In what's being regarded as a total breach of professional ethics, three reporters from Global Security Mag were removed from the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Thursday after attempting to expose the username and passwords of two reporters in attendance, including a CNET News employee. The magazine was a co-sponsor of the event, but the three parties responsible were asked to leave and barred from all future events, including this weekend's DefCon. For more detail, see the accounts from CNET News' Elinor Mills and Robert Vamosi who are in Vegas now.Listen now: Download today's podcast … Read more
Why buy the Lordship when you can just choose the title from the drop-down? Also on the show today, Black Hat 2008 shatters our faith in all that is technology (just like it does every year), and we engage in a lively discussion about the relative crappiness of the applications on the App Store, as well as the moral ramifications of Apple being able to nuke those crappy applications remotely.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 783
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Among all the cloud-computing hype, one thing that hasn't been evident is just how far you can scale across a provider. I haven't seen any other vendor come near Amazon.com's ability to reach the massive scale that the cloud itself connotes.
Max Gorbunov from Grid Dynamics ran a 512-node Monte Carlo simulation to find out how well Amazon EC2--short for Elastic Compute Cloud--would perform. He used GridGain, a Java-based open-source grid computing infrastructure for the test.
All in all, this test clearly shows that you can utilize Amazon's massive infrastructure for high-end processing with an acceptable performance hit. And while I am sure I am oversimplifying the difficulty associated with getting this all set up, based on the development notes it seems like it was fairly easy (at least for Max.) … Read more
Good for the PTO for paying attention and realizing that such a term is commonplace.
This whole thing was so goofy I am glad its dead.
Social network MySpace has signed a promotional deal to bring free Wi-Fi to its users...but only in the U.K., and only to access MySpace-owned pages.
It's partnered with The Cloud, a European wireless provider that powers broadband access in establishments like hotels, fast-food joints, and airports. MySpace users will now be able to access the social network, which is owned by News Corp., on The Cloud's paid-subscription hotspots. The access company runs about 7,000 of them in the U.K.
Cool idea. It would've been an interesting extension of credential portability if social-network logins … Read more
Internet pioneer Vint Cerf acknowledges that Internet service providers need to figure out how to manage network traffic. But, he says, they're doing it all wrong. He's posted a blog calling for online speed limits, as opposed to data volume caps, but will ISPs follow his suggestion?
The last week has brought a flurry of news of tech companies jumping into the cloud computing game. CNET's Charles Cooper and Dan Farber talk about what led up to this trend.
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It seems that there's no shortage of companies eager to jump on the cloud-computing bandwagon. Consider the latest--all within the space of a single week:
AT&T announces its entry into cloud computing.
Verizon intends to get into the business by the first half of 2009.
Amazon.com makes its second investment in less than a month in a cloud-computing company.
Dell reportedly issued a press release in which it tries to trademark the cloud-computing name.
And then, of course, there is the rest of the familiar cloud-computing crowd, led by the likes of Microsoft, Google, IBM, and … Read more
As companies glom onto cloud computing, stateless computing is likely to emerge as a core tenant within the cloud and one that can deliver cost savings, predicted the chief technology architect for Merrill Lynch.
But to get to the state of stateless computing, companies will need to change the way they view their hardware needs and how they store and access the information, said Jeffrey Birnbaum of Merrill Lynch, who served as a keynote speaker Tuesday at LinuxWorld in San Francisco.
"Stateless computing isn't about having no state. It's kind of a misnomer. It's about where … Read more
My hat goes off to Preston Monroe, the developer of iCopy, an online service that adds cut and paste functionality to the iPhone's browser and e-mail apps. As you probably know, Apple's handheld computer bizarrely omits this feature.
iCopy is a clever hack that lets you select text or a link from a Web page and paste it into another page, or an e-mail. It gets around the lack of iPhone-native copy and paste by sending selected text to a temporary online repository when you "copy," and retrieving it when you "paste." In operation, … Read more
I wrote yesterday that there will be more than one Cloud vendor and today AT&T announced that they are the latest. Gloating aside, this proves that the market is still being shaped and that it won't necessarily be the domain of BigCo tech companies.
In reality it makes perfect sense that major telcos would become Cloud providers. They own the bandwidth, network and have data centers all over the world.
AT&T and Sprint have long offered hosting services including data center space, managed servers and services and of course network connectivity. Data centers are expensive … Read more