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COMPUTERS/INTERNET/SECURITY

Dec 02 10:26

8 Million Reasons for Real Surveillance Oversight

Cox Communications, the third largest cable provider in the United States, is the only company I've found that has made its surveillance price list public. Thus, we are able to learn that the company charges $2,500 for the first 60 days of a pen register/trap and trace, followed by $2,000 for each additional 60 days, while it charges $3,500 for the first 30 days of a wiretap, followed by $2,500 for each additional 30 days. Historical data is much cheaper -- 30 days of a customer's call detail records can be obtained for a mere $40.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Seems that those skyrocketing telecom bills aren't the major source of income for those CEOs; selling you out to the government is where their bonuses are coming from!

Dec 02 09:12

European ISPs attack secret Acta copyright talks

Europe's ISP industry body has attacked a global copyright agreement, currently being negotiated in secret, that could lead to the disconnection of internet users who are accused of persistent copyright infringement.

The European ISP Association (EuroISPA) said in a statement on Monday that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (Acta) threatened the openness of the internet and would not, in any case, be effective in fighting copyright infringement. The organisation also criticised the fact that citizens' representatives are not involved in the negotiations.

Dec 02 08:59

Yahoo: Our spying policy would ’shock’ customers

A little-noticed letter from Yahoo! to the US Marshals Service offers troubling insight into the surveillance policies of one of the Internet's largest email providers.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request seeking details of Yahoo's! policies allowing the Justice Department to request wiretaps of its users and the amount they charge US taxpayers per wiretap -- the search engine leviathan declared in a 12-page letter that they couldn't provide information on their approach because their pricing scheme would "shock" customers.

Dec 02 08:07

Cold facts about the hot topic of global temperature change after the Climategate scandal - by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley | PDF

THE WHISTLE BLOWS FOR TRUTH
The whistleblower deep in the basement of one of the ugly, modern tower-blocks of the dismal, windswept University of East Anglia could scarcely have timed it better.
In less than three weeks, the world’s governing class – its classe politique – would meet in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss a treaty to inflict an unelected and tyrannical global government on us, with vast and unprecedented powers to control all once-free world markets and to tax and regulate the world’s wealthier nations for its own enrichment: in short, to bring freedom, democracy, and prosperity to an instant end worldwide, at the stroke of a pen, on the pretext of addressing what is now known to be the non-problem of manmade “global warming”.

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Dec 01 17:30

Feds ‘Pinged’ Sprint GPS Data 8 Million Times Over a Year

Sprint Nextel provided law enforcement agencies with customer location data more than 8 million times between September 2008 and October 2009, according to a company manager who disclosed the statistic at a non-public interception and wiretapping conference in October.

The manager also revealed the existence of a previously undisclosed web portal that Sprint provides law enforcement to conduct automated “pings” to track users. Through the website, authorized agents can type in a mobile phone number and obtain global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of the phone.

Dec 01 17:14

Malware suspected of 'Black Screen' issue

Microsoft says that a problem with its Windows operating system, dubbed the 'Black Screen of Death' is not due to its latest security update.

Some Windows users are confronted by a totally black screen after they log on to their system.

It was thought that a security update on 10 November had been the cause, although this has now been discounted.

Dec 01 14:18

New ACTA Leak Confirms Major Threat to Internet

The internet is under attack by our very own US Government, working on behalf of corporate interests in the entertainment and content industries. What does this mean for you?

1. You can be banned from the internet, fined and even jailed if a copyright holder ACCUSES you of wrongdoing three times. Whether you violated their copyright or not.

2. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be forced to invest heavily in intrusive monitoring infrastructure. Guess who'll end up covering those costs?

Dec 01 10:33

ISRAELI ARMY OPENS ‘NEW FRONT’ ON THE INTERNET

The IDF is not content with the two major fronts it already operates in, the Occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. They have ‘moved their troops’ onto the Internet and will be “fighting enemies on Facebook and Twitter”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Greetings.

I am the son of the late Nigerian dictator whose recent death has left me with $420 million dollars which I need your assistance to transfer ..."

