FBI Seeking to Wiretap Internet
"FBI has plans to change the architecture of the Internet and route traffic through central servers that it would be able to monitor e-mail more easily." (via InstaPundit)
Your eyes never stop moving.
Even though we are rarely aware of them, our eye movements are incredibly complex
. They are also very informative. Eye movement data is being used to study painters painting
, art lovers loving art
, drivers driving
, musicians sight reading
, and speakers speaking
, not to mention the cognitive science staples of reading
and scene viewing
. One interesting application of eye movement data is the Eyetrack2000 project
, which attempts to describe the eye movement behavior of people viewing news websites in order to improve web page design. Some of the findings
suggest that the internet and print media are different in important ways: on the web, text is fixated before pictures; in print, pictures are fixated first.
Slashdot introduces paid subscriptions.
- "I hope you can understand the expensive reality associated with making this site happen every day"
We've talked about paid memberships for Metafilter before, and I'd happily pay, but if all of the sites I go to everyday start doing this I'll have to make some hard choices.
Is there any talk about some sort of membership "package"? Sort of like the cable model? I pay one fee and get member access to several websites? How could something like this be organized?
Trapped Briton sends Internet SOS.
Trapped in his garden shed while surfing, he sent a request to a chat room for someone to call the Lancashire police. An American did.
Ya gotta love interesting
Fight the browser with .movTV
Luckyluncher.com Launches With $42 in Angelo Financing
Found this on Business Wire:
"A new web site to help Silicon Valley stock option refugees enjoy the extravagant lunches of yesteryear started today with $42 in Angelo financing.
That's Angelo financing, not Angel financing. 'My friend Angelo loaned me the 42 bucks to register the domain name' explains co-founder Gary Cook."
Make A Shorter Link:
Very handy for those long, wieldy URLs...
What does Dick Armey, the Green Party
, the Traditional Values Coalition
and the American Kurdish Information Network
have in common? They all are blocked
by internet filters mandated by congress in schools and libraries.
That's ok, I didn't want to go to the Focus on the Family Pure Intimacy
U.S. Patent 6,304,886,
from the fine folks at IBM. "The tool comprises a plurality of pre-stored templates, comprising HTML formatting code, text, fields and formulas." (Via Scripting News
has declared the Internet un-Islamic, but elsewhere in the Muslim world, going online is one way to avoid the censors.
Stupid things I have done,
a list by Heather and her readers.
Has anyone set up an online home - museum? - where 'Internet Icons' can be stored safely for future generations? If not shouldn't they? I nominate this coffee pot
, this sadly missed phonebox
and maybe even this guy.
Are there any others which you think would qualify?
Movie critic Roger Ebert says that if your interest is in using the Internet, not getting rich from it, then stock prices are insignificant.
"The Internet Bubble has been compared to the Tulip Craze, when 17th-century investors bid the price of Dutch bulbs to insane heights. Both bubbles burst. The collapse of the Internet economy was inevitable, and clears the way for sane and reasonable rebuilding. Good news: There are more tulips in the world than ever before."
describes a technology which permits someone to remotely control a dildo over the internet. Reach out and touch someone!
(I bet they're working on that next.)
Zero-Knowledge's Freedom Network to shut down.
The network provided Internet and email anonymity. I always found it very slow and cumbersome, and stopped using it in favour of SafeWeb
many months ago.
made a subtle change to its site today to raise awareness
about a cancer that will be diagnosed in 192,000 women in the U.S. this year.
The W3C's RAND Patent Policy
commenting deadline has been extended. At first glance, the new policies seem to encourage software patents, but after reading the whole thing and the W3C's response to current comments, it looks, to my admittedly naive eyes, as though the W3C is trying to make it so that companies using proprietary software are going to have
to make it available to other people for licensing. Why is this new structure potentially a bad thing?
You know Jakob Nielsen's old saying "users don't scroll?"
Maybe it's because you'd be violating his patent
if you did. You got mail? Nope, that's also Jakob's patent
. When was the last time this site updated? Again, don't ask or you could owe Jakob
. Did I misspell anything in this post? Don't hit the spellcheck button, or it's violation time
again. And that's just the tip of the scary patent iceberg
. Is it a good idea for Jakob to have all these patents on basic internet application functions?
Subscription-based web tools: another nail in the coffin of free web services?
Yahoo is apparently testing the waters for a subscription-based web Office app. I use their (free) email
tools on occasion. Nice to have, but you have to wonder how long they can remain free. Don't know if I would pay for them, depends on what service level guarantees they would offer in return. How would people would react if they suddenly started charging for these things? Is it still too unrealistic to wonder how long till our operating system needs a local drive only to boot up?
Make World event
in October, Germany - about borderless digital culture, no doubt curated long before The Current Situation, but I'm sure will be rendered far more relevant as a result.
Remember the scary-sounding Hailstorm
that was set to prove how evil
Microsoft's system is? Well worry no longer, because it's now called .NET My Services
. How could something with such a cute, gentle name like that be bad for users?
Silicon Valley backs Senate bill
that would allow companies to report computer network attacks to the government without having to worry about the public finding out. The reasoning: it would encourage
more companies to report the problems and help the
government track down the culprits. A similar bill
is in the House.
URI terminology demystified
Quasi-Socratic Q&A on what the hell URI
s are. “Q
: What a mess! Are you serious? For a technology so architecturally core to RDF and the Web, that’s quite a kludge-tower! A
: What can I say? That's the state of the art as I understand it”
current (September 28, 2001) edition begins its story on the Internet in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in the United States with a paragraph stating that:
By 9:15 Tuesday morning, a link to a live webcam atop the Empire State Building with a clear view of lower Manhattan was posted on Dave Winer's Scripting News Weblog (scripting.com). And dozens of other daily log writers, including the all-encompasing Metafilter.com, compiled the highlights from U.S. and foreign news sources.
