Broadband Reports readers are already familiar with ICSI Netalyzr
, a free network measurement and diagnostic tool developed at the International Computer Science Institute
at Berkeley. Netalyzr's a "two-mouse click" network tester that runs in your web browser as a Java applet. It performs a long series of network probes and tests to identify potential problems in your network connectivity, and summarizes its findings in a detailed report.
Now the folks behind the Netalyzer tool have dropped us a line to note that they've released a version of Netalyzer that now runs on Android
The ISCI tells me the application is the full Netalyzer test suite, with nothing removed specifically for phones (with the exception that bandwidth tests are not enabled by default to conserve bandwidth).
Like the desktop version, it will notify users of service blocking, HTTP caching behavior and proxy correctness, your DNS server's resilience to abuse, NAT detection, as well as providing latency & bandwidth measurements.
"You can start a test and it will run in the background, share your test results, and its now in a form that fits in your pocket and doesn't need Java in the web browser," Netalyzer developer Nicholas Weaver tells me. Weaver says he's happy to answer user questions
in our comment section below.
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RIAA boss Cary Sherman yesterday spoke before a House Judiciary Subcommittee to push for additional anti-piracy countermeasures, including requiring that Google implement filters into their Chrome browser. Sherman's testimony
(pdf) starts off by praising the new ISP copyright alert system, though noting it's a work in progress with no evidence it's doing much of anything:
The CAS is still in the initial implementation stages and proper metrics are being determined.
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When I first heard about Chromecast, I was skeptical on whether I would end up buying one. I have always been annoyed and aggravating by streaming solutions for TVs.
In response to the growing number of countries that have forced ISPs to ban access to The Pirate Bay, the website has launched their own Pirate Browser
, which uses the Tor network to skirt government censorship. "It's a simple one-click browser that circumvents censorship and blockades and makes the site instantly available and accessible," the Pirate Bay explains in a blog post
. "No bundled ad-ware, toolbars or other crap, just a Pre-configured Firefox browser." The browser is currently Windows only, though the folks behind the website say that Mac and Linux versions will be offered soon.
Yesterday secure e-mail operator Lavabit announced they were closing up shop
, strongly hinting they'd been forced via Patriot Act to not only spy on customers, but were gagged from talking about. Instead of offering a compromised service that didn't really provide what it claimed, they chose to shut down.
CNET is the latest out of the gate with tales of government surveillance run amok, Declan McCullagh reporting
that the FBI has developed a custom "port reader" software installed at ISPs that can intercept metadata in real time. The report notes that the FBI has been happily threatening ISPs with legal action if they don't install the new "harvesting program," which they say is their right under the Patriot Act.
A rather amazing story has bubbled up over the last week after half of the onion sites in the TOR
network were compromised, revealing the supposedly anonymous identities of Tor users. Malware popped up last Sunday morning on numerous sites hosted by anonymous hosting operation Freedom Hosting, the code exploiting a critical memory management vulnerability in Firefox (see the Tor security advisory
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I have a plethora of phone numbers. For my job I use a Google Voice virtual phone number on my business cards. The number forwards to my business cell phone – or any other phone I wish. I have also been experimenting with Comcast’s virtual phone service, Xfinity Voice 2go.
Security researcher Martin Herfurt recently bought himself a new "connected TV" (sometimes called "smart TVs" to test out the device's security, and the results aren't particularly impressive: in a blog post
), Herfurt notes that TV makers have little to no security understanding, because the devices are wide open to a wide variety of malicious attacks. Not only that, some of the data collected by the devices are wide open to monitoring by either your TV provider, or anybody else with the know how to access it.
According to Claire Perry, David Cameron's "special advisor on preventing the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood," all UK ISPs will offer porn filters by default before the end of the year. According to Wired UK
, Internet users in the UK will soon find their broadband connections with filters enabled, though users will be able to opt-out of the setting by request. Participation by ISPs is "voluntary;" though some ISPs like TalkTalk already require that users make their preferences known when they sign up for service. Ignored by UK government is the fact that said filters are usually absurdly easy to bypass, wind up raising rates for consumers, quite often wind up censoring legitimate content, and once started -- tend to encourage government to censor other nasty bits of the Internet they might not agree with.
It is very quickly becoming clear that if you want the FCC to avoid enforcing their network neutrality rules, all you have to do is throw some half-assed, vague-sounding technical jargon at the agency to bog them down in inactivity indefinitely. With yesterday's news that AT&T is blocking yet another video chat application
in order to drive users to more expensive data plans, it's rather clear that the FCC lacks the stomach to actually enforce the rules they designed.
BitTorrent has been absurdly sensitive about how people might confuse the protocol Cohen created and the business he's trying to create, with the fact that it has been used for years for piracy. Yesterday I noted how the company won't even let BitTorrent proxy and VPN services like TorGuard
advertise within the BitTorrent client, fearing it might be seen as supporting piracy.
A post over at the Skype blog
proudly proclaims that Skype users are collectively using the communications platform for more than 2 billion minutes each day. "That’s enough time to travel to the moon and back over 225 thousand times, walk around Earth more than 845 times or travel to Mars more than 5,400 times," proudly proclaims the company. The total of course includes voice, video, and people staring at the screen using instant messaging, so it's likely a very generous number. Skype has certainly had help on numerous fronts, from the death of the PSTN to Microsoft's announcement that they'll be closing Windows Live Messenger.
Google's not making friends today. The company has angered a lot of loyal users with their sudden decision to "retire" Google reader
as part of a broader house cleaning.
If you live in the United States, you may be familiar with the common sentiment that you generally cannot take your favorite cellular enabled device (tablet, smartphone, Sony PlayStation Vita, etc.) and use it on any carrier you like. With GSM carriers, this is referred to as a SIM lock. story continues..
The Baltimore Sun
(via Ars Technica
) notes that Verizon contacted police after they noticed a Baltimore Deacon was quite happily storing his significant child pornography collection in the cloud. The Deacon apparently thought it was a great idea to store this content in his Verizon Online Backup and Sharing account; Verizon noticed the content and contacted the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who in turn contacted law enforcement. 67-year-old William Steven Albaugh was released on $75,000 bond while the investigation continues. Aside from the obvious discussion on disgusting child porn, priests, and stupidity -- the incident raises some obvious questions about just how extensively Verizon monitors cloud content.
Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Google; there have been no limit of companies eager to disrupt the pay TV ecosystem, though every one of them have run face first into licensing restrictions imposed by a pay TV sector that very much doesn't want to be disrupted. That doesn't seem to stop the tech press from getting blindly bubbly and enthusiastic every time another company says they're going to try. story continues..
Verizon has been trying to justify their blocking of Google Wallet on Verizon phones
, insisting the app is blocked because Google Wallet uses the "secure element" on devices to store a user's Google ID. In response to complaints filed with the FCC, Verizon insists the unending blockade has nothing to do with the fact Verizon (in conjunction with AT&T and T-Mobile) is working on their own competing mobile payment platform named Isis.
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