Show of 2-28-2004

  • 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
  • Stratford News
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    • Remote Lab and Online Courses
    • Tech Talk Home Page
    • Fine Dining, Culinary Workshop