The article goes on to mention many other links to relevant online sites including kottke.org, thefineline.org/tflblog, and camworld.com.
Apologies if this is a repost. I couldn't find it in recent days listings or search results.
Uhm, Is Everything All Right?
"Everything is under control. Situation normal. We're all fine here, now, thank you. How are you?" That can't be right, can it?
for providing the background noise for your web surfing. Radio Paradise
offers up peacenik rock and international music. Support American cornfed Middle Eastern music by listening to Salaam
(more Middle East artists from mp3.com
.) Or just get your fill of 70s, 80s, or 90s pop rock
. Any other good music out there for surfing with your ears?
48 hours of wiretap without a court order?
Sure, according to the Senate. Carnivore installations on the rise and the recent call to control crypto software are exactly what we don't need. This is probably just the beginning.
A coalition of 13 nations
declares war on those nations who are implicated in this attack. (There's nothing more dangerous than 300 angry teenagers.)
last week, 6 days prior to the attacks, an FBI raid shut down numerous arabic websites
. what did they suspect? many were offended by the action, do they feel the same way still?
keeps looping back to our own machines at work. At home, it comes up non-existant yet it's showed up in my server logs. network solutions has a listing for it. Anyone else getting bizarre results with this domain?
And so it begins
- "Federal police are reportedly increasing Internet surveillance after Tuesday's deadly attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Just hours after three airplanes smashed into the buildings in what some U.S. legislators have dubbed a second Pearl Harbor, FBI agents began to visit Web-based, e-mail firms and network providers, according to engineers "
How do you think the attacks of the 11th will affect civil liberties?
AOL may buy AT&T broadband
in a deal that could allow them to own the browser, net access, data pipes, and content for a vast majority of internet usage and users. How far will AOL/TW go to control any and all forms of media? Are hearings to break the company up far off?
Next generation emoticons
or another step in tearing down cultural (and man-machine?) walls?
is a magazine about information visualization and navigation with a focus on the web. What similar sites are out there? A second related question is when why are tools for finding stuff on the web so primitive? More inside.
The only difference between Hotmail and Hailstorm is R and S... So what do the R and S stand for?
Reading this article a few months back, I was struck by how inappropriate the name "hailstorm" was for a feature whose sole intention is user-friendliness.
It just seemed too aggressive. Then, while reading something which also referenced hotmail's recent security problems, I misread "hotmail" as "hailstorm."
Now, I hate to seem like a numerologist here, or even worse, a scrabble player, but how else can you explain the similarity AND the impropriety of the name?
Getting to the point, does anyone have guesses about what the "r" and the "s" are brought to you by?
Is this too good to be true?
Last week when I called verizon
to transfer my phone service, they suckered me into ordering this dsl service. What really got me, in addition to what they have listed on the site was the 30 day free trial, and that they supposedly use STATIC ip addresses. I was also told that their modem has a router built in that assigns individual ip addresses to each computer. [I have 3 - Windows server, Linux, and Mac]. Too good to be true, right?
The New Zealand Net Awards
have announced their finalists. Picked by a panel of people including Web saavy magazine editors, personal Web site operators, and tech-radio deejays, the NZ awards seem much more even handed, open, and real
than the Webbies (albeit only for NZ sites...)
And, as far as I can tell, they're doing it on almost no budget. Pretty impressive. Why doesn't this
community start something like it?
The web in your inbox.
You want to surf. But your friends want to get together to play Werewolf.
You can have it all. Search with Tracerlock
and The Informant
and when you can break away to check your email, you'll find links waiting.
Did they find an interesting link for you? Then use GrabPage
to have the page sent to you as an email attachment.
Surfing with email is cool. But why stop there? Why not do everything by email?
Doing science by stealth
Scientists have found a way of subverting the error checking mechanisms of web servers to allow them to perform calculations without the owners permission. This "Parasitic computing" could potentially use the internet as a single giant distributed computer.
This interesting mini-series
about the human face on TLC (via BBC
), claims that technology and the Internet are replacing face-to-face contact
, but without much needed facial expressions that play a crucial role in communication. No doubt, this is why we THINK OF CAPITAL LETTERS as "yelling" and use :) and :P in online communication. Where do you see online communication in 10 years?
Apparently the Web is getting less eclectic.
The basic gist is that the Web, once a vibrant and quirky place, is just becoming a repository of dullness and repetition with such an overabundance of information that people tend to stick to sites that they know and love. What's your take on it? (Thanks to Zach at Thinky.org for the link.)
Internet banned in Afghanistan.
"The ministry of communication is duty-bound to make the use of the Internet impossible."
And a good thing too. Damned heretics.
Have you tried it? Do you like it? Should we get Mikey?
Conformity rules in cyberspace
... countering expectations that near-anonymity would encourage actions outside social norms. An Australian research team entered chat rooms and staged situations (a somewhat skeptically viewed practice, though the article doesn't mention it). Now they're studying users' reactions to avatars of different races and genders -- and for control purposes, a chair: Initial results show that most people approach the female character first and that some of those approaching the chair ask for a sex specification or assume it is female.
Has anyone seen this
hosting company before? They seem very cheap but I have no idea whether they are reliable.
Ben Brown once had this thing called Teeth Magazine. I don't know how long it lasted. But visiting ye olde Glassdog, I saw a random adzert for it. Intrigued, I clicked on it. And it's a bit different now
. Anyone else have funny lapsed-domain stories?
The Death of TCP/IP?
An interesting (if not paranoid) article about internet security and Windows XP. Leaves me wanting to know more. [continued inside]