Howard Dean seems to be on record
as stating that citizens should be required to use a government-issued ID before they can log on to the Internet. He also seems to say that PC manufacturers should be required to add card-readers to all of their PC products to facilitate this. Read for yourself and draw your own conclusions.
posted by DWRoelands
on Jan 27, 2004 -
The Internet is now basically banned and controlled for all but the elite
in Cuba. In Iran
, an unelected body has eliminated hundreds of reformist candidates from the general elections. That's what stiffling of dissent looks like. Stare it in the face, and ask your politicians and NGOs and friends to raise their voices against it as loud as they did against the war in Iraq. Promote freedom for people just like you around the world in a nonviolent way. (And I'm not talking about writing Bush to ask for Regime Change)
posted by swerdloff
on Jan 11, 2004 -
A new MS Internet Explorer vulnerability is discovered.
Most digerati already know about the spammer and lamer trick to publish URLs that look like legitimate hostnames to fool people in to trusting a malicious site. This trick is frequently used by spammers to steal people's PayPal accounts, by tricking them in to "resetting" their password at a site owned by the spammer but disguised as PayPal.com.
Today's new IE vulnerability is significantly worse. By including an 0x01 character after the @ symbol in the fake URL, IE can be tricked in to not displaying the rest of the URL at all. Don't expect a patch right way, the guy who found the hole released it to BugTraq on the same day
he notified Microsoft. (via Simon Willison)
posted by dejah420
on Dec 9, 2003 -
Blogshares has left the building
Never really got into this, and not sure how much it will be missed, but that doesn't matter anyway as it's gone the way of the dodo. Too successful for it's own good it seems. I'm surprised that it hasn't been picked up by someone else yet...
posted by snowgoon
on Dec 3, 2003 -
: spurious blogs that look real, but exist solely to purvey smut in a very shady way. They're becoming ever more clever, those spammers.
posted by moonbird
on Nov 17, 2003 -
Too good to be true?
United Internet is launching its public hosting service with a special promotion: a full 500 meg hosting account free for three years
. Includes email hosting, FTP and shell access, 5 gigs of transfers, Perl, Python, PHP and MySQL... plus $25 worth of Google AdWords. Sounds fishy to me, but they never asked for my credit card when I signed up.
posted by johnnydark
on Nov 14, 2003 -
An attempt by developing countries to put management of the Internet under United Nations
auspices is likely to be shelved at next month's world information summit in Geneva - but the issue is now firmly on the international agenda.
posted by Mick
on Nov 10, 2003 -
These guys are pretty upset.
Symantec's new Internet Security suite combines a firewall, anti-virus utility, and content-filtering parental controls in one package. And guess what? When a user sets the filter to block "Weapons" sites, it blocks NRA pages!
Internet Security 2004 isn't really the issue, however. It's a (large) "community" once again overreacting, spreading FUD
about rights being taken away, political brainwashing, and the world coming to an end.
Or, this is just the best. troll. ever. You decide.
posted by bhayes82
on Nov 2, 2003 -
VeriSign to Sell Network Solutions
The Registry business
that is the backbone of the global .com and .net domain name infrastructure currently handles over 10 billion interactions per day, remains with VeriSign
as a critical component of its business. The customer-facing Registrar business
is the world's leading provider of domain name registrations, and an industry leader in value added services such as business email, websites, hosting and other web presence services. The Registrar
, which re-assumed the Network Solutions name in January of this year, constitutes the current Network Solutions business that is being sold. [emphasis added]
posted by quonsar
on Oct 16, 2003 -
Hatred via weblog.
The Jewish Internet Association
, a tax-exempt, non-profit California corporation, considers the Internet a battleground, where "every channel must be utilized to resist and convert others to our defense and support." A whois showed they have the same mailing address as palestinefacts.org
. However, examining their weblog
reveals an agenda that is every bit as hateful as Hamas.
From a recent entry:
"The Palestinian Arabs go through a pretense of having a government" .... "This must end. In the past the only way such murderous, bastard regimes have ended was through massive destruction of their people and lands." .... "The same process will be required to end the fraudulant "peace process" and come to the point where there can be a new start."
The JIA site links to a guide for shutting down offensive websites
. Do you think the same techniques would work against them too?
posted by insomnia_lj
on Oct 16, 2003 -
Here's A Really Neat
" feature on how much we rely on the good 'ol Net for our daily dose of news and knowledge.
I've gradually abandoned almost all other sources of news, to the point where TV, magazines and news papers have pretty much disappeared from my life, but unlike the Slashdot guy, I still get a fair amount of "Information
" from books.
He's got a good question, and there are some really Good Answers
at Slashdot, but I'm curious about the mefites... "Is the Internet Your Source of Knowledge?
From his post:"...but if I'm trying to look up something and can't find it online in a couple minutes I generally just blow it off, as if there's no other place to look. This realization seems sort of stunning. I'm very curious if other Slashdot readers have become dependent on the Internet to that level, and what their thoughts are on the subject."
According to a study
Teens and young adults spend more time online than watching TV, and looking at Other Studies
, they all seem to point the same way.
