Indie Nation Tech News
This is the Tech News portion of our news show here at indienation.fm. If you wish to listen to the full two hour show it posted earlier.
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2014.09.22 – Tech Net News and Opinion
We opened this week’s show with Titanic and Cape Cod Girls from the album Choice Cuts by Water Street Bridge. You can find out more about this band by listening to the interview at the end of the newscast or by checking out the individual posting of the interview on Indie Nation. Join Brian and Lumpy as they discuss some Walking Dead spoilers and rumors, Google news in general, drones vs Star Wars and more in tech and science news. We would also like to remind the listeners that we encourage listener participation through chat, comments and you are welcome to actually join us on the air. To find out how to join us on the air, contact us via our chat room on the Listen Page.
- First off, the season premier is 12 October
- Season 5 Episode 2 – Another character from the comic, Father Gabriel.
- Carol is supposedly back at the end of the premier
- FYI – Lumpy did check, Walking Dead Season Marathon begins on 6 October
- The Air Herald reports that there will be a spin off
- There is talk about Beth, it seem that a trailer gave that and a few other things away
- Washington D.C. is in the storyline
- Beth has been in some of the teasers, possibly in a safe place
- It doesn’t look like Glenn dies by episode two
- The best cities for Internet (based on speed and/or price)
- Be kewl by looking the fool, strap your iPhone to your face
- Audible security loophole exploited
- A fewregarding Apple:
- Comcast denies TOR statements from customer
- Star Wars set needs a drone shield
- An analysis of the 5 million leaked gMail passwords
- Native Netflix support for Linux
We closed with a few more tracks from Water Street Bridge:
- Pay Me/Iko
- Zombie Jamboree
- Lumpy’s Interview with them at Gen Con 2014
Cyber Attack On Major US Banks
An article over at PhysOrg.com reports that “at least half a dozen banks”, including a few major banks such as Citigroup and Chase, have been victims of some unusually heavy “denial of service” or DoS attacks. These attacks basically flood the company’s server(s) with junk data reducing it’s ability to service customers to a crawl. While these attacks are a annoyance to customers and companies, any compromised private data is unlikely.
I can not imagine the rage of those who have these computers in their homes. According to ARSTechnica, hundreds of thousands of computers are, best word in my opinion, infected with spyware. I mean one would be frustrated enough to just have malware but how would you feel if you found out that the company you rented the machine from actually installed it… furthermore, what if you found out they had video of you during sex?
Tech Net News and Opinion – Episode 007 – 2012.01.30
In this week’s episode of Tech Net News and Opinion, we discuss, Newt Gingrich being sued for IP law violations, a super hot X-ray laser, capturing Wi-Fi passwords and fake projects at Apple. So tune in enjoy the music and our chat about the various news items.
Tech Net News and Opinion – 2012.01.09
Tonight’s live streaming news show staff members and participating listeners will share and discuss, a WAP security flaw, an app to help you boycott SOPA, Gorilla Glasses and Ramnit. In between it will feature the music of Andrew Bonnis, Polina Kourakina, Sea Monkey, Mercury Project and many more!
In this week’s live news show we discuss the death of Kim Jong il, Windows 8’s picture log in, MIT‘s sharing of course software, Isaac Newton‘s notes, BT sues Google, a camera that can capture photons in motion and much more. Join us for a three hour show featuring news and the best independent music on the planet.
As usual, we started with some music:
- We started with a few from Brother Love
- Soccer Girl
- From Alice Cooper
- I’m Eighteen
- No More Mr Nice Guy
- From Chance
- Finger on the Trigger Makes a Man Feel Bigger
Band Width Hog Myth Debunked
A study done by DSL Reports seems to beating up a falacy. TechDirt reports that the myth of the “bandwidth hog” has long been used as a justification for band width caps. To be brief and short, the study can find no data to back the ISPs claims. The article at TechDirt also states that, since many ISPs will not provide any data to back their claims, they are and have been well aware of the fact that the bandwidth hog is not disruptive.
Back to the queue for more music:
- My Atari by Sudden Death (actually Devo Spice)
- Platform Wars by Devo Spice featuring The Great Luke Ski and Dual Core
- From Jonathan Coulton
- Creepy Doll
- At Work Now and Code Monkey
Google Chrome Reported to be the Most Secure Browser
The research was funded by Google, which might make any reasonable person suspicious of its conclusions. Accuvant insists that Google gave it “a clear directive to provide readers with an objective understanding of relative browser security” and that the conclusions in the paper “are those of Accuvant Labs, based on our independent data collection.” Accuvant also made the supporting data available as a separate download so that it can be scrutinized by other researchers.
