‘Digital divide’ narrowing fast, World Bank says

This is very encouraging news. MSNBC reports ‘Digital divide’ narrowing fast, World Bank says in a report. Technology doesn’t solve all problems, but it does connect us, making it easier to communicate and understand each other. I wonder what quick changes will have on local cultures though – the industrial revolution had a lot of turmoil.… Continue reading ‘Digital divide’ narrowing fast, World Bank says

New Jersey sues Blockbuster over “no more late fees”

Evidently, I’m not the only one who thinks Blockbuster’s new late fee policy is a scam. Via Ars Technica, The Attorney General of New Jersey has sued Blockbuster over "no more late fees" policy. My favorite quote: But for Blockbuster, "no more late fees" actually means "wanna buy a movie?"

Security Risks of Frequent-Shopper Cards

Great article on how seemingly innocent databases like grocery store shopping records can bite you. Bruce Schneier is a leading figure computer security – I highly recommend checking out his site if you have any interest in computer security. He makes it very approchable. Schneier on Security: Security Risks of Frequent-Shopper Cards

Who owns BLOG content?

Alpha Raptor raises the question of who owns BLOG content? At least in the case of MSN Spaces, the author does. I think what we are seeing is law trying to keep up with technology. The intent of the MSN Spaces (at least according to MSN), is to give MSN the right to serve your content… Continue reading Who owns BLOG content?

The IBM/Sony/Toshiba Cell Processor — Part II: The Cell Architecture : Page 1

Hannibal over at Ars Technica describes the Cell Processor’s Architecture. Very good highlevel description. This is unlikely to be used in general purpose PCs anytime soon – look Hannibal’s closing paragraph’s describing why he doesn’t think Apple will use it anythime soon. Basically, to fit these simple CPU’s (not much more than an ADDer and… Continue reading The IBM/Sony/Toshiba Cell Processor — Part II: The Cell Architecture : Page 1

http Server Tutorial

This is a paper I wrote in college – cool that it’s still being used. This paper describes how to implement a simple web server. It was a lot of fun doing the original paper/server. We did it in Java – sometime in 1996 I believe. It was cool to see how simple a web server… Continue reading http Server Tutorial

Domain phishing flaw hits non-Microsoft Browsers

CNet reports most non-Microsoft browsers affected by a phishing flaw. It appears the basic problem is Firefox and other mozilla based browsers will render unicode domain names. The concern is most users will not notice the difference between paypal.com and paypal with an accent over the "a" characters. I think this points to why security… Continue reading Domain phishing flaw hits non-Microsoft Browsers