The LA Times has an article discussing a few people who have become so fed up with spyware and viruses found on the internet that they have physically cut themselves off from the world wide web. Cancelling their broadband connections and unplugging the cable, these displeased netizens have decided that the malware was not worth the hassle. Computers freezing, records being lost and deleted, computers screetching to a halt. The web was not designed for this kind of abuse. Criminals and thiefs thrive in cyberspace, where they attack unsecure online stores and steal credit card numbers from unsuspecting shoppers.
I don’t know if I would ever reach the point where I stop using the internet, but only because I have protected myself well. I never see popup ads or spyware on my computer thanks to all the work I’ve put into it, and that makes for an enjoyable experience. The few times I see something, the damage control is quick and only a minor irritation. But I have stopped watching TV, and I don’t go to the movie theater much anymore, because I dislike being forced the ads. So I certainly understand. One day, the world will progress.
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There’s a new pill out, and this one is guaranteed to give you a temperature. No, it wont make you sick - but it will tell you what your body temperature is. The little pill, called VitalSense, has a wireless transmitter to send your accurate body temperature to its receiver. There are several things that the company hopes to build upon with this device, such as a more accurate heart rate monitor.
How would you like to view over 1,000 surveillance cameras over the world? Perhaps maybe you own such a camera. Apparently a simple search on google reveals a list of over 1,000 surveillance cameras over the world. This information has spread over the internet through many web blogs since Thursday. Camera manufactures Axis Communications and Panasonic were not able to be reached for comment on Friday.
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The CAN-SPAM Act has been credited with recent gains in the war on spam; however, it is becoming more apparent that the spammers are beginning to employ a new technique that is destabilizing the Internet’s DNS structure. The technique involves sending mass mailings in the middle of the night from a domain that has not yet been registered. After the mailings go out, the spammer registers the domain early the next morning. The spammers are hoping this will minimize their visibility and make it more difficult to track. The problem arises when the DNS servers on the internet attempt to resolve the domain names, since they do not exist, it causes delays and timeouts on the DNS servers and backups in SMTP message queues. This virtually slows down and stops name resolution.
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How would you like to subscribe to a satellite video service just as you are able to subscribe to satellite radio? Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. is planing to provide children’s video service in 2006. This will allow anyone with a subscription to view children’s programs to their automobile’s video monitors. No more dealing with scratched DVDs or that same DVD of the Teletubbies playing over and over again.
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Pretty soon, we’re going to be flooded with lots of news on all the new gear products coming out later this year and beyond. It’s because the annual Consumer Electronics Show opens up this week in Las Vegas. The show runs January 6-9, and features a messload of exhibits showcasing the latest in everything from BlueTooth technology to home theatre to WiFi. Some of the major products that debuted in past CES shows include plasma TV’s, HDTV, CD’s and DVD’s. It’s just huge, with some 129,000 attendees. Special events to look out for this year include a pre-show keynote speech by Bill Gates, and a show-floor gaming competition. Speaking of games, PSXExtreme reports that details on the Sony PSP’s US launch, pricing, and titles will all be revealed at the show.
The next generation ICU (Intensive Care Unit) is on the horizon. The eICU (enhanced Intensive Care Unit) allows doctors to remotely monitor multiple patients in different ICU’s. Basically the way it works is that monitoring stations contain multiple screens that display patient’s diagnosis and progress, doctor’s notes, and vital signs. The people remotely monitoring the patients alert the nurses at the hospital of any suspicious changes via video conferencing equipment.
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CNN.com has posted the results of a three-month long survey on the Most Influential Inventions of the past 50 years. The silicon chip, created 44 years ago, was voted number one with 24% of the votes, and the internet came in a close second with 20%. Also discussed in the article is the radio, invented in 1901. The radio allows users to listen to broadcasts wirelessly, and is still a very useful device today. The recent “tsunami disaster [is] an example of the wireless radio’s ability to give people valuable information during times of crisis.” Read more for information about the poll, and a discussion about the other inventions that have changed the world.
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The year two-thousand-and-four was a year filled with many online security threats. Worm, viruses, spam, and spyware all filled the internet traffic lines, infecting many computer systems. According to the Associated Press, those were among the top internet threats of 2004. Chances are that you too were affected in some way this past year, be it by a virus or by spam. As technology evolves, perpetrators are able to build more sophisticated tools to launch more attacks. As Gregg Mastoras, senior security analyst at Sophos Inc, put it, “…there is no silver bullet technology.” It seems as though security updates can barely keep up with today’s attackers. As the stakes are raised higher each day, what’s in store for 2005? Possibly even greater attacks, possibly even to Microsoft software alternatives such as Firefox. In this high-tech world, no one and nothing is safe.
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I’ve received a gift card that I had no use for before. It’s a gift, how could you refuse a gift? After all that’s not the polite thing to do. So what do you do when you receive a gift card you will probably never use? Stop, before you give out that gift card to someone else, check out the latest trend online. Now you can exchange or sell that gift card you have no use for. That’s right, now you can take that $25 gift card for H-E-B and trade it for a $25 gift card to Best Buy or another retailer.
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