Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at Techarraz.com. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz walked into the office of Michael Arrington from TechCrunch and talked with him for a good long 25 minutes. In the talks, while Michael supported the move made by Yahoo! in focusing on other areas else than search, Carol was insisting on Yahoo! being a web search company primarily.
Then, she goes on to say that TechCrunch was a “tiny company” and “So don’t give me crap about what the fine people of Yahoo! are supposed to do, so F-off.”
Carol has a fake twitter account which is famous for spilling out similar responses but this coming from the real Carol is hilarious.
We all know that after acquiring Sun Microsystems, Oracle became the largest open source company around. Red Hat finds this hard to believe and goes to the length of saying that Oracle is not even an open source company.
Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies at Red Hat has claimed that neither Oracle and nor Sun were as involved in open source as Red Hat has been. He goes on to say,
Open is not just seeing the code. Open is also having a community of developers. OpenSolaris is not open. There is no community other than Sun people developing Solaris.
Clearly in the wake of competition, Red Hat is trying to change the very face of open source. Though, whatever Paul said in that statement is correct commercially even though it might not match with the ideology of open source.
Every open-source product is incomplete without a dedicated global community. Additionally, finance is not the only thing that is needed to keep open source software alive.
Clearly, implementing open source as a business is not as easy as it may sound. All eyes are set on the management plan Oracle brings in for Java. This will define a lot of changes as Java is currently the most used platform.
(Via: NetworkWorld )
David Harley, Research Fellow & Director of Malware Intelligence at ESET Antivirus has presented a report at the EICAR conference held this month outlining virus security details of the Mac OS.
This coupled with positive feedback from his co-workers shows that Macs are even less secure than Windows PCs. They are of the opinion that,
While Mac users – with the exception of those making significant use of Windows on Macs – operate in an environment prowled by infinitely fewer predators, Microsoft and its more savvy customers are to some extent shielded by a more accurate assessment of the risks to which Windows users are exposed.
As evident from here, the only reason Mac viruses are not that popular is because the fraction of people using Mac is negligible as compared to Windows PC users. That leaves us with far less data to claim a virus free OS.
Another common misconception is that since Mac is based on BSD, it is safe. We must understand that every BSD fork will not have the security features of BSD by default. It can be easily overridden by the modifications made while creating this fork.
This combined with the absence of a proper antivirus on Mac leaves Mac users totally unaware of any running exploits.
The European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research (EICAR) has been founded in 1991 and is representing an independent and impartial platform for IT-Security experts in the field of science, research, development, implementation and management.
If the DMCA style notice and takedown (prevalent in the US) was not enough, an Irish ISP has now started walking those footsteps by banning file sharers. The Irish ISP Eircom will begin a three month program in which they will track down and hunt file sharers.
Ireland is the first country in the world where a system of graduated responseis being put in place. Under the pilot scheme, Eircom customers who illegally share copyrighted music will get three warnings before having their broadband service cut off for a year.
This system sounds overtly lenient and allows file sharers to walk free even if they are marked and caught. Not only this, if they are found guilty of three such offences, their internet connections will be blocked only for a month!
Dtecnet, a company working with the Irma (Irish Recorded Music Association) has decided to provide Irma with a list of 50 IP addresses per week over three months. Any IP which is found guilty will be issued appropriate warnings.
This does not at all sound like a full proof plan but can mark a beginning. Let us hope Ireland is free of illegal file sharing soon.
The added advantage in WebM videos, as spotted by d00d @OMG!Ubuntu is that the CPU usage for WebM decoding is minimal compared to Adobe Flash. This would make it ideal for mobile devices as well. He has also provided a link for you to try out some WebM videos on YouTube.
Earlier this week, the Participatory Culture Foundation launched the second version of the Miro Video Converter. This new version has support for a number of video formats including the latest VP8 video codec (WebM Format), acquired by Google a few days ago.
WebM Project is a Google-sponsored project dedicated to create an open and royalty free video format that provides high quality video compression for use with HTML5 video.
