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+ - Connected TVs will not break the Internet, but may be illegal in your country->

Submitted by Raindeer
Raindeer (104129) writes "The OECD, an organisation working on better policies for better lives in 34 countries, released a new report last week showing that combining the Internet and television will not break the Internet. Most networks will be able to handle it. Some networks, such as Swisscom, are even encouraging Over-The-Top television. Other networks however are considering charging content providers. This reports evaluates those proposals and also shows why content providers do not sign up for many proposals. Furthermore it shows that for-example Cablevision's Cloud DVR would be illegal in France and Australia. (btw I'm the author)"
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The Internet

+ - Internet traffic exchange: 2 billion users and it's done on a handshake->

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Raindeer
Raindeer writes "Every day one Exabyte of data is said to travel over the Internet – enough data to fill 300,000 of the world’s biggest hard disks or 212 million DVDs. And astonishingly, according to Internet Traffic Exchange: Market Developments and Policy Challenges a new OECD report on Internet traffic exchange, most of the thousands of networks that exchange this traffic do so without a written contract or formal agreement.

The report provides evidence that the existing Internet model works extremely well, has boosted growth and competition and brought prices for data down to 100,000 times less than that of a voice minute. A survey of 4300 networks, representing 140,000 direct exchanges of traffic, so called peerings, on the Internet, found that 99.5% of “peering agreements” were on a handshake basis, with no written contract and the exchange of data happening with no money changing hands. Moreover, in many locations, multilateral agreements are in place, using a so-called route server, where hundreds of networks will accept to exchange traffic for free with any network that joins the agreement. The parties to these agreements include not only Internet backbone, access, and content distribution networks, but also universities, NGOs, branches of government, individuals, businesses and enterprises of all sorts – a universality of the constituents of the Internet that extends far beyond the reach of any regulatory body’s influence."

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Piracy

+ - Pirate Apple TV operation nabbed in Australia->

Submitted by littlekorea
littlekorea (1656839) writes "New South Wales Police have arrested a man selling USB keys bearing the Apple logo, which offered access to over a thousand Pay TV channels, another thousand movies on demand and several hundred adult films. A forensic analysis of the device revealed the content was hosted in China but streamed via US servers and domains."
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+ - The (dis-)utility of Computer Science degrees->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "PowerDNS developer, Fox-IT CTO and university physics drop-out Bert Hubert was asked by the Eindhoven University Computer Science department as a keynote speaker at a symposium to honor the 55th anniversary of the University. The topic was the role of science in developing software. http://www.tue.nl/en/university/about-the-university/lustrum-tue-55-years/jaarprogramma/may/science-in-business-symposium-on-entrepreneurs-and-spin-offs-in-technology/"
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Comment: Just send them to Ecomm (Score 1) 28

by Raindeer (#31098624) Attached to: Telecom Conference SUPERCOMM Shelved For 2010

Lee Dryburgh has been organising a great telecom conference called Ecomm for the last two years. It specifically excludes people pitching their products and only gives sponsors a speaking slot if they have something to say. http://ecomm.ec/

I was lucky enough to speak on the Amsterdam version. I had a 7.5 minute slot to tell my story on why all telecom marketing and product management is wrong and another slot on another day on why voip won't be free anytime soon. I thought the format worked great because of the short pitches of the idea, instead of the usual BS on market shares etc.

Comment: Enum: why you want it (Score 2, Informative) 239

by Raindeer (#30778044) Attached to: Dragging Telephone Numbers Into the Internet Age

I'm the author of the piece. Most comments in my opinion make the mistake of saying: I want this or that to be my identifier. Or I don't want a universal identifier.

The reality is: there are two identifiers that are on most business cards. Phone numbers and e-mail adresses. Both could be used in a much more advanced way. No matter which way you look at it the telephone number won't go away. ENUM would enable you to use it in multiple ways.

+ - How to be the world's greatest ISP-> 3

Submitted by Raindeer
Raindeer (104129) writes "We're not always aware of it here in the USA, but there are many ISPs out there in the world who do things quite differently than what we're used to. Some of these ISPs ideas are even really good. Ars surveys the global ISP landscape and paints a picture of what a dream ISP might look like.

So what would it take to craft a truly "cool" ISP, one that attracted legions of adoring customers who sing its praises to everyone they meet? Fortunately, ISPs around the world are doing innovative things at prices that will make your jaw drop. Join us on our worldwide quest to find the coolest ISPs in the world, then get ready to write your own service provider a strongly worded note once you know what else is possible."

