I found it again today.
Better read it before it is gone forever...
Here is my original post on this from August 30, 2008 .
So why do they want a switch to kill the internet?
If and when Marshal law is enacted in America and people are taken to the FEMA camps, will cell phones be "killed."
On another similar front of a sort...
These people have a way around that; but the powers that be are pushing
for a kill switch in cell phones under the guise of disabling stolen
phones remotely...ya right!
Hong Kong's mass protest is networked. Activists are relying on a free app that can send messages without any cellphone connection.
Since the pro-democracy protests turned ugly over the weekend, many
worry that the Chinese government would block local phone networks.
response, activists have turned to the FireChat app to send supportive messages and share the latest news.
On Sunday alone, the app was downloaded more than 100,000 times in Hong Kong, its developers said.
FireChat relies on "mesh networking,"
a technique that allows data to zip directly from one phone to another
via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Ordinarily, if two people want to communicate this way,
they need to be fairly close together.
But as more people join in, the
network grows and messages can travel further. Mesh networks can be
useful for people who are caught in natural disasters or, like those in
Hong Kong, protesting under tricky conditions.
FireChat came in handy
for protesters in Taiwan and Iraq this year."
This is not good.
News that the CDC has confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed on U.S. soil.
An unnamed patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
was placed in isolation while awaiting test results for the dreaded
Apparently, the patient had traveled recently to a West African
country, where the disease is spreading, and later developed symptoms
that suggested Ebola.
A blood specimen from the patient was sent to
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, a testing process
that can take 24 to 48 hours to confirm an Ebola infection — or not.
The results came back about 3:32 p.m.
In other Ebola news, outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal appear to be completely contained.
As announced earlier today, the next version of Windows is Windows 10.
Windows 10 in pictures.
I totally dislike windows 8.1 with the annoying stuff that happens when my cursor moves in certain directions.
Very irritating when your typing on your blog and suddenly a new window pops up and you have to take a moment to get back to where your currently working.
Today at a press conference in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the new version of their flagship operating system, called Windows 10.
(Yes, t-e-n. I don't know.)
With the new version of the operating system, they'll be unifying the application platform for all devices: desktops, laptops, consoles, tablets, and phones.
As early leaks showed, the Start Menu is back — it's a hybrid of old and new, combining a list of applications with a small group of resizable tiles that can include widgets. Metro-style apps can now each operate inside their own window (video).
There's a new, multiple-desktop feature, which power users have been
demanding for years, and also a feature that lets users easily grab
objects from one desktop and transfer it to another.
The command line is even getting some love.
The Technical Preview builds for desktops and laptops will be available tomorrow through the Windows Insider Program.
They're requesting feedback from customers. Windows 10 will launch in late 2015.
I used to get on-board to preview new OS from Micro$, but these days not so much.
Been slowly turning Apple, there I said it.
While Windows-based tablets haven't exactly set the world on fire,
Microsoft hasn't given up on them, and its hardware partners haven't
HP has announced a series of Windows tablets, with the 7-inch
low-end model, the Stream 7, priced at $99.
The Stream brand is also being used for low-priced laptops intended to
compete with Chromebooks (which HP also sells). All are running Intel
chips and full Windows, not Windows RT.
Microsoft will monitor users in the new Windows 9 ( being called Windows 10) Operating System in order to determine how the new OS is used,
thus decide what tweaks and changes are need to be made.
8 testing, Microsoft said that they had data showing Start Menu usage
had dropped, but it seems that the tools they were using at the time
weren't as evolved as the new 'Asimov' monitor.
The new system is
codenamed 'Asimov' and will provide a near real-time view of what is
happening on users' machines.
Rest assured, the data is going to be
obscured and aggregated, but intelligible enough to allow Microsoft to
get detailed insights into user interactions with the OS. Mary Jo Foley
says that the system was originally built by the Xbox Team
and now is being used by the Windows team.
Users who will download the
technical preview of Windows 9, which is said to get unveiled today,
will become 'power users' who will utilize the platform in unique
This will help Microsoft identify any odd bugs ahead of the
A new feature being added to the LTE protocol that smartphones use to communicate with cellular towers will make it possible to bypass those towers altogether.
Phones will be able to "talk" directly to other mobile devices and to beacons located in shops and other businesses. Known as LTE Direct,
the wireless technology has a range of up to 500 meters, far more than
either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
It is included in update to the LTE standard
slated for approval this year, and devices capable of LTE Direct could
appear as soon as late 2015. ...
Researchers are, for example, testing
LTE Direct as a way to allow smartphones to automatically discover
nearby people, businesses, and other information.
Just as a matter of principle I often use Tor network browsers to frustrate those who follow other browsers gathering data.
Several major tech firms are in talks with Tor
to include the software in products that can potentially reach over 500
million Internet users around the world.
One particular firm wants to
include Tor as a "private browsing mode" in a mainstream Web browser,
allowing users to easily toggle connectivity to the Tor anonymity
network on and off.
"They very much like Tor Browser and would like to
ship it to their customer base," Tor executive director Andrew Lewman
wrote, explaining the discussions but declining to name the specific
"Their product is 10-20 percent of the global market, this is
of roughly 2.8 billion global Internet users."
The product that best fits Lewman's description, by our estimation, is Mozilla Firefox, the third-most popular Web browser online today and home to, you guessed it, 10 to 20 percent of global Internet users.
You can use this great browser to try out the TOR network.
U.S. authorities have arrested and indicted the CEO of a mobile software company for selling spyware that enables "stalkers and domestic abusers.
The U.S. Department of Justice accuses the man of promoting and selling
software that can "monitor calls, texts, videos and other
communications on mobile phones without detection."
The agency pointed
out this is the first criminal case based on mobile spyware, and promised to aggressively pursue makers of similar software in the future. Here's the legal filing (PDF). The FBI, with approval from a District Court, has disabled the website hosting the software.
indictment alleges that StealthGenie's capabilities included the
it recorded all incoming/outgoing voice calls; it intercepted
calls on the phone to be monitored while they take place; it allowed
the purchaser to call the phone and activate it at any time to monitor
all surrounding conversations within a 15-foot radius; and it allowed
the purchaser to monitor the user's incoming and outgoing e-mail
messages and SMS messages, incoming voicemail messages, address book,
calendar, photographs, and videos.
All of these functions were enabled
without the knowledge of the user of the phone."
The new supervisor thought his idea was innocent enough. He wanted
the baristas to write the names of customers on their cups to speed up
lines and ease confusion, just like other Starbucks do around the world.
But these aren't just any customers.
They are regulars at the CIA
"They could use the alias 'Polly-O string cheese' for all I
care," said a food services supervisor at the Central Intelligence
Agency, asking that his identity remain unpublished for security
"But giving any name at all was making people — you know, the
undercover agents — feel very uncomfortable. It just didn't work for this location."
The state-run OAO Rosneft has discovered a vast pool of crude
in the Kara Sea region of the Arctic Ocean, arguably bigger than the
Gulf of Mexico.
From the article: "The discovery sharpens the dispute
between Russia and the U.S. over President Vladimir Putin’s actions in
The well was drilled before the Oct. 10 deadline Exxon was
granted by the U.S. government under sanctions barring American
companies from working in Russia’s Arctic offshore.
Rosneft and Exxon
won’t be able to do more drilling, putting the exploration and
development of the area on hold despite the find announced today."
Gull Island has a very large oil field that has been hidden
This will blow your mind.
OK listen up...your going to want this real bad