Monday, February 07, 2011

For my Ethical Hackers: Make you own version. (What else might be an “Act of Cyber War?”)

U.S. Has Secret Tools to Force Internet on Dictators

When Hosni Mubarak shut down Egypt’s internet and cellphone communications, it seemed that all U.S. officials could do was ask him politely to change his mind. But the American military does have a second set of options, if it ever wants to force connectivity on a country against its ruler’s wishes.

There’s just one wrinkle. “It could be considered an act of war,” says John Arquilla, a leading military futurist.

The U.S. military has no shortage of devices — many of them classified — that could restore connectivity to a restive populace cut off from the outside world by its rulers. It’s an attractive option for policymakers who want an option for future Egypts, between doing nothing and sending in the Marines. And it might give teeth to the Obama administration’s demand that foreign governments consider internet access an inviolable human right. [And pull the teeth of his “Internet kill switch?” Bob]

Will the law ever catch up? (Includes cases and Ethical statements...)

February 06, 2011

New on Emerging Legal Issues in Social Media, Part I

Emerging Legal Issues in Social Media: In Part 1 of his commentary, Ken Strutin discusses how the growth of social media and social networking applications has permeated and extended the range of legal investigation, discovery and litigation. The materials he highlights represent a current sampling of notable developments in law enforcement, law practice, civil and criminal litigation, and technology's influence on human behavior.

For my Data Mining and Analysis students

February 06, 2011

New on Deep Web Research 2011

Via - Deep Web Research 2011: Internet research guru Marcus P. Zillman's comprehensive, extensive guide focuses on how expert search engines have written algorithms to mine the deeper portions of the web by targeting file formats such as .pdf, .doc, .xls, ppt, .ps. and others. These files are predominately used by businesses to communicate information both within their organization and to those outside enterprise systems. Searching for this information using deeper search techniques and the latest algorithms empowers researchers to obtain a vast amount of corporate information previously unavailable or inaccessible. Research has also shown that even deeper information can be obtained from these files by searching and accessing the "properties" information on these files.

I should have patented this when I had the idea... (and I should have had the idea...)

RoboEarth Teaches Robots to Learn From Peers

"A world wide web for robots? It sounds like a crazy idea, but it could mean that once a task is learned, any robot can find out how to do it just by asking RoboEarth. From the article: 'It's not quite war-ready, but a new Skynet-like initiative called RoboEarth could have you reaching for your guide to automaton Armageddon sooner than you think. The network, which is dubbed the "World Wide Web for robots," was designed by a team of European scientists and engineers to allow robots to learn from the experience of their peers, thus enabling them to take on tasks that they weren't necessarily programmed to perform. Using a database with intranet and internet functionality, the system collects and stores information about object recognition, navigation, and tasks and transmits the data to robots linked to the network. Basically, it teaches machines to learn without human intervention.'"

315 / 25 = $12.60 per monthly visitor, which makes my Blog worth about .0004 cents

AOL Agrees To Acquire The Huffington Post

AOL Inc. [NYSE:AOL] announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Huffington Post, the influential and rapidly growing news, analysis, and lifestyle website founded in 2005, which now counts nearly 25 million unique monthly visitors.

… AOL has agreed to purchase The Huffington Post for $315 million, approximately $300 million of which will be paid in cash funded from cash on hand. The Huffington Post is privately owned by its two cofounders, as well as a group of investors.

For my geeky friends: Lots of simple How To's

DeviceKnit: Directory Of Electronic Gadget Implementations

Find tutorials, tricks and hacks involving all kinds of electronic devices.

Check out DeviceKnit @

[For example:

Use iPhone as Wireless Flash Drive [Stealing data made easy? Bob]

Stream PC Media to iPhone or iPad

Home Surveillance with iPad and Laptop

Free SMS messaging

Tools for Techies (and techie wanna be's)

Animoto Gets 10x Faster, Doubles Video Resolution, And Just Generally Rocks

Longtime TechCrunch-favorite Animoto, which lets people easily create really impressive videos from photos and video clips, continues to improve. This is one of those “must use” apps for people who don’t have a ton of time but want to put together memorable videos of events and share with friends and family.

This video took me about ten minutes to create, for example.

There's big, and then there's Internet big.

The Massive Size Of Google (Infographic)

Click here for the larger view.

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