Dec 01 09:34

Video reconstructed from brainscans of viewers

Pulling an image out of a person's brain is a feat that is hard to believe, but Dr. Jack Gallant of the UCB psychology department seems to have gone this accomplishment one better. In a recent experiment, Dr. Gallant claims to have made it possible to reproduce video images from human brain activity...

"Finally, the software was used to monitor the two patients’ brains as they watched a new film and to reproduce what they were seeing based on their neural activity alone.

"Remarkably, the computer program was able to display continuous footage of the films they were watching — albeit with blurred images."...

Dec 01 09:02

Microsoft Windows 7 problem 'could affect millions'

Users have been complaining on internet forums about the "black screen of death", which causes the screen of their Windows 7 machine to turn black and the computer to crash when a user logs on.

Microsoft confirmed that it was investigating the possibility that a security update, released on Thursday, could be the root of the problem.

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The "black screen of death" also appears to affect other Windows operating systems, including Windows 7's predecessor, Windows Vista, as well as Windows XP. When users log on, they see a completely black screen instead of the usual start menu, desktop icons and system tray.

Dec 01 08:41

ClimateGate E-Mails Released by Whistleblower, Not Hacker

The information included e-mails, computer codes, annotations to code and the like. They were all of a part, not rife with "How's the wife?"-type correspondence but apparently the documents responding to a long-frustrated series of requests under the United Kingdom's freedom of information law.

This is only one of numerous factors indicating that the disclosures were not the work of a "hacker," as the media parrot without evidence, but a whistleblower on the inside.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This makes far more sense. As I pointed out when the story first broke, the emails were sent to BBC, which sat on the story for more than a month. At that point the files were posted to a pro-warmist website. Only after the files were erased from that site were the files posted to the Russian server and announced globally.

This is a clear pattern of someone trying to correct the problem from within, first by going to BBC, then posting to the "community" and going fully public only as a last resort.

Dec 01 08:30

Google hosts energy experts amid climate talks

"Energy experts from Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and MIT joined Google's Dan Reicher, director of climate and energy initiatives and energy venture capitalist Tim Woodward of Nth Power in a wide-ranging discussion on a very timely topic: how to transition the world toward a more sustainable form of energy consumption and production. They were later joined via video conference by Kristina Johnson, undersecretary of energy at the U.S.
Department of Energy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, that just might explain why Google is unenthusiastic about searches for "Climategate."

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Nov 30 21:54

CLIMATEGATE - Forget the emails, the real evidence of Climategate is in the code

Here’s the code. The programmer has written in helpful notes that us non-programmers can understand, like this one: “Apply a very artificial correction for decline”. You get the feeling this climate programmer didn’t like pushing the data around so blatantly. Note the technical comment: “fudge factor”.

; Apply a VERY ARTIFICAL correction for decline!!
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yrloc=[1400,findgen(19)*5.+1904]
valadj=[0.,0.,0.,0.,0.,-0.1,-0.25,-0.3,0.,- 0.1,0.3,0.8,1.2,1.7,2.5,2.6,2.6,$
2.6,2.6,2.6]*0.75 ; fudge factor
if n_elements(yrloc) ne n_elements(valadj) then message,’Oooops!’

Nov 30 13:45

New iPhone worm found in the wild

It’s difficult to tell if your iPhone has been compromised, but one symptom is that battery life becomes very, very short when the device is connected to WiFi, because the worm is generating so much network activity. The recommended method to remove this malware from your iPhone is to restore the Apple factory firmware using iTunes.

If you’ve jailbroken your phone and are running SSH, change the default password.

Nov 30 10:26

Report: FBI paid controversial NJ blogger for help

A New Jersey blogger about to stand trial on charges he made death threats against federal judges apparently was paid by the FBI in its battle against domestic terrorism, according to a published report.

The Record of Bergen County reported Sunday that Hal Turner received thousands of dollars from the FBI to report on neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups and was sent undercover to Brazil.

Turner also claims the FBI coached him to make racist, anti-Semitic and other threatening statements on his radio show, but the newspaper also found many federal officials were concerned that his audience might follow up on his violence rhetoric.

