Sweedish ISPs block new anti-piracy legislation

Posted May 1, 2009 by publius1066
Categories: Uncategorized

The Artcle: http://torrentfreak.com/swedish-isps-obstruct-new-anti-piracy-legislation-090427/

Summary:Swedish parliament passed the IPRED law, making it easier for copyright holders to go after illicit file-sharers . The law has only been in effect for one month and anti-piracy outfits are already facing problems using it, as ISPs take measures to protect their customers.

My Two Cents: The ISPs are standing up for the their customers’ privacy, which is refreshing. I wonder if that would have any chance in the U.S….


Pentagon uses Facebook and Twitter

Posted May 1, 2009 by publius1066
Categories: Social Networking

The Artcle: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090501/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_pentagon_social_networking;_ylt=AgkMDdffM7Yp1KJ4kot0fF8jtBAF

Summary: Top military officials are now utilizing social networking tools to reach out to possible recruits, as well as answer questions about current military operations, saying these resources are a way to “reach tomorrow’s soldiers.” Jumping on the trend of online communication and networking, the army established an online and social media division earlier this year as well as a Facbeook page and Twitter account.

My Two Cents: I guess, but what really gets me is using social sites like Facebook to recruit soldiers. I guess it’s no different from going to a carnival and having military recruiters handing out pamphlets, it’s just troubling to see the government infiltrate and use this social tool for its own advancement. But then, again, that’s what the government does best!

Googling the Next Epidemic?

Posted April 30, 2009 by buckeyeblue
Categories: Internet, Swine Flu

In November 2008, the Google search engine company released a new search capability called Google Flu Trends. The search mechanism allows users to look at the global flu trends, based on the “ebb and flow” of searches for various regions. Currently the United States’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention monitors diseases and epidemics like the swine flu through its own methods. The new search capability may allow researchers and monitors alike to follow global trends towards certain diseases. However, critics are skeptical of the new release, citing that tracking disease trends via searches will not give scientists enough time in advance to respond to a potential epidemic.

Cyberwars: Information Attack!

Posted April 30, 2009 by buckeyeblue
Categories: International Tech, Internet


With a war in Iraq and troops in Afghanistan, the United States military is preparing for another war: cyberwar. According to a report assembled by the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. military has been looking into the use of computer technology for warfare. Currently the United States dominates the Internet. However, the Internet’s accessibility and fairly inexpensive, yet destructive, programming allow anyone in any country to terrorize U.S. security systems. Maybe we should start putting our computers in camouflage…

Scary, Scary Facebook: Don’t Friend Too Fast

Posted April 29, 2009 by hypocrates2k
Categories: Social Networking

Swiss woman called in sick to work, claiming serious migraine. Her company discovered her using facebook and fired her, with the reasoning that if she was well enough to facebook, she was well enough to work. 

The company claims a coworker discovered her on facebook, but the woman asserts that the company created a fictitious person to track her online activity, a claim she justifies by the disappearance of the friend after she was fired. 

Ominous news for facebook users. 


Global Internet Village Unlikely until GDP Rises

Posted April 27, 2009 by hypocrates2k
Categories: International Tech, Internet

In terms of membership and traffic, Youtube, Facebook, other large internet companies are doing great in developing nations. Money-wise, not so much. Companies like facebook, which rely on advertising to turn a profit, aren’t able to make much money in developing nations because the GDP of most of the population is not high enough to interest advertisers. In addition, these nations require more servers because of limited bandwidth, driving up expenses. Veoh, a video-sharing website Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa from accessing content, because users were using up too much bandwidth without earning advertising dollars.



NYTIMES http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/technology/start-ups/27global.html?em

Curing Malaria in 140 Characters or Less

Posted April 20, 2009 by buckeyeblue
Categories: Uncategorized

U.S. actor Ashton Kutcher recently challenged CNN to a Twitter race in an effort to raise awareness about the worldwide malaria epidemic. Kutcher pledged to donate 10,000 malaria nets to the non-profit organization Malaria No More on World Malaria Day (April 25th) if he beat CNN to 1 million Twitter subscribers. The actor received criticism for the publicity stint with many saying the nets do not truly help address the malaria epidemic. Kutcher narrowly beat CNN in the Twitter race and donate 10,000 nets, which was matched by CNN. Not to be outdone, Oprah donated 20,000 malaria nets as well.