Show of 12-20-2003

  • New 3D Picture Now On Tech Talk Website
    • Made by Dave Roe from EMR Group
    • iPIX? patented immersive technology.
    • The EMR Group offers the whole picture through interactive, spherical images providing users a complete field of view from earth to sky, floor to ceiling, horizon to horizon.
  • Identity Theft — Low Tech, High Profit Activity (Requires Free Registration)
    • FTC estimates loses of $53 billion per year
    • Seven million victimized in 2002
    • An interview with Stephen Massey provides insight into ?best practices?
      • Discovered his first victims at the dump in the recycling shed
      • He found a big barrel of discarded tax forms from an accounting firm
      • He then harvested dumpsters at hospitals, accounting firms, and law firms
      • Some hack databases or use ?phishing? sites and emails. This is the exception rather than the rule
      • Used a team of drug addicts to do his collecting.
    • After getting the data for a new victim, he would
      • Run a credit check to see if they owned a home
      • Apply for credit card using an on-line credit-card company and get an instant line of credit for 1K to 5K
      • Use the victims current address and then indicate a recent move
      • Use PO Box for current address
      • Use pre-paid cell phone for phone number
      • Pay off one credit with a second card to keep a good account alive
      • Massey stole identity of over 400 people and stole over $1M before being caught.
      • One of his addict collectors led police to him.
    • Company insiders also provide much information
      • Auditors, consultants, security experts have access to passwords
      • Sell records for $60 each
    • Keystroke loggers and sniffer programs can also be used at public computers and terminals.
  • Fortune Magazine Winners and Losers
    • Worst Technology
      • Winner: Paperless Voting
      • Runner-up: Surgically implanted RFID
      • Last year: Darpa?s Total Information Awareness ?with John Poindexter.
    • Best Technology
      • Camera Phones
      • Started with one-megapixel, fixed focus
      • Casio just introduces two-megapixels, 10X digital zoom, autofocus
      • May be banned from health clubs and other private areas
    • Best of the Rest
      • Apple Power Mac G5 ($1,799
        • 64-bit PowerPC G5 processor (up to two)
      • Gateway 42-inch HD Plasma TV ($4,000)
        • 50-inch for $5,500
      • Pioneer-810HS DVD Recorder with? TiVo ($1,000)
        • Hardrive and DVD-R to store
        • TiVo convenience
  • Why RealNetworks Sued Microsoft
    • RealNetworks filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Microsoft
    • MS refused to disclose or delayed disclosing AIP relating to Secure Audio Pathway, a MS technology that encrypts audio streams to the audio card
    • Tactics are the same as those employed against Netscape
    • MS want to control the distribution of digital media and is giving away its digital media products at zero or negative prices
    • MS selectively licensed Secure Audio Pathway (SAP) to RealNetworks competitors
    • MS used similar tactics against Sun
    • Suit is aimed at stopping MS attempt to ?dominate the creation, delivery, and playback of media, regardless of the device used for delivery or playback.?
  • Peer-to-Peer News
    • RIAA loses Verizon appeal
      • RIAA is Record Industry Association of America
      • RIAA asked Verizon for list customers who were sharing MP3 songs
      • Court denied request calling some of RIAA?s arguments silly
      • Good the consumers
    • Dutch Court Rules Kazaa legal
      • Ruled that it is lawful to make Kazaa software available
      • Said that Kazaa could not be held liable for copyright-infringements
      • Ruling came to too late to save Kazaa
      • Sale already complete to Sharman Networks
    • Wal-Mart gets into online song business
      • Selling songs for 88 cents each
      • Undercutting Apple’s iTunes Music Store price (99 cents)
      • Let the competition begin, consumers will win
  • Government Issues First Do-Not-Call Citation
    • FCC accused CPM, Inc (Irvine CA) of making eight telemarketing calls to people who listed their names on the Do Not Call Registry.
    • FCC permitted to fine up to $11,000 per violation
    • You can register complaints by going to DoNotCall Registry
      • Click on file a complaint
      • To file a complaint now, your phone number must have been on the registry for three months.
      • To file a complaint, we need the date you got the call, and either the name or telephone number of the company that called you.
  • Top Ten Things to Do with Old Computer
    • Learn Networking (Ethernet)
    • Make a Multimedia Player (Sound card, hook to stereo, jukebox program, MP3s)
    • Try Multiplayer Games (Doom95)
    • Install Linux
    • Make Server (shared files, shared printers, shared MP3s)
    • Donate to church or school
    • Take it apart
    • Strip it and sell the parts on eBay
    • Turn it into an aquarium (Macquarium)
      • Here is one already built
      • ?Who needs a screen saver when you can have real fish in your old Mac??
    • Recycle it ($5 to $15 cost)
  • Guard Against Spyware and Adware
    • Download ?free? software can be dangerous
    • Trojan software communicates your surfing habits and delivers ads that match your interests
    • Locate and destroy spyware/adware with Spybot
  • MSBlaster and the August 14th Blackout
    • MS Blaster Facts
      • Exploits a flaw with the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) process, which controls activities such as file sharing.
      • The flaw enables the attacker to gain full access to the system.
      • The vulnerability affects Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP
      • MS Blaster hit the Internet August 11, 2003
      • Infected more than one million machines in the days following
    • Timeline for blackout
      • At 2:14 pm the alarm and logging software in FirstEnergy?s control room failed
      • Six minutes later, several remote control consoles failed
      • At 2:41 pm, the primary server computer hosting alarm functions failed
      • For over an hour no one in FirstEnergy?s control room grasp that their computer systems were not operating properly
      • The State Estimator computer, which is used to check the power grid itself, failed at 12:15pm.
      • The cascading power failure was not detected in the critical first hour
    • Bruce Schnierer, CNet, speculates that the failure of the various computers looks like a computer worm wending its way through FirstEnergy?s operational computers
    • Other worms have caused trouble
      • Slammer worm knocked out 911 emergency telephone service in Bellevue
      • Natchi worm disabled automatic teller machines (ATM) made by Diebold
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