COMPUTERS/INTERNET/SECURITY

Jul 01 11:18

US Senator Lieberman wants to kill the internet – for Israel!

Maidhc Ó Cathail views US Senator Joseph Lieberman’s efforts to undermine American civil liberties, in particular his current attempt to destroy the internet, perhaps in order “to protect his treasonous cronies from the American people”.

“If the United States looks increasingly like a police state Senator Lieberman has to take much of the credit for it.”

Jul 01 09:27

Nine Movie Sites Busted in Pirating Crackdown

In an ongoing fight against intellectual piracy, federal authorities seized the domain names of nine websites accused of letting users watch on-demand versions of first-run movies.

Referring to the sites as "among the most popular" websites for distributing illegal copies of movies, the government highlighted copies of films currently in theaters, such as "Toy Story 3" and "The A-Team," for evidence to obtain the warrant.

Jul 01 09:26

First nation makes broadband access a legal right

Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband internet access a legal right for all citizens.

Jun 30 23:55

Propaganda alert: "The Toilet" to launch online English newspaper (LMAO)

NEW YORK (AP) — al-Qaeda is preparing to launch its first online propaganda newspaper in English, a move that could help the terror group recruit inside the U.S. and Europe.
The group has begun promoting the paper, called Inspire, with animated online graphics promising "special gift to the Islamic nation." Counterterrorism officials and terror analysts say it will be run by al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen, which has been linked to the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt of a U.S.-bound airliner.

Jun 30 17:14

Nintendo, Samsung, and Digit warn you about the dangers of 3D video

The fact of the matter is, the hazardous effect that the viewing of 3D video has on the human eye is well noted, and the information has existed since the early 1990s, when Sega perfected and then ditched its VR headset, after being alerted to its harmful possibilities by the Stanford Research Institute, who said: “You can’t give this to kids”.

Jun 30 16:16

Guess Who Wants to Kill the Internet?

By Maidhc Ó Cathail

It would be hard to think of anyone who has done more to undermine American freedoms than Joseph Lieberman.

Since 9/11, the Independent senator from Connecticut has introduced a raft of legislation in the name of the “global war on terror” which has steadily eroded constitutional rights. If the United States looks increasingly like a police state, Senator Lieberman has to take much of the credit for it.

Jun 30 14:55

Gargantuan move against Internet freedom accelerates into high gear

Under the guise of “cybersecurity,” the government is moving to discredit and shut down the existing Internet infrastructure in the pursuit of a new, centralized, regulated world wide web.

Jun 30 12:40

Did the Fed Economist Slam Bloggers for the Same Reason that Fundamentalist Priests Slammed the Printing Press?

As Upton Sinclair said:

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

Jun 30 06:37

Guess Who Wants to Kill the Internet?

Senator Joseph Lieberman,claims that the Jewish state is their greatest ally, if they knew that Israeli agents planted firebombs in American installations in Egypt in 1954 in an attempt to undermine relations between Nasser and the United States; that Israel murdered 34 American servicemen in a deliberate attack on the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967; that Israeli espionage, most notably Jonathan Pollard’s spying, has done tremendous damage to American interests; that five Mossad agents were filming and celebrating as the Twin Towers collapsed on September 11, 2001;

Jun 29 20:45

Israeli Nuclear Espionage: The Art of Keeping America at Risk for Fun and Profit

Israel agreed to sell South Africa nuclear weapons.

More than that, it makes any aid America gives Israel illegal. If Israel is nuclear, which is now official, and in violation of international treaties, just as with Iraq and Iran, then America has to demand inspections and disarmament. There is no choice. This is the law. Law for Iran, law for Iraq is also law for Israel. Israel has expected this day for years.

Jun 29 09:45

Netbooks dead? I think not

An awful lot of tech pundits have decried the death of the netbook, with the iPad selling a million units in its first month of life.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The iPad is a fashion trend. And for what it does it is okay. But the netbooks are far cheaper and at least for what I need in a portable, more useful.

Jun 29 08:41

A ‘Kill Switch’ for the State

The Internet – like the printing press before it – is not the cause of the transformations in society, but only the vehicle through which free minds can explore alternatives to the inhumane, destructive, inefficient, anti-life implications from which institutions are unable to separate themselves. The question before us is whether life is to belong to the living, or to long-revered systems that insist upon their authority to control and destroy life for organizational interests.

Jun 29 07:59

Wikipedia's million-dollar faux pas

Jun 29 07:22

Doom: Vuvuzela Edition

Jun 28 14:08

Cybersecurity Measures Will Mandate Government “ID Tokens” To Use The Internet

Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones
Prison Planet.com
Monday, June 28, 2010

The move to shut down and regulate the Internet under a new government-controlled system has accelerated into high gear with the announcement that the government’s cybersecurity strategy revolves around issuing Internet users with ID “tokens” without which they will not be able to visit websites, the latest salvo against web freedom which, in combination with Senator Joe Lieberman’s ‘kill switch’ bill, will serve to eviscerate the free Internet as we know it.
Under the guise of “cybersecurity,” the government is moving to discredit and shut down the existing Internet infrastructure in the pursuit of a new, centralized, regulated world wide web.

Jun 28 09:11

The Powers-That-Be Are Terrified of the Mass Awakening Taking Place Worldwide

Our situation is admittedly dire.

Oligarchs are seizing more overt control in most countries in the world, the worldwide economy is on course for another - even bigger - train wreck, countries are cracking down on freedom and becoming more tyrannical, we are in a permanent state of war (and see this), and companies like BP are destroying our natural resources without any checks and balances.

But as Andrew Gavin Marshall points out, the elites are actually terrified of the mass political awakening which is occurring worldwide.

Jun 28 08:29

A Very Funny Typo

More than four years ago Project Gutenberg introduced a glaring but very funny mistake into the first paragraph of their digital edition of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, adding the word "tush" instead of "tusk" to the poem that opens the chapter "Mowgli's Brothers". More than four years later, Google now finds over 2,500 sites quoting the "tush" version of Kipling's poem, including several universities and even the Encyclopedia Britannica!

Jun 27 22:08

Joe Libermanism is spreading

Jun 27 15:12

On June 24th Judicial-Inc Was Shut Down Again

90% of Judicial-Inc is merely current news links, and the other 10% is commentary on world events. Judicial's number of 'host-suspensions' may set a record for the most banned website on the internet. So you need to ask - why? Obviously the simple answer is some of the analysis is hitting too close to home. There are probably twenty other websites with the same format, and none of them have been touched.

I have to suspect there will be a major event such as a nuke in an American city, followed by an attack on Iran, and this is followed by an economic implosion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the days before 9-11, the FBI went around the United States shutting down all the websites of various Muslim charities and news organizations; the websites most likely to ask questions about why the media was blaming Muslims for the attack when Mossad agents were arrested on that day after being seen clapping and cheering as the towers fell.

Coincident with Joe Lieberman's push for total internet censorship, we are seeing attacks on patriot websites and patriots themselves.

This is consistent with the theory that Israel and the US are preparing a new 9-11 to "sell" the war with Iran, and are trying to take down as many of the patriot sites as they can without attracting attention.

Well, too bad, because we can see what they are trying to do.

Jun 27 14:13

The Powers-That-Be Are Terrified of the Mass Awakening Taking Place Worldwide

Our situation is admittedly dire.

Oligarchs are seizing more overt control in most countries in the world, the worldwide economy is on course for another - even bigger - train wreck, countries are cracking down on freedom and becoming more tyrannical, we are in a permanent state of war, and companies like BP are destroying our natural resources without any checks and balances.

But as Andrew Gavin Marshall points out, the elites are actually terrified of the mass political awakening which is occurring worldwide.

Jun 27 08:21

Personal Computers Could Be Open to Government Access Under New Obama Copyright Plan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not about copyrights. This is about the government having absolute access to all your emails and files at all times without a warrant. Back during the Seattle APEC, FBI agents were caught spying on attendees' laptop computers, not for evidence of a crime, but for industrial secrets which were passed on the favored political cronies. Other agents have been charged with insider trading for taking the information gleaned from computers and cell phones and using it for their own personal gain.

Don't get me wrong; my sympathies are very much with the holders of copyrights and I am opposed to sharing of copyrighted files. But Obama's push for unlimited government access to your computers is all about holding off the inevitable revolution while we are taxed into a Gaza lifestyle of poverty and helplessness for the benefit of Obama's Israeli masters. The fact is that the vast majority of file sharers, if they are unable to share the files will not purchase the content anyway BECAUSE NOBODY HAS THE JOBS TO PAY FOR LUXURY ITEMS LIKE MOVIES AND MUSIC. The decline in entertainment revenues matches the decline in revenues across the society. The blame does not fall on the file sharers but on the government which has mismanaged this economy to the edge of ruin. NOBODY is doing good business right now.

The fact is that shutting down the file sharing will not only not significantly improve the sale of music and videos, but will DECREASE the sale of digital media players!

Jun 27 07:44

Senate 'Internet Kill Switch' Bill Moves Forward

A Senate committee on Thursday approved a cyber-security bill that has prompted concern about a presidential "Internet kill switch."

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously approved the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010 (S. 3480). It now moves to th20lsidgh...[NO CONNECTION]

Jun 27 06:29

Obama Internet kill switch plan approved by US Senate

A US Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the US president the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyberattack.

Senator Joe Lieberman and other bill sponsors have refuted the charges that the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act gives the president an Internet "kill switch."...

Jun 26 17:28

UK paper requires free Web accounts; traffic plunges

Jun 26 08:32

UK regulator: net neutrality rules bad for consumers

Britain's telecommunications regulator says its "preliminary view" is that "there is currently insufficient evidence to justify regulation to prohibit certain forms of traffic management." In other words, Ofcom sees no need for open Internet rules, given the agency's view that nothing has happened in United Kingdom cyberspace to merit them.

