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WPAFB continues migrating computers to Windows 10 operating system

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 9:38 AM

            The Windows 10 migration was a topic for discussion for James Languirand, Information Technology specialist, Dave Hall, Automated Data Processing Equipment custodian, and John Schipper, Helpdesk technician, as they worked together to ensure that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Air Force Security Assistance Center, meets the Air Force’s March 31 deadline for the transition to the new operating system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Will Huntington)
The Windows 10 migration was a topic for discussion for James Languirand, Information Technology specialist, Dave Hall, Automated Data Processing Equipment custodian, and John Schipper, Helpdesk technician, as they worked together to ensure that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Air Force Security Assistance Center, meets the Air Force’s March 31 deadline for the transition to the new operating system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Will Huntington)

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has recently faced a monumental technology changeover with the migration of installation computers to the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.

In response to a Department of Defense directive to transition to Microsoft Windows 10 secure host baseline, the Air Force plans to complete the upgrade to the Windows 10 operating system across the enterprise by March 31.

Over the past two years, organizations at Wright-Patterson AFB began budgeting for the purchase of new computers that can utilize this new operating system, according to Karen Newton, 88th Communications Squadron, chief of Network Operations.

In preparation for the changeover, Newton said most organizations chose to procure laptops as opposed to desktop models for mobility purposes. Some existing computers on base were capable of the migration without new equipment needed. Devices that use non-Windows operating systems, such as iPADS, were not within the scope of this effort.

“The enhanced security feature provided by the Windows 10 secure host baseline separates the login process from the operating system, making it more difficult for attackers to infiltrate computer networks,” Newton said. “DoD and the Air Force are taking advantage of Credential Guard, one of the newest features of Windows 10.”

Credential Guard prevents attackers from accessing computers by separating the login process from the operating system. Attackers have long used the old process of utilizing a computer’s cache or user name and password store in the computer memory to gain access, Newton said.

On a base the size of Wright-Patterson and with the number of computers being used, the effort to bring all installation systems in line with the mandate is no small undertaking, Newton said. Wright-Patterson has 34,950 systems, both non-secure and secure, which require either a new computer or a computer migration to make the transition.

“The installation currently is reporting over 70 percent completion for both systems,” Newton said. “We feel confident that the mandate will be met.”

If organizations have an approved waiver excusing them from the March 31 deadline, they will not be removed from the network. She also added that systems that are not Windows 10 compliant and which do not have an approved waiver on April 1, will be then removed from the network.

“Cybersecurity is a top priority for this installation, the Air Force and the DoD,” Newton said. “The 88th CS is committed to migrate all available systems they manage.”

There are even more technology changes on the horizon for Wright-Patterson in the form of enhanced cybersecurity capabilities and Newton named two in particular.

“Cloud Hosted Enterprise Services, an email migration, is coming,” Newton said. “CHES is the suite of Air Force collaborative tools to migrate email, instant messaging and SharePoint into commercial, Microsoft, cloud-based datacenters. This system includes the migration to Office 365 and is scheduled for the base in the April-May 2018 timeframe.”

Another cybersecurity initiative is the Joint Regional Security Stack or JRSS. The base is scheduled to be a part of the Air Force DoD mandate to move to a Joint Information Environment. JRSS replaces the current Air Force NIPRNet Gateway System.

“JRSS provides two sets of security equipment side-by-side to provide top-level security for each base to provide enhanced redundant computer network defense equipment and transport,” Newton said. “Wright-Patt will have two JRSS stacks assigned to it, providing dual redundancy and a third alternate stack available for inbound and outbound traffic.”

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Days of rain getting underway

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:53 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:22 PM

Several rounds of rain may lead to flooding problems this week.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, and Shelby counties, in effect from 1 a.m. Thursday through 11 a.m. 

Total ice accumulations overnight could reach one-tenth of an inch with limited viability also expected. 

A Flood Watch has also been issued for Butler, Clinton and Warren counties, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Feb. 25. 

>> Record-breaking warmth this week 


  • FLOOD WATCH for southern Miami Valley begins tonight
  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for northern Miami Valley late tonight
  • 2 to 4 inches of rain possible through the weekend

>> 5-Day Forecast


5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

THIS EVENING: On and off rain. Temperatures will drop through the 30s.

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

>> County-by-County Weather

TONIGHT: Rain likely. As temperatures drop, the rain may become freezing rain across the northern Miami Valley. Elsewhere, temperatures should remain just above freezing, in the lower to middle 30s.

THURSDAY: Rain or freezing rain in the morning then drying out. Clouds will remain. Temperatures will hold in the middle 40s.

