Google’s servers account for about 2.8 per cent of the volume servers installed in data centers across the globe
Archive for 2011/08/01
Google’s worldwide data center network spans about 900,000 servers, according to an estimate based on new information the company has deigned to share about its power usePosted: 2011/08/01 in Education / Awareness, Google, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Falkvinge @ war: I believe Sony, the other MPAA/IFPI/RIAA member companies, and their traitorous likes would stop dead in their tracks if they realized that what goes around would come around. This would be the most cost-efficient way imaginable of stopping the ongoing abuse against Internet Service Providers, their entire industry, and the Internet they serve, in courts all over the worldPosted: 2011/08/01 in Blocking, Education / Awareness
“Any party forcing any of our kin anywhere in the world through a court of law to filter or censor any third party, or otherwise interfere with their communications, or threatening to use such force, directly or through an agent or membership alliance, and for whatever reason, shall have its identity and its business kicked off the net on all ports and all services. In transit, and at the end of the line. They shall be denied service and they shall be denied presence. For they who would deny communication to another, deserve no better for themselves.”
Drawing all reasonable inferences in Perfect 10′s favor, Megaupload serves as more than a passive conduit, and more than a mere “file storage” company: it has created distinct websites, presumably in an effort to streamline users’ access to different types of media (e.g., megaporn.com, megavideo.com)… it encourages and, in some cases pays, its users to upload vast amounts of popular media through its Rewards Programs…. it disseminates URLs for various files throughout the internet… it provides payouts to affiliate websites who maintain a catalogue of all available files… and last, at a minimum, it is plausibly aware of the ongoing rampant infringement taking place on its websites. Taken together, Perfect 10 has adequately alleged Megaupload has engaged in volitional conduct sufficient to hold it liable for direct infringement….
Perfect 10 is probably a lot more famous for filing copyright infringement lawsuits than publishing any sort of images. And it seems to always lose. While this was just to deny the motion to dismiss, this might not bode well for Megaupload… and Perfect 10 may finally score a big legal win.
Google Plus’ integration with other Google services which will be a key strategic advantage, that Facebook will not be able to matchPosted: 2011/08/01 in Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models
BT has announced an extended partnership with crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers to target and hopefully “stamp out” copper cable theft in Doncaster and Humberside (Yorkshire, England). BT is offering a reward of £2,000 to anybody who provides information that leads to a convictionPosted: 2011/08/01 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement
Armed with nothing but a snapshot, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh successfully identified about one-third of the people they tested, using a powerful facial-recognition technology recently acquired by Google. Prof. Alessandro Acquisti, the study’s author, also found that about 27% of the time, using data gleaned from Facebook profiles of the subjects he identified, he could correctly predict the first five digits of their Social Security numbersPosted: 2011/08/01 in Education / Awareness, Google, Privacy / Data Protection
One report is titled ‘Note of Secretary of State’s meeting with Lucian Grainge (CEO, Universal Music Group International). In common with many documents released under FOI requests, this one (marked ‘RESTRICTED’) has blacked-out sections, hiding information deemed too sensitive for the public eyePosted: 2011/08/01 in Uncategorized
However, due to the government’s failure to black-out the text in all versions of the document (and leaving the PDF version open to exploitation) we can now reveal the contents of a censored paragraph.
In it, Universal CEO Lucian Grainge begins by talking about a deal his company struck with Virgin Media.
The worst illegal downloaders are likely to escape detection under a new NZ law against internet piracyPosted: 2011/08/01 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Legislation
Nielsen found that viewers spent the most time on VOD subscription service Netflix, with an average of eight hours 34 minutes per viewerPosted: 2011/08/01 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
Subscription service Hulu came a distant second with an average of three hours 42 minutes per viewer, followed by UStream.tv (2:41), YouTube (2:37), Justin.tv (2:30), Megavideo (2:28), Cwtv.com (1:35), ABC Family (1:35), Lifetime Digital (1:16) and CBS Sports (1:14).