Jun 26 08:30

Obama internet 'kill switch' bill approved

The US senators pushing a controversial new bill that some fear would give President Barack Obama the powers to seize control of and even shut down the internet have rejected claims it would give Obama a net "kill switch".

The bill, titled Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, has been unanimously approved by the US Homeland Security committee and will be put to a vote on the Senate floor shortly.

Jun 26 06:38

BP buys Google, Yahoo search words:Is it to keep people from real news on Gulf oil spill disaster?

Jun 26 01:42

THE COMING JEWISH LOCK-DOWN OF THE INTERNET

A JEWISH-LED SENATE COMMITTEE approved legislation that would “fundamentally reshape” the way the government ‘protects’ public AND private sector cyber networks.

The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led by Chairman Joe Lieberman, a freedom-hating, Talmudic Jew, is the sponsor of this bill which would create a Cyberspace Policy Office within the White House.

The bill, Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, maliciously crafted by Lieberman, would also create a new center within Homeland Security, (Talmudic Jew Lieberman at the head), which would implement cyber-security policies.

This new agency within the Department of Homeland Security will be named, The National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications (NCCC).

Jun 25 11:07

Apple's Al Gore Problem

Now Apple is in the situation of having on its Board of Directors, Al Gore, who has been accused of sexual assault. Not only has he been accused of the assault, but the accuser alleges that Gore asked her to enter the bedroom of his hotel room to listen to a song on an iPod, while he bragged about his affiliation with Apple.

Jun 25 10:22

Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers

President Obama will be handed the power to shut down the Internet for at least four months without Congressional oversight if the Senate votes for the infamous Internet ‘kill switch’ bill, which was approved by a key Senate committee yesterday and now moves to the floor.

The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, which is being pushed hard by Senator Joe Lieberman, would hand absolute power to the federal government to close down networks, and block incoming Internet traffic from certain countries under a declared national emergency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "Silicon Curtain" is being pulled across America

Jun 25 07:17

Apple Collecting iPhone, iPad, Mac User Locations in Real Time, Passing On Info to Unknown 3rd Parties

Apple Inc. has changed a clause in it’s privacy policy agreement that allows the Californian based giant to determine the “precise” and “real-time geographic location” of iPhone, iPad and other Apple gadget users, set to create a firestorm of controversy.

In print buried deep in the” Apple Customer Privacy Policy”, Apple will now be able to pass off real time location data of users to unspecified “partners and licensees” for unknown use.

Apple users are forced to agree with the new terms of privacy whenever apps are downloaded from the Apple iTunes store. Users cannot download any new media for their various devices until they agree with the highly contentious privacy changes.

Jun 25 07:16

I blush.

Jun 23 20:26

WHO to tax your internet usage to fund vaccines in third-world countries

The United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) is pushing hard to impose global consumer taxes to help fund its various programs, including a new proposal that would tax the internet in order to pay for vaccines and other pharmaceutical medicines for third-world countries. Yes, you read that right - WHO wants every person in the world to help pay for drugs that make Big Pharma even richer.

Consider it a reverse Robin Hood ploy: They're stealing from the working class and giving to the ultra wealthy drug companies!

Jun 23 11:21

The Fate of the Internet. Decided in a Back Room

The Wall Street Journal just reported that the Federal Communications Commission is holding "closed-door meetings" with industry to broker a deal on Net Neutrality – the rule that keeps control over the Internet with the people who use it.

Given that the corporations at the table all profit from gaining control over information, the outcome won't be pretty.

Jun 23 11:18

Israel hiring computer hackers.

Jun 23 08:03

Driver saved from wronfgul prosecution by taping the cop!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Linked in light of yesterday;s radio guest

Jun 22 13:03

ACLU: FBI used 'dragnet'-style warrantless cell tracking

To nab a pair of men accused of robbing banks in Connecticut, court documents show the FBI turned to a novel investigative technique last year: warrantless monitoring of the locations of about 180 different cell phones, court documents show.

The FBI obtained a secret order--it has not been made public--commanding nine different telephone companies to provide federal police "with all cell site tracking data and cell site locator information for all incoming and outgoing calls to and from the target numbers."

But because the U.S. Justice Department did not obtain a warrant by proving to a judge that there was probable cause to suspect criminal activity, there's now a risk that the evidence from the location surveillance may be tossed out of court as illegally obtained.

Jun 22 12:54

Could we see the rise of a new electronic totalitarianism?

If a new doctrine of total change arises, abetted and advocated by fanatics, then we might have another case of totalitarianism, one that will then benefit from the highly technological advanced forms of social control available to dictatorships.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All of a sudden, "Luddite" seems not such a bad thing.

Jun 22 09:44

Privacy Change: Apple Knows Where Your Phone Is And Is Telling People

Apple updated its privacy policy today, with an important, and dare we say creepy new paragraph about location information. If you agree to the changes, (which you must do in order to download anything via the iTunes store) you agree to let Apple collect store and share "precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device."

Apple says that the data is "collected anonymously in a form that does not personally identify you," but for some reason we don't find this very comforting at all. There appears to be no way to opt-out of this data collection without giving up the ability to download apps.

Jun 22 08:03

Australian Government To Force Internet Users To Install State-Approved Software

The Australian government is set to intensify its war against Internet freedom by forcing web users to install state-approved anti-virus software. If they fail to do so, they will be denied an Internet connection, or if their computer is later infected, the user’s connection will be terminated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And if everyone is using the exact same mandated software, then the hackers have an easier time infecting every machine because they know what the defenses are!

Jun 21 10:07

California considers digital ads on car license plates

The California Legislature, apparently oblivious to the scourge of distracted driving and struck daft by a $19 billion budget deficit, has approved a detailed study of a proposal that could transform license plates on the state's 30 million-plus automobiles into miniature billboards.

Jun 21 08:22

10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Google

Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.” So began the “letter from the founders” penned by Sergey Brin and Larry Page in the company’s securities registration form in 2004. Despite ever-increasing commercial success since that date, Brin and Page have kept to their word.

Jun 21 06:43

Internet Freedom under pressure in Denmark

On 27 May the Danish Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision which obliges internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to websites that may contain - or link to other sites which contain - material which infringes copyrights (the Pirate Bay in this instance).

The decision has rightly been criticized as a setback for internet freedom in Denmark. The decision attaches undue weight to the interests of copyright holders while ignoring obvious dangers of abuse, restrictions on internet freedom and access to information and the lack of any due process.

Jun 21 05:58

Lieberman: China Can Shut Down The Internet, Why Can’t We?

President Obama himself has criticized Chinese Internet censorship as a hindrance to the free flow of information and allowing citizens to hold their governments accountable, and yet Lieberman wants to hand Obama similar powers.

Given the nature of Chinese Internet regulation, with has nothing to do with “war” as Lieberman claims and everything to do with political censorship and covering up information about state oppression, we should be alarmed that the Senator wants to see America move in the same direction.

Jun 18 14:08

FLASHBACK - WikiLeaks founder has his passport confiscated

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless his passport has been restored, then he is still in Australia. Which has a lot of empty space to hide out in.

Jun 18 10:54

Commissar Joe Lieberman

The totalitarian senator Joe Lieberman wants the US dictator-in-chief to be able to “seize” and even “shut down” the internet in a national emergency. What sort of emergency? Well, for example, if people are getting news that the government does not want them to have, about some planned Middle East war of aggression, or a putsch in DC.

Jun 18 09:29

With Rumored Manhunt for Wikileaks Founder and Arrest of Alleged Leaker of Video Showing Iraq Killings, Obama Admin Escalates Crackdown on Whistleblowers of Classified Information

Jun 18 08:26

FCC Moves to Regulate Internet--Even Though the Law Calls for Internet to be 'Unfettered by Federal or State Regulation'

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on Thursday to begin the formal process of bringing the Internet under greater federal control – a move sought by both President Barack Obama and FCC Chairnman Julius Genachowski--even though federal law calls for an Internet "unfettered by Federal or State regulation."

Jun 18 07:12

Can Obama Shut Down the Internet?

A new bill rocketing through Congress would give the president sweeping powers to police the Web for national-security reasons. Could this be a way to block WikiLeaks?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an attack by the government on freedom of the press targeted specifically at the blogs and alternative media. The label "National Security", originally defined as militarily significant secrets, has grown to a wide brush used to block stories of war crimes and political corruption the public has both a right and a need to know.

This is the first stage of censorship and a cold wake-up call to the dictatorship that has emerged in our nation.

Jun 18 07:07

The FCC’s Grand Plan to Control Your Internet, TV, and Phone?

This Thursday, the FCC opens up comments on its proposal regulate the Internet. While no one is quite sure all that it will contain, Scott Cleland (a long-time telecom policy expert and insider) has pieced together recent FCC filings from Google to outline how Net Neutrality regulations could be part of a grand plan to control how virtually all media enters your home.

Jun 17 10:27

Neomarxist Behind the Obama/FTC Attacks on Bloggers and Drudge-Type Aggregators

There is a powerful movement to re-direct news in a controlled fashion in the United States. For all practical purposes, it would be a takeover by government of news media reporting using the "nudge" style method of control favored by the Obama Administration.

Jun 16 11:38

You know all those "Nigerian Scam" emails you got? Guess where they came from!

Jun 16 08:29

420,000 Scam E-Mails Sent To Britons Each Hour

A recent study conducted by life assistance company CPP has revealed that Britons are targeted with more than 420,000 scam emails every hour.

The study reports that the rise of online baking and credit card frauds have led to £285 being stolen from someone every seven seconds.

CPP informs that out of the 3.7 billion scam emails sent to Britons in the last 12 months, more than half were from perpetrators impersonating a known bank or financial services agency.

