Versign Sues ICANN
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has given Verisign the right to manage several Top Level Domains (TLDs) including ?.com? and ?.net?
Verisign accused ICANN of violating anti-trust laws, breaching contracts, and interfering with contractual relations.
ICANN has been preventing Verisign from introducing new services, Sitefinder.
Sitefinder deals with expiring domain names and search for non-existent names
Site refers mis-typed web addresses to specific sites.
Verisign is paid for those referrals
Waiting List Service
Sale of expiring domain names service also pending approval
WLS has triggered lawsuits by competing registrars
ICANN versus Verisign versus ITU for control of the Internet.
Space News: Mars Rovers
Hours have been scaled back with the approach of Autumn on the red planet
Shorter days and increased dust storms have reduced the power output of solar cells
Power down from 900 watt-hours/day to 650 watt-hours/day
Both rovers are fully functional
Transmitted 11,000 images and 9.1 gigabytes of data
Trying to figure out the meaning of spherical grains in the sand
Found evidence of water?evidence is not fully analyzed
Space News: Rosetta
Rosetta is planned to reach the comet 67P/Churyumon-Gerisimenko in 2014
Will map comets nucleus and find a suitable landing site
Will dispatch a lander, Philae, to comet?s surface
The landing site is expected to be a 4km wide rock or ice chunk.
Lander will stick a probe into surface to remain tethered since gravity very low
Website of the Week: www.darpa.mil
Do we really need 64-bit processors?
32 bit processors can address 4 GB or RAM
64-bit processors can address 16 exabytes (16 billion gigabytes) of RAM
Useful for monster databases and high end animation and mathematics programs
The Chip Wars
AMD has released
Athlon 64 for desktop and notebooks
Opteron for servers
Both are hybrids that can run 32 and 64 bit applications.
Both support the .86 command set and a new 64 bit command set
Sun, HP, and IBM have announced servers based on these chips
Intel has released
64-bit Itanium is not gotten much traction
Does not run 32-bit apps and has not gotten much traction
Rushing to release a hybrid version of the Zeon chip that will support both 32 and 64 bit applications
This new version may kill Itanium
The Operating System Wars
Versions of Linux sold by SUSE and Red Hat
Beta version of the Windows XP 64-Bit Edition
Can run both 32 and 64 bit applications
Can be downloaded from Microsoft now as a trial version
Will run on both AMD 64-bit chips
Microsoft Operating System News
Next operating Longhorn will not be released until 2007 ? 2008.
Longhorn will include
Avalon, a new graphic engine (Max OS like)
Indigo, a new communications architecture (enhanced .Net)
WinFS, a new file system based on relational database technology to facilitate data searching
?Baked-in? adaptive security (dynamic system protection)
Longhorn will blur the lines between web application and operating system
Longhorn developers site is up and running .
Visual Studio .Net tools have been released to support Longhorn applications
Longhorn beta has been released to developers
Windowx XP Reloaded may bridge the gap until Longhorn is released
Will incorporate some on Longhorn?s features early
Probably security features
Microsoft Proposes Caller-ID for email
System would eliminate spoofing
ISP would submit list of mail server addresses and domain names serviced
Exchange would match return address against that database
AOL, Yahoo are testing similar authentication systems
RSA Conference Held This Week
RSA is a security company specializing in encryption
Conference honors 3rd Century Mathematician, Sun Zi, who proved the Chinese Remainder Theorem.
Modern Public Key Encryption is based on Chinese Remainder Theorem
Public Key Encryption Infrastructure (PKI) is the cornerstone of modern Internet security
Main security issues discussed at conference
Complacency by public with password selection
Cellphones may suffer next round of attacks
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