Mobile Devices

It seems that people every where are getting a mobile device weather it is and Apple Ipod, Sony PSP, or the usual cell phone more and more people are getting them. In Japan where it is estimated that 75% of the population has a cell phone the japanese Government has now decided to send out indictments via text messages on cell phones and other wireless devices. What worries me is that the United States will employ the same means for serving important Government documents via mobile devices for it’s citizens and that it will cost the person reciveing the message money for recieving the text message. And of course since all phones have a GPS locator installed in them it worries me that cell phones will also be used to locate people. I just worry about the abuse of power that is possible when relying on text messages for important documents .

Socom 3

Socom 3 is no doubt the hottest online game out today for the playstation 2. With millions of copies of the game sold and hundereds of thousands of loyal online gamers to play with at anytime {except for one hour maintaince downtime early monday and thursday mornings} it becomes quickly addictive even more so after you join a clan and start battling in clan wars with 15 other friends against 16 oppenets. Lots of great features on this game that were not available on Socom 2 but even still alot needs to be done in order for it to be a great smooth playing game with no lag which hopefully Socom 4 will not have. For Socom 4 I would like to see a Socom 2 style format with Socom 3 style weapons and clothing. The cars and trucks need to be made smaller the players radar range needs to be increased and the name of your teamate needs to always be visible even in scope mode. Also when yo uthrow you rgrenades or shot your RPG you should lose the weight of that and runa dn walk faster after all you just got rid of it why is it still weighing you down because of this there is no realism to the game. Also if a player gets shot then that player should run slower and maybe even lose the limb or have it hanging and also being shot the wounded should start to leave a blood trail. Furthermore to have to give credit card information in order to start getting rank is very ridiculous to me and feel that once again Sony has over stepped it’s privacy boundaries by making players do this! And finaly online players should have the ability to knife a player and do a silent kill when possible. Well one more thing being able to tackle someone would be very cool as well.More guns are needed after all this is the United States Navy where is the aersonal at? No airstrikes sucks as well as not being able to fly any planes or helicopters I really hope the Zipper team gets it together for the next Socom because anything less would just be a let down.

Creator of World Wide Web Starts Blog

World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee has started a blog just in time for the 15th anniversary of his invention.Tim berners first remarks on how the Web took off as a publishing medium rather than one in which visitors not only read but also contributed information.

Berners-Lee first proposed the Web in 1989 while developing ways to control computers remotely at CERN, the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research. He never got the project formally approved, but quietly tinkered with it anyway, making the first browser available at CERN by Christmas Day 1990

Sony’s ‘rootkit’ CDs

News.com reports
Computer security companies had been predicting such exploit code in the wild for weeks, since an independent developer had exposed the presence of a “rootkit” tool on the Sony CDs. The rootkit technology hid the copy protection from view, but also left open a hole that could hide other software.

Virus writers quickly took advantage of that hole, modifying an old Trojan horse to take advantage of the powerful inadvertent shielding provided by the Sony software.

On Friday, Sony responded to the furor and announced that it will suspend production of CDs that contain this particular copy-protection technology and take a second look at its digital rights management strategy.

Antivirus companies are now offering a range of advice, and confusion remains about exactly what the software does and how dangerous it can be to a PC. Here are the basics that everyone should know about this potentially dangerous issue:

What is on the Sony CDs?

The CDs involved are loaded with a relatively new kind of content protection created by British company First 4 Internet. When a listener puts the album into a computer’s CD drive, it pops up a license agreement. If the listener accepts, it installs the copy protection rootkit onto the hard drive.

The rootkit element of the software is used to hide virtually all traces of the copy protection software’s presence on a PC, so that an ordinary computer user would have no way to find it. The software acts to limit the number of copies that can be made of the CD and prevents a computer user from making unprotected MP3s from the music.

What is a rootkit? Isn’t that something that virus writers use?

A rootkit is a powerful piece of software that takes over control of a computer at the most fundamental level. In computer terms, it establishes “root” access, which is similar to administrative access, instead of access for just an ordinary user. It can potentially prevent a computer user from detecting its presence or from performing certain tasks on their own PC.

Like most computing tools, this is not intrinsically a bad thing, but can be abused. Virus writers use these tools to help take over computers and hide the presence of their work

Microsoft and Google Reach Settlement Over Employee

Microsoft Corperation and Google have reached a settlement in their legal battle over former Microsoft employee and now current Google employee Kai-Fu Lee.

In a statement made by Microsoft and confirmed by Google the three parties had entered into a private agreement that resolves all issues to their mutual satisfaction.

Google released a statement from Lee saying he was pleased with the terms of the settlement agreement, according to the Associated Press.

Details of the settlement were not disclosed publicy!