Jun 16 07:30

New Bill Gives Obama ‘Kill Switch’ To Shut Down The Inte*^%*...[NO CONNECTION]

The federal government would have “absolute power” to shut down the Internet under the terms of a new US Senate bill being pushed by Joe Lieberman, legislation which would hand President Obama a figurative “kill switch” to seize control of the world wide web in response to a Homeland Security directive.

Lieberman has been pushing for government regulation of the Internet for years under the guise of cybersecurity, but this new bill goes even further in handing emergency powers over to the feds which could be used to silence free speech under the pretext of a national emergency.

Jun 15 16:54

WikiLeaks is Asking for Urgent Help

WikiLeaks is Asking for Urgent Help
By David Heath
July 15, 2010 "iTWire" -- Following the arrest of the person suspected of leaking the “Collateral Murder” video, WikiLeaks feels that it is under attack and is seeking urgent support.
iTWire received the following message in the past few minutes, it’s meaning is very clear. We ask readers to assist where they can.
WikiLeaks may be under attack.

Jun 15 14:06

Fox in the henhouse: can we trust Israeli security companies? Did Israel give us the disease to sell us the cure?

Gordon Duff argues that recent evidence proving that Israel fabricated video scenes from the Freedom Flotilla attack should serve as a wake-up call to alert the world to the activities of Israeli agents worldwide – many of whom work in companies contracted to “guard” international airports – and the real possibility that they could use their positions to stage the next “terrorist” attack.

Jun 14 18:28

ISRAEL: iPhone is ANTI-SEMITIC!!!! (No, really, it is!)

Jun 14 10:11

A better typing feel than the iPad!! :)

Jun 14 06:23

WickedLasers Unveils "Lightsaber" Powerful Enough to Set People on Fire

The laser is built with a diode from Casio's new mercury-free Green Slim projectors which ironically have a somewhat blue tint. The laser is rated at 1 watt of power and retails for a mere $200 USD.

And here's the best (or worst) part -- it can set people (or things) on fire. Apparently the laser is so high powered that shining it on fleshy parts will cause them to burst into flames. Of course it's equally capable of blinding people. The retailer warns:

Jun 13 06:14

Pentagon Manhunt

Manning has reportedly admitted that he downloaded 260,000 diplomatic cables and provided them to Wikileaks. In Internet chat logs first revealed by Wired magazine, Manning also took credit for leaking the 2007 video to the website.

“Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available,” Manning wrote of the diplomatic cables, according to Wired.

Wikileaks has not confirmed that Manning is a source of any information posted on the site. “We do not know if Mr. Manning is our source, but the U.S. military is claiming he is, so we will defend him,” Wikileaks said in another Twitter message.

Jun 12 03:11

Obama is already toughest president on leaks

In 17 months in office, President Obama has already outdone every previous president in pursuing leak prosecutions. His administration has taken actions that might have provoked sharp political criticism for his predecessor, George W. Bush, who was often in public fights with the press.

Jun 11 14:22

Critics of Israel carry the fight for truth to Israel's facebook page.

Jun 11 11:06

US ‘desperately’ trying to keep Wikileaks from publishing US communications about Arab states

Philip Shenon, a former New York Times reporter now writing for Tina Brown's The Daily Beast, alleged late Thursday that the Pentagon is "desperately" searching for the founder of the whistleblower website Wikileaks, out of concern he is about to publish classified US State Department cables.

Curiously, the piece cites an American diplomat as saying their chief concern is the leak of communications "prepared by diplomats and State Department officials throughout the Middle East, regarding the workings of Arab governments and their leaders."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The rumor is that these cables further document that Israel is controlling the US Government and its war machine.

Jun 11 09:27

T-Shirt Critical of Hitler and Gun Control Banned by eBay

A T-shirt that warns against how dictators like Hitler used gun control to disarm their victims has been sensationally banned by eBay after the online auction giant labeled the garment “Nazi propaganda” despite the fact that it carries an anti-Nazi message.

Jun 11 07:01

Adobe Flash 10.1 is out

WEB AND GRAPHICS SOFTWARE HOUSE Adobe has released Flash Player 10.1 and said that a final version for the Android mobile OS will be released "later this month".

There are improvements to conserve resources, reduce power usage and extend battery life. Adobe claims that Flash Player can now automatically reduce the power consumption for content running in the background on a non-visible browser tab to improve performance when users are multitasking.

There is better hardware decoding and buffering, P2P video, multicast and http streaming.

Jun 10 10:54

Google accused of criminal intent over StreetView data

Google is "almost certain" to face prosecution for collecting data from unsecured wi-fi networks, according to Privacy International (PI).

Jun 10 07:25

More than 114,000 Apple iPad users have email addresses exposed in massive hacking attack

The email addresses of more than 114,000 Apple iPad users including celebrities and politicians have been exposed in a targeted hacking attack in the US.

The massive security breach leaves all of those affected open to spam and malicious hacking.

The vulnerability affected only iPad users who signed up for AT&T's 3G wireless internet service.

Jun 09 08:55

Apple's Iphone 4 will trounce its Ipad

Apple's fourth Iphone is technically the most impressive mobile device it has launched. It won't have the same impact as the second generation unit that brought with it the App Store, but it will help Apple in its losing fight with Android. The problem for Jobs is that it has also shown up the Ipad for the device that it really is, an oversized Iphone without a phone.

Jun 09 08:50

Ex-teacher learns the hard way: Watch what you put online

"One thing I told my students is not to gloat, not to strike a hostile tone in their speeches," she wrote on prettyfreaky.blogspot.com. "Then, of course, I heard a speech that did both of those things."

Collins added that she felt "annoyance" because she disagreed with the politics of the speech and "dismay" that her message about the right tone was not getting through.

(Though she never said so on her blog, in an interview Collins said that the student had given a speech about "Obama's lies." She provided The Inquirer with copies of documents from the school and the family about the events leading to her firing, and her responses.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A clear example of schools abandoning education to focus on political indoctrination. If the US Government intends to send these kids out to die for the Bill of Rights, the very least the teachers should do is teach the kids to use those rights! Coming down on the student publicly because she disagreed with the political content was completely over the line.

Jun 09 08:16

IS TWITTER BEING JAMMED?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All this last week Israel's "Megaphones" have fought a battle on Twitter for world opinion regarding the attack on the aid flotilla and the subsequent collapse of the blockade at the Egyptian border; a battle Israel's shills have been losing. Then today, twitter is suddenly unavailable, being jammed with far too many tweets to function either through twitter.com or through the API. Maybe it is just a coincidence, but I do not view networking that goes down when it is most convenient for the tyrants of this world as a matter of luck. Israel has the highest per-capita concentration of hackers in the world, and this downtime for twitter is certainly very convenient for them.

I wonder how long it will be before the "problem" is fixed.

UPDATE: The web interface to twitter is starting to work sporadically, but the API is still reporting it is overloaded and unavailable.

UPDATE 2: Twitter starting to work, although many functions disabled.

Jun 09 07:17

Twitter hits two billion tweets a month

Dick Costolo, the company's chief operating officer, said around 65 million tweets are sent on Twitter each day, equating to around 1.96 billion tweets every month.

Twitter reached 15 billion tweets at the end of last month, three months after it broke the 10 billion count.

Mr Costolo also said the service sees around 135,000 new registrations each day, though it is not clear how many of those are individuals rather than businesses.

Jun 08 11:47

New media filling news void

“Citizen reporting is changing the game. People are no longer waiting for information to come from the top. Information is not going into a black hole.”

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Jun 08 08:45

BP Buys 'Oil' Search Terms to Redirect Users to Official Company Website

BP, the very company responsible for the oil spill that is already the worst in U.S. history, has purchased several phrases on search engines such as Google and Yahoo so that the first result that shows up directs information seekers to the company's official website.

Jun 07 13:28

"WEB OF TRUST" HIJACKED BY ISRAELI PROPAGANDISTS!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I used to use "Web of Trust" with Firefox to steer clear of crooked websites, but lately the system has been hijacked by the "Megaphonies" who flood the rating system with negative ratings for any websites that question Israel's policies and actions. This page is a good example. This is the online version of the article, "The 13th Tribe" which details the Khazar heritage of the Ashkenazi. Because the fact that the Ashkenazi are the descendants of people who converted to Judaism in 800AD and NOT the direct descendants of the biblical Hebrews contradicts official Israeli claims to "own" Palestine, the megaphones have gone out and used WOT to smear any sites that discuss the matter.

But the proof is right before your eyes. The Ashkenazi have pale Caucasian skin, proof that they are not actually Semitic.

So, I will no longer use Web of Trust and suggest that everyone uninstall it immediately.

Jun 07 06:48

Zero-day exploit for Adobe Reader, Flash now in the wild

Adobe has announced that an exploitable flaw in Adobe Reader 9.x, Acrobat 9.x, and Flash 9.x and 10.x has been discovered and is being actively exploited. Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux versions are all affected. The flaw allows arbitrary code execution by attackers, and hence it is deemed "critical."

Adobe presently has no fix available. Adobe Reader 8.x is unaffected, as is the Flash 10.1 beta; downgrading Reader and upgrading Flash therefore provides protection against the flaw.

Jun 07 06:31

Every Google search to be logged and saved for two years under new Euro MP plan

Every Google web search could be stored for up to two years under a controversial new EU plan that has the backing of more than 300 Euro-MEPs.

'Written Declaration 29' is intended to be used as an early warning system to stop paedophiles by logging what they look for using search engines.

But civil liberty groups have hit out at the proposal which they say is a 'completely unjustifiable' intrusion into citizens' privacy.

And they claim that there is no evidence that it would even be effective in trapping paedophiles who would never use search engines like Google to look for child pornography.