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+ - Nominum calls Open Source DNS 'a recipe for proble

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Raindeer
Raindeer writes "In an effort to promote its new Cloud based DNS service SKYE, Nominum one of the commercial DNS-software, providers slaundered all open source/freeware DNS packages. It said: "Given all the nasty things that have happened this year, freeware is a recipe for problems, and it's just going to get worse.(....) So, whether it's Eircom in Ireland or a Brazilian ISP that was attacked earlier this year, all of them were using some variant of freeware. Freeware is not akin to malware, but is opening up those customers to problems. " This has the DNS community fuming. Especially when you know Nominum was one of the companies affected by the DNS Cache poisoning problem of last year. Something PowerDNS, MaraDNS and DJBDNS all open source weren't vulnerable too."
Security

+ - UAE hacking Blackberry's for interception->

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Raindeer
Raindeer writes "It seems the UAE had some trouble reading Blackberry communications and turned to SS8 for a solution. SS8 suggested an unobtrusive program to be loaded on all Etisalat's customers Blackberry's. 'Trust me guv, nobody will notice'... yeah right. The programme eats batteries for lunch and the server it needed to communicate back with was overloaded (IDIOTS, like you don't know how many devices there are!). Annoyed Blackberry users saw their devices slow down to a crawl and started to complain. A little investigation later and a programmer found out the so called performance upgrade rolled out to all Blackberry users was a snooping programme by the SS8 company."
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Cellphones

+ - Etisalat bungles Blackberry spyware deployment

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nwetters
nwetters writes "Dubai's Gulf News is reporting a bungled attempt by the national telco Etisalat to deploy spyware to Blackberry devices. ITP.net gives some details of the battery-sapping "performance patch", which has been uploaded to the Blackberry support forum last week. On Sunday Etisalat issued a two paragraph statement apologising for "a phased software upgrade...that led to extra consumption of the handset battery.". It described the patch as a "routine upgrade process", but said it had stopped issuing it as a precautionary measure.""

Comment: Cellphone data to be stored 12 months (Score 2, Informative) 232

by Raindeer (#28621161) Attached to: Cellphones Increasingly Used As Evidence In Court

Cellphone traffic data has to be stored for 6-24 months in the EU, exactly for this reason. It's useful for law enforcement. The Dutch Parliament yesterday accepted a law that requires this data to be stored for 12 months (who called who, where). Internet data (who used what IP-adress at what moment, who mailed who, but not what websites were visited, gmail, twitter etc.) will only need to be stored for 6 months.

Government

+ - German Supreme Court bans voting machines->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The german Supreme Court has just declared the use of voting machines during the last elections unconstitutional. The decision does not prohibit voting machines per se, but defines strong requirements for transparency and accountability in the future use of these machines. It is thought that in the upcoming State-elections, authorities will have to revert to paper and pencil voting. Spiegel-online also carries the story."
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Cellphones

+ - Iphone users use 640MB per month->

Submitted by Raindeer
Raindeer (104129) writes "T-mobile NL saw a great increase in mobile data usage from the introduction of the iPhone 3G. The monthly usage of mobile increased from 12Terabyte to 80Terabyte a month. How stunning a number that is, I only realized last night in bed. The average iPhone user uses 640MB per month. T-mobile also said it was 30-40 times more than the average mobile data user at 16-22MB per month."
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Government

+ - Secret Government Legal Memos Released to Public->

Submitted by Dekortage
Dekortage (697532) writes "After the September 11 terrorism attack in 2001, U.S. government lawyers provided broad interpretations of the law authorizing President Bush to use military within the U.S., conduct raids and wiretaps without obtaining search warrants, suppress freedom of speech and the press, abolish foreign treaties unilaterally, ignore the Geneva Conventions, and more — all in the name of fighting terrorism. "Too often over the past decade, the fight against terrorism has been viewed as a zero-sum battle with our civil liberties. Not only is that thought misguided, I fear that in actuality it does more harm than good," said Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. before releasing the previously-secret documents on Monday."
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Government

+ - German Constitutional Court Bans Voting Machines

Submitted by Dr. Hok
Dr. Hok (702268) writes "The German Federal Constitutional Court ruled today (German, babelfish translation here) that the use of voting machines in the previous federal election was against the constitution. Voting machines are not illegal per se, but with these machines it wasn't possible to verify the results after the votes were cast. The verification procedure by the German authorities was flawed, too: only specimens were tested, not the machines actually used in the elections, and the detailed results (including the source code) were not made public. The results of the election remain legally valid, though. The ruling is here (in German)."

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