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by Revcb 05:05AM Thursday Apr 28 2005
•Around the Industry
:Verizon to concentrate on EV-DO, ditch Wi-Fi in NYC
The road map to a broadband nation
Dutch plans for iPod tax could kill MP3 industry
NYC Report cites telecom criticality, broadband challenges
Researcher blasts 'naysayers,' calls cell TV 'killer app'
:Microsoft plays tag with 'raw sockets'
Gabby IM worm muzzled
:Outfit claims SuSE, Opteron reduces costs by 60%
Cisco Reports VPN Conflict with Tiger
Yankee Group: 'It's Still a 32-Bit World'
•More news from around the industry, SecurityBits, and interesting Tidbytes inside!Around The Industry:
•Verizon to concentrate on EV-DO, ditch Wi-Fi in NYC
:Verizon Wireless issued an announcement for plans to accelerate the expansion of its EV-DO wireless network in NYC and the greater metro area. The company also announced plans to phase out its Wi-Fi hotspot service in the city. TechDirt comments: "This doesn't make very much sense at all. It sounds like the decision to do this was done from the incorrect belief that WiFi somehow competes with EV-DO when it really doesn't in most cases."
•The road map to a broadband nation
:Business 2.0 scoured the nation to find the cities and towns that sit on telecom's frontier. Like the railroads of the 19th century and the interstate highways of the 20th, the nationwide development of broadband networks is an engine of economic growth that will carry the United States into the decades ahead. The article offers an overview of the places that are moving fastest along this highway to the future.
•Dutch plans for iPod tax could kill MP3 industry
:A Netherlands proposed tax on MP3 players, effectively a tax on the MP3 format, could devastate sales of hard disk players, and set up international waves over copyright legislation. Because of the fact that the great bulk of iPods are used to store legitimate iTunes files which are DRM protected, this means that copyright is being purchased twice over for these devices if a levy is also paid. Some efforts to place MP3 files under DRM protection will also mean that these will pay copyright twice over. The surcharge will be as much as â¬3.28 ($4.3) per gigabyte. This might put â¬180 ($235) to the price of a top end iPod.
•NYC Report cites telecom criticality, broadband challenges
:The reportâs plan highlights three major issues affecting telecom infrastructure and services in New York City: network reliability, deployment of/access to broadband telecom services and encouraging innovation/entrepreneurship through the delivery of telecom services. It also presents a series of initiatives through which the city can address these issues and take advantage of emerging telecom opportunities.
•Researcher blasts 'naysayers,' calls cell TV 'killer app'
:While wireless operators have been bullish on streaming video and broadcast TV delivered to cell phones, some have claimed that it won't succeed because it requires users to stop doing what they're doing to watch on a small screen. A principal analyst for ABI Research strongly disagrees, calling such people naysayers and the tech the next killer app for cell phones. I'll remember that while I'm driving my kids to school and watching the morning news on my cell phone.
•Piracy accused will not be identified
:A federal magistrate has ruled that two North Carolina universities do not have to reveal the identities of two students accused of sharing copyrighted music on the internet. The RIAA filed subpoenas in November 2003 asking for help identifying a North Carolina State University student who used the name "CadillacMan" and a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill student who used the name "hulk." The students allegedly file-swapped songs using the universities' computers.
•High Tech DTV Coalition: Hard deadline key to free air waves for broadband
:The High Tech DTV Coalition pledged to work with Congress to create an early date-certain for the long-awaited U.S. transition to digital television. The newly formed Coalition, which includes leading trade associations and technology companies, stressed the benefits to first responders, wireless broadband users, rural consumers and the U.S. economy that will be achieved with the rapid completion of the DTV transition.
•Time Warner's Turner to launch huge online game network
:Turner Broadcasting said it would launch an online network that will let subscribers play hundreds of classic video games. Turner said 'GameTap' would launch later this year with a library of more than 1,000 games from 17 different publishers. Using emulation software, it will let anyone with a PC and a broadband connection play classic games from older consoles like the NES and Genesis, as well as older arcade and PC games. No one to date has created an online repository of games on the size and scale of GameTap.
•Bush signs camcorder-piracy bill into law
:People who secretly videotape movies in theaters could go to prison for up to 3 years under a measure signed into law by President Bush. The law also toughens penalties for hackers and industry insiders who distribute music, movies or other copyrighted works before their official release dates. The law also shields "family-friendly" services like ClearPlay that strip violent or sexually explicit scenes from movies. Bush signed the bill in a closed-door ceremony and released no public statement.