Jun 07 05:50

Five things we hope to see at WWDC

1) A new iPhone: Apple traditionally uses its worldwide developer conference, WWDC, to show off its latest iPhone, and this week's event will be no exception. We already know most of what's coming – Gizmodo got their hands on a prototype of the new device after it was dropped by an Apple software engineer in a bar – but that won't detract from the razzmatazz of Steve Jobs' keynote. A new design aesthete, more storage, longer battery life, higher resolution screen and a better camera will all be welcomed by iPhone fans, and are absolutely necessary if Apple is to fend off the increasingly stiff challenge posed by rival mobile platforms, such as Google Android and Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Phone.

Jun 07 05:49

Yahoo! strikes deal with Facebook in bid to be the 'largest social network' in the world

Yahoo! will begin integrating Facebook’s news feed into its core services today, in a bid to position itself as the “largest social network” in the world

The partnership with Facebook is a commercial one, but Mark Rabe, Yahoo!’s managing director of UK and Ireland, declined to give any financial details. Later this week, people around the world who use both Yahoo! properties, such as Mail, and Facebook, will be able to link their accounts and view and share updates with friends across both networks. Addtionally people who are creating content on Yahoo!-owned sites, such as the photo-sharing site Flickr, will be able to easily share these details with their Facebook network.

Jun 06 21:54

U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe

U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Video Probe
By Kevin Poulsen and Kim Zetter, June 6, 2010
Federal officials have arrested an Army intelligence analyst who boasted of giving classified U.S. combat video and hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records to whistleblower site Wikileaks, Wired.com has learned.
SPC Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Maryland, was stationed at Forward Operating Base Hammer, 40 miles east of Baghdad, where he was arrested nearly two weeks ago by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division. A family member says he’s being held in custody in Kuwait, and has not been formally charged.

Jun 06 07:46

How 'BT Sarah' spies on your Facebook account: secret new software allows BT and other firms to trawl internet looking for disgruntled customers

Some of Britain’s biggest firms were last night accused of ‘spying’ on their customers after they admitted ‘listening in’ on disgruntled conversations on the internet.

The companies include BT, which uses specially developed software to scan for negative comments about it on websites including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Budget airline easyJet, mobile-phone retailer Carphone Warehouse and banks including Lloyds TSB are also monitoring social networking sites to see what is being said about them.

Jun 04 07:02

Lawyers Claim Google Wi-Fi Sniffing ‘Is Not an Accident’

Lawyers suing Google claimed Thursday they have discovered evidence in a patent application that Google deliberately programmed its Street View cars to collect private data from open Wi-Fi networks, despite claims to the contrary.

Jun 03 14:40

Google ditches Windows on security concerns

Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system because of security concerns, according to several Google employees.

Jun 03 14:38

Macs under attack by high-risk spyware

All those employees at Google who reportedly feel a whole lot safer running Mac OS X instead of Windows might want to sit down for this: Security company Intego today announced that a high-risk spyware application called OSX/OpinionSpy is spreading via "a number of freely distributed Mac applications and screen savers found on a variety of Web sites."

Under the guise of a "market research program," the spyware -- a variant of malware that's existed for Windows since 2008 -- is designed to collect a wealth of data on accessible local and network volumes, then send it off to its servers for likely unsavory uses.

Jun 03 14:32

Software layers BP oil spill over your home

Using freely available government data, a new Web site helps people quantify the BP oil spill in local terms.

IfItWasMyHome.com uses a combo of Google Maps and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite tracking data to place the parameters of the BP oil spill--the result of the April 20 explosion of an oil rig--over any area in the world.

The spill can be moved to center on any location of one's choosing by simply entering location data (such as a city or postal code) as one would usually do for Google Maps.

Playing with the tool is devastating.

Jun 03 14:24

Facebook "clickjacking" spreads across site

Hundreds of thousands of Facebook users are falling victim to so-called "clickjacking" attacks, warn web security labs.

Facebook members see links to subjects such as "World Cup 2010 in HD" or "Justin Bieber's phone number" that their friends appear to have "liked".

Clicking the link tricks users into recommending the site on Facebook too.

Security experts say the scam currently has no malicious intent but could be adapted to deliver malware.

Jun 03 14:17

The RIAA? Amateurs. Here's how you sue 14,000+ P2P users

So why have P2P lawsuits against individuals spiked dramatically in 2010? It's all thanks to the US Copyright Group, a set of lawyers who have turned P2P prosecution into revenue generation in order to "SAVE CINEMA." The model couldn't be simpler: find an indie filmmaker; convince the production company to let you sue individual "John Does" for no charge; send out subpoenas to reveal each Doe's identity; demand that each person pay $1,500 to $2,500 to make the lawsuit go away; set up a website to accept checks and credit cards; split the revenue with the filmmaker.

Jun 03 06:40

Zuckerberg says Facebook is getting 'privacy right on the whole'

Talking at D8, a technology conference in Los Angeles, Zuckerberg defended the social network’s privacy settings, which it overhauled last week, saying that because more than 50 per cent of the 500 million users had changed their pirvacy settings at one point – demonstates that “users understand the tools”.

“To me, that’s a signal [people changing their own privacy settings] that on the whole, we getting it [privacy] right and giving people the control they want.”

Jun 02 11:09

DESPERATE ISRAELI PROPAGANDISTS NOW STOOPING TO FAKING RETWEETS TO SMEAR ONLINE ACTIVISTS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is just an expansion of Israel's main talking point; that the aid flotilla and their supporters are all terrorists.

Those who have known me for the last 16 years know the tweet is a hoax. So now ask yourself, what else has Israel been lying about for the last 70 years. USS Liberty, for example.

Jun 02 09:00

New Law Will Require a License to be a Journalist

What good is a government if they can’t regulate every aspect of your life? From the same lawmakers that brought us the Detroit economic calamity comes a new bill, aimed at controlling the flow of information to the unsuspecting public even more than the mainstream does now.

Jun 01 14:50

Warner Bros. Sued for Pirating Anti-Piracy Technology

Warner Bros. has been sued by a German technology firm which claims the movie and television production company pirated its anti-piracy technology.

German firm Medien Patent Verwaltung claims that in 2003, it revealed a new kind of anti-piracy technology to Warner Bros. that marks films with specific codes so pirated copies can be traced back to their theaters of origin. But like a great, hilariously-ironic DRM Ouroborus, the company claims that Warner began using the system throughout Europe in 2004 but hasn't actually paid a dime for it.

May 30 22:29

Gaza Flotilla top trend at Trendistic, blocked from trends at Twitter!

May 30 21:13

Here's Lookin' at You, Kid: Darpa’s Beady-Eyed Camera Spots the ‘Non-Cooperative’

Your Tax Dollars Hard at Work Against you...

Soon, keeping your head down won’t be enough to stump high-tech security cameras, thanks to Pentagon-funded researchers developing mini-cameras that can nab threats by hunting down — and scanning — their eyeballs.

“Ideally, when you walk down a hallway, no matter where your head is looking, the device can grab your eyeball and detect what it needs to,” Christensen said. And where possible security and defense applications are concerned? “You can let your imagination fly with that one.”

May 30 19:39

Google Street View secretly took your wi-fi details... and will use the data to target ads at mobile phones

Google is facing renewed privacy concerns after it secretly mapped every single wireless internet connection in Britain – including those in millions of homes – to help it sell advertising and other services.

The move was part of the search engine’s controversial Street View project, which drew widespread criticism after it photographed people’s houses and published the images on the internet.

Now it has been revealed that the firm had failed to disclose that it was simultaneously building a massive database of individual home wi-fi networks across the UK and in other countries.

May 30 09:29

Should you store treasured data on disks?

Preserving precious data, such as pictures and home videos, on CDs and DVDs could do more damage than good in the end.

That's what the French National Centre for Scientific Research has found out after testing the longevity of the portable media.

"We were surprised to see that the lifetime of discs, some of which were designed to last for centuries, actually rarely lasted longer than five to 10 years," said physicist Franck Laloe.

"In the most severe cases, which were happily quite rare, the data on some discs lasted just one year," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wrote about this a few years back when we discovered our "lifetime" CD-Rs were erasing themselves.

Archaeologists can still read Sumerian warehouse lists written thousands of years ago, but 100 years from now, the present-day world will be a blank spot in history as all our records are dissolving except for the monuments built to the vanity of the war lords.

On a more practical level, my anger is that we were all sold CD-Rs and CD-R drives on the promise that this was a "permanent" data storage solution. Yeah, the disks come with a pretty printed piece of paper known as a warranty, but that warranty does not recover your data. The reality is that there is no long-term data storage medium available to the public. We have been sold yet another lie by computer corporations, and our lives' work is written on the sand of a beach, waiting only the next tide to vanish from memory.

May 30 06:52

Are Goldman Sachs and the Megabanks Able to Wipe out an Entire Economy with a Keystroke?

How artificial intelligence and robotrading pose a growing threat to the global marketplace.

May 29 16:15

Blurred Out: 51 Things You Aren't Allowed to See on Google Maps

Depending on which feature you use, Google Maps offers a satellite view or a street-level view of tons of locations around the world. You can look up landmarks like the Pyramids of Egypt or the Great Wall of China, as well as more personal places, like your ex’s house. But for all of the places that Google Maps allows you to see, there are plenty of places that are off-limits. Whether it’s due to government restrictions, personal-privacy lawsuits or mistakes, Google Maps has slapped a "Prohibited" sign on the following 51 places.

May 28 09:45

Word of Soldier's Death Leaked on Facebook

Everybody is dumping on Facebook right now – & CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s non-apology apologies for giving away his customers’ personal information aren’t exactly helping matters. But in the military community, there’s an interesting twist on the Facebook-as-privacy-sieve debate. Turns out the names of soldiers dying in Afghanistan are sometimes appearing on Facebook before they’re officially released...