It is an open source project released under a BSD-style license. It consists of the VP8 video codec developed by On2 and the Vorbis audio codec, in a container format based on a subset of Matroska.
Miro Video Converter is an open source video conversion utility. It can convert from all popular open-video formats. Apart from that, some other video formats for platforms like the iPhone and Android are also supported.
However, Miro Video Converter is also the first converter to support the VP8 video codec fully and will be extremely successful because of this.
This software has just reached the version 2.0 and is available for Windows and Mac OS X only. You can download it at the product homepage.
According to a recent study by video search site MeFeedia, there has been a 160% increase in the usage of H.264 videos over the Internet in the last few months, starting January this year.
The driving factor behind this adoption seems to be the ever rising dislike of Flash by accelerated by Apple. You can see the report findings at this page.
An important update from this report says,
Although 26% doesn’t seem like a lot, only 10% of our video index was HTML5-compatible at the beginning of 2010. We have seen rapid adoption of the new standard this year and that is now moving even faster with the recent release of Apple’s iPad.
This puts Apple iPad as an influential gadget behind the adoption of H.264. With this, Google has to deliver with its recently acquired On2 technology else, it will have a huge H.264 market to convert soon.
According to the report, most of the new content being put on the web is being encoded in H.264. This puts all these videos compatible across various kinds of devices from the iPhone and the iPad to Android devices and more.
(Via: ars technica)
Google, on Tuesday announced the acquisition of VOIP solution provider Global IP Solutions Holding. The acquisition announced on Tuesday is estimated at $68.2 million.
This puts all the voice and VOIP communications provided by major IM services like Yahoo, AOL, WebEx and Lotus at Google’s mercy. Though, Google has lesser plans to put this technology in their IM. That puts these services in a safe position.
Emerick Woods, the CEO of Global IP Solutions (GIPS) remarked on this development saying,
This is an exciting milestone for GIPS as we join Google with a shared vision to transform and accelerate IP communications. With Google’s global reach, scale and widely recognized leadership, we are confident that our existing customers will continue to be fully supported while we continue to enhance and extend our products and technology at Google.
Just last month, GIPS announced that it was introducing a new technology that would allow Android app developers to integrate video and audio chat options into their products. With this acquisition, Google becomes the owner of two VOIP solution providers, the other one being Gizmo5 acquired in November last year.
Just yesterday, The Pirate Bay was shut down by pulling down it’s routing server. Though today, The Pirate Bay is back and as expected, they have an awesome reply to the shutdown. This time, the hosting has been changed to the Swedish Pirate Party.
The official Pirate Bay blog has written a post giving some hilarious update on this situation.
PLZ LEARN: TPB CANT BE SHUT DOWN
AS U MITE HAS READ OR NOTICD, PEEPS ONCE AGAIN R TRYIN 2 SHUT US DOWN. DIS WILL NOT SUCCED, LOL. OURS RLY NICE WEBHOST WUZ THREATEND WIF RLY HUGE FINE, SO WE DECIDD 2 MOOVTEH SIET SO DAT THEY DIDNT GOT INTO TROUBLE, LOL. TEH DECISHUN 2 MOOV WUZ TAKEN BY US, TEH PIRATE BAY, LOL.
TEH PIRATE BAY IZ AN UNSINKABLE SHIP. IT WILL SAIL TEH INTERWEBS 4 AS LONG AS WE WANTS IT 2. REMEMBR DAT, K THX.
TPB, ONLY IN IT 4 TEH LULZ SINCE 2003
You do not even need to see closely to notice whats written in those bold in-between letters. There is a message for the The RIAA in it.
The Big Bang Theory has become my top favorite series from the time it started. The Big Bang Theory starring a group of four friends, all of whom have unusual habits has been a hit with the student and the geek culture.
The humor is something that only geeks get and that makes them feel special and exclusive.
Well, if you are a Linux fan and you have not noticed, Sheldon Cooper, the self-proclaimed genius and truest nerd on The Big Bang Theory has been seen using Ubuntu.