•$100 million, 910 sq. mile Michigan County WiFi network proposed
:The Oakland County executive who proposed the network vows that no taxpayer money will pay for the wireless system, estimated to cost $50-$100 million to build and cover 910 square miles. However, "Nobody has built a network this big. No one even knows how it would work," said the president and CEO of the U.S. Internet Industry Association. "This is about bragging rights. At some point, someone's going to have to tell the emperor he's not wearing any clothes."SecurityBits:
•Microsoft plays tag with 'raw sockets'
:MS's continued disabling of a WinXP TCP/IP feature has prompted a security guru to claim MS was asking his peers to "pick their poison". Microsoft is using a new patch to block sending data via raw sockets, a technique the security community uses to analyse otherwise inaccessible data, prompting one expert to e-mail his peers: "Pick your poison: Install [the patch] and cripple your OS, or ignore the hotfix and remain vulnerable to remote code execution and DoS."
•Gabby IM worm muzzled
:A worm that zipped through AOL's IM network was quickly shut down by the ISP with an assist by IMLogic's Threat Center. Gabby.a, a worm very much like the Kelvir family that's been knocking at MS's IM network (and actually knocked the Microsoft-based Reuters messaging service offline for a day two weeks ago), had been spreading through AOL's IM users. With the help of IMLogic's Threat Center, the malicious code was detected; AOL then blocked further propagation at its servers.
•Mistyping "Google" may be big mistake
:Security researchers have discovered an attack aimed at would-be visitors to Google.com, one that attempts to download malicious programs onto the computers of people who simply mistype the search giant's Web address. According to F-Secure, unsuspecting surfers may be bombarded with various types of Trojans, spyware and backdoors when they go to "Googkle.com." The scheme is meant to take advantage of sloppy or hurried typists.Hardware, Software, and other TidBytes:
•Outfit claims SuSE, Opteron reduces costs by 60%
•Cisco Reports VPN Conflict with Tiger
•Yankee Group: 'It's Still a 32-Bit World'
•Nokia Launches First Phone with Built-In Hard Drive
•Infinity Broadcasting Launches Podcast Station
•Hacker gets owned... by himself (classics are classics)
•Next Linux kernel âsecurer than Windowsâ
•IBM Develops ThinkPad Tablet PC
Re: Verizon to concentrate on EV-DO
said by niblifar:BroadbandAccess service is available for $79.99 monthly for unlimited use with a one- or two-year commitment. The V CAST service costs $15 for monthly access for Verizon customers.
It's $80 a month. Ouch.
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Redwood Valley, CA
They keep getting it wrong "Like the railroads of the 19th century and the interstate highways of the 20th, the nationwide development of broadband networks is an engine of economic growth that will carry the United States into the decades ahead."
The railroads are booming like never before, and will continue to do so in the coming years, they are helping bring the US into the decades ahead as well, an economic engine carrying America's present and future on ribbons of steel (among them, the raw goods and finished products that make broadband possible, as well as having miles of fiber laid along their lines, the UP RR, for example, has the largest fiber network in the US) . The media, once again has portrayed railroads as something in the past, they couldn't be more wrong. Now, back to your regularly scheduled tech talk
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Next Linux kernel 'securer than Windows' I hate to spell out the ABCs for everyone, AGAIN, but security is mainly that of the problem with the user. Windows users were given advice, in the manual Microsoft graciously spent money to make and the trees that were killed to make it, that an administrator account shouldn't be used for day-to-day tasks. Now I suggested in Microsoft's security newsgroup that default accounts be restrictive, and got the following reply:
Microsoft has taken security very seriously in the last couple of years.My emphasis added. Installing/using all the apps I tested under a limited account was perfectly feasible with a few shortcomings from the developer(s) of the software.
Does that mean security will be perfect in the future - of course not.
Security certainly will be very important in Longhorn. Windows 2003 for
example installs in much more secure state. It strongly recommends that you
use a complex password when you install it and services that used to be
installed automatically are not anymore such as IIS. XP will allow a blank
password but by default a user account with a blank password can not be used
to access network shares. I give Microsoft a lot of credit for SP2 which
increases security quite a bit with much better security for RPC and
Internet Explorer and a better Windows Firewall that is enabled by default.
The Windows Security Center was devised as a way to simplify security
configuration for users. For the consumer market security versus
convenience is much harder to balance. If everything is locked down too much
then reports will be out that the operating system is "broken" and nothing
Unfortunately Microsoft can only do so much with the most evasive part of
security equation - the end users. You can make all the recommendations you
want but most users still will not follow them either ignoring the advice or
failing to read it.
If stability is added to this topic, then i'd ask the next person how I can choose to keep Windows booted up for weeks if I wanted to without a problem or restarting, and do intensive number crunching tasks such as games. I'd turn it off for storms, or plain think the hardware has been worked too long.
Asus A7N8X-X, Athlon XP 2400+ @ 2.0GHz, 1024MB DDR RAM (@ PC2100), GeForce FX 5600Ultra 128MB, Samsung SD-616T 16x DVD-ROM and Sony CRX215E1 48x24x48 CD-RW, 40GB & 120GB HDD. Y I Hate L-i-n-u-x