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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Web sites that use e-mail addresses as identifiers are open to exploitation by scammers

Phishers get personal | CNET News.com:

Web sites that use e-mail addresses as identifiers for password reminders and registration are open to exploitation by scammers to generate detailed profiles of people [...]

In the technique described in the report, spammers and phishers automatically run thousands of e-mail addresses through Web site registration and password-reminder tools. Because many online businesses return a specific message when an e-mail address is registered with the site, attackers can find out whether that address represents a valid customer.


Iraq asks Security Council to extend mandate for multinational force

JURIST - Paper Chase: Iraq asks Security Council to extend mandate for multinational force.


Sunday, May 29, 2005

Climate change refugees could crowd Europe's central belt

Modern Tribalist: Climate change refugees could crowd Europe's central belt:

Central Europe could become crowded with refugees fleeing the effects of climate change on the continent's northern and southern extremes.

This is the view of the influential European Environment Agency, a wing of the EU.


Monday, May 23, 2005

The future speaks Chinese

Ribbons of Highway: Taiwan: Say what?:

The future speaks Chinese. The U.N. predicts that Chinese will surpass English as the most used language on the Internet by 2007.


BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Half of humanity set to go urban

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Half of humanity set to go urban:

More than half of all humans will soon be living in cities, according to a prediction by the United Nations.


Wi-phishing

Newsbites: Wi-phishing:

A new variation of phishing is wi-phishing. This occurs when a phisher sets up a Wi-Fi network in a public place so people can get wireless broadband connections, ostensibly for free.When a mark logs on, the criminals track keystrkes or passwords. Sometimes they present a log-in page that purports to be for a major hotel and requires credit card info. WARNING: Do not use Wi-Fi networks unless you can verify their source.


Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Google Web Accelerator makes Chinese people avoid censorship

China Herald:

a reader of this weblog suggested that in combination with IE Google's new tool would also beat the internet censor. Well, that was enough encouragement for me to have a try. Indeed, the web accelerator helps to beat our internet nanny, at least I got to the BBC news services very easy. I do not think that Google wanted to bring down the firewall (as far as it still is in place with so many proxies around) but they effectively did.

(Via).


The West's next mistake

A Daily Briefing on Iran:

The most fashionable idea, expressed in a number of op-eds and lectures in recent weeks, is that the Western democracies should seek a strategic alliance with Islamist parties. Some even specify an alliance with Shiites from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean.


China's Boom Is Bust for Global Environment, Study Warns

China's Boom Is Bust for Global Environment, Study Warns:

China's spectacular economic boom may be inflicting a terrible toll on the global environment, a new study warns.


Amazing interview with Riverbend, the Iraqi blogger of Baghdad Burning

BuzzFlash Interview Riverbend:

Riverbend: Many people believe the attacks against the police force and security forces are the work of outsiders or people who want Iraqis to hate the resistance. It's difficult to tell at this point just what is going on. Some attacks are meant to cause sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shia

[...]

BuzzFlash: Is it true that the reconstruction money is being spent on employing American companies like Halliburton and that the Iraqi unemployment rate is 50%?

Riverbend: It is true. The Iraqi unemployment rate is atrocious. People literally wander the streets looking for some sort of employment. Factories have shut down, companies, ministries, etc. and the decision to disband the Iraqi army has resulted in hundreds of thousands of unemployed Iraqis. Many Iraqis currently graduating from college spend months and months looking for work, even if it isn't related to what they studied.

Many American companies are getting millions of dollars for reconstruction contracts and then giving the work to Iraqi sub-contractors who have 'relations.' Reconstruction work right now is not about the good job a contractor can do, but just who he is related to or how many people he's bribed to get the contract. This has resulted in shoddy work, and millions of dollars literally going to waste, because the contract is given to American companies for very large sums of money and then to Iraqi sub-contractors for a pittance.

(Via).


Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Tor: anonymous Internet, but not for file-sharing

Wired News: Tor Torches Online Tracking:

Tor's encryption system slows down data-transfer rates for large files typically traded over peer-to-peer networks, according to Dingledine.

'We suspect they wouldn't be very happy with Tor because it slows down when you're transferring really large files,' he said. 'We can imagine a time one day when Tor is so large we can imagine a lot of people moving a lot of bytes around. But that's not the most pressing design problem we have to worry about right now ... and this isn't really the spin we're looking for. We're looking for helping human rights people and corporations and individuals get privacy and safety on the internet.'

(Via).


How a superpower declines

J. Matthew about the war on Iraq:

the war against/in/upon [who knows exactly what preposition is appropriate anymore?] Iraq has deteriorated America’s military ability to defend itself from actual threats, withered its recruiting ability to replenish military ranks — without a draft, that is– and sapped its financial ability to fund the continuing fiasco while maintaining its domestic commitments to the welfare of the American people. This is how superpowers decline.


Monday, May 16, 2005

Declare your site a Google free zone (worrying about Google Web Accelerator)

My WTF of the day: Don't Like Google? Declare Your Site A Google Free Zone!:

Karl-Friedrich Lenz has declared his blog a Google-Free Zone over concerns about Google Web Accelerator. He's blocked Google from crawling his site and changed any links he had to Google to now lead to Yahoo.

