The Pirates Will Always Win, Says UK ISP
Posted by Soulskill on Saturday June 06, @08:16AM from the except-in-pittsburgh dept. internet networking
"The head of UK ISP TalkTalk, Charles Dunstone, has made the comment ahead of the communications minister's Digital Britain report that illegal downloading cannot be stopped. He said 'If you try speed humps or disconnections for peer-to-peer, people will simply either disguise their traffic or share the content another way. It is a game of Tom and Jerry and you will never catch the mouse. The mouse always wins in this battle and we need to be careful that politicians do not get talked into putting legislation in place that, in the end, ends up looking stupid.' Instead he advocates allowing users 'to get content easily and cheaply.'"
Life lesson: Never, ever issue a hacker challenge unless you are positive you are smarter that the rest of the world put together.
Hackers Claim $10K Prize For StrongWebmail Breakin
Posted by Soulskill on Friday June 05, @09:54PM from the worth-their-while dept. security money
"Telesign, a provider of voice-based authentication software, challenged hackers to break into its StrongWebmail.com Web site late last week. The prize: $10,000. On Thursday, a group of security researchers claimed to have won the contest, which challenged hackers to break into the Web mail account of StrongWebmail CEO Darren Berkovitz and report back details from his June 26 calendar entry. The hackers, led by Secure Science Chief Scientist Lance James and security researchers Aviv Raff and Mike Bailey, provided details from Berkovitz's calendar to IDG News Service. In an interview, Berkovitz confirmed those details were from his account. However, Berkovitz could not confirm that the hackers had actually won the prize. He said he would need to check to confirm that the hackers had abided by the contest rules, adding, 'if someone did it, we'll kind of put our heads down.'"
It isn't really a problem, but some people were upset to discover that search works...
Microsoft offers unworkable solution to Bing porn
by Larry Magid June 5, 2009 2:02 PM PDT
As I pointed out in an earlier post, searching for certain terms on Microsoft's new Bing.com search engine brings up videos that display hardcore porn within the Web site and because the porn is playing within Bing instead of the site where it's hosted, the videos are not necessarily blocked by parental control filters. And monitoring programs designed to tell parents where their kids have been are likely to simply report Bing.com instead of the site that actually hosts the video.
… The company says that it has a "short term workaround" but not only do I find the description of the workaround incomprehensible, I couldn't get it to work even while on the phone with a Microsoft executive.
An article on the benefits of hacking your home alarm system
Monitor home security with Alarm.com iPhone app
by Rick Broida June 5, 2009 10:23 AM PDT
Ever wish you could disarm your alarm system while sitting in your driveway? Or check in on, say, the cat while you're out of town? Alarm.com's new iPhone app lets you do all that and more. It's a freebie for Alarm.com customers.
Designed for homes and businesses alike, Alarm.com's systems (which are sold and installed by various third-party dealers) rely on wireless sensors and GSM/GPRS networks. In other words, they're highly connected.
… You can get real-time updates on doors and windows, watch live and recorded video feeds (assuming your system has cameras, natch), and review "event histories." (When did the kids get home from school? When did the maid leave? That kind of thing.).
We all know that Google/the Internet/Global Warming is destroying the publishing industry(any any other industry that existed in the pre-Gates era) Start collecting rare books now! (Try looking for a first edition copy of Tom Clancy's “The hunt for Red October” for example.)
Biblio: Search For Hard To Find Books
Biblio lets you search for used and hard to find books online from over 5500 independent bookstores worldwide. It has more than 50 Million used books listed in its database including rare collectible books, some which cost upwards of several thousand dollars.
… Check out Biblio @ www.biblio.com
Now I can combine my two most frequent search engines.
Wolfram Alpha Google: Adds Wolfram Alpha Search Results Next To Google’s
Wolfram Alpha Google is a Firefox addon which adds Wolfram Alpha results next to Google search results. It displays Wolfram Alpha search results next to every Google query so that you can make use of computational knowledge as well. Once you have installed it on your browser, just do a regular search on Google and the Wolfram Alpha result for that search will appear on the right side of the page.
… Check out Wolfram Alpha Google @ https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/12006
If you write for a living (or just write a lot) this is an interesting visualization. Might be useful for reaching those “visual learners” (i.e. Illiterates)
WordSift: Visualize Text & Related Information
Wordsift is a new tool which can help you get more information about a word or a sentence by displaying the related images from Google, visual thesaurus showing word relationships and more information about the text, all on one page. The tool was created primarily for teachers so that they can visualize text vocabulary structure and share it with their students.
Student Toolkit For those who claim they don't have a ZIP tool
FileStomp is an easy and useful online service to zip and share a collection of files. Using the service is straight forward, simply start selecting files from your computer, and once done hit the "Zip it!" button. You can either download the generated zip file or share it with your friends by simply sending them the provided link.
Related: Gary Alexander sends this one. He's going to become an “Assistant Blogger” if he keeps this up.
The New Student Excuse?
June 5, 2009
Most of us have had the experience of receiving e-mail with an attachment, trying to open the attachment, and finding a corrupted file that won't open. That concept is at the root of a new Web site advertising itself (perhaps serious only in part) as the new way for students to get extra time to finish their assignments.
Corrupted-Files.com offers a service -- recently noted by several academic bloggers who have expressed concern -- that sells students (for only $3.95, soon to go up to $5.95) intentionally corrupted files. Why buy a corrupted file? Here's what the site says: "Step 1: After purchasing a file, rename the file e.g. Mike_Final-Paper. Step 2: E-mail the file to your professor along with your 'here's my assignment' e-mail. Step 3: It will take your professor several hours if not days to notice your file is 'unfortunately' corrupted. Use the time this website just bought you wisely and finish that paper!!!"