Further NTP related changes

With the new routers, Lab machines lost the ability to NTP probe machines on the internet, as we lost stateful UDP reflexive rules.
With the recent NTP amplification attacks, we have added rules which mean that machines on the internet cannot NTP probe most Lab machines (our NTP servers should still be accessible).
Peerings (where source and destination ports are both 123) should still work.

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Professor Andy Hopper named one of the UK’s 100 leading practising scientists

Andy Hopper, Professor of Computer Technology and Head of Department, has been named in the Science Council’s list of the country’s 100 leading practising scientists.

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Computer Laboratory lecturers awarded Pilkington Prizes

Lecturers Dr Alastair Beresford and Dr Andrew Rice have been awarded Pilkington Prizes for excellence in teaching.

The Pilkington Teaching Award recognises excellence and innovation in teaching, making a significant impact on the student learning experience.

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Developer Contest – Travel Apps

Prizes worth a total of £2,800 are up for grabs!

The Stride Project is looking for developers interested in travel and transport to build fun, useful and innovative applications using data from our information hub. So we’ve launched a contest to encourage developers to access our hub, with a winning cash prize of £750 and a runner-up cash prize of £250. In addition, the winning team will receive two free tickets, worth £1,800, to The Personal Information Economy event in London. Access to the hub, and entry into the contest, is free.

We’re keen to see submissions from students at school and university, from independent developers, and from companies.

Further details are available on the Stride Developer Contest Website.

Deadline for entries is Sunday 9th March.

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Purge of unused VLAN 100 IP addresses

As part of a campaign to clear the use of the original lab subnet, IP address on VLAN 100 in the subnet which are believed not to have not been used for a year have been removed from the DNS. Further pruning is likely in future. If you believe an address has been retired but is still needed, please email sys-admin

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MPhil Scholarships 2014/15

Advanced Computer Science MPhil Scholarships 2014-2015: The Faculty of Computer Science and Technology is pleased to announce that it will be awarding a limited number of scholarships and bursaries to UK students applying for admission for the MPhil in Advanced Computer Science for the academic year 2014-2015. The awards may include full scholarships, covering approved fees and a maintenance award, or bursaries to assist with tuition fees.

All UK students and eligible EU students (who are classified as ‘home’ students for fees purposes) and who are offered places for the academic year 2014-2015 will be considered for the awards.

In order to be considered for an award, applicants must submit their ‘complete’ applications by no later than 31 March 2014. Earlier submission is strongly advised. See MPhil in Advanced Computer Science admissions information.

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WordPress upgraded to 3.8

The instance of wordpress used for http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/news/ has been upgraded to 3.8.
Please report any problems to sys-admin.

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Cambridge students excel at NWERC

Congratulations to the three Cambridge teams who excelled at the Northwestern European Regional Contest 2013 (NWERC).

The NWERC is integrated in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest and draws students from colleges and universities throughout Belgium, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

The Cambridge teams, which included a number of Computer Laboratory students (Boris Grubic, Vlad Alexandru Gavrilă, Bogdan-Cristian Tataroiu, Eduard Kalinicenko and Oleg Oshmyan) came 2nd, 4th and 5th, which means that Cambridge has qualified for the ACM-ICPC world finals in June 2014.

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DNSSEC for cl.cam.ac.uk

On Monday 18th November 2013 we plan to add a DS RR for cl.cam.ac.uk to the cam.ac.uk zone. This will mean that resolvers using DNSSEC will check our information, and ignore it if the information does not have a valid signature. Apart from making our information more secure, it also has the ability to take cl.cam.ac.uk out of the DNS if something goes wrong. Please report any DNS problems with cl.cam.ac.uk

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Networks and Operating Systems Group calls for applicatins for METRICS studentships

The Computer Laboratory’s Networks and Operating Systems Group calls for applications for the Marie Curie ITN METRICS studentships.

Further details can be found here.

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