Links & Suggestions # 4: space worms, stingy ISPs, Google and the ancient Persia
If there’s something that is clear to anyone would have just washed his feet in the Internet ocean, it’s that in the so-called information society what is never absent are the debate cues, the (exactly) information sources and the events worth of citing. The possible suggestions, indeed, abound, and the problem isn’t to find them but to make a selection and put together the most interesting ones.
Parasitic digital organisms in orbit. Maybe “the virus in the space” would have been a more immediate expression to use, but frankly this news has been so wild… in the wild to become annoying to me. Nevertheless it’s interesting, that such a password-stealer worm named Gammima.AG have gone to the International Space Station aboard a non-vital tasks laptop. And it’s interesting that NASA, although admitting to have dealt with this kind of “harassment” in the past, still haven’t decided to install some sort of antivirus software on the computer equipments shipped on the ISS. Computer viruses make it to orbit via Slashdot.
The BitTorrent-killer ISP limits connections. And it does that, at last, in a clear and self-evident manner. Comcast, the American ISP become known for having surreptitiously influenced file sharing activities of its customers, now states straight out in its policy that the max monthly bandwidth is equal to 250 Gigabytes per connection, who exceeds will be called to order or (in the worst case) expelled by the Internet. And it’s a positive fact, from my point of view, because it finally marks the beginning of the end of the advertising lie of the “unlimited” access to the Net and the endless downloads promises. Most likely 250 GBs are enough even for whom is seriously in the P2P, so if this is the future of connectivity it’s welcome. The important thing is to say it clearly and stop to maunder about that “broadband”. Comcast to limit customers’ broadband usage via Boing Boing.
The ancient Persia takes shape on set. After the first stolen images of the moronic face of Jake Gyllenhaal, the indiscretions on what should be the next Disney blockbuster and, hopefully, a videogame license exploited in a decent way, bring the nth series of photo shots from the distance. In Marocco, near the fortified city and World Heritage Aït Benhaddou, the major is rebuilding an entire city with all its streets and magnificent palaces, an ideal background for the movie adventures of Prince of Persia. First pictures of the Moroccan Movie Set.
The fastest storage system in the world. Barracuda? Run and hide: by combining solid state memories and store virtualization technologies, IBM has been able to transfer data at more than 1 million of I/O operations per second with a latency below 1 millisecond (ms). Figures that represent a more than 250% performance improvement in a 1/20th of the latency to the current capabilities of the enterprise systems, furthermore obtained in 1/5th of the space and with 55% of the power. The researchers praise the qualities of the new system as an amazing improvement for financial operations and other kind of useful super-computations, but dunno way I can’t help it than thinking about Echelon and how the new technological breakthrough will inevitably end to serve the strongest and the double breasted pigs wallowing themselves in the Washington shit and elsewhere. Solid-state drive sets speed record via Digg.
The Google Chrome ball. The release of the Google Browser and the consequent start of the Third Great Browser War has pretty understandably opened the debate on the heightening of the clash between Google and Microsoft. A comic, as said in other times, is worth a thousand words, and the rendition that the following strip gives of the Windows logo rethinking by Mountain View is imho enlightening. Google sfida Microsoft con Chrome.
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