May 28 09:42

Nation's Spook Director of Largest Tax Payer Funded Eavesdropper is Concerned About Your Privacy?

NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander told the Senate Armed Services Committee in April that he would work to protect the privacy rights of Americans online. It was an interesting comment from a man who heads up an organization responsible for a massive program of illegal dragnet surveillance of domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans since at least 2001...

May 28 09:17

Phishing attack uses tricky 'tabnapping'

A Mozilla user interface specialist has published proof-of-concept code for a new phishing technique, which makes use of morphing browser tabs to trick people into giving away login information.

May 27 06:32

Apple overtakes Microsoft to become world's biggest technology company

The California-based company’s shares rose 1pc, taking its market value to more than $222bn by close of trading in New York on Wednesday. This edged it ahead of Microsoft, which has a market capitalisation of $219bn, and put it in second place behind the world’s largest company, ExxonMobil. The oil giant is worth $282bn.

Apple almost went out of business in the 1990s, but has enjoyed a resurgence based on the popularity of its stylish devices targeted at young technology fans

Its MacBook laptops, touch-screen iPhone mobile phones and iPod music players have seen profitability rise to record levels. Its value has increased 10-fold over the last decade.

May 26 17:33

BBC's Click botnet special was irresponsible and illegal

The BBC's Click programme investigation into Cybercrime has caused a massive stir by doing a special on botnets whereby it took control of 22,000 home computers.

May 26 17:31

FLASHBACK - British hackers claimed to be behind US and Korean attacks

North Korea had been assumed to be behind last week's DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks on South Korean websites and prominent US targets including the White House, Pentagon, treasury department and the Nasdaq stock exchange. However, Nguyen Minh Duc, security director at Bkis in Hanoi, Vietnam, says his company has "located the attacking source in [the] UK". Bkis was brought in by KrCERT, the Korean Computer Emergency Response Team, to help analyse the malware that was performing the attacks using a botnet of at least 166,908 "zombie" computers in 74 countries.

May 26 08:03

The Voice of the White House

In short, this strange and unpleasant character wants to clamp down on the American internet to prevent any opinions aired that might offend his Jewish sensibilities (and many friends) as well as a sitting administration. Sunstein said that if this system couldn’t be implemented voluntarily, “Congress should hold hearings about mandates,” which would legally force people to dilute their own free speech, and that blogs should be forced to list a random draw of 25 popular websites, such as CNN.com. “The best would be for this to be done voluntarily,” said Sunstein, “But the word voluntary is a little complicated and people sometimes don’t do what’s best for our society,” he added. “The idea would be to have a legal mandate as the last resort. . .

May 26 06:15

Scientist 'infected' with computer virus

A British scientist claims to be the first human to have been infected with a computer virus after he contaminated an electronic chip which was inserted into his hand.

Dr Mark Gasson, of the University of Reading, said the device was programmed with a virus which could transfer itself to other electronic systems it came in contact with.

Any other chips that interacted with the infected systems would also contract the virus, he said, raising the possibility that in the future, advanced medical devices such as pacemakers could become vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Dr Gasson's chip, a refined version of the ID chips used to track animals, has been programmed to open security doors for him and to unlock his mobile phone automatically.

May 25 18:01

Google Street View 'single biggest breach of privacy in history'

Earlier this month, Google announced it had discovered that the roving cars it uses to create its online mapping services were inadvertently gathering data on people's website use over unsecured wireless networks.

Google apologised, but the admission caused alarm across the globe.

Germany's consumer protection said that Google had acted "illegally" and failed to show respect for the privacy of its citizens. The UK Information Commissioner has asked Google to delete information gathered on British citizens as soon as possible.

Now Stephen Conroy, Australia's minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, has told a senate committee that Google deliberately decided to collect the private information.

May 25 05:46

Why you shouldn't trust Facebook's apology

Parents of young children can spot an insincere apology from miles away.

"Sorry," your tot mumbles, after you find the dog half-shaved and your Xbox full of jam.

"Sorry for what?" you'll say. "Sorry for shaving the dog and putting jam in your Xbox," he'll say, looking at the floor. But he's lying. He's only sorry that he didn't get away with it.

Facebook's much-reported apology in the Washington Post is a bit like that. "Sorry," says Mark Zuckerberg. "Sorry for what?" the internet asks.

"Sorry for invading your privacy and making things confusing and stuff," Zuckerberg says. "Can I have an ice cream now?"

May 24 11:43

FLASHBACK - U.K., not North Korea, source of DDOS attacks, researcher says

The U.K. was the likely source of a series of attacks last week that took down popular Web sites in the U.S. and South Korea, according to an analysis performed by a Vietnamese computer security analyst.

The results contradict assertions made by some in the U.S. and South Korean governments that North Korea was behind the attack. Security analysts had been skeptical of the claims, which were reportedly made in off-the-record briefings and for which proof was never delivered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A previous attempt at a frame up.

May 24 09:15

Canadian Government Pays Organization To Troll Political Chat Forums

The next time you struggle to comprehend how someone could spend their time trolling the Internet in order to defend and downplay whatever government cover-up or abuse is in the news this week, consider the fact that they may be on a government payroll.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hardly a new phenomenon. The US has been doing it ever since the days of USENET!

May 24 06:28

Poisoned PDFs? Here's Your Antidote

Here's the kicker: This embedded-file threat makes creative use of functionality built into the PDF standard. As such, it works not only on Adobe Reader but on other PDF readers, too, even if they're up-to-date. The makers of the Zeus Trojan horse are already using this new technique to spread their evil software.

May 23 16:09

Google refuses to rule out face recognition technology despite privacy rows

There are fears this technology could be added to the Google Goggles tool, which was launched last year. This currently allows people to search for inanimate objects, like the Eiffel Tower, on the internet by taking a picture of it on a mobile phone.

However, if combined with facial recognition software, customers could use it to identify strangers on the street.

In theory this could make it very easy to track someone's private information down just by taking a picture of them.

May 23 15:59

AT&T increasing early termination fee to $325

Considering a new smartphone contract and new phone with AT&T? Well, don’t even think about trying to end your contract early as the Early Termination Fee (ETF) is about to sky rocket.

Currently AT&T charge $175 for ETF, but from June 1 it is being increased to $325 for smartphones regardless of whether you are a new subscriber or renewing your contract.

May 23 09:15

Facebook is just the first step, say Russians

The Russian investment vehicle that bought a $200m stake in Facebook last year is preparing to buy stakes in dozens of well-known internet companies as Russia turns to the internet to lead its future prosperity.

May 21 23:10

WikiLeaks:Keeper of secrets, Julian Assange

Keeper of secrets
NIKKI BARROWCLOUGH
May 22, 2010
N A VERY short time, Julian Assange has become one of the most intriguing people in the world. The mysterious Australian founder of the whistleblower website WikiLeaks is as elusive as the public servants, spooks and - he assures me - cabinet ministers who regularly drop their bombshells from the anonymity of his cyberspace bolt-hole.
Far more tantalising, however, is what he says are some very, very big leaks to come - apparently within weeks. ''Right now we are sitting on history-making stuff,'' he says.

May 21 20:21

A time waster from Google...

Select 'insert coin' to play a game of Pac-Man. Celebrates the 30th anniversary of the game.

May 21 10:14

Dr. Cass Sunstein wants to turn off your light!

Paul Joseph Watson, a writer at Prison Planet whom I greatly respect, reminded us Monday that Obama Czar Wants Mandatory Government Propaganda On Political Websites. The czar is also a Harvard professor currently dishing up the pabulum for Obama’s White House that “conspiracy theories” should be banned from the Internet. So much for Harvard, Czar-Dr. Cass Sunstein and intellectual freedom.

May 21 09:21

Message to HP Support

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know EXACTLY how he feels about HP!

May 21 08:27

Report: Facebook caught sharing secret data with advertisers

The privacy issues that have been hounding Facebook may be coming to a head. A report in the Wall Street Journal indicates that the Facebook, along with MySpace, Digg, and a handful of other social-networking sites, have been sharing users' personal data with advertisers without users' knowledge or consent.

The data shared includes names, user IDs, and other information sufficient to enable ad companies such as the Google-owned DoubleClick to identify distinct user profiles.

May 21 06:08

Facebook users targeted in 'sexiest video ever' malware scam

Facebook users have been warned about a scam which encourages you to click on a link leading to the 'sexiest video ever', but in fact installs malware on the computer.

Thousands of users on the social networking site have been targeted by the new scam which posts a link to a video on a user's newsfeed, addressing the user by name, and then leads to an installation program.

The link reads: 'This is without doubt the sexiest video ever! :P :P :P' and is accompanied by a video entitled 'Candid Camera Prank [HQ]', featuring shots of a busty woman in a bikini and short skirt.

May 20 19:35

Google launches an app store to rival Apple

Google today attempted to sound the death knell for desktop-based computing, with a presentation to 5,000 software developers that emphasised the need for new computer programmes to be accessed through the internet browser, based online and available to a range of mobile devices

The company announced a browser-based Application store to rival Apple’s equivalent offering, made its advanced instant messaging service Wave public for the first time and also showed off its suggestions for what the next generations of web and media might look like.

May 20 11:34

Apple iPad: The five biggest annoyances

May 20 10:58

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ON THE WEB

I am often fascinated by the number of Dummies on the Web, they must have read the book pictured at the left and memorised it. I am specifically speaking about people on the Web whose sole purpose is to ‘dig up dirt’ on others. If some of these folks had but half a brain they would be considered harmful. One site I am referring to is operated by the ‘Jewish Task Force’. They are an extreme right wing group, most of whom are followers of kahane. After almost five years of blogging as DesertPeace, these idiots just happened to ‘just stumble upon my Blog’. All they would have had to do was go to the zionist search engine itself, ‘Google’, and search for anti zionist Blogs. They would have come up with 864,000 results.