Nov 30 09:15

Climategate: Googlegate?

Nov 30 08:11

Search Engines Censoring ClimateGate?

A fantastic article written by Christopher Brooker of the London Telegraph exposing the climate change fraud rocketed to the very top of a Google News search for “global warming,” only to disappear hours later.

“What is going on at Google? I only ask because last night when I typed “Global Warming” into Google News the top item was Christopher Booker’s superb analysis of the Climategate scandal,” writes James Delingpole.

“It’s still the most-read article of the Telegraph’s entire online operation – 430 comments and counting – yet mysteriously when you try the same search now it doesn’t even feature. Instead, the top-featured item is a blogger pushing Al Gore’s AGW agenda. Perhaps there’s nothing sinister in this. Perhaps some Google-savvy reader can enlighten me.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I mentioned last eek, there are billions of dollars on the line for the carbon traders and trillions in global taxes on the line for the UN< plus the justification for the UN to take over control of national infrastructure.

The globalists have been at work on this plan since the late 1980s. There is nothing, and I do mean nothing to protect their agenda and the promise of wealth beyond Midas!

No crime will be too extreme, no lie too bold, no sabotage too hateful to carry out, if it serves the New World Order.

Nov 30 07:33

Pub 'fined £8k' for Wi-Fi copyright infringement

A pub owner has been fined £8,000 because someone unlawfully downloaded copyrighted material over their open Wi-Fi hotspot, according to the managing director of hotspot provider The Cloud.

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Nov 29 16:23

Climate email hackers had access for more than a month

The full data – covering 1,000 emails and 3,000 documents in which the most recent document and email is dated 12 November – came to wider notice when a copy was posted on a web server in Russia on 19 November.

But a month earlier a BBC weatherman who had expressed doubts about climate change on his blog was sent a sample of the email exchanges, suggesting the hackers already had access to the private system.

... [S]ecurity experts say there are only three tenable explanations for how the server was hacked: a determined break-in by an external hacker; that one of the CRU or university systems was accidentally "compromised" by a computer virus or other "malware"; or it was an "inside job" by a disaffected member of university staff.

Nov 29 10:10

Software developer looks at CRU code

I discuss the actual source code that was released in the recent hack of the CRU. The source code confirms the manipulation of climate data by climate scientists.

Follow up Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp4sMasX-_8&feature=related

Nov 28 16:57

“Climategate” surpasses “Global Warming” on Google – autosuggest still blocked

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But BING puts climategate right at the top!

I just switched over!

Nov 28 16:54

CLIMATEGATE - GOOGLE PULLS "CLIMATEGATE" OUT OF THEIR AUTOSUGGESTION LIST!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Funny, it was there just a moment ago! :)

Nov 28 11:21

Pub 'fined £8k' for Wi-Fi copyright infringement

A pub owner has been fined £8,000 because someone unlawfully downloaded copyrighted material over their open Wi-Fi hotspot, according to the managing director of hotspot provider The Cloud.

Nov 28 08:46

Lawyers target thousands of 'illegal' file-sharers

Around 15,000 suspected pirates may soon get legal letters accusing them of illegally sharing movies and games.

ACS:Law plans to send notes to the accused in the new year offering a chance to settle out of court for "several hundreds of pounds".

A lawyer who has defended people who have received similar letters described it as a "scattergun approach" that would catch "innocent people".

ACS:Law said it was "unaware" of anyone who had been wrongly sent a letter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A big thanks a whole fucking lot to the music/video pirates out there.

Meanwhile, if you are an INNOCENT victim of this latest extortion scheme, click HERE

Nov 27 12:26

Update - Climategate - CRU Source Code Explained

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Global Warming Cult insists that their computer models prove that humans are causing global warming. In point of fact a computer model doesn't prove anything. It can validate or disprove the assumptions of the model at best.

Programmers call it GIGO. Garbage in, garbage out. If you feed a load of bovine excrement into a computer, what comes out is just as aromatic.

