Goldman Sachs: Shift toward cloud unstoppable
by Dave Rosenberg February 12, 2010 3:25 PM PST
The latest technology software report ["Techtonics: Unstoppable shift to SaaS continues." Bob] from investment bank Goldman Sachs confirms what IT industry analysts have been seeing as an unstoppable shift toward on-demand IT services and what we now consider to be cloud applications, especially among small businesses.
According the report, e-mailed to subscribers this week, the macroeconomic downturn has likely accelerated software-as-a-service, or cloud, adoption, as customers are forced to look for lower-cost solutions to mission-critical business problems.
… Terminology remains a bit confusing, as marketers take hold of the cloud, and vendors mix and match the terminology at will. Most analysts and marketers have dropped the SaaS term altogether, instead using the cloud as a descriptor for pretty much anything that doesn't live within a corporate firewall.
Don't worry citizen, we won't know it's you browsing those child porn sites. (Get the cuffs ready, Danno.) Perhaps a non-government (a la Pirate Bay?) site would work?
CZ: Ministry’s web monitoring tool off to rocky start
February 12, 2010 by Dissent
Christian Falvey reports:
The ministry’s has just unveiled a tool for internet users to report illegal material on the internet. In the four days it has been in operation though, the Red Button, as it’s called, may itself have come afoul of the law, reporting also its users’ personal data. Christian Falvey reports.
The Human Rights Ministry’s Red Button is not apparently lacking in popularity; it has been downloaded 5,000 times since it was released for a public trial period on Tuesday. The idea is, you come across something worrisome on the internet – child pornography or extremism for example – you anonymously push the button on your browser, and the police are notified and check it out. What happened in practice though was that the button was sending not only the site in question but your recent browsing history as well, it was going not to the police but to a private company which checked it for the police, and it was not entirely anonymous, as Hana Štěpánková of the Office for the Protection of Personal Data told me earlier today:
“The office has received complaints suspecting a violation of the Act on the Protection of Personal Data, and it also received a request from the provider for consultation. We will deal will all of these and make an inspection if there is a serious breach of the law. We cannot make any conclusions before that. What we can say outright is the provider is wrong in claiming that an Internet Protocol, or IP, address, is not personal data. Under certain circumstances an IP address does indeed constitute personal data.”
Read more on Radio Prague.
For my Computer Security class.
The Insider Threat
nsiders pose a huge threat to organizations. Kevin Prince, CTO of Perimeter E-Security has written a white paper on what the real threat is to companies by their employees. The article can be found at http://www.perimeterusa.com/public/files/Protecting-Your-Organization-from-Insider-Threat-WP.pdf
Tools & Techniques Forensics
Mining EXIF Data From Camera Phones
Posted by kdawson on Friday February 12, @01:11PM
emeitner notes that folks at the Internet Storm Center wrote scripts that harvested 15,291 images from Twitpic and analyzed the EXIF information. This reader adds, "While mining EXIF data from images is nothing new, how many people would allow this data to leave their cell phone if they knew what it contained? The source code for the scripts is also available from the article."
"399 images included the location of the camera at the time the image was taken, and 102 images included the name of the photographer. ... The iPhone is including the most EXIF information among the images we found. ... It not only includes the phone's location, but also accelerometer data showing if the phone was moved at the time the picture was taken and the readout from the [built-]in compass showing in which direction the phone was pointed at the time."
'cause every citizen should have their own copy of the US Budget. (I think that was back when you could keep the fireplace blazing all winter with just one copy.)
February 12, 2010
Amazon Providing Free Gov Docs for Kindle
News release: "Amazon.com today announced that the Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011, and Economic Report of the President, will both be available beginning tomorrow as free wireless downloads in Amazon's Kindle Store... "Our customers have always been heavy readers of books about current events and economic issues," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President, Kindle Content. "Now they can download these important public government documents in under 60 seconds and read them in the easy and portable format that Kindle affords." These important documents can be read and synched between Kindle, Kindle DX, iPhones, iPod touches, PCs and soon, Mac computers and BlackBerry smartphones."
A useful website adds a useful new feature.
The 5 Best Questions From You [MakeUseOf Answers]
By Tina on Feb. 12th, 2010
At this point we have published over 200 questions and at least twice the amount of answers. Looks like MakeUseOf Answers is just what you have been looking for!
So let’s look at some of the more interesting questions so far.
If true, the drivers may pay for these themselves...
The Wi-Fi On the Bus
Posted by kdawson on Saturday February 13, @08:57AM
"For students who endure hundreds of hours on a school bus each year in a desert exurb of Tucson, the Wi-Fi on the bus improves the ride. Last fall, school officials mounted a $200 mobile Internet router from Autonet Mobile to bus No. 92's sheet-metal frame, enabling students to surf the Web. What began as a hi-tech experiment has had an unexpected result — Wi-Fi has transformed the formerly boisterous bus rides into a rolling study hall, and behavioral problems have virtually disappeared. 'Boys aren't hitting each other, girls are busy, and there's not so much jumping around,' said J. J. Johnson, the Internet Bus driver."
I know what I'm getting my niece for her birthday!
That 'P' in PHP stands for 'pink': It's Nerd Barbie!
Will politicians require Twitter to expand beyond 140 characters when they want to tweet about the budget?
President Obama Wants YOU… to Twitter for Him
February 12, 2010 by Brenna Ehrlich
… According to President Obama’s website, The Democratic National Committee and Organizing for America is in the market for a new hire. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mia Cambronero, who currently holds the position, said, “[I] will be stepping down from my infamous role as ‘Barack Obama’s twitterer… We’re looking for someone who is available to start immediately.”