Show of 10-26-2002

  • Microsoft Trying to Make Free Hotmail Undesirable
    • Limit Storage Space
    • Limit number of spam filters
    • Should just drop the ?free? version and upgrade the ?fee? version
  • Interesting Sites
  • Consumers Shun Copy Protected CDs
    • Gartner group study results
    • Consumers want to copy CDs for family members and backups
  • Inflation Threatens Everquest Economy
    • Experienced users are accumulation
    • Have learned how to use macros to create powerful items
    • Selling virtual cash at auction
    • 100,000 platinum pieces sell for $350
  • E-mail is used in court cases (beware of your use of company e-mail)
    • Microsoft anti-trust case (anti-java email)
    • Merrill Lynch case (calling offering a ?piece of junk?)
    • Credit Suisse First Boston investigation
    • Numerous harassment cases
    • E-mail tips
      • Remember who owns your company email
      • Protect your password
      • Fraud is a no-no (don?t impersonate another person)
      • Make it a harassment-free zone
      • It no laughing matter
      • Ignorance is no excuse
      • Avoid copyright infringement
  • Microsoft News
  • Google in the News
    • Google is removing selected ?offensive sites? from its listing
    • Under heavy criticism for such action
    • Currently has blacklisted 113 sites (anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi, or white supremacy)
  • DDOS Attack for the 13 Root Domain Name Servers Fails
    • Last Monday all 13 root servers were attacked
    • Did not have a noticeable effect because the net is so distributed and the root servers are only queried as a last resort.
    • Had the attack lasted for over eight hours, the Internet response times would have slowed
  • Protein Folding Discovered using Distributed Computing
    • Folding@Home has recruited 200,000 users to use screen saver to share clock cycles
    • First results for Folding@Home has been announced
      • Predict that a particular protein would take 6 microseconds to fold
      • Results agree with experiements
    • Distributed computing model based on SETI@Home Project
  • Keep all your passwords in a secure location
    • This shareware program is called Password Guardian
    • Uses Blowfish encryption algorithm to protect data
    • Free, easy to install, easy to use (Download now)
  • Blind May Get to Look a Digital Pictures
    • NIST releases ?tactile graphic display?
    • John Robers, NIST project leader, projects device may cost $2000
    • Converts images to contoured surface using a ?bed of steel rods?
    • Will be tested by National Federation for the Blind
  • Beware of e-card (electronic greeting card)
    • Behaves like a worm
    • Asks to User to Agree to EULA (End User Licensing Agreement)
      • Gives permission to read all addresses in address book
      • Install software
      • Display ads
    • Not viewed as virus by Symantec, but warning has been issued
    • Offending worm is produced by PermissionedMedia
  • Implantable Chip Now Onsale
    • Verichip costs $200, plus $10/month database charge
    • Emits 125-kilohertz frequency that transmits unique ID number to scanner
    • Applications
      • Controlled access
      • Withdrawing money from ATM
      • Use to access computer at home (reduce identity theft)
    • Make a appointment with ChipMobile to get yours
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