On Jan 14 2010 the newly formed New York Technology Council held its second public meeting in the form of a panel discussion on the topic “Technology Trends for 2010“. Representatives of Google and Microsoft were joined by City Council member Gale Brewer to pontificate on what the new year might bring.
In an opening keynote address at the RSA conference in San Francisco today, Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft, called for broad discussions about the safety of the Internet in an initiative called “End to End Trust“.
Core to the concept is something called “a trusted stack,” where security is housed or rooted in the hardware, but each piece — the hardware, software, the data and even the people involved — can be authenticated if necessary.
In the current P2P world, torrenters and the like are discovering that a recent Windows-update – included in XP service pack 3, and Vista – alters the tcpip.sys file that governs Windows tcp behavior to limit users to just 10 ‘half open‘ connections at any one time. This could be a response to the concerns raised by cable ISP’s like Comcast that’s DOCSIS-based networks break down when clients use over-multitudinous connections. Needless to say, as the word spreads, workarounds to undo MS’s changes are proliferating.
A Mar 17 article in BetaNews notes the aptly-timed announcement that, for the forthcoming Windows 7, Microsoft is contemplating adding such features as metered connections, distributed hash tables, and something called ‘green P2P’. The article notes that Windows Vista already includes an IPv6-based P2P-enabling technology known as Teredo. Continue reading
Two different pieces of malware have infected many web servers in recent days. Continue reading