"Nothing can stop the freedom of expression in the world today, and nothing in this conference will be about it," he said. Such claims are "completely (unfounded)," Toure, secretary general of the International Telecommunication Union, told AFP.
"We must continue to work together and find a consensus on how to most effectively keep cyberspace open, accessible, affordable and secure," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said.
Google has been vocal in warning of serious repercussions, saying that "Some proposals could permit governments to censor legitimate speech — or even cut off Internet access," noted Google’s Vint Cerf in a blog post.
Google is also arguing that the ITU is not the right body to address Internet issues. "Only governments have a vote at the ITU," he pointed out. Google claimed in a blog post Monday that preliminary talks saw some "frightening proposals" discussed, including an Arab states' proposal to have the ITU take over the allocation of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. The United States previously said that it would oppose any major revision to 24-year-old global telecommunications regulations.
For the programmer/statistics junkie, R code is provided.
Apple is trying to patent wireless charging, claiming its magnetic resonance tech is new and that it can do it better than anyone else. This would be cool if its assertions were true.
Apple's application, numbered 20120303980, makes much of its ability to charge a device over the air at a distance of up to a metre, rather than requiring close proximity. The Alliance For Wireless Power, which also touts long-range juicing, will no doubt be comparing Apple's designs to its own blueprints.
Another 72 countries have between three and ten providers that link to the outside world, a situation that makes a cutoff harder but by no means impossible. Egypt managed to black out its Internet last year despite having seven ISPs with external connections, though it took several days for it to track down and cut off all seven.
Researchers who have tested the vulnerabilities themselves state that all of them require that the system administrator failed to properly setup the MySQL server, or the firewall installed in front of it. Yet, they admit that the disclosures are legitimate, and they need to be fixed. One disclosure included details of a user privilege elevation vulnerability, which if exploited could allow an attacker with file permissions the ability to elevate its permissions to that of the Mysql admin user.
Given that MySQL is mission critical in many environments, the vulnerabilities are worth examining, especially given that the the disclosures were published with working proof-of-concept scripts.
Odemax is run by Jon Farhat, an experienced Hollywood visual effects supervisor and long-time RED collaborator. The full details of the service, and some big name early adopters, will be announced at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival in January, but the basic idea is this; Odemax has set up a cloud-based content video delivery network plus a sophisticated web site (not yet online) for obtaining, uploading, promoting, discussing and controlling content. In the U.S. it has leased bandwidth on a nationwide fiber network. So far, so iTunes/YouTube/Vimeo etc.
The genius bit is that the content is encoded using a new, very high quality delivery codec called (shockingly)