In the case of the Global Warming Cult, comments within the actual source code for their much vaunted computer models, it is clear that the code was being ALTERED to force the results to be in accord with the outcome desired (and paid for) by the promoters of a one-world government.

Nov 27 11:03

Virgin Media to monitor filesharers

Virgin Media is trialling a deep packet inspection system that will see 40% of the ISP's network being monitored for file sharing activity. The network plans not to inform customers that they're being monitored.

The system is called CView and is being provided by a subsidiary of BAE called Deltica, which specialises in large volume data collection and processing and usually works with intelligence agencies across the world.

Nov 27 09:21

Obama Wants Computer Privacy Ruling Overturned

The Obama administration is seeking to reverse a federal appeals court decision that dramatically narrows the government’s search-and-seizure powers in the digital age.

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Nov 26 08:00

9/11 re-enacted: Wikileaks publishes September 11 pager messages

Wikileaks would not reveal the source for the leak, but hinted: "It is clear that the information comes from an organisation which has been intercepting and archiving US national telecommunciations since prior to 9/11.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wikileaks would not reveal the source for the leak, but hinted: "It is clear that the information comes from an organisation which has been intercepting and archiving US national telecommunciations since prior to 9/11.

Nov 26 07:52

CRU's Source Code: Climategate Uncovered

Skimming through the often spaghetti-like code, the number of programs which subject the data to a mixed-bag of transformative and filtering routines is simply staggering. Granted, many of these "alterations" run from benign smoothing algorithms (e.g., omitting rogue outliers) to moderate infilling mechanisms (e.g., estimating missing station data from that of those closely surrounding). But many others fall into the precarious range between highly questionable (removing MXD data which demonstrate poor correlations with local temperature) to downright fraudulent (replacing MXD data entirely with measured data to reverse a disorderly trend-line).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CRU relied on 8 papers linking tree ring growth to temperatures in historical times. However, these papers were full of errors despite being approved by the (now known to be compromised) peer-review process.

These papers and indeed the entire CRU methodology was to express tree ring thickness solely in terms of temperature while ignoring or minimizing the effects of variations in water availability, nutrients, disease patterns, and the fact that increased CO2 would trigger more robust plant growth even though the actual temperature might remain constant or even decline.

Nov 26 06:13

Fannie Mae to tighten lending standards

Starting Dec. 12, the automated system that Fannie Mae uses to approve loans will reject borrowers who have at least a 20 percent down payment but whose credit scores fall below 620 out of 850. Previously, the cut-off was 580.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when science fiction writers warned that computers w9ould control your lives?

You're looking at it.

"Starting Dec. 12, the automated system that Fannie Mae uses to approve loans will reject borrowers "

Nov 25 22:08

Thankful on Thanksgiving

While many Americans attempt to be thankful for anything in these trying and evil times, I am truly thankful there are people like Mike, who has created this site to fight for truth and decency against the murderous, hateful, worst examples of our species.

As we remember and reflect upon the gratitude we feel for the wonder that is in our lives, and the people whose talent, love, and inspiration guides us, this is for Mike Rivero, a true American hero and a beacon for the world.

Thanks MIke.

Joe

Nov 25 22:08

Thankful on Thanksgiving

While many Americans attempt to be thankful for anything in these trying and evil times, I am truly thankful there are people like Mike, who has created this site to fight for truth and decency against the murderous, hateful, worst examples of our species.

As we remember and reflect upon the gratitude we feel for the wonder that is in our lives, and the people whose talent, love, and inspiration guides us, this is for Mike Rivero, a true American hero and a beacon for the world.

Thanks MIke.

Joe

Nov 25 10:19

Denying Email Deletion

Phil Jones, Dec 3, 2008:

About 2 months ago I deleted loads of emails, so have very little – if anything at all.

Phil Jones, Nov 24, 2009 Guardian

We’ve not deleted any emails or data here at CRU.

Nov 25 08:19

"Godfather of Spam" goes to prison for four years

Alan Ralsky, the so-called "Godfather of spam" was yesterday sentenced by a federal judge in Detroit to spend the next 51 months of his life in prison for wire fraud, mail fraud, and violations of the CAN-SPAM act.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This clown ripped off millions of people for millions of dollars, his stock scams probably aided the economic decline, and he only gets four years?