Also:

The most extreme act, however, was adding code to his server that rewrote all traffic from Google to Yahoo. That means that if you click on a link in the Google search engine that points to his site (in spite of the robots.txt, this still does occur), instead of sending you to the page linked in Google, you will be sent to Yahoo.com, effectively sabotaging Google search and infuriating anyone who uses Google to find any information about him or information he is considered an authority on. Given that his blog has a PageRank of 7, and his website has a PageRank of 6, this is no small matter.

Karl-Friedrich Lenz says:

The reason why my reaction is much stronger lies in the fact that I have been opposed to any large-scale collection of Internet traffic data for years.

Also Benjamin Adam worries about the new error page of Web Accelerator.

Cory Doctorow:

It would be great to see Google setting up a Tor node with similar resources to this, though, and enabling some more robust anonymity.

Google's domination through Web Accelerator?

PBS | I, Cringely . May 12, 2005 - Inflection Point:

Why spend all this money, make this heroic effort, just to make web surfing twice as fast? The first reason is because Google can do it. The company likes big stretches like this. The second reason is because everybody else CAN'T do it. The technology required is so breathtaking and audacious that even a Microsoft or IBM wouldn't dare to try it and certainly Yahoo won't. The best Yahoo can hope for is that Google fails, which they probably won't. And the final reason for doing this is because it co-opts every ISP and web page owner. If surfing can be doubled in speed for nothing, of course nearly everyone will go for it. But that means every AOL customer becomes a de facto Google customer and this page becomes a de facto Google service that costs them nothing to produce.

The big question is where Google will go with this? Will they put ads on this page? Will they eventually put AOL and MSN and Earthlink out of business? Only Google knows. But what I DO know is that the Google Web Accelerator effectively turns every user into a thin client, whether they know it or not. Consider the obvious upshots of this. If Google adds power to its part of the Accelerator, you don't have to add power to your end, meaning your old PC can last longer. Part of that has to come from Google assuming a larger role over time, taking responsibility for rendering Flash, for example. And they'll do it. And we'll let them. At some point, Google might even offer its own hardware device, optimized for the Accelerator. At that point, you'll buy your PC from Google, use Google as your ISP, surf an Internet that is really the Google cache, be fed ads and sold content from Google servers. Its a GoogleWorld that requires no AOL, no Microsoft, no Intel, no HP or Dell -- only Google, cable companies, telephone companies, users, and of course advertisers and web page producers.

There is no going back.


'Own Logo', not 'No Logo'

HobbyPrincess: 'Own Logo' not 'No Logo':

an increasing number of people prefer products that a) they have made themselves or b) somebody they personally know has made. For the young people who are leading this trend, buying a mass-manufactured garment is totally uncool. Instead, buying a garment that has a (hi)story is awesome.


BzzAgent: conversational spam

A comment in Lawrence Lessig's blog about BzzAgent:

BzzAgents encourage people to modify their normal social interactions in order to promote a company in return for rewards. To me, this seems like 'conversational spam' and as a tactic it could backfire. People who get spammed and find out about it might take against CC because of the tactics used to bring their attention to it.

(Via Many-to-Many).


Soviet rockets on sale in Moldovan breakoff region

Soviet rockets on sale in Moldovan breakoff region - Wikinews:

A Sunday Times (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1602963,00.html) reporter went undercover through a Transnistrian secret police office. Posing as a middleman for an Algerian Islamic group, the reporter met with an arms dealer, who offered to sell three of the rockets for US$500,000


Al Jazeera announces English-language channel for 2006

Al Jazeera announces English-language channel for 2006 - Wikinews

Greasemonkey will blow up business models (as well as your mind)

Nivi : Greasemonkey will blow up business models (as well as your mind):

There will soon be an army of hackers enhancing every site you use. Whether that site likes it or not.


The New Digital Divide

Seth's Blog: The New Digital Divide:

a new divide has opened up, one that is based far more on choice than on circumstance. Several million people (and the number is growing, daily) have chosen to become the haves of the Internet, and at the same time that their number is growing, so are their skills.

[...]

the digerati are using the learning tools built into the Net to get smarter, faster. A new Net tool can propogate to millions in just a week or two. Unlike the old digital divide, this means that the divide between the digerati and the rest of the world is accelerating.


2023's students face huge debts

Scotsman.com News - UK - 2023's students face huge debts:

While graduates in 2023 are predicted to earn average starting salaries of 52,910 pounds, more than double today’s 21,985 pounds, the proportion of debt to salary is set to rise dramatically - from debts of 42 per cent of a graduate’s starting wages today, to 83 per cent in 2023.


In the job market, some win, some lose

Boston.com / Business / In the job market, some win, some lose:

Immigrants take jobs Americans don't want. You hear it said all the time.

But a new study by a team of economists at Northeastern University suggests that in today's world, the real story is more complicated.

[...]

In 2000, 45 percent of male teenagers held jobs. By last year that number was down to 36 percent. In 2004 only 19 percent of black teenagers were working, down from 29 percent in 2000. Black males and adults with limited education, regardless of race, have also lost ground. Immigration doesn't explain all this change, but it is a key contributor,


Why do I blog?

I blog because I want my blog to be read by a machine.

I'm not kidding :)

I want to add my blog to Findory, so it will use collaborative filtering to give me posts from other blogs with the same interests as me.

So the most I post, the most interesting things I will read.


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