’s still quite weak relative to where it was before the crisis,” Mr Bernanke said. “We lack a source of demand to keep the economy growing.”
His comments provided further insight into the reasoning behind the Fed’s plan to hold short-term interest rates near zero through 2014. The central bank has stuck with that timetable despite three months of strong job growth and other signs of economic improvement.
While applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to a four-year low, and employers have added an average of 245,000 jobs per month between December and February, incomes are still barely keeping up with inflation and people are having to cope with a big jump in gas prices.
Many economists believe that Fed officials will not make any changes in policy at their next meeting late in April and will only ease credit conditions if the economy slows further.
Mr Bernanke said he did not think the Fed’s low interest rates in the past decade contributed to the housing bubble, but admitted the central bank made mistakes in supervision and regulation that played a role in banks making unsound mortgage loans.
“A lot of banks simply didn’t have the capacity to thoroughly understand the risks that they were taking,” he said. “I think the Fed and other bank supervisors didn’t press hard enough on this and that turned out to be a serious problem.” AP

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Spending on property will increase as the conditions of low interests will not last forever

To aid the global economic recovery, investments in property will greatly increase globally as the conditions of low interests will not last forever, where property is seen as a good hedge against inflation, keeping your money in the bank just does not justify the returns, with many countries has it’s own property curbs, where most only allow you to buy a single property without paying additional taxes, now is the best time ever as traditionally, most property buyers will not sell at a loss after factoring in their costs, and most buyers have holding power, so there will be an increase in property purchases, to fuel the global recovery, where people will buy the greatest hedge against inflation, and cut down on other area of purchases on spending, will it spur a bubble? I do not think so at the present moment, as this window of opportunity will not last forever, as investments will certainly find it’s equilibrium, this will indirectly help fund the governments, this global recovery is certain and on the right path, as there are no conditions at present that will fuel a recession, even if oil prices will to increase substantially, most economies will find ways to shift from the dependence of oil, where it will find it’s own equilibrium. I can put money in your pockets if you believe, but I cannot give you money.

God’s Logic – God owns everything in this world except money, and He is capable of taking care of all your needs, but He will not glorify money, He knows you need money in this world, and He can easily influence the indirect things in this world to get money, to support His ministry, so that even non-believers will also believe.
– Contributed by Oogle.