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Nov 24 14:47

“these will be artificially adjusted”

People are talking about the emails being smoking guns but I find the remarks in the code and the code more of a smoking gun. The code is so hacked around to give predetermined results that it shows the bias of the coder. In other words make the code ignore inconvenient data to show what I want it to show. The code after a quick scan is quite a mess. Anyone with any pride would be to ashamed of to let it out public viewing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the actual computer software used by Hadley CRU was hacked to alter the results it produces.

Nov 23 11:53

Second iPhone worm behaves like botnet

A second iPhone exploit has been identified by security vendor F-Secure, which claims the new worm has botnet capability and is more threatening than its predecessor.

Nov 23 11:23

NSA helped with Windows 7 development

Privacy expert voices 'backdoor' concerns, security researchers dismiss idea

By Gregg Keizer
November 18, 2009 04:09 PM ET

Computerworld - The National Security Agency (NSA) worked with Microsoft on the development of Windows 7, an agency official acknowledged yesterday during testimony before Congress.

Nov 23 07:36

IE users warned to disable JavaScript

Security experts have warned anyone using Internet Explorer 6 or 7 on a Windows XP or Windows Vista PC to take immediate steps to ensure their security.

This is because an exploit for a previously unknown flaw in the browser has been spotted in circulation.

The flaw could enable a hacker to take over a computer if a surfer visited a compromised website using a vulnerable version of the IE browser.

Nov 21 18:47

How heavy is the Internet?

Using publicly available information, for the first time in the world, we have precisely and scientifically calculated the weight of the Internet. Obviously this information is only really useful to someone attempting to work out the cost of posting the Internet somewhere, perhaps to North Korea. Still, the casual reader -- hi there! -- may still enjoy learning just how damn heavy the thing is.

Nov 21 16:03

Britain's new Internet law -- as bad as everyone's been saying, and worse. Much, much worse.

The real meat is in the story we broke yesterday: Peter Mandelson, the unelected Business Secretary, would have to power to make up as many new penalties and enforcement systems as he likes. And he says he's planning to appoint private militias financed by rightsholder groups who will have the power to kick you off the internet, spy on your use of the network, demand the removal of files or the blocking of websites, and Mandelson will have the power to invent any penalty, including jail time, for any transgression he deems you are guilty of. And of course, Mandelson's successor in the next government would also have this power.

Nov 21 08:38

Leaked UK government plan to create "Pirate Finder General" with power to appoint militias, create laws

Secretary of State Peter Mandelson is planning to introduce changes to the Digital Economy Bill now under debate in Parliament. These changes will give the Secretary of State (Mandelson -- or his successor in the next government) the power to make "secondary legislation" (legislation that is passed without debate) to amend the provisions of Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988).

What that means is that an unelected official would have the power to do anything without Parliamentary oversight or debate, provided it was done in the name of protecting copyright.

Nov 21 07:36

CAMERA DISTORTS THE PICTURE

A Zionist hasbara (propaganda) body based in North America is trying to recruit “volunteers” whose main job is to distort the input of the internet’s most visited websites in Israel’s favor.

Propaganda efforts are reportedly focused on popular sites such as Wikipedia, the huge on-line encyclopedia which can be edited by anyone

CAMERA, which calls itself a “committee for accuracy in Middle East reporting in America,” already has a team of dozens of paid Jewish propagandists who regularly and often scandalously distort basic data pertaining to such themes as Israeli apartheid, Zionism and its ideological similarity to Nazism, Israeli state terror and ill-treatment of Palestinians as well as other issues related to the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So when you encounter a blogger standing next to the smoldering remains of a Palestinian child covered in white phosphorus, and that blogger insists he cannot smell any smoke, you are dealing with a paid propagandist.

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Nov 20 11:40

Climate sceptics claim leaked emails are evidence of collusion among scientists

Climate change sceptics who have studied the emails allege that they provide "smoking gun" evidence that some of the climatologists colluded in manipulating data to support the widely held view that climate change is real and is being largely caused by the actions of mankind.