The article states that the 102 page report is very fair and the lab stated it will update the report as the browsers continue to develop.
Quoting the OpenDNS web site:
DNSCrypt has the potential to be the most impactful advancement in Internet security since SSL, significantly improving every single Internet user’s online security and privacy.
- Three from Jeff Ronay
- Michael Angels Cosmic Grab Bag
- Someone Took the Money
- Open the Pod Door Hal
More Woes for Adobe and Flash
CNET is reporting the the troubles for Flash just won’t seem to stop. The Adobe company’s Reader program has vulnerabilities. Similar problems are reported in Flash Player In both the Mac and Window versions the program can be hacked to crash and the culprit can gain control of the computer.
The article states that it gets around the Internet Explorer sandbox on windows machines. It also states that it is unknown how or if it works in other browser. While some versions of Adobe products have fixed the problem, others are not expected to be mended for about a month. The article suggest using alternative products.
New Windows Defender Runs Outside Windows
CNET reports via an instructional article that the newer version of Windows Defender will be able to run outside of the Windows OS. The malware protection software will be available in both 32 and 64 bit versions and could be run off a thumbdrive, CD, or DVD. The program is under 300 MB in size and also offers the option of saving it as an ISO file vs. an executable program.
A few more songs:
- From Pale Hollow
- Rolling Through The Days
- Satisfied Mind
“Native Client” Showcased at Google
After hearing about this one, I asked “how can one not be impressed”. According to a post at CNET, Google had unveiled a project it has kept under wraps for three years. Native Client, as it is called, is claimed to improve browser performance by by two to ten times.
To demonstrate this, they played games in a browser tab… games normally played in a console. Those who viewed the demonstration claim that the games moved smoothly and performed well. Native Client, also dubbed NaCl, is open source.
The goals, according to the Google spokesperson are to bring more to the web and security. They state they are in the “prove it” state of the technology. The review at CNET is more extensive and has a very impressive video of the platform in action. Native Client is to go public in 2012.
This one was a last minute addition thanks to Cleta and Meshelly.
We closed it out with three more songs:
- From MC Lars
- What Is Hip-Hop?
- Distant Planet
- The Giving Tree
- Chrome sandboxing makes it the most secure browser, vendor study claims (arstechnica.com)
- Google adds console quality games to Chrome Web Store thanks to Native Client (9to5google.com)
- Chrome Is Most Secure of the Top Three Browsers, Study Finds (pcworld.com)
- Tech and Net – News and Opinion – Episode 001 (indienation.fm)
- Google-Funded Study Says Firefox Less Secure than Internet Explorer [Security] (gizmodo.com)
- Browser Study Sheds Light On Firefox’s Insecurity (And Google Approves This Message) (forbes.com)
Tech and Net News and Opinion, Monday, 5 December 2011
This week we will discuss things net, tech and kewl including “earthscrapers”, a printer hack, a hybrid hard drive, a Grooveshark whistleblower, hackers hit the UN and Global Chokepoint. We wish to warn the listener in advance that there is some material in this podcast that would be considered not safe for work or children.
Medical Records and Frig Art
A post over at Slashdot leads us to a story that should flag some privacy concerns. CBS Minestota reports that “scrap paper” with private information about Paula White, a woman from Saint Paul, was used as children’s drawing paper at Hale Elementary in Minneapolis. A parent noticed it while tidying up her kitchen. The paper on the mother’s frig contained date of birth, name and medical information.
The school, after being informed of the incident, found more paper that contained patient information. Further investigation discovered that the papers originated from the law firm that represented Paula White after she was involved in an accident. At first, the firm could not explain how the school got the documents but later admitted that one of their paralegals donated it.
- Recycled Medical Records Wind Up as Coloring Paper (imperva.com)
- Recycled Medical Records Used As Scrap Paper At Elementary School (idle.slashdot.org)
Earlier today, A code update to Dropbox introduced a bug that temporarily allowed access to users’ accounts and files without authentication via the company’s web interface.For approximately four hours, from the time that Dropbox made the changes until the service’s developers were able to correct the error, user accounts were accessible by merely typing in the email address associated with the account.
On their own blog Dropbox said this never should have happen and they are conducting a thorough investigation of related activity to understand whether any accounts were improperly accessed. And if they identify any specific instances of unusual activity, we’ll immediately notify the account owner.
If you’re concerned about any activity that has occurred in your account, you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Dropbox Cofounder & CTO Arash Ferdowsi responds to yesterday’s bug (dropbox.com)
- Major Security Flaw in Dropbox on Windows (pdark.de)
- Dropbox Encryption Faces FTC Complaint (flyingpenguin.com)
- Dropbox: Insecure by Design? (pcworld.com)