June 02, 2006

2016: A Peek at Our Internet Future..

Apparently there is a generation that will not remember a time when there was no internet! Wha? Yes, friends... We at the realm remember a time before the internet. We remember BBS's (Link)... That's how old we are...

Anyho, there's an interesting article over at PBS, about the future. How the novelty of the internet is fading quickly...


The biggest shift over the next ten years will be one of attitude, as our mindset of "going online" is replaced by one of "being online". This change has already started, as telephones and televisions become more integrated with the Net, and connectivity will grow to include everything from your morning alarm clock to the book you read before falling asleep at night. The "Internet" will no longer be a destination, but the essential glue that holds our world together.

Along with a change of mindset will be a generational shift. By the year 2016, no one under the age of forty will remember a world without personal computers. The average twenty year old will find it hard to imagine a time when there wasn't any email to check or Web sites to visit. When we reach this point, even the novelty of the term "Internet" will have long since faded to join such golden buzz-words of yesteryear as "space age" and "atomic".

(Link - 2016)

Four Librarians Finally Break Silence in Records Case

Big brother keeps watching us.. They're probably watching me posting this right now... Fuck the police!! There, I said it!

From NY Times...

Four Connecticut librarians who had been barred from revealing that they had received a request for patrons' records from the federal government spoke out yesterday, expressing frustration about the sweeping powers given to law enforcement authorities by the USA Patriot Act.

The librarians took turns at the microphone at their lawyers' office and publicly identified themselves as the collective John Doe who had sued the United States attorney general after their organization received a confidential demand for patron records in a secret counterterrorism case. They had been ordered, under the threat of prosecution, not to talk about the request with anyone. The librarians, who all have leadership roles at a small consortium called Library Connection in Windsor, Conn., said they opposed allowing the government unchecked power to demand library records and were particularly incensed at having been subject to the open-ended nondisclosure order.

"I'm John Doe, and if I had told you before today that the F.B.I. was requesting library records, I could have gone to jail," said one of the four, Peter Chase, a librarian from Plainville who is on the executive committee of Library Connection's board.

(Link - NY Times)

Aliens? From space? Wha?

Yes. Or so "Science" would have us believe...

Ok .. seriously... Check this out...

As bizarre as it may seem, the sample jars brimming with cloudy, reddish rainwater in Godfrey Louis's laboratory in southern India may hold, well, aliens.

In April, Louis, a solid-state physicist at Mahatma Gandhi University, published a paper in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Astrophysics and Space Science in which he hypothesizes that the samples -- water taken from the mysterious blood-colored showers that fell sporadically across Louis's home state of Kerala in the summer of 2001 -- contain microbes from outer space.

Specifically, Louis has isolated strange, thick-walled, red-tinted cell-like structures about 10 microns in size. Stranger still, dozens of his experiments suggest that the particles may lack DNA yet still reproduce plentifully, even in water superheated to nearly 600 degrees Fahrenheit . (The known upper limit for life in water is about 250 degrees Fahrenheit .)

So how to explain them? Louis speculates that the particles could be extraterrestrial bacteria adapted to the harsh conditions of space and that the microbes hitched a ride on a comet or meteorite that later broke apart in the upper atmosphere and mixed with rain clouds above India.

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I want to believe.

GoDaddy denies being H4x0r3d

It's a h4x0r theme today kids...


If you ever asked yourself what was the reason for having a defacement archive like Zone-H, web hosting giant GoDaddy is finally giving you a good one. Ops sorry, 38,500 good ones...

ZDNet's reporter George Ou who is also a GoDaddy customer, being concerned about hosting his personal page on GoDaddy decided to dig into the incident we reported a few days ago when Turkish cracker Iskorpitx hacked and defaced 38,500 websites in a single shot, most of them hosted by GoDaddy.

The cracker apparently took advantage of a weakness present in an ASP script GoDaddy automatically uploads in all his customers directories. George decided to see more clear in the issue and digging in Zone-H archives he discovered that a similar incident happened in April 2005, always having Iskorpitx playing the role of the butcher and GoDaddy of the hamburger.

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Swedish Police website getting H4x0r3d!

It looks like the raid on The Pirate Bay and confiscation of its servers upset somebody. That's one conclusion to be drawn from the sudden unavailability of the web site of Sweden's national police. Beginning last night, the the site came under a widespread and intense denial of service attack, according to National Police Administration Director Lars Lindahl.

"Our homepage had to handle 500,000 visits per second and it's obviously not going to handle that. It's sort of like 10,000 people calling the same phone switch at once."

According to Lindahl, the attack began at 9:30pm local time. Judging by the time it's taking to load, the attack seems to be still going on in full force, despite assurances that the site would be back up by now. The Swedish police are investigating the origin of the attack.

That's what Sweden gets for buckling...

(Link - arstechnica)

Federal judge allows lawsuit against NSA

Maybe this gives credit to the previous post...

DETROIT --A federal judge will go ahead with hearings in a legal challenge to a warrantless domestic surveillance program run by the National Security Agency.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor also criticized the Justice Department for failing to respond to the legal challenge, The Detroit News reported Friday.

The NSA and the Justice Department declined immediate comment. The Bush administration has said that hearings would reveal state secrets that affect national security.

The American Civil Liberties Union in Detroit and the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York filed lawsuits against the program in January, saying it violates Americans' rights to free speech and to privacy.

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New CIA director Hayden plans massive expansion of spying on Americans

From the fine people at Capitol Hill Blue's....

Now that he is officially sworn in as the new head of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gen. Michael Hayden plans to build a vast domestic spying network that will pry into the lives of most Americans around the clock.

President George W. Bush told Hayden to "take whatever steps necessary" to monitor Americans 24/7 by listening in on their phone calls, bugging their homes and offices, probing their private lives, snooping into their financial records and watching their travel habits.

Can I prove this in a court of law? No. Do I know it is happening? Yes, without a doubt. Enough sources within the CIA, FBI, NSA and Pentagon have come forward in recent days to warn about Hayden's plans for an expanded, consolidated spy network aimed at Americans, not terrorists, and violating numerous laws that prohibit such activities against citizens of this country.

Feel free to write this off as conspiracy theory. And some of it may be, but there's definately some shreds of truth in there... Of not big ol' chunks o' truth!
(Link - Capitol Hill Blue's)

Your Tube, Whose Dime?


New York -

The Web lets users watch whatever they want, whenever they want to watch it. So what do they want to see? A home-made video of two boys lip-synching along to the Pokémon television theme song. Internet video site YouTube has streamed the video more than 9.5 million times in the last four months, making it the site's most-watched movie.

Startup of the moment YouTube, which garnered 12.9 million unique visitors in March, doesn't care what viewers watch, as long as they keep tuning in. Making money is another matter: The site, which has raised $11.5 million in venture capital in the last year, didn't see a penny in revenue until March, when they cautiously began selling ads. Meanwhile the site's bandwidth costs, which increase every time a visitor clicks on a video, may be approaching $1 million a month--much of which goes to provider Limelight Networks.

The money's in being a service provider.

(Link -

Alienware Mp3 player...

This is one SEXY Mp3 player.. But $90 for 512megs?? Bitch please.. But it looks sooooooo goood!!!
(Link - AlienWare Mp3 Player)

Thanks to my Lovely girlfriend!