This blog will be about whatever suits my fancy. Chances are, it will concentrate on media misrepresentations of the American "Black community", Black politics, politics in general, and whatever else I want to mentally masturbate about.
And Flickr? Come on. Sharing pictures with family and friends?
I'm going to quickly tie this into something I'm not seeing enough being written about and that is net neutrality.
Think about Verizon, AT&T, and COMCAST deciding that Youtube is taking up too much bandwidth and decides to independently, in concert, filter Youtube's packets until Youtube agrees to pay them for the amount of bandwidth that goes over the "last mile" of wiring to the home that they control.
A few years ago, when MCI was still around, they had a dispute with someone and decided to block packets of the ISP. It caused some serious problems for a few days.
Currently, COMCAST has taken strong action to block SPAM senders by blocking packets that have 192.168.*.* some where in the packet stack. The end result is some legitimate email is not being received because of it.
Eran Reshef had an idea in the battle against spam e-mail that seemed to be working: he fought spam with spam. Today, he'll give up the fight.
Reshef's Silicon Valley company, Blue Security Inc., simply asked the spammers to stop sending junk e-mail to his clients. But because those sort of requests tend to be ignored, Blue Security took them to a new level: it bombarded the spammers with requests from all 522,000 of its customers at the same time.
That led to a flood of Internet traffic so heavy that it disrupted the spammers' ability to send e-mails to other victims -- a crippling effect that caused a handful of known spammers to comply with the requests.
Then, earlier this month, a Russia-based spammer counterattacked, Reshef said. Using tens of thousands of hijacked computers, the spammer flooded Blue Security with so much Internet traffic that it blocked legitimate visitors from going to Bluesecurity.com, as well as to other Web sites. The spammer also sent another message: Cease operations or Blue Security customers will soon find themselves targeted with virus-filled attacks.
Today, Reshef will wave a virtual white flag and surrender. The company will shut down this morning and its Web site will display a message informing its customers about the closure.
"The Russians" hijacked computers, sent the hijacked computers commands to connect to Blue Security computers at such a pace that it created a denial of service to the company's systems. The translation is, earlier, they sent viruses to computers which were unpatched or unprotected, infected the computers, and turned those computers into bad guys at their will.
Think about this for a moment.
"The Russians" decide to get more money and contact a company like E*Trade, who does most of its business via the Internet. They threaten the company with an attack unless they provide money and or services. To show they are not playing and that it is possible, they initiate a short DoS attack on E*Trade. What do you think E*Trade would do?
Here is the serious part. What makes anyone think the scenario has not already happened?
There are plenty of companies that have had serious IT problems because of virus attacks, untargeted and targeted. Personally, I know of 3 major technical companies whose web presence was shutdown because of untargeted and targeted attacks. It was interesting seeing an employee log into the company employee portal, only to see graphic porn images stream all over the computer.
People, what "The Russians" did was straight up gansta. Blue Security thought they were bad. "The Russians" showed what BAD is.
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Efforts in the U.S. Congress to prohibit broadband providers from impairing or favoring some network traffic will "shut the door" to new services, a Verizon Communications official said Tuesday.
Current congressional attempts to write a so-called net neutrality provision into law would stop broadband network operators from offering VPNs (virtual private networks) to online gaming vendors looking to improve connectivity or hospitals launching home health-monitoring services over IP (Internet Protocol), said Tom Tauke, Verizon's executive vice president of public affairs, policy, and communications.
Tauke's concerns that Verizon could no longer offer VPNs are "ridiculous," said Art Brodsky, a spokesman for Public Knowledge, an online rights advocacy group.
"The point is that there has to be room for a company other than Verizon's favored health-monitoring partner to offer the service as well," Brodsky said in an e-mail.
Tauke's speech -- at a broadband policy summit sponsored by Pike & Fischer, a research and publishing company -- was a focused rebuttal to consumer groups and e-commerce firms calling for a net neutrality provision to be included in telecommunications reform legislation now being debated in Congress.
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Plan and simple, Verizon and the other telephone companies want to charge based on the ISDN model, not the DSL model. Based on the amount of money the telcos are putting into lobbying efforts, I fear they will get what they want, and then maim the Internet revolution to get paid their five pounds of flesh.
And the telcos know that they will get it because the public has no control over the congress-critters and they know the public is, for the most part, ignorant of what is going on.
OK, for many people, how do they use the Internet?
Browser: free options. Email: Free email clients or web mail. Video: plug ins. Pictures: Flickr and the like.
For me the biggest thing was calendars. I'd evaluate one here and there, then I heard Google had one in the works and I waited.
Google Internet disk storage (GDrive) is in the works.
The GDrive service will provide anyone (who trusts Google with their data) a universally accessible network share that spans across computers, operating systems and even devices. Users will no longer require third party applications to emulate this behaviour by abusing Gmail storage.