May 20 10:46

Library of Congress' hidden Twitter computer room: WalletPop takes a peek

The Library of Congress recently made headlines by announcing an unusual acquisition: every public tweet ever sent on Twitter. Cleverly, it made the announcement by Twitter -- and the interest brought the library's servers to a standstill. For all that, the IT guys in charge of keeping every tweet for posterity don't tweet at all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, how much taxpayer money is being spent to archive 1570000 online ads for Viagra?

May 20 08:10

MPAA Worries About Pirating U.S. Soldiers in Iraq

While U.S. men and women put their lives at risk in Iraq, the MPAA has queried the military about the pirating habits of the soldiers stationed there. A declassified document from United States Central Command confirms that the MPAA is fighting a war of its own in the Middle East, one against copyright infringing soldiers.

May 19 15:47

Brzezinski Decries “Global Political Awakening” During CFR Speech

In other words, the global elite is infighting amongst itself and this is hampering efforts to rescue the agenda for global government, which seems to be failing on almost every front.

Brzezinski then explained another significant factor in that, “For the first time in all of human history mankind is politically awakened – that’s a total new reality – it has not been so for most of human history.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess Brzezinski doesn't read WRH because I have for years been pointing out that the internet has fundamentally changed the nature of the flow of informational in our society, and the rules that worked at the height of the cold war simply do not work any longer.

May 18 11:53

CBS News: Copy Machines, a Security Risk?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can understand a copy machine keeping a copy of the current document for multiple copies, but keeping tens of thousands of previous documents on a hard drive?

May 18 10:46

FLASHBACK - THE PAYPAL SAGA! - THE STORY HAS A HAPPY (SORT OF) ENDING

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A lot of people have asked why we do not use PayPal when we ask for donations. Years ago we used PayPal, and since PayPal is owned by people who object to certain points of view, our account (along with dozens of others) was arbitrarily shut down and our monies frozen for 6 months.

I responded by posting a list of all the porn sites (including one child-porn site) that PayPal was the payment system for and pointed out the rank hypocrisy of objecting to websites that opposed political corruption while making money off of naked titties.

The resulting bad press cost PayPal considerable revenues, and they reinstated my account, at which point I closed it myself. You get one and only one chance to be my friend, and if you screw that up, we are done as far as this website is concerned.

And that is why WRH is no longer using PayPal.

May 17 11:27

Obama Czar Wants Mandatory Government Propaganda On Political Websites

Disturbing audio has emerged of White House information czar Cass Sunstein, who in a previous white paper called for banning “conspiracy theories,” demanding that websites be mandated by law to link to opposing information or that pop ups containing government propaganda be forcibly included on political blogs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay Cass; here ya go!

May 17 10:08

HACKER GARY MCKINNON TO BE TRIED IN BRITAIN

SCOTS computer hacker Gary McKinnon is set to avoid extradition and be tried in Britain, the Scottish Sunday Express can reveal.

The 43-year-old’s family expects confirmation from the new Government within days that the decision to send Gary to the USA has been overturned.

May 16 09:56

Looking to Delete Your Facebook Account? You’re Not Alone

Over the past 24 hours, searches related to deleting Facebook accounts have been some of the top trending items on Google — indicating that the tech-world furor about the social-networking site’s privacy policies may have become more mainstream.

Thursday evening, “how do i delete my facebook account” was among the top 20 trending searches on Google Hot Trends, and Friday morning “delete facebook account” made the list.

May 16 09:50

The Enemy Within

When the Conficker computer “worm” was unleashed on the world in November 2008, cyber-security experts didn’t know what to make of it. It infiltrated millions of computers around the globe. It constantly checks in with its unknown creators. It uses an encryption code so sophisticated that only a very few people could have deployed it. For the first time ever, the cyber-security elites of the world have joined forces in a high-tech game of cops and robbers, trying to find Conficker’s creators and defeat them. The cops are failing. And now the worm lies there, waiting…

See also: Conficker Removal Tool

May 15 15:29

Study Claims Unlawful Broadband File Sharing is Good for Sales

Buying and file sharing also turned out to go hand in hand. Music sharers ended up being just as likely to buy music as other people: 68% of file sharers also purchase music. File sharers buy as much music as non-file sharers. However, file sharers spend more money on merchandise and go to concerts significantly more frequently.

As for films, file sharers turn out to buy significantly more DVDs than nonfile sharers. On average, file sharers and non-file sharers go to the cinema equally often. Game sharers also buy games, and significantly more frequently too.

May 14 20:26

Google admits harvesting Wi-Fi data with Street View cars

Google has admitted that it has been recording data transmissions on Wi-Fi networks using its Street View cars.

In a blog posting Alan Eustace, senior vice president of Engineering and Research explained that while Google routinely collected some wireless information in the cars, such as network names, it appeared for the last four years it had also been collecting payload data from open Wi-Fi points.

May 14 16:27

Google Says It Mistakenly Collected Data on Web Usage

Google said it has been collecting and keeping the data since around 2007. At that time, the team building the software to gather the location of Wi-Fi hot spots mistakenly included some experimental software that sampled all categories of publicly broadcast

May 14 12:48

Facebook Privacy: A Bewildering Tangle of Options

To manage your privacy on Facebook, you will need to navigate through 50 settings with more than 170 options. Facebook says it wants to offer precise controls for sharing on the Internet.

This graphic reveals all.

May 14 06:38

Facebook founder called trusting users dumb f*cks

Loveable Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called his first few thousand users "dumb fucks" for trusting him with their data, published IM transcripts show. Facebook hasn't disputed the authenticity of the transcript.

May 13 18:07

Columbia, Missouri Police Chief: "I Hate the Internet"

Columbia, Missouri Police Chief Ken Burton is apparently frustrated. At another press conference yesterday, a reporter asked the chief what he has learned from the international attention generated by the YouTube video of his department's SWAT team conducting a drug raid last February.

His reply: "I hate the Internet."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Use a modem, go to jail!

May 13 16:02

Germany: Mandatory passwords for all wireless accounts

Germany's top criminal court ruled Wednesday that Internet users need to secure their private wireless connections by password to prevent unauthorized people from using their Web access to illegally download data.

Internet users can be fined up to euro100 ($126) if a third party takes advantage of their unprotected WLAN connection to illegally download music or other files, the Karlsruhe-based court said in its verdict.

May 13 14:38

A Funny Thing Just Happened

I have no link to share, Just something I found wierd, There was a Link to a story about HAAARP Lights seen over LA today, the same that were seen before the China and Chile Quakes.

I went back to repost it here, and that link is now gone and non existant.

People in San Diego said they felt small rumblings, but were assured it was only after shocks from easter? And then the Story completely disappeard?

Just so happens I am talking to a friend online who says he saw the rainbow, with sunglasses he could see it and without he couldnt. Just funny how the story disappeard as fast as it was put up.

HMMMMMM

May 12 10:05

Air Force may suffer collateral damage from PS3 firmware update

When Sony issued a recent PlayStation 3 update removing the device's ability to install alternate operating systems like Linux, it did so to protect copyrighted content—but several research projects suffered collateral damage.

May 12 08:08

Big Three Nets' Evening News Dives Deepen

Five weeks ago (covered at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), the Big Three Networks' combined evening news audiences dropped to below 20 million .

Three weeks ago (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), their combined audience came in at 19.61 million, down over 12% from the previous year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the blogs' readership continues to soar. Proof that nobody likes a liar. Maybe that is why CNN was spending so much time on the "MISS USA poses in lingerie" and the "Playboy's first 3D Centerfold" stories yesterday. Sex sells, and that is about all that ABCNNBBCBS have left to lure in an audience.

May 11 14:45

AUSTRALIA: Net Filter? Not for Now

of course this has absolutely NOTHING to do with Operation Titstorm...

May 11 14:23

Net address availability is at critical low

THERE ARE ONLY 300 MILLION Internet protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses left and on 9 September, 2011 they will all be used up, according to a report by the BBC.

May 11 12:51

Another FCC Power Grab Attempt Over the Internet

The point here is to establish by hook or by crook that the FCC can regulate the Internet. Once it can, it will, Chicago gangland politics style, get to pick the winners and the losers in business and by having that power, politicians will be able to extort money from those companies at risk for campaign donations, future jobs, and present jobs for friends and family. The claim is always made that such regulations are needed for the general public, but the actual advantage always winds up in the hands of the politicians and the few large companies that are most savvy at buying their influence.

May 11 09:36

VENGENCE OF THE ZIONIST TROLLS

ALL of the above is obviously the work of Vera Perks, the troll that was exposed by us in the first link I gave. She is a VERY SICK individual….. a warning to ALL not to post ANY personal information ANYWHERE on the Web.

These SICKOS don’t seem to know when to stop… but we know who they are. DON’T FEED THEM!

May 11 08:05

White House devs overlooked gaping Drupal vuln

A researcher has uncovered a potentially serious vulnerability in the open-source content management system used by the White House website and thousands of other sites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ewwwww, the White House uses the same system WRH does????? Yukk :)

Seriously, the module with the vulnerability is not used here at WRH, but maybe if the White House website got hacked, finding and dealing with the hackers might be given a slightly higher priority!

May 11 07:23

20 anti-'expensive paperweight' iPad reasons

“Beware: Apple also built the world’s most infamous paperweight. One word: Newton“.

May 10 09:04

BlackBerry-loving President Barack Obama declared war on technology, singling out Apple’s super-popular iPods and iPads for criticism at a commencement ceremony in Virginia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You don't need computers.

