Show of 4-26-2003

  • Killer Apps Share a Common Thread: Hacker Geeks
    • Some observations by Tim O?Rielly, founder of O?Reilly and Associates
    • ?The geek shall interent the earth.?
    • Trend 1: Amazon.com Web Services
      • Amazon webservices are used by developers to make innovative sites
      • These innovative are used to build businesses
      • Amazon is being treated like an open source web platform for developers
    • Trend 2: Wi-Fi for the Mass
      • Bar Area Research Wireless Network
      • Barry Park and Central Park Testbeds in New York
    • Trend 3: Hardware Hacking and Online Gaming
      • Hacking hardware like Xbox
      • Machine hacking is creating innovative solutions
      • Companies should take note
    • Trend 4: Online gaming communities flourish
      • Culture of online gaming has evolved into a social phenomena
      • Started with Everquest
      • Phank.com is a place where online personas can be sold for hard cash
      • Players are using XML sockets to link together several games so they can keep together through messaging
  • Iraq Could Become
    Silicon Crescent

    • Rebuilding the countries telecommunications networks and constructing new facilities from scatch would cost billions
    • US and British Companies will be preferred
    • Lack of phone connectivity
      • In 1990 Iraq had 5.5 phone lines for every 100 people
      • 999 it was 3 per 100
      • US has 67 per 100.
    • Technology contracts
      • Prior to war, most telecommunications suppliers were in Turkey or France
      • Alcatel, a French company, will have a hard time making inroads
      • AT&T build a new switching system in Kuwait. Is expecting more business
      • Congress would like CDMA (Qualcomm) rather than GSM (a European standard)
    • London Based Committee for Information Technology Reconstruction in Iraq want sell the Iraq domain name (iq).
      • Estimates that $10 Million can be raised to Iraqi Internet projects
  • Microsoft Patch Slows Windows XP
    • Revised Patch for Windows XP Service Pack 1
    • Originally released on April 16, the patch addressed a buffer overrun vulnerability in the Windows kernel
    • A new patch has been developed and is in beta test
  • Blacklisted E-Mailers Anti-Span Groups
    • EMarketersAmerica.org is suing spam-tracking
    • Members are permissions based marketers
    • Tracking groups include spamhaus.org and spews.org
      • Only includes companies kicked off of three ISPs for spamming
      • 180 spammers create 90% of the spam
    • The good news: blacklists are working!!!!
  • Morpheus Not Held Liable in Copyright Suit
    • The file swap companies have finally won a round against the Record Industry Association of America
    • Federal Judge Stephen V. Wilson ruled that the Internet?s most popular music swapping services are not responsible for copyright infringements by users.
    • This is a huge victory for Morpheus, the current swap king
    • The surprise decision ? which likened music-sharing services to companies that sell VCRs ? was counter to a series of victories that RIAA has already won.
  • DARPA Project Babylon Deployed in Iraq
    • Part of DARPA Information Awareness Office
    • James D. Bass, Ph.D., Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Program Manager
    • Will focus on low-population, high-terrorist-risk languages that will not be supported by any commercial enterprise
    • Initial languages supported: Pashto, Dari, Arabic, and Mandarin
    • Based on Voxtec Phraselator technology
  • The Great Chip Feud: Intel versus AMD
    • Fairchild the Mother Company of Silicon Valley
      • In the late 50s and early 60s Fairchild was the hottest company on the planet
      • Led by Robert Noyce, who was only in his 30s
      • Jerry Sanders, was a young Fairchild salesman taken under wing by Noyce
        • Sanders was cocky, outrageous, and clever
        • Protected from many scandals and rumors by Noyce
      • Another Fairchild employee was Hungarian refugee scientist Andy Grove
        • Grove respected for brains, feared for his temper
    • In 1968, when Fairchild was faltering, Noyce formed Intel with Gordon Moore, his Fairchild co-founder. They brought Andy Grove as their first employee
    • One of the last to leave Fairchild was Jerry Sanders, who founder AMD in 1969
    • The money grub
      • Intel got the money, AMD got the crumbs
      • AMD did land the 2nd source contract for Intel chips (80206 and 80386)
      • AMD into the clone business after 1974 recession. Intel pulled contract
      • After a 200 million dollar lawsuit they settled
    • Ultimately AMD developed Athlon chip which superior technology to Intel. Intel countered with a better chip.
    • Sanders became a better businessman and a real technology leader competitive with Intel
    • Competition is good for the consumer.
  • Homeland Privacy Czar Named
    • The former privacy officer of Internet advertising giant DoubleClick will be the Department of Homeland Security’s first privacy czar, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced today.
    • Nuala O’Connor Kelly, 34, will be responsible for vetting proposals or programs that involve collecting and using U.S.
    • citizens’ personal information.
    • Nuala was a former Tech Talk guest.
    • She currently serves as a Commerce Department attorney.
    • The privacy rights community generally views O’Connor Kelly as a consensus builder, but it is too soon to say how much influence she will have in protecting Americans’ privacy rights, said Ari Schwartz, associate director at the Center for Democracy and Technology.
  • Texting Blamed for Crime Rise
    • A Scottish police force has blamed mobile phone text messaging for a massive rise in the number of incidents involving threats and extortion.
    • Figures released by Lothian and Borders on Wednesday showed an increase in such crimes from 514 to 875 – a 70% jump.
    • The force said that 450 of those 875 incidents were made via phone texting.
  • Mailbag
    • Pete Holmes Listens over Internet
    • Russel Gustin wants to configure his Outlook Express
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