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

FRIDAY: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times. It will be mild with highs in the upper 50s.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times with a chance for some thunder, mainly south. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

SUNDAY: Rain will taper off early in the morning with clouds breaking. It will be windy and cooler with highs in the middle 50s.

MONDAY: Sunshine returns. Breezy and cool with highs in the lower 50s.


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Google’s new AI can look into your eyes and predict heart attack risk

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:13 PM

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FILE PHOTO(William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Researchers from Google and sibling company Verily Life Sciences have developed a new algorithm using artificial intelligence to predict the risk of heart attack, stroke and other major cardiovascular events.

How does it work? Through the eyes.

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Scientists studied data from 284,335 patients and found the “deep-learning” AI algorithm could identify risk factors based on age, blood pressure, gender, smoking status and others just by scanning the individuals’ retinas.

“The rear interior wall of the eye (the fundus) is chock-full of blood vessels that reflect the body’s overall health,” the Verge reported. “By studying their appearance with camera and microscope, doctors can infer things like an individual’s blood pressure, age, and whether or not they smoke, which are all important predictors of cardiovascular health.”

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Google’s AI was able to differentiate patients who suffered a major cardiac event in the following five years and those who didn’t with a 70 percent accuracy

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"While doctors can typically distinguish between the retinal images of patients with severe high blood pressure and normal patients, our algorithm could go further to predict the systolic blood pressure within 11 mmHg on average for patients overall, including those with and without high blood pressure," lead author Lily Peng wrote in a Google blog.

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Medical algorithms are traditionally created to redesign experiments to test hypotheses made from observations. But this algorithm found new ways to analyze existing medical data.

“With enough data, it’s hoped that artificial intelligence can then create entirely new medical insight without human direction,” the Verge reported.

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This technology would make it more efficient for doctors to analyze cardiac risk without a blood test, which typically predicts events with 72 percent accuracy. But more tests are necessary before the AI can be used in a clinical setting.

“We look forward to developing and testing our algorithm on larger and more comprehensive datasets. To make this useful for patients, we will be seeking to understand the effects of interventions such as lifestyle changes or medications on our risk predictions and we will be generating new hypotheses and theories to test,” Peng wrote.

The research was published Monday in the journal “Biomedical Engineering.”

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Kettering substitute accused of sex with students ruled competent to stand trial

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:05 PM

Substitute teacher indicted on student sex charges enters plea

A judge has ruled the Kettering Fairmont High School substitute teacher accused of having sex with two students in a Big Lots and apartment complex parking lot is competent to stand trial, officials said.

Madeline J. Marx, 23, is charged with sexual battery.

A 17-year-old student told police he was given oral sex by a teacher July 19 in the parking lot of Big Lots on Wilmington Pike, according to the complaint, affidavit and statement of facts filed in municipal court.

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A 16-year-old boy told police he had intercourse with a substitute teacher Sept. 21 in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Smithville Road, according to court documents.

Marx was removed from Fairmont’s building Nov. 8 by police. Marx admitted to having sexual relationships with multiple students, according to court documents.

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An affidavit said Marx also confessed to sending several nude pictures via Snapchat and Instagram.

A prosecutor’s office press release indicated Marx also substitute taught in Oakwood. School officials in Oakwood sent parents a letter saying that they did not know of any victims in their school district.

State records indicated Marx has a four-year teaching license as a K-12 education intervention specialist.

Marx graduated in 2012 from Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton and graduated from the University of Dayton in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in education, according to CJ and UD officials.

According to her UD transcript included in her personnel file, Marx withdrew from a fall 2013 class on sexual ethics.

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JAY-Z leaves $11,000 tip on $80,000 bar tab for friend’s birthday celebration

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 4:28 PM

Jay-Z and Beyonce Through The Years
Jay-Z and Beyonce Through The Years

JAY-Z reportedly spent big at a New York bar over the weekend.

According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the rapper and father of three spent a combined $110,000 at three locations in the city while celebrating Roc Nation Sports president Juan “OG” Perez, who is also a close friend of Hov.

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Although his wife, Beyonce, daughter, Blue and in-laws, Tina Knowles Lawson and Richard Lawson, were at the NBA All-Star Game, Jay was reportedly at Zuma, a high-end Japanese restaurant, for dinner. He and his friends, other Roc Nation executives, spent about $13,000, according to Page Six.

The tabloid also reported that the group later went to Manhattan’s Made in Mexico Mexican restaurant and spent $9,000 on drinks.

The last stop was Playroom nightclub, where Page Six reported Jay was seen handing out bottles of his own Ace of Spades Champagne to tables. His group paid full price for 40 bottles of the drink.

People reported that a server posted a photo of the tab at Playroom, showing the bottles totaled more than $80,000. The group left an $11,100 tip.

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