Las Vegas Vacation Outside The Casinos

Millions of people flock to Vegas for the express purpose of sitting in front of slot machines or pulling up stools to the poker tables, and yet there are so many other offerings in the city. A Las Vegas vacation does not have to center on gambling, though many people are unaware of the Vegas beyond the Strip.

First and foremost, there are the shows. Entertainment that does not require you to gamble away your hard earned cash is easy to find in Vegas, for there are multiple unique shows for your viewing pleasure. From magicians to concerts to illumination spectaculars, there are a number of programs that will amaze and delight even the most discerning viewer. But that is not the only option for the conservative traveler.

Your Las Vegas vacation could possibly include visits to the Nevada State Museum, where you can learn all about the history of this state from pre-history to the modern day. Located right in Vegas, this museum, which costs very little in the way of admission, offers a unique and thought-provoking look at the origins and development of Nevada. There are also art museums, the neon museum, and children’s museums, just to name a few. Take a meander through the Atomic Testing Museum, which chronicles Nevada’s place in the history of nuclear testing and bombing, or dance on into the Liberace Museum. Truly, there are many places to visit as you plan your Las Vegas vacation.

If museums are not exactly your thing, and you were hoping for a little more excitement, check out the Mario Andretti race rides, or the Richard Petty Driving Experience. These attractions are an important part of Nevada and NASCAR history, so for the racing fans, they are sure bets for entertainment and memorable experiences. Also in Vegas, you’ll find the American Racing Academy, where driving courses, geared toward those individuals willing and able to spend close to a thousand dollars and several days learning all about street racing, Formula One, and so on.

Other options are still out there, like the Ethel M Chocolate Factory, Neonopolis, the Fremont Street Experience, and the Zoological-Botanical Park. There are also the Old Mormon Fort for history buffs and the Planetarium and Observatory for budding astronomers. A Las Vegas vacation can include any mix of these options, all located off the Strip but still in the heart of Las Vegas. So if you want to go but don’t want to gamble away your time, don’t despair, a Las Vegas vacation free from casinos awaits.

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Protecting Networks Is Just a Game

ScienceDaily (July 28, 2011) – How can an organization detect the onset of an attack on its computer network giving it time to respond quickly and block any intrusion or compromise of its data? Modern firewalls and other technology are already in place, but these have not prevented major attacks on prominent networks in recent months. Now, information technologist Heechang Shin of Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, has used game theory to develop a defense mechanism for networks that is more effective than previous approaches. Writing in the International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management, Shin explains that with the tremendous growth in numbers of computing and other devices connected to networks, information systems security has become an issue of serious global concern. He points out that each incident might not only cause significant disruption to services affecting many thousands of people but for a commercial operation can take as much as 1 percent of annual sales, per incident. That number amounts to tens of millions of dollars for the average publicly listed company, Shin says.

Shin has now developed an effective anti-hacking tool based on a game theoretic model, called defensive forecasting, which can detect network intrusions in real time. The tool, by playing a “game” of reality versus forecast, wins when reality matches its forecast and it sends out an alert to block the intrusion.

Importantly, the tool works on real-time data flowing in and out of the network rather than analyzing logs, an approach that can only detect network intrusions after they have taken place. The game theoretic model continuously trains the tool so that it can recognize the patterns of typical network attacks: denial of service attacks, such as a syn flood, unauthorized access from remote machines in which login passwords are being guessed or brute-force tested, attacks by insiders with “superuser” or system root privileges or probing attacks in which software carries out surveillance or port scanning to find a way into the system.

In order to measure the effectiveness of the tool, Shin compared the approach using the semi-synthetic dataset generated from raw TCP/IP dump data by simulating a typical US Air Force LAN to a network intrusion system based on a support vector machine (SVM), which is considered one of the best classification methods for network intrusion detection. Experimental results show that the tool is as good as or better than the one based on SVM for detecting network intrusion while the tool adds the benefit of real-time detection.

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