Show of 6-8-2002

  • 2002 Science-Technology Web Awards
    • Awarded by Scientific American Magazine
    • Five sites in ten categories
    • Categories included:
      • Archaeology and Paleontology, Astronomy and Astrophysics
      • Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environment
      • Engineering and Technology, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics
      • These sites are an excellent educational resource and fun to look at.
  • Segway Scooter to be tested by US Post Office
    • US Post just completed a successful test of three scooter and has now purchased 40 more for an expanded test
    • Test cities will include: Norman, Oklahoma; Memphis, Tennessee; Bronx, New York; San Francisco, California; Chandler, Arizona; and one more to be determined.
  • Hollywood Moves against web pirates
    • Movie88 has been closed by Taiwanese Government
    • Film88 has been launched in Iran but is have trouble staying open
    • Both offered access for first run movies for $1 per copy
  • Biometric Systems Are Easily Defeated
    • Finger print scanners, iris scanners, face scanners are all vulnerable
    • Security experts are concerned and caution that additional controls are needed
  • Security Hole Found in IE
    • Exploits supports for Gopher
    • Buffer overflow gives hacker control of system
    • Patch not available
    • Discovered by Jouko Pynnonen and published in Bugtraq
  • Hacking Update
  • Broadband may be controlled by a few (connecting the dots)
    • FCC ruled that cable companies don?t have to share connection
    • FCC leaning toward same ruling regarding DSL and Baby Bells
    • Look for a few large companies to control Broadband and content access
  • FCC approves new rules for 2.4 Ghz devices operating in same band
    • Wi-Fi versus BlueTooth versus Wireless Phones
    • FCC will permit adaptive frequency hopping to encourage cooperation
    • Changes to FCC Part 15 rules that apply to 900Mhz, 2.4Ghz, and 5.7Ghz bands
  • Homeland Security Department to Include Computer Security
    • National Infrastructure Protection Agency (currently in FBI)
    • Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (currently in Commerce)
    • National Communication System (currently in Defense)
    • Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (currently in Energy)
    • Federal Computer Incident Response Center (currently in GSA)
  • Mailbag
    • Zone Alarm Messages
    • Broadband Discussion Site (the good, the bad, and the ugly)
    • Computer Freezes when connected to Internet all day
    • Reporting an Internet Fraud
    • 802.11a versus 802.11b
  • Stratford News
    • Graduation Today
    • Next Start July 1