Video streaming now accounts for 39 percent of all mobile traffic. File sharing, which includes both P2P file transfers and downloads from one-click host sites like MegaUpload and RapidShare, is a distant second with 29 percent, and web browsing accounts for 25 percent of all mobile traffic.
11 Furniture, as the store is known, copies Ikea’s blue and yellow color scheme, mock-up rooms, miniature pencils, signage and even its rocking chair designs. Its cafeteria-style restaurant, complete with minimalist wooden tables, has a familiar look, although the menu features Chinese-style braised minced pork and eggs instead of Ikea’s Swedish meatballs and salmonPosted: 2011/08/01 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, New Business Models
Dutch Data Protection Authority co-writing law that aims to prohibit citizens, businesses and organizations from putting pictures and videos of (suspected) criminals and criminal activities online. Chair Jacob Kohnstamm: Big internet companies such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook will risk millions of euros worth of fines when jeopardizing the privacy of others. “I’m talking Neelie Kroes-type of fines”Posted: 2011/08/01 in Education / Awareness, Legislation, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy
Individual internet users who are putting pictures and videos of (suspected) criminals and criminal activities online from their own home will risk 25,000 euro fines
Dutch language news article: http://www.ad.nl/ad/nl/1012/Binnenland/article/detail/2824392/2011/08/01/Megaboete-voor-digitaal-schavot.dhtml
Our Web freedom at the mercy of tech giants – Overthrowing a government is one thing. But building a sustainable democracy is turning out to be more difficult, and the Internet’s role in that process is much less clearPosted: 2011/08/01 in Education / Awareness
We cannot assume the Internet will evolve in the citizen’s favor without strong and sustained public pressure to ensure that government and technology really do serve the people — and not the other way around
The UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is recruiting B2B and B2C companies with “cutting-edge” mobile app strategies to join it at the Multi-Platform App Developer Mission next month in San FranciscoPosted: 2011/08/01 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
Mobile app developers are being called to apply for a ‘mission’ to showcase their technologies to leading Silicon Valley brands in the industry, such as Apple, Google and RIM
The future of the world’s most popular hacking group looks uncertain. It seems that Anonymous are still undecided of what they’re really about, no amount of contrived Youtube videos or DDoS attacks will help them achieve their so called goal of civil revolution and they’ve a lot more ground to cover before they can truly live up to their catchphrase “We are Legion”Posted: 2011/08/01 in Education / Awareness
If they’re to ignite any kind of social awakening, they need to stop firing pot shots and take a more direct aim with their targets. But if there truly is a way of changing the world through hacking for the greater good, then I feel the means could lie in their hands
The Metropolitan Police has expanded a hacking probe at Rupert Murdoch’s News International, publisher of the now defunct News of the World newspaper, to include fresh allegations of email and computer hacking by journalistsPosted: 2011/08/01 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness
Jake Davis from the Shetland Islands was arrested last week and will appear in court today. He used the name ‘Topiary’ during his online activities and is thought to held a leading role within LulzSecPosted: 2011/08/01 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement
Anonymous and LulzSec suspect ‘Topiary’ charged over DDOS attacks
The reality that laws tend to lag about a decade behind technology. It took 10 years for the legality of the video cassette to be decided, and even now new laws are being written to deal with P2P, a decade after BitTorrent was first debutedPosted: 2011/08/01 in Copyright, Education / Awareness
So, what if you could create every possible picture? What if you took a fairly low resolution (say 500×500) and a reasonably low colour mix (say 256 colours) and tried to create every single image? What then would be the state of copyright? It’s the visual equivalent of the infinite monkey theorem.
In a very real sense, technology might kill copyright in our lifetime.
Some of the data lifted in the AntiSec raids includes training files, and the personal information like names, addresses, phone numbers, Social Security Numbers, usernames, and passwords of more than 7,000 officers from dozens of police departments.