Is print dead?
posted by Blake
on Oct 1, 2003 -
Spam: This Time It's Personal
. Andy Markley was really looking forward to a work-free Labor Day weekend far away from his computer. But he made the mistake of checking his inbox before he left for his planned holiday.
posted by lola
on Sep 30, 2003 -
A web-based sidebar to the recent passing of WKRP Manager and Maytag Repairman Gordon Jump
: the 'dot-com' address with his name (as well as those for living and dead celebrities including Jack Palance
, Bob "Captain Kangaroo" Keeshan
and Flip Wilson
) are owned by Richard Shumaker of "Wilmerding World Wide", who, on each homepage, editorializes against "Celebrity Name Cybersquatting", declares he has "captured" the names for "safekeeping", and promises "At no charge, I will be more than honored to transfer domain name ownership."
posted by wendell
on Sep 26, 2003 -
a new P2P Telephony service from the people who created KaZaA. [more inside]
posted by davehat
on Sep 23, 2003 -
and Clay Shirky
are trading ideas on Micropayemnts
user-pays schemes can't simply be restored through minor tinkering with payment systems, because they don't address the cause of that change -- a huge increase the power and reach of the individual creator..
micropayments, well, BitPass
are here to stay this time.
As a content producer
I like the idea, but as a content consumer
I'm just not sure yet.
If mefi went Micro, would you pay?
posted by Blake
on Sep 13, 2003 -
kids.us ready to go.
Hidden amongst the seemingly endless barrage of SOBig virii this morning was an interesting email from that ResourceShelf Guy
on the new kids Domain
Being billed as "an Internet domain that parents and children can trust for educational and appropriate online fun
" kids.us Launches On September 4, 2003. You can read the Overview of kids.us Policies and Procedures
, or Register A Name
(starting next week).
Interestingly they Say
a company called cyveillance
will be "monitoring and reviewing" content for the domains.
The domain names will Look
a little funny, but maybe Someone
should snag www.metafilter.kids.us, you know, for the kids. They don't seem cheap, as "Registrants will be charged a combined registration fee and a non-refundable application fee for five-year registration.
posted by Blake
on Aug 28, 2003 -
So I Google search
on the SoBig virus'
affinity for UDP port 8998, and the possibility it may be downloading additional programs this afternoon
(actually, right about now). Great, more filters on the routers. Hang on, what's this result
on that first search? A link to PornResource
? Why, it appears to be a news and technical site for porn site operators. News, guides, interviews, top designers
, host reviews
, even a message board
. Of course, a site billed as "The Standard for Up-To-Date Adult Webmaster News"
is NSFW. Unless you are BossHawg
, of course.
posted by dglynn
on Aug 22, 2003 -
This community is filled with bloggers and I wondered if anyone had seen Maureen O'Dowd's take on how the Presidential Candidates are starting to use, for better or worse, "blogging" as a method to get their "message" across. ( Registration required )
posted by RubberHen
on Aug 13, 2003 -
Future of the Net: "Information wants to be free" vs. "truth costs extra"
"...a coalition that included Amazon.com, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple, Disney and others....spoke of "tiered" service, where consumers would be charged according to "gold, silver and bronze" levels of bandwidth use. The days where lawmakers once spoke about eradicating the "Digital Divide" in America has come full circle. Under the scenario presented by the lobbyists, people on fixed incomes would have to accept a stripped-down Internet, full of personally targeted advertising. Other users could get a price break if they receive bundled content -- news, music, games -- from one telecom or media company. Anybody interested in other "non-mainstream" news, software or higher-volume usage, could pay for the privilege
. The panel's response was warm, suggesting that the industry should work this out with little federal intrusion. That approach has already been embraced by the industry-friendly Federal Communications Commission." For more, see The Center For Digital Democracy
posted by troutfishing
on Aug 5, 2003 -
Teenagers find the internet a frustrating experience
A survey in the north east of England finds that teenagers are increasingly being alienated in their online experience because they aren't being given the skillsets to cope with finding or using the information. Seems to be the old story of schools buying computers but the kids not being engaged enough on how to use them (which has been the case since I was stuck in front of an Acorn Archimedes
fifteen years go). Here is a similar article from Australia
which describes how their eductation system is coping with the issue.
posted by feelinglistless
on Jul 23, 2003 -
Saving the Net
isn't just really about saving the net: the article is a great point of confluence on the issues of Intellectual Property, Property and Success as American values, as well as the future of the Internet as a true commons. Especially interesting is the observation that Presidential candidate Howard Dean's campaign contribution lead – raised via the Internet – is owed to a huge number of small donations, not to a small number of large special interests. If he's being bought, it's by his voters." [via Slashdot]
posted by weston
on Jul 23, 2003 -
Google: the God that failed?
is the title of the article on MSN Slate
. All of us know Microsoft is working on a new search engine technology. Till date everyone considers Google
to be the Guru
. MS obviously doesn't like that, so what it is doing? Well, the same thing it always does - to survive competition, eliminate it.
The reasons being given by the article are pretty silly and more aimed at 'faming down' Google.
posted by jayantk
on Jul 22, 2003 -