Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What type/target/'volume of hacking rises to this level?
"In one of the photos, the dark-haired, bearded hacker is peering into his computer's screen, perhaps puzzled at what's happening. Minutes later, he cuts his computer's connection, realizing he has been discovered. In an unprecedented move, the country of Georgia — irritated by persistent cyber-spying attacks — has published two photos of a Russia-based hacker who, the Georgians allege, waged a persistent, months-long campaign that stole confidential information from Georgian government ministries, parliament, banks and NGOs."

For my Disaster Recovery students. This isn't a bad weather issue, this is a bad design issue! (Were you planning to rely on your cell phone in the next emergency?
Telecom companies have reported that 25% of cell towers have been knocked out in 10 states in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. In addition, 25% of cable services have also been lost in those states, although landline outages are reported to be “far fewer.” Emergency calls are currently being rerouted to different call centers, according to the FCC.

In an increasingly connected world, laws have an increasing global impact? If I offer a free “Guide to Tokyo” App on a Tokyo website, I'm still subject to California laws because someone in Ferndale downloaded the App? Perhaps I should make it free except in California, where it is $2500?
The state of California has warned OpenTable, United Continental, and Delta Air Lines over their inaccessible privacy policies for mobile users, according to a source familiar with the issue. Reportedly, the companies were notified via a letter from the California Attorney General that they have 30 days to make their privacy policies “readily accessible.” The source declined being named because the happenings aren’t public.
… According to Conley, California is the only state that requires privacy policies for apps in addition to websites. Failure to adhere to the privacy policy laws could result in a $2,500 fine per app download.

...and when Lawyers enter the Bar, they must pass beneath this inscription: "Abandon all logic, ye who enter here" At least, that's how it appears to this non-lawyer.
MPAA: Don't let MegaUpload users access their data
Hollywood's lobbyists are a bit alarmed at the possibility that MegaUpload users may be getting their data back.
The Motion Picture Association of America told a federal judge in Virginia today that any decision to allow users of the embattled file locker to access their own files could "compound the massive infringing conduct already at issue in this criminal litigation." MegaUpload's servers with approximately 25 petabytes of data are currently unplugged, offline, and in storage at Dulles, Va.-based Carpathia Hosting.
When an FBI raid took down MegaUpload's U.S.-based servers early this year, federal agents also seized electronic property belonging to Americans who used the file locker to store perfectly legal backups of their own data. One user, Kyle Goodwin, an Ohio-based sports videographer, has been trying since May to get his copyrighted video files back, and to allow other users in the same predicament to do the same.
… CNET previously reported that the U.S. Department of Justice is opposing Goodwin's request to access his own files, saying it would mean "releasing assets of the defendants which are subject to mandatory forfeiture." [Except he's not a defendant – or am I missing something? Bob]

More “my brain hurts” articles about patents...
Let’s Go Back to Patenting the ‘Solution,’ Not the ‘Problem’
We already know the patent system is broken. And it desperately needs to be fixed: Patents affect and will continue to affect nearly every technology business or product we use. So for the next few weeks, Wired is running a special series of expert opinions – representing perspectives from academia to corporations to other organizations — proposing specific solutions to the patent problem.

Interesting. Not only shows me where I can vote early, it lists all 16 candidates for president (alphabetically by first name)
October 30, 2012
Google Launches new Voter Information Tool
Google Official Blog: "Every four years in the United States, people prepare to head to the polls and increasingly search for information about how to register to vote, where to vote and who is on their ballot. Even though it is 2012, important voting information is disorganized and hard to find on the Internet. To help voters research candidates and successfully cast their ballot on Election Day, we’ve launched our new Voter Information Tool. You can enter your address to find information on your polling place, early vote locations, ballot information with links to candidates’ social media sites and voting rules and requirements."

Pimp your mouse! (For people who actually do stuff with their computer...)
The Windows right-click menu is a feature that we may often take for granted, but it can really make our lives easier. Advanced users probably don’t use it that much, having learned all the necessary keyboard shortcuts to do whatever they want in the blink of an eye, but what if you could spice up that right-click menu? What if it could do a bunch of awesome tasks that you couldn’t replicate with the keyboard?
That’s one of the drawbacks to the menu, I think. A lot of the menu options are either rarely used so we don’t remember to use them, or they’re easily replaced by a simple key combination like in the case of copy-pasting. But thanks to a few awesome programmers, we can boost the usefulness of our right-click menus by adding more features to it.

Limited free diagrams, but then why buy Visio if you don't need it?
A Platform Play – Gliffy Moves Its Online Diagram Service To HTML 5 And Says Goodbye To Flash
Gliffy is moving to an all HTML 5 platform, showing the change in developer and business users needs to collaborate online across any platform and within third-party application environments.

Maybe you can't just copy everything...
Step by Step Guide to Upgrading to Windows 8
Microsoft Windows 8 is finally out and can now be upgraded to or downloaded. Windows 7, XP and Vista users can simply upgrade to Windows 8 for only $39.99. But this is a limited time offer, from October 26th to Jan 31st 2013.
If you wish to upgrade to Windows 8 and want to know how you can do it, then you are at the right place as today we are presenting a step by step guide to upgrading to Windows 8. So check these easy steps out and start with the upgrading procedure!
1. Download Windows Upgrade Assistant from HERE. After you are done downloading, launch it from your existing Windows install.
… Windows 7 users are provided with the option to keep files and apps, but unfortunately XP and Vista users do not have any such option.

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