from the read-all-about-it dept.
stoolpigeon writes "Have you ever been reading a book or watching a film and as the plot moves to involve some use of technology you begin to brace yourself, and the cringe as you are ripped out of the story by what is an obviously ignorant treatment of matters you know well? Do you find the idea of creating a "gui interface using visual basic" to see about tracking an ip address as more fit for a sitcom rather than crime drama? And if so, have you ever wondered what it would be like if one of us, a geek, wrote a techno-thriller? What if someone who grokked our culture and understood our tech wrote something? Would it be great, or would it just get bogged down in the techno babble?" Keep reading for the rest of JR's review.
jm92956n writes: According to the NY Times and the Associated Press, ICANN is considering eliminating Whois, an internet directory that contains the owner and the owner's contact information of each domain. In recent years many new domains have been registered with registrars that, for a small extra fee, will not disclose owner information to Whois in order to prevent potential abuse from spammers who long ago discovered the service contained a virtual treasure-trove of valid email addresses. Privacy advocates welcome the change, but there are concerns that it will no longer be easily possible to track down the owner of a domain.
juct writes: "If you specify "Block all Incoming connections" in a firewall you expect, that it does simply that: deny access to all services. As heise Security reports Leopard's firewall does not. Even when connected to the internet, they were able to access the time server running on a MacBook. In a LAN based scenario the Netbios Naming Service was acessible despite of the Firewall settings. If you choose the more flexible Option to "Set access for specific services and applications" it was possible to start a simple backdoor with netcat that could be accessed from the Internet."
Lucas123 writes: "Tested with Simpli Software's HDTach, the Barracuda 7200.11 series drive posted an 85.5MB/sec average read speed. Compare that with the 57MB/sec recorded from a 250GB Seagate hard drive (ST3250824AS 3.AA), and that's a huge difference for a hard drive. Random-access time was also lower for the 1TB Barracuda at 12.9ms, vs. 15.7ms for the 250GB drive. But the cost of the Barracuda may put you off. On the other hand, hey, it's a terabyte of storage."
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