"You don't need blogs.

"You don't need alternative media.

"You don't need What Really Happened.

"Just watch ABCNNBBCBS and do as you are told and all will be well.

"Oh yes, you get to go to heaven when you die in our wars!"

-- Official White Horse Souse

May 08 07:59

U.S. should prepare for a cyber attack that will ruin the country in just 15 MINUTES, expert warns

The U.S. should prepare for a cyber attack that could cause destruction on the scale of 9/11 in less than 15 minutes, a leading anti-terrorism expert has warned.

Richard Clarke, a former adviser to both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, suggests that the lack of security in place against such an attack could lead to an 'electronic Pearl Harbor'.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With both 9-11 and Pearl Harbor appearing to be war-starting hoaxes, I wish to point out that the only party benefiting from a "terrorist" attack that shuts down the internet are those government and corporate interests terrified of blogs like WRH.

May 08 06:24

Cyber attack 'could fell US within 15 minutes'

Richard Clarke claims that America's lack of preparation for the annexing of its computer system by terrorists could lead to an "electronic Pearl Harbor".

In his warning, Mr Clarke paints a doomsday scenario in which the problems start with the collapse of one of Pentagon's computer networks.

Soon internet service providers are in meltdown. Reports come in of large refinery fires and explosions in Philadelphia and Houston. Chemical plants malfunction, releasing lethal clouds of chlorine.

May 07 14:06

Rip-off Britain: iPad to cost 25% more in the UK than it does in US stores

British consumers will have to pay far more than their U.S. counterparts for Apple's latest must-have gadget, the iPad.

Apple has announced that the starting price in the UK will be £429 for the 16GB model with a wi-fi link to the internet - around 25 per cent more than in America.

The equivalent price for the same device there is around £340.

May 07 13:53

Rudd retreats on web filter legislation

KEVIN Rudd has put another election promise on the backburner with his controversial internet filtering legislation set to be shelved until after the next election.

May 07 13:43

Copy Machines, a Security Risk?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the good, old-fashioned copy machine. But, as Armen Keteyian reports, advanced technology has opened a dangerous hole in data security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Something to remember before you make those "funny" copies during the office Christmas party!

May 07 09:23

Why Our Civilization's Video Art and Culture is Threatened by the MPEG-LA

You see, there is something very important, that the vast majority of both consumers and video professionals don't know: ALL modern video cameras and camcorders that shoot in h.264 or mpeg2, come with a license agreement that says that you can only use that camera to shoot video for "personal use and non-commercial" purposes (go on, read your manuals).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers" -- William Shakespeare

This attempt to use hardware to force a license on all content produced is not new. Thomas Edison held that because he had invented the motion picture camera, that he owned a piece of every movie made with one. At that time, movies were produced in New York and New Jersey, and Edison formed a Motion picture Patents corporation that hounded anyone using a movie camera for royalties. Indeed, when Edison made a copy of George Melies' "Le Voyage Dans La Lune" and exhibited it in the United States, Edison did not feel he was committing a crime since the movie was "his" to begin with! (As a side note, Edison's copies were black and white, while the original Melies version was actually hand tinted in an early attempt at color)

The early movie producers did not feel that Edison owned part of every movie produced with his cameras any more than Ford owed the roads his car traveled over, so en masse, the east coast film producers sought a new place to make movies, someplace with good weather, varied scenery, and close enough to a border for a quick getaway should Edison's lawyers ever find them. A chance rainstorm convinced C. D. DeMille not to get off of the train on Phoenix Arizona, and he instead scouted a new home for film making in an area of cheap orchard land northwest of Los Angeles that nobody had ever heard of, Hollywood.

May 07 06:42

Facebook's new features secretly add apps to your profile

When a piece of software is automatically installed on your computer without your knowledge, it's called malware. But what do you call it when Facebook apps are added to your profile without your knowledge? We discovered Wednesday that this is actually happening, and stopping it isn't as easy as checking a box in your privacy settings.

May 06 18:45

Music industry spokesman loves child porn

A music-industry speaker at an American Chamber of Commerce event in Stockholm waxed enthusiastic about child porn, because it serves as the perfect excuse for network censorship, and once you've got a child-porn filter, you can censor anything:

"Child pornography is great," the speaker at the podium declared enthusiastically. "It is great because politicians understand child pornography. By playing that card, we can get them to act, and start blocking sites. And once they have done that, we can get them to start blocking file sharing sites".

May 06 18:29

Scammers attempt to cash in on volcanic ash travel chaos

Scammers are hoping to hoodwink travellers who were stranded by the volcanic ash cloud last month as fresh plumes have disrupted flights once more in the UK.

The emails invite recipients to apply to a compensation fund from Frank Adam at the Civil Aviation Authority. In reality there is no Frank Adam and no fund - the emails are intended to lure victims into an advance fee fraud.

"You will either be asked for an 'administration fee' to release your payment, or be sent a fake cheque and be asked to send the fee by wire transfer once you’ve paid the cheque into your account," Scam Detectives warns.

May 06 11:07

More change you can believe in: FCC Prepares to Re-Regulate Broadband Providers

Reversing a controversial deregulation decision made by the Bush administration, the FCC will seek to force broadband internet providers to adhere to some of the rules that have long applied to the nation’s landline phone providers.

May 06 09:03

Laptop Scandal School's Own Law Firm: Aside From Those 58,000 Spy Photos, There's No Evidence Of Spying

A law firm employed by the Pennsylvania school district caught using student laptop webcams to spy on students at home has released a 72-page report (pdf) on the incident after a 10-week investigation. Most of the report's findings aren't too surprising; it exonerates most higher-level school officials like any wealthy school district's in-house investigation should, concluding that there's no evidence indicating that anybody above the IT level "knew how TheftTrack worked or understood that it could collect large quantities of webcam photographs or screenshots." The report also confirms reports that the system took some 58,000 images -- a far cry from the 42 images the school originally claimed.

May 06 08:30

New U.S. Push to Regulate Internet Access

Breaking a deadlock within his agency, Mr. Genachowski is expected Thursday to outline his plan for regulating broadband lines. He wants to adopt “net neutrality” rules that require Internet providers like Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. to treat all traffic equally, and not to slow or block access to websites.

May 06 07:33

Hacker Develops ATM Rootkit

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good reason to stop using banks.

May 05 18:20

Google tweaks logo and changes search results page

Google didn’t invent search, but the company has made it our prism for the internet. We don’t go to specific pages because instead we look for information. That means that any tweaking with the magic Google formula is always going to be significant, and the company has now begun the roll-out of some of the most significant changes in several years.

May 05 11:03

THE TROLL DISSECTED

This article is not nice reading. It is going to expose and demonstrate just how a fake activist gets debunked, how smear campaigns are unraveled, and how Internet is Big Brother who never closes his eye and leaves bread crumbs tracing everything to the source. It is a shocking story of sex, lies and madness. That it involves Palestine, unfortunately has once again influenced us to speak out. We insist upon the separation of the Palestinian cause from some disturbed persons involved who use the cause for their own ends. By their own words and deeds, they shall be exposed. Welcome to the Emperor’s New Clothes.

May 04 19:29

Google blows $39m into wind power

The internet search giant, which has expanded into mobile phones and maps of world, the ocean and the stars, has invested $39m (£25.6m) in two North Dakota wind farms.

It is Google's first direct investment in a large-scale green energy project. The company said the windfarms, developed by NextEra Energy Resources, will generate enough electricity to power 55,000 homes.

The move is a shift in strategy for Google, which previously sought to invest in renewable energy via start-ups.

May 04 11:30

Cyberattacks: Washington is hyping the threat to justify regulating the Internet

Networks have been under attack -- and successfully handled by operators -- as long as they’ve been around. Be wary of calls for more government supervision of the Internet.

May 04 09:37

Draft of Secretive International Copyright Treaty Leaked -- Confirms Fears About Internet Freedom

The Dutch leak succeeded in blowing the issue wide open by identifying precisely which countries posed barriers to transparency. The document identified the U.S., Singapore, South Korea, and a trio of European countries as the remaining holdouts. Once publicly identified, the European countries quickly reversed their positions. The E.U. now unanimously supports the releasing of the text alongside Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Switzerland. With the outing of the transparency issue, it will fall to the U.S., which is widely viewed as the critical stumbling block, to justify its insistence on keeping the treaty secret.

May 04 07:40

Hacked US Treasury websites serve visitors malware

Websites operated by the US Treasury Department are redirecting visitors to websites that attempt to install malware on their PCs, a security researcher warned on Monday.

The infection buries an invisible iframe in bep.treas.gov, moneyfactory.gov, and bep.gov that invokes malicious scripts from grepad.com, Roger Thompson, chief research officer of AVG Technologies, told The Register. The code was discovered late Sunday night and was active at time of writing, about 12 hours later.

May 04 07:38

Top Ten Reasons You Should Quit Facebook

After some reflection, I've decided to delete my account on Facebook. I'd like to encourage you to do the same. This is part altruism and part selfish. The altruism part is that I think Facebook, as a company, is unethical. The selfish part is that I'd like my own social network to migrate away from Facebook so that I'm not missing anything. In any event, here's my "Top Ten" reasons for why you should join me and many others and delete your account.

May 02 10:50

THE UNITED STATES OF SHODDY

We are already a third-world country in terms of what we make and what our stores sell to us. Our computers fail, our software crashes, flashlights don't work when you need them, Apple Blue tooth headsets fail after a week, Avatar Blu-Ray disks won't play at all right out of the box, bridges collapse, levees fail, coal mines collapse, and oil rigs explode. GM proclaims that it paid back its TARP loans, but they had to borrow more TARP money to do it. Nobody wants to buy a GM car, as they still lag way behind their Asian and European counterparts.