Nov 20 09:54

Hadley CRU hacked with release of hundreds of docs and emails

The University of East Anglia's Hadley Climatic Research Centre appears to have suffered a security breach earlier today, when an unknown hacker apparently downloaded 1079 e-mails and 72 documents of various types and published them to an anonymous FTP server. These files appear to contain highly sensitive information that, if genuine, could prove extremely embarrassing to the authors of the e-mails involved. Those authors include some of the most celebrated names among proponents of the theory of anthropogenic global warming (AGW).

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Nov 20 08:06

Check every day? … Geesh, the identity thieves have won

Here's tip No. 4 from that company's collection: "Check your bank and credit card statements and accounts every day to make sure each transaction is yours."

Every day? You mean 365 days a year? Weekends and holidays? That kind of every day?

Don't know about anyone else, but this strikes me as blowing right on by excessive and diving headlong into the paranoia pool. I mean if you are checking all of your bank and credit card accounts every day -- EVERY DAY! -- I would suggest that the prospect of identity theft ranks somewhere below the likelihood of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on your list of problems.

But that's just me.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shoot the identity thieves.

Twice!

Where it hurts real bad!!!

Nov 20 07:55

Internet Under Siege

It is ironic that President Barack Obama would travel to China and speak against government control over the internet. If the American Department of Homeland Security has its way new cybersecurity laws will enable Obama’s administration to take control of the internet in the event of a national crisis. How that national crisis might be defined would be up to the White House but there have been some precedents that suggest that the response would hardly be respectful of the Bill of Rights.

Nov 20 06:20

Say no to asbos for downloaders

Lord Mandelson is seeking to grant himself significant powers in the fight against copyright infringement – the ability to do just about anything so long as it's in the interest of protecting copyright, and without having to go through parliament.

This is disturbing not just because it represents a triumph of executive power over the normal democratic process, but also because it also reflects the increasing hunger our politicians have to control the internet. For the politicians that's a hopeless dream, but the damage they can do in the trying is real.

Nov 19 14:04

UK’s Terrifying Anti-Piracy Plans Leak

Cory Doctorow has the scoop on BoingBoing and if accurate, the new legislation will be a disaster for the privacy of all Internet users while giving unprecedented powers to the entertainment industry. Under the new bill the Secretary of State would be able to pass secondary legislation without Parliamentary oversight in order to protect rights holders.

Nov 19 12:03

LET THE INTERNET FIX AMERICA

Thanks to the internet, Americans do not need a revolutionary junta, or an armed uprising, or a ballot obliging them to usher in a government through corrupt and compromised political parties. For a start, we need an easily organized independent online panel to provisionally appoint smart honest people who are willing to be replacements. Then We the People will know exactly what to do. We are Americans.

Nov 19 11:10

How we discovered Verizon’s Spamdetector could be twisted into a disguise for censorship!

1. Verizon uses an unnamed third party who decides what is spam.

2. This unnamed third party also reviews complaints like ours.

3. We were told to send the “offending” email to spamdetector.update@verizon.net.

4. The unnamed third party would make a secret decision within 24 hours.

5. If the unnamed third party decides it is spam, regardless of our complaint we will not hear back.

That’s it. There is no recourse to challenge the decision. There isn’t even a confirmation that the email we sent to this third party was received at all. Of course, after 24 hours we still couldn’t send out an email containing the link

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Quit using Verizon.

Nov 19 09:25

FAA: System back up after causing flight delays

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no truth to the rumor that the FAA had just upgraded from VISTA to Windows 7.

Nov 19 09:09

Internet Under Siege

Many countries already monitor and censor the internet on a regular basis, forbidding access to numerous sites that they consider to be subversive. During recent unrest, the governments of both Iran and China effectively shut down the internet by taking control of or blocking servers. Combined with switching off of cell phone transmitters, the steps proved effective in isolating dissidents. Could it happen here? Undoubtedly. Once the laws are in place a terrorist incident or something that could be plausibly described in those terms would be all that is needed to have government officials issue the order to bring the internet to a halt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't throw away that telephone modem card just yet.

