Posts tagged internet
Posts tagged internet
AP reporting on something I never thought of before but which makes perfect sense in retrospect:
In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged. Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, surveillance fees charged in secret by technology and phone companies can vary wildly.
AT&T, for example, imposes a $325 “activation fee” for each wiretap and $10 a day to maintain it. Smaller carriers Cricket and U.S. Cellular charge only about $250 per wiretap. But snoop on a Verizon customer? That costs the government $775 for the first month and $500 each month after that, according to industry disclosures made last year to Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass.
That’s it, I’m done. 100% done. I’m pulling the ejector seat and leaving the planet.
I’ll miss the blue parts, not so much the green and brown parts.
Steven Musil for CNET:
Microsoft is pulling the plug on MSN TV, a service formerly known as WebTV, as Apple ramps up its set-top box efforts.
The pioneering service, one of the first to offer Internet access via television sets, will shut down September 30, Microsoft revealed in an e-mail to subscribers and an FAQ posted to its Web site. WebTV, which was founded by Web entrepreneur Steve Perlman in 1996, was acquired by Microsoft for $425 million in 1997.
WebTV never lived up to the hype and never started a revolution, and honestly I was surprised it’s still operating. I remember as a kid being super hyped about having the internet on your TV, constructing a conception of what that would mean far more interesting than what it really was. Even today, even though I know better, when I hear “WebTV” I feel wistful for something I never even used.
S.I.P. (surf in peace)
The Local, Sweden edition:
In December, the [Swedish Language Council] unveiled its customary annual list of new Swedish words. Among the words that Swedes had begun using in 2012 was “ogooglebar" (‘ungoogleable’).
The California-based multinational [Google] soon got into a huff, asking the council to amend its definition. But the language experts refused to bow down to the demands, instead choosing a third option - removing the term altogether.
This is all incredibly silly.
Having grown up on the internet (Prodigy represent), I have a bit of a thing for the past of the web. Five and a half years ago, I used the Internet Archive’s wonderful Wayback Machine tool to compare how sites looked a decade or more ago with how they look today. I had a lot of fun with that.
So this piece by Attila Nagy wrote for Gizmodo back in November was right up my alley. Rather than looking at change, though, Nagy cataloged stasis. He’s compiled websites long past relevance that still remain on the internet: publicity sites for ’90s films, old search engines and web directories, and other old pages that no one has unironically browsed in more than a decade.
A high-speed fibre-optic cable connecting Cuba to the global internet appears to have finally been activated, monitoring experts have said.
A joint project between the state-owned telecommunications companies of both Venezuela and Cuba, the Alternative Bolivariana para los Pueblos de nuestra America cable - known more succinctly as Alba-1 - had been hit by numerous delays before being completed in 2011.
But users were left in the dark as to why they were unable to get themselves hooked up to the connection, and were forced to make do with the high-latency connections provided by satellite.
But in the past week, much lower latencies - meaning faster connections - have been observed in the country, a strong indicator that the cable was now in use.
I love that we’re spying on Cuba by measuring request latencies.
Dara Kerr, CNET:
It’s hard to imagine a group that adheres to anarchic ideology would want its actions legalized under U.S. law. But that is exactly what Anonymous is doing.
The loose-knit group of hackers submitted a petition to President Obama this week asking that distributed denial-of-service attacks be recognized as a legal form of protest.
The petition, which is posted on the White House’s “We the People” Web site, claims that DDoS attacks are not illegal hacking but rather a way for people to carry out protests online.
If I had been drinking something when I read this, I probably would’ve started choking.
Ed Fletcher, Sacramento Bee:
Two Placer County teenage girls were arrested for allegedly using drugged milkshakes to knock out the parents of one of the girls so they could log on to the Internet, Rocklin police said.
Internet access at the Rocklin home was routinely shut off at 10 p.m., said Lt. Lon Milka, a department spokesman. […]
"The girls wanted to use the Internet, and they’d go to whatever means they had to," Milka said.
Oh for crying out loud.
Klint Finley on Wired:
Google Fiber — the search giant’s brand-new, ultra-high-speed internet service — is only available in Kansas City, and even there, it only runs to homes, so there’s no trying the thing out during a Kansas City hotel stay. But if you really want a taste of those 800 Mbps speeds — that’s about 100 times faster than your average internet connection — there’s another option. You can rent a room at the hacker house.
The Homes for Hackers house is a four-bedroom Kansas City abode where a group of entrepreneurs have bedded down to incubate their tech startups on an honest-to-goodness Google Fiber connection. But only three of those bedrooms are taken. The fourth one is available for rent at a price of $49 via the online vacation rental site Airbnb.
Pretty silly, but in a way I’m kind of impressed by the idea.
I get political on this here tumblelog from time to time, but I try to keep it to commentary and not be overt, day in and day out, about it.
I am, however, going to have to break that rule today by putting out a call to action to sign this petition to build a statue of Master Chief on the White House lawn. I can’t think of a man more deserving of the honor than him.
RedDyeNumber4’s Cuil Theory, narrated by Roy Kelly.