Show of 12-6-2003

  • VoIP ? Major Trend Number 1
    • What is VoIP and why is it important?
    • FCC VoIP Forum was conducted December 1, 2003
      • Purpose to discuss the regulatory framework of VoIP
      • Agenda included
        • Opening Remarks by Chairman
        • Background Presentation by FCC
        • Panel I ? What is VoIP?
        • Panel II ? VoIP and Public Policy
        • Closing Statements by Chairman
      • FCC Chairman, Michael K Powell, said in his opening remarks ?I believe that IP-based services such as VoIP should evolve in a regulation-free zone.?
      • John Hodulik, CFA, UBS Investment Research believes the ?The FCC needs to take a leadership position, creating one set of rules that distinguish between different types of VoIP. Until this is completed, investors will remain wary about funding new ventures that provide the service.
      • Jeffrey Citron, CEO, Vonage Holdings Corp. said, ?VoIP is yet another Internet application and , as such, the mere spector or common carrier regulation opens up a Pandora?s box that has the potential to?? ?slow the growth of VoIP. ?. regulation, will undoutably spread to other applications, perhaps email, instant messaging, Internet conferencing, Internet video, and ?radio? programming.
    • Pits the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) against the VoIP upstarts like Vonage.
    • Consumers will be the winners.
    • Career Tip1: Become familiar with VoIP.
    • Career Tip 2: Learn IPv6 which is mandated for all networks by 2008.
  • Linux ? Major Trend Number 2
  • In-Car Spying Limited by Courts
    • In car emergency systems
      • Onstar (General Motors)
      • TeleAid (ATX)
    • Use cell phone connections for reporting and voice
    • FBI used system in LasVegas for spying (feature designed to track car thieves)
    • Courts ruled that illegal because emergency features would be disabled
  • 419 Eater Baits the Conmen
    • Website: www.419eater.com
    • Striking back at the Nigerian scammers
    • Scammer baiting hints and tips (Called scambaiting)
    • Wasting their time and resources
    • Some even sent photos and names
  • Number Portability ? Week Three (link requires free registration)
    • Hundreds of thousands have switched in the last ten days ( around 80,000 a day)
      • Tens of thousands had to wait a few days
      • Some had to wait a week
    • According to the New York Times, the automated systems supposed to fulfill number portability switching requests are failing about 50 percent of the time, forcing employees to transfer customer data manually, which incurs delays.
    • In particular, AT&T finds itself in the position of losing more customers than others while struggling technically to improve its switching speed, so much that they got a letter from the FCC asking for explanations about their delays.
    • Winners and losers
      • Verizon and T-Mobile gain customers
      • Sprint PCS, Nextel and Cingular Wireless are staying even
      • AT&T is losing customers
  • New Spam Bill is a Turkey
    • Requires that spam includes an opt-out link
    • Does not require an opt-in link like California
    • Overrides all state legislation
    • Spammers win with a weak bill
    • Congress gets to pretend it is helping the consumer
    • The consumer loses
  • Real Solution to Spam is Years Away
    • A workable solution would requires authenticated source address to keep spammers from spoofing
    • Vendor alliance supporting sender-authentication includes Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, Earthlink, Anti-Spam Research Group
    • Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Anti-Spam Research Group (ASRG) are working on a solution
      • All proposed protocols would allow the server receiving the message to query the domain that that message purports to be from asking if the server that sent the mail is authorized to send from that domain
      • The recipient can then choose to accept or reject email from a particular verified domain.
      • One year from final proposal and test. Expect a solution in a couple of years.
    • In the meantime, grin and bear it. Use some spam filters that are available.
  • DDoS Rears it Ugly Head
    • Last year major sites were brought down with DDoS attacks
    • This year they are being blackmailed during their Chrismas peak
    • Blackmail requests are in the $40 to $50K range
    • Seem to be originating from criminal syndicates operating in Russia
    • Vendors who pay are not talking about it
  • Successful Hack of Slot Machines
    • Ron Harris, former Gaming Control Board computer whiz, used his job to cheat casinos out of almost $50K
    • Inserted a computer program into a device used to control board employees to check the proper functioning of slot machines.
    • When testing the device, it downloaded a cheating program, call a gaff, into the computer chips in the machines
    • When a specific series of coin bets were made, the program took over and awarded jackpots
    • Harris us accomplices to collect jackpots from 6 of the 34 rigged machines.
    • This hack has important implications relating to electronic voting machine security
  • Electronic Voting Machines (continued)
    • Nevada to enlist the expertise of the Nevada Gaming Control Board to ensure the machines are secure and accurate
    • Will evaluate Sequoia Voting Systems and Diebold Election Systems
    • Voting machine companies should learn from slot companies
      • Background checks on all programmers
      • Outside auditors monitor the code
  • This Christmas It is All About Gadgets
    • Wi-Fi Networking
      • 802.11 g AP
      • 802.11g Network Cards
    • Computer/Laptop
      • Memory (256 MB/5112MB)
      • Video Card Memory(64M/128M)
      • Hard Drive (40G/60G)
      • USB 2.0 or Firewire
      • DVD+RW and DVD-RW
      • Processor Options
        • Intel Celeron/P3/P4/Centrino
        • AMD Athlon
      • Displays (Flat Panel)
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