Dial-up BBS systems might just come back into vogue!

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Nov 19 08:44

UK police make Zeus Trojan arrests

The Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit made two arrests earlier this month for suspected use of the Zeus Trojan.

A man and a woman, both 20, were apprehended in Manchester on 3 November in Europe's first arrests with regard to Zeus, according to a Met Police statement on Wednesday.

A Met Police spokesperson told ZDNet UK on Thursday that a man and a woman had been arrested for suspected criminal distribution of the Trojan, which is also known as Zbot.

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Nov 18 14:15

Thousands of web sites compromised, redirect to scareware

The compromised sites are using legitimately looking templates using automatically generated bogus content, with a tiny css.js (Trojan-Downloader.JS.FraudLoad) uploaded on each of them which triggers the scareware campaign only if the visitor is coming a search engine listed as known http referrer by the gang - in this case Google, Yahoo, Live, Altavista, and Baidu :

Nov 18 12:15

Can the law keep up with technology?

For example, how should a libel case be handled when it comes to social media? How can society balance accountability with free speech? And if information -- from private thoughts to public data -- is so readily available, how do we define what constitutes privacy?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And how do we protect free speech against large corporations which may knowingly file lawsuits to silence legitimate and fair criticism?

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Nov 18 07:13

For iPhone owners who can't find Macy's without an app

Silly iPhone apps don't get much sillier, so this one will probably be a big hit

Nov 17 09:33

Verizon to AT&T: "Our ads are true and the truth hurts"

AT&T seeks emergency relief because Verizon’s side-by-side, apples-to-apples comparison of its own 3G coverage with AT&T’s confirms what the marketplace has been saying for months: AT&T failed to invest adequately in the necessary infrastructure to expand its 3G coverage to support its growth in smartphone business, and the usefulness of its service to smartphone users has suffered accordingly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is the truth.

AT&T may not double-bill me the way Sprint used to, but the service is problematic.

Nov 17 06:57

Apple Patents Technology That Would Force Users to Interact with Ads

Its distinctive feature is a design that doesn’t simply invite a user to pay attention to an ad — it also compels attention. The technology can freeze the device until the user clicks a button or answers a test question to demonstrate that he or she has dutifully noticed the commercial message. Because this technology would be embedded in the innermost core of the device, the ads could appear on the screen at any time, no matter what one is doing.

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Nov 16 16:00

Microsoft allows advertising on PC desktops

Microsoft has opened up its Windows 7 operating system to advertising, allowing brands to advertise on PC desktops.

The technology company has struck a series of deals with the likes of Porsche, Pepsi and Twentieth Century Fox, which will allow users to add the branding of each company on their desktop.

It is pilot scheme which will run until next October and will be extended to Windows 7 borders and sounds – as well as Internet Explore 8 add-ons, which will direct people back to each advertisers’ homepage.

Nov 16 15:36

Violent Video Games Can Increase Aggression

Playing violent video games like Doom, Wolfenstein 3D or Mortal Kombat can increase a person's aggressive thoughts, feelings and behavior both in laboratory settings and in actual life, according to two studies appearing in the April issue of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Furthermore, violent video games may be more harmful than violent television and movies because they are interactive, very engrossing and require the player to identify with the aggressor, say the researchers.

Nov 16 14:53

SCAM ALERT www.skype.com INTERNET LU

Nov 16 09:17

Netbooks are dead. Long live the notebook.

Netbooks — those underpowered mini laptops with 7-inch screens and unusable little keyboards — are a dying fad. However, the legacy of the netbook will be that inexpensive notebook computers are here to stay, and they are lighter and thinner than ever.

Analysts and pundits will continue to use the term “netbook” but I’m going to argue that the device that we originally called the netbook is being phased out — and thankfully so.

Nov 16 08:08

Cray blows by IBM to regain supercomputing crown

A Cray supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has regained the title of the world's most powerful supercomputer, overtaking the installation that was ranked at the top in June, while China entered the Top 10 with a hybrid Intel-AMD system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Make a great animation system!

