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Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance


Cinema Test Tools for the Non-Technical Manager 

Cinema Test Tools is a free resource for the cinema industry, tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager. The tools include several DCPs, all with interesting means of testing the sound and picture quality for the interested by lightly trained staff. The lessons on sound and light are written to provide a foundation to communicate with the technician who must respond quickly and well to the information that they discover.

The key is a free Online Managers Online Walk Through Checklist that correlates with the many DCPs. It helps bring an understanding of the many nuances of the auditorium's situation in a straightforward way. 

The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved. Confucius Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC - 479 BC)

Captcha Spec Knowledge

Imagine a CAPTCHA Question: In 428-4, what requires stereo pairs for channel 13? ___ This article points to an interesting adaptation of a criminal idea – not only do you need to know the language, you need to know the culture. 

Cultural CAPTCHAs — Krebs on Security

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TDL-4, The New Cool Botnet

The good news is that this botnet, TDL-4, eats other doesn't want any competition screwing up its scams. The bad news is that over 4 million computers are infected, able to deliver its problems to other computers, and very difficult to get rid of.

The lesson is, if your computer touches keys or any files that will touch a digital cinema server or theater management system (TMS), use a clean computer that is used for nothing else. No web surfing for deals on music or bulbs, no opening picture files from friends, no nothing. 

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AES Suffers and Survives

Single-key AES encryption doesn't get in the news much. There was the DCI decision to put a separate keyset on the logs section of the projector, which was a clever and friendly way to handle the FIPs ultimatum.

This week there was a major announcement that are more clever ways of attacking the still noble standard. 

Check Sections 11 and 12 to understand what they aren't saying.

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Remote Access VPN Appliances Buyer's Guide

Enterprise Network Planet has a nice write up by Lisa Phifer of Core Competence on the nuance of VPN appliances for your network. Read the entire article at: Remote Access VPN Appliances Buyer's Guide: -

There is a nice summary that follows after the fold, but read the two page document when your staff is giving you solutions, to compare reality with hope for your DCinema network.


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Autopsy of RSA Attack

A simple file slipped into the daily routine of an arm of the group that runs RSA was used to ultimately get into the computer systems of US Defense Department contractors. This is a simple lesson for our complex and honey-laden digital cinema industry.

The file that helped hack RSA found | IT PRO

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More Military Systems Hacked

This time it is that hackers have managed to break into the networks of arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin as well as those of other US military contractors. Reporting this is not meant to be a gossip laff-o-meter article. It is merely to point out that big, nasty, well-devised secure systems get broken into, especially if people ever have to interact with it. 

See: Hackers break into Lockheed Martin - The H Security

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There are a lot of experts in security out there. What they write is often dry as a bone. But there are a few sites that stay on top of the events, and express themselves in ways that us mere mortals can comprehend.

Bruce Schneier -  He wrote the books, he writes the newsletters, he has the blog. Top of the list for a reason. The link is to his monthly CryptoGram...subscribe now.

Hagai Bar-el - Information Security Specialist whose websites focus on security engineering and on managing innovation processes. Good source for definitions. There is also a blog and RSS feed.

Handbook of Applied Cryptology - All Chapters are free for the download. Get them off the cloud now.

We are putting millions of dollars of library materials into the hands of people trained to believe that MP3s and everything else should be free. We give them all the late hours unsupervised. What is wrong with this picture?

Security issues should always be taken seriously. Then again, so should consistent exercise and taking regular breaks from madness. Notwithstanding, here's the recent news in the field of security.

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
~ Helen Keller (1880 - 1968), The Open Door (1957)