May 01 13:12

The next 9/11 – made in Israel?

Maidhc Ó Cathail views the evidence indicating that dual loyalty officials in the US administration are funnelling American nuclear secrets not only to Israel, but also to terrorist organizations in order to facilitate a “nuclear 9/11” and a massive US attack against Iran or Pakistan.

”If, as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu admitted, 9/11 was ‘very good’ for Israel, a nuclear 9/11 might be even better. As the spellbinding effects of that traumatic event nine years ago have begun to wear off, and with Americans increasingly questioning the costs of a one-sided alliance [with Israel], it may even be considered necessary.”

May 01 08:50

Court OKs Unmasking Identities of Copyright Scofflaws

A federal appeals court is blessing the legal process by which the recording industry and other content owners unmask the identities of alleged peer-to-peer copyright infringers.

May 01 07:36

Clegg: Digital Economy Bill was a "stitch-up"

Clegg claims the way the bill was rushed through without proper debate is a "classic example of what's wrong with Westminster".

"It was rammed through after the election was called in the last dying days of the Parliament in something called a 'wash-up'," said Clegg. "It wasn't a wash-up, it was a stitch-up. A stitch-up between Labour and Conservative MPs who decided that you didn't deserve to have your representatives in Parliament properly looking at a bill which might have a very, very serious impact on the way that you use the internet."

"That's why we said it should have been scrutinised properly, it shouldn't have been rushed through in that way in the first place, at all."

Apr 29 20:00

The Gizmodo Raid: A Preview of Hollywood's Dystopian Plan for Copyright Enforcement

The Gizmodo seizure reminds us that not only are our tax dollars at stake, but also our civil liberties. Whether you’re a blogger or a simple citizen, take note: if copyright policing becomes a regular item on the law enforcement agenda, you can expect more bogus search warrants, and more doors to be broken down.

Apr 28 11:12

Google: Fake antivirus makes up 15 percent of all malware

Fake antivirus--false pop-up warnings designed to scare money out of computer users--represents 15 percent of all malware that Google detects on Web sites, according to 13-month analysis the company conducted between January 2009 and February 2010.

Apr 28 11:12

iPad owning Windows users targeted by hackers

Hackers are hard at work trying to dupe iPad owners to install a malware-loaded iTunes update on their Windows PCs.

Apr 27 17:16

CIA Director Says Cyber Attack Could Be Next Pearl Harbor

Central Intelligence Agency director Leon Panetta told 300Sacramento Metro Chamber Cap-to-Cap delegates that the next “Pearl Harbor” is likely to be an attack on the United States’ power, financial, military and other Internet systems.

“The next Pearl Harbor is likely to be a cyber attacking going after our grid…and that can literally cripple this country,” Panetta said. “This is a whole new area of threat.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to CIA Director Panetta: I don't know if I would run so quickly with that particular analogy, sir. As reported at:

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/pearl.html

""...everything that the Japanese were planning to do was known to the United States..." ARMY BOARD, 1944"

"President Roosevelt (FDR) provoked the attack, knew about it in advance and covered up his failure to warn the Hawaiian commanders. FDR needed the attack to sucker Hitler to declare war, since the public and Congress were overwhelmingly against entering the war in Europe. It was his backdoor to war."

Creating this linkage, unfortunately, could lead a thinking person to wonder if just such a "false flag cyber-attack" could be in the works, courtesy of our own government, either to be blamed on the "adversary du jour" (like, perhaps, Iran), or used as an excuse to declare martial law in the US.

Apr 26 11:17

1.5 million Facebook accounts offered for sale - FAQ

“On Feb. 10, 2010, (cybercriminal) stated that he or she is selling 1.5 million compromised Facebook accounts, in bulk quantities, belonging to users in various countries. The price per 1,000 accounts varies based upon the number of friends and contacts that each account possesses. For a purchase of compromised accounts containing 10 contacts or fewer, a buyer must pay $25 per 1,000 accounts. A purchase of compromised accounts containing 10 or more contacts requires a buyer to pay $45 per 1,000 accounts. Accounts containing zero contacts are also available for bulk purchasing from (cybercriminal), at the cost of $15 per 1,000 accounts. The prices of these accounts are presumably in USD or the equivalent amount in some form of electronic currency.”

Apr 26 08:24

Legal spying via the cell phone system

"It's not illegal, nor is it a breach of terms of service," Bailey said.

Apr 25 15:41

Internet Freedoms Are Under Attack: Are We Paying Attention?

Its 2010.

Do you know where your internet freedoms are?

Apr 25 15:36

Russian Hacker Selling 1.5 Million Facebook Accounts

A hacker who calls himself Kirllos has obtained and is now offering to sell 1.5 million Facebook IDs at astonishingly low prices — $25 per 1000 IDs for users with fewer than 10 friends and $45 per 1000 IDs for users with more than 10 friends — according to researchers at VeriSign’s iDefense. Looking at the numbers, Kirllos has stolen the IDs of one out of every 300 Facebook users.

Information for sale includes login credentials; whether or not the e-mail addresses and passwords are legitimate is currently unknown.

Apr 25 15:31

Facebook: 5 Privacy Settings You Must Tweak Now

Keeping track of Facebook's ongoing updates, upgrades and changes--and how they affect your privacy--can be confusing and frustrating. We've sorted through the new wrinkles for you. Here's a list of five essential privacy settings you should review now and tweak accordingly to ensure your information remains safe.

Apr 24 06:14

It’s Official: Google Can Sell Power Like a Utility

Google has said it wants to go carbon neutral. With the FERC order, it can now effectively erect as many solar panels and install as many fuel cells as it likes without worrying about having purchased too much capacity; the company can now sell off the extra power it generates.

Apr 23 17:39

Boobquake bid to prove cleric wrong

A US student has attracted 30 000 supporters for a Facebook campaign urging women to show as much cleavage as possible to prove that breasts do not cause earthquakes.

Jen McCreight's Boobquake day on Monday, April 26 is in protest against an Iranian cleric who claimed that women who do not cover up were to blame for predictions that Tehran would be hit by a quake.

Apr 23 12:07

CLIMATEGATE - And we would've gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for that damned Internet

Dale Spurlock, of Shirland, said he believes global warming is a complete hoax, and just another way for the government to find ways to pass on taxes.

“It’s just bologna,” he said.

Apr 23 10:11

Google Catches Flak for Mapping European Homes' Wireless Networks With Street View Car

There is a specter haunting Europe. Nope, not that one, but several European nations have expressed concern about Google’s slow but steady encroachment on citizens’ privacy protections. Now the search behemoth is in hot water with Germans for using its wandering Street View cars to log the location of private WLAN networks and media access control (MAC) addresses in that country.

Germany’s data protection chief said he was “horrified” by the discovery – which has been rumored for a while now – and called on Google to delete what he claims was unlawfully collected personal data from wireless networks, as well as to cease cruising German streets for Street View.

Apr 23 09:39

McAfee admits "inadequate" quality control caused PC meltdown

If your company uses enterprise security products from McAfee, you probably had a bad day yesterday. If you’re an IT professional at one of those companies, you’re probably still cleaning up the mess caused by a defective virus signature update that disabled systems running Windows XP with the most recent service pack (SP3). The worst part? According to a confidential document from McAfee, the cause was a fundamental breakdown in the most basic of quality-assurance processes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The security software causes more damage than the @#%$ing viruses

Apr 23 09:06

STEAMPUNK KEYBOARDS!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The TV show "Warehouse 13" has popularized a retro design style called "Steampunk" in which modern machines are made to look like Victorian-era science apparatus. And while I am not that old, I find I have a resonance for the scientific machines of that era, which one could intuit simply by looking at them, and when needed, easily repair. I think this stuff is cool, and that alone justified putting up this link for my fellow "Steampunkers!"

Apr 21 17:03

McAfee antivirus program goes berserk, freezes PCs

Computers in companies, hospitals and schools around the world got stuck repeatedly rebooting themselves Wednesday after an antivirus program identified a normal Windows file as a virus.

McAfee Inc. confirmed that a software update it posted at 9 a.m. Eastern time caused its antivirus program for corporate customers to misidentify a harmless file. It has posted a replacement update for download.

McAfee could not say how many computers were affected, but judging by online postings, the number was at least in the thousands and possibly in the hundreds of thousands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

False Positives are becoming a major headache. The anti-virus programs are causing more damage than the viruses!

When we start executing the virus writers, slowly, after forcing them to watch their computers get waterboarded, then we will see a reduction in the problems. Until then, and as long as more money is made treating the virus problem than curing it, we are stuck with this modern incarnation of the mafia protection racket.

Apr 21 13:47

Broken McAfee DAT update cripples Windows workstations

McAfee pushed out a virus definition update, 5958, at 14:00 PDT that causes false positive identification of the critical Windows system file svchost.exe. Machines running Windows XP Service Pack 3 using the 5958 definitions will delete the file, causing many key Windows services to fail to start. The Windows file is being mistakenly detected as W32/wecorl.a. Failure to start svchost.exe causes Windows to automatically reboot, hindering repair efforts.

Apr 21 07:21

Google releases list of government censorship requests

Google could not include requests made by Beijing because the information is regarded as a state secret.

Instead, Brazil tops the list, with 3,663 data requests between 1 July and 31 December 2009. The US made 3,580 and the UK came third with 1,166.

Brazil was also made the highest number of requests to Google to remove content with 291 calls between July and December 2009. In second place was Germany with 188, India with 142 and the US with 123 requests.

Apr 20 21:38

Microsoft debuts 'fix it' program

Microsoft has launched "Fix It" software that keeps an eye on a PC and automatically repairs common faults.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I thin this is what Micro$oft used to fix the bug in the licensing on my machine a week back.

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