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Nov 14 11:02

Windows 7 Fail Japanese TV Show

The hosts of ''Tokudane'' a morning show on Japan's Fuji TV giggle as the guy demonstrating Microsoft Windows 7 struggles with the new operating system.

1 out of 3 ain't bad.

Nov 14 08:54

Microsoft confirms first Windows 7 zero-day bug

Urges users to block ports until a patch is ready, but workaround cripples browsers.

Nov 13 19:49

Can a mere domain name be defamation? Glenn Beck says yes

Hugely popular conservative talker Glenn Beck has sicced his lawyers on a satirical website that's been up for a week, but the attorneys may have a point on this one. The site, called glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com, toes the line on defamation—and may have stepped across it.

Nov 13 12:05

Liberals cry ‘unfair’ after Fox orders unbalanced YouTube purge

Liberal bloggers are accusing Fox News of launching an Internet war against them in a campaign to selectively remove Fox clips from YouTube.

On Wednesday, YouTube shut down the popular News1News channel, which featured news clips that many progressive bloggers and news sites would add to their stories.

Nov 13 11:49

Windows Marketplace's newest anti-piracy measures already thwarted

Yar, that was fast. Less than a day after Microsoft updated its Windows Marketplace for Mobile with new advanced anti-piracy measure, some apt xda-developers community member has managed to crack the new code -- in under two hours, according to Chainfire's posting.

Nov 13 11:34

N.J. official arrested in online child sex sting

An assistant Jersey City comptroller has been arrested on charges of trying to entice children online into having sex with him.

The children were really undercover police officers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are some very sick people in government.

That being said, how is this NOT entrapment?

Nov 12 19:34

GCN links for WRH are wrong

Mike,

I wanted to be sure you got this. The GCN links for WRH On Demand and podcasts are for the WRONG DATES. For instance, this Thursday's podcast is a show broadcast last Friday. I sent you and e-mail about it.

REPLY: GCN is playing some earlier shows in my absence this week, so the dates for the podcasts are current, but the dates on te shows are, of course, repeats.

Nov 12 15:16

ACTA: Internet Users Guilty Until Proven Innocent

There's much more to this - read more (some of the things I *wish* I had said during the interview) & take action here:
http://bytestyle.tv/node/190

Nov 12 07:23

War beneath the web

Hacking websites used to be a way to show off. Now, as Charles Arthur reports in our series about online security, it's a lucrative crime – committed on an industrial scale.

Nov 12 07:09

Citizens On Patrol: The Blogosphere As Regulator

Najarian’s revelation was immediately followed by separate but equally incisive comments from some of the biggest and most influential market commentators out there. None of this was coordinated by a producer at CNBC nor was it orchestrated by the editorial staff at the Wall Street Journal.

Rather, it was an organic meme that spread around the financial web by means of Twitter, WordPress, Blogspot and Typepad.

The mainstream media picked up on this insider trading angle only AFTER the bloggers nailed it, at least from what I’ve seen based on the times of the articles and posts.

Nov 12 07:07

Blackout: Military Personnel Banned From H1N1 Vaccine Sites

If you want to draw attention to a problem, try hiding it. That's the strategy of several military bases when it comes to the H1N1 vaccine.

Shortly after the Pentagon announced that all Armed Services personnel would soon be facing a mandatory H1N1 vaccination program, I started receiving email from soldiers, airmen, marines and sailors because of a previous story I had written on the anthrax vaccine. Mandatory vaccine programs are a sensitive subject in the military, so it's not a huge surprise that swift and visceral reactions to the program gained speed.

Nov 11 15:41

Justice Dept. Asked For News Site's Visitor Lists

The subpoena (PDF) from U.S. Attorney Tim Morrison in Indianapolis demanded "all IP traffic to and from www.indymedia.us" on June 25, 2008. It instructed Clair to "include IP addresses, times, and any other identifying information," including e-mail addresses, physical addresses, registered accounts, and Indymedia readers' Social Security Numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, and so on.

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