Posts Tagged 'system'

Rogers Wireless cash grab

Rogers announced that it will be removing its $6.95 system access fee (yay!). However in its place they will be charging a new “government fee” of $2.46 (or $3.46 depending on your province) per month and raising all existing plans by $5 … um WTF ROGERS! Pretending to give back with the right hand while stealing with the left hand. Don’t give met that bullshit excuse that your including “free services”. I’m gonna cancel and go to Fido … -er wait, you own that too. FUCK! Well then I will go to … Bell? Telus? Geezus! Canada get some competition in here!

Isn’t it bad enough that Rogers raises my cable bill every year for no reason but to financially rape me? OR how about the constant phone calls and mail they send me offering “cheaper home phone” services (which actually end up being just as expensive as my current service). Oh my gawds, why?! Anyone else getting tired of this monopoly?

More servers, more problems

Most big companies with cash to spare, spend it to solve typical technological problems. Slow system performance? Upgrade, buy more servers, new hardware, or more bandwidth. Not often do you see companies invest in analyzing existing hardware performance and tweaking their systems. Take for example eBay. eBay handles an enormous amount of data through many, many auctions running 24/7. Sure, with the amount of money eBay is rolling in, it would be easy to buy a few more servers to accommodate people trying to hawk their stolen goods. Rather than doing that eBay took an innovative approach by analyzing the analytic data, finding bottlenecks and improving server efficiency. How’s that for a big company.

Now if only they would share some of those secrets with say … Google? Maybe searches could get even faster (if that’s possible) but also minimize future technology pollution going forward. You gotta think that 5 years from now Google and eBay and other technology companies create a lot of technology waste. Going green would help all of us.

“Hello? This is George Dubya, I need data recovery”

I’m surprised they are finally getting around to this. Given the timing, they are just going through the motions. How many president’s have been impeached after they’ve left office? Probably take a presidential pardon along with them just in case. You got the CIA and FBI who tap phones and monitor Internet traffic but you can’t keep proper backups of internal emails? Come on! You know it’s a big cover up. Simple deletion does not render data unrecoverable. And reputable data recovery company would be able to get those emails back in a snap. I’m sure the IT staff were instructed to keep a lid on the issue as to ensure their job safety.

“The recovery project would not use backup tapes going back to March 2003, according to the draft document, even though an earlier White House assessment suggested e-mails were missing from that period as well.

Industry experts point out that relying on the backup system to ensure accurate retention, preservation and retrieval of all e-mails is problematic because it does not take into account deleted e-mails.” (link)

TrueCrypt 6.0: I swear I don’t know how that porn got on there

You and I may have taken the 4th of July off, but the folks over at TrueCrypt didn’t. Instead, they pushed out version 6.0 of their on-the-fly encryption utility, with more options than ever for protecting – and hiding – the critical data on your hard drives. Available for Linux, OS X, and Windows, the software is licensed under its own TrueCrypt license, which is not OSI-approved.

The basic idea behind TrueCrypt is “plausible deniability” – that someone who examines your hard drive, even someone who demands and gets your password, shouldn’t be able to find all of the encrypted data. They employ a variety of strategies to achieve this, starting with the fact that you can hide a TrueCrypt-encrypted file system inside of any file. You can also put a “hidden volume” on the drive – a TrueCrypt volume inside another TrueCrypt volume, which is statistically indistinguishable from random noise.

TrueCrypt can use a variety of algorithms for its encryption, including AES, TwoFish, Serpent, and combinations of these. The developers have been good about dropping support for algorithms that have been significantly weakened over the software’s lifetime. (link)

Microsoft finally fixes 360 DRM bug

There are a few different reasons you might not be playing on the same Xbox 360 system that you originally bought. You might have upgraded to an Elite system for the bigger hard drive and black HDMI. More likely, your original system died and you were forced to have it replaced. Gamers who received new systems were in for an unpleasant surprise when they redownloaded their Arcade games or hooked up their old hard drive: the games they paid for would only work when connected to the Internet. No network connection, and they all reverted to demo versions. Microsoft has just released a tool that allows you to move those licenses over to a new console, but the question remains: what took so long? (link)

NHK adds color to super high def camera

A recently-developed 33-megapixel image sensor has helped Japanese public broadcaster Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) take the step from black and white in its Super Hi-Vision system.

The latest version of the next-generation technology was on display at NHK’s Science and Technical Research Laboratories (STRL) in Tokyo alongside a new signal processing circuit, an ultra high-resolution lens and a thinner optical cable that combine with the sensor to produce the clearest and sharpest images yet seen from Super Hi-Vision (SHV).

At 7,680 pixels by 4,320 pixels, a single SHV image is equal to 16 tiled HDTV screens. It’s exactly that enormous size that makes it difficult for the image to be captured, processed, and displayed. (link)

Vista less secure than 2000

It seems everyone is bashing Vista these days. A researcher now claims that Microsoft Windows Vista is less secure that Windows 2000. That’s a bold statement when Vista was supposed to be the most secure OS Microsoft has turned out. Under certain situations I’m sure this can be true. I’m no Vista lover but I’d like to think newer stuff is better than older stuff … in most cases. I think I’ll stick with XP just a bit longer.

According to company CEO Simon Clausen, “recent research conducted with statistics from over 1.4 million computers within the ThreatFire community has shown that Windows Vista is more susceptible to malware than the eight year old Windows 2000 operating system, and only 37 percent more secure than Windows XP.” This certainly sounds dire, and at first glance, the company’s numbers back its statements up. Data reports from the company’s ThreatFire security program state that Vista allowed an average of 639 threats per 1,000 computers “through.” Through, in this case, presumably means that the malware in question successfully installed itself and became active. (link)


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