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A Bad Day for Social Media

You may be forgiven for thinking I’m a fan of social media, and, in particular, Twitter. Headlines like “Twitter: the future of news” and “Twitter, the best thing since the invention of the thong” may have given the misleading impression I thought Twitter was a good thing. In which case I apologize. The truth is I think Twitter is bumping up against its limits. It’s possibly just a speed bump, but it’s a bump nonetheless. The problem as I see it is that we thought that social media would scale. In other words, we thought that the more people got involved, the more the crowdContinue readingA Bad Day for Social Media

The First U.S.-China Cyberwar?

There’s growing coverage of China’s Internet ‘cyberwar’ against the U.S., which seems to have been going on for more than two years with neither side wanting to go public. The U.S. is calling the attack Titan Rain, and as Bruce Schneier points out, the attackers are very well organized. This from AFP: A systematic effort by hackers to penetrate US government and industry computer networks stems most likely from the Chinese military, the head of a leading security institute said. The attacks have been traced to the Chinese province of Guangdong, and the techniques used make it appear unlikely to come from any other source than theContinue readingThe First U.S.-China Cyberwar?

Sparking The Wi-Fi Revolution

Glancing at the charts on JiWire’s newlook website of the top 10 Wi-Fi countries and cities, I wondered whether it was worth taking a closer look at the figures to see if there’s any conclusions we could draw about the wireless revolution. The figures only include those commercially available hotspots, as far as I can figure out. But they’re still interesting. In sheer numbers London is way ahead with more than 1,200 hotspots, followed by Tokyo (904) and New York (851) . But all these cities are different sizes. How about hotspots per capita? Taking populations of the metropolitan areas of these cities things lookContinue readingSparking The Wi-Fi Revolution

Dialer Scams And Heads In The Sand

I can’t help feeling that telephone companies and Internet Service Providers are in real danger of legal action if they don’t tackle the problem of modem dialing. This NBC5 story from Chicago quotes a local woman as complaining about a series of weird calls to her phone company, SBC. The answer: “They didn’t know too much about it. They said, ‘Well, you might want to check with your Internet provider,'” the customer recalled. Her ISP, AOL, wasn’t any more helpful. “The person said basically there was nothing they could do; these charges were not coming from them, therefore, they can’t credit us, they can’t helpContinue readingDialer Scams And Heads In The Sand

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