Posts Tagged ‘block’

UK Government Changes Tack and Demands Default Porn Block

December 20th, 2012 12:44 admin View Comments


judgecorp writes “British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to reverse a policy announced last week, and demand that ISPs filter adult content by default. This system would require users to actively opt out of a filter designed to block adult content and material about self-harm. Last week, after consultation with parents, the Department for Education had said that an opt-in system would be sufficient and no default porn block would be required, but the Daily Mail has announced triumphantly that Cameron will be presenting the policy in the paper. MP Claire Perry, who has argued for the block, will be in charge — and freedom of speech campaigners have branded the sudden change of mind as ‘chaotic.’”

Source: UK Government Changes Tack and Demands Default Porn Block

Whose Bug Is This Anyway?

December 18th, 2012 12:04 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “Patrick Wyatt, one of the developers behind the original Warcraft and StarCraft games, as well as Diablo and Guild Wars, has a post about some of the bug hunting he’s done throughout his career. He covers familiar topics — crunch time leading to stupid mistakes and finding bugs in compilers rather than game code — and shares a story about finding a way to diagnose hardware failure for players of Guild Wars. Quoting: ‘[Mike O'Brien] wrote a module (“OsStress”) which would allocate a block of memory, perform calculations in that memory block, and then compare the results of the calculation to a table of known answers. He encoded this stress-test into the main game loop so that the computer would perform this verification step about 30-50 times per second. On a properly functioning computer this stress test should never fail, but surprisingly we discovered that on about 1% of the computers being used to play Guild Wars it did fail! One percent might not sound like a big deal, but when one million gamers play the game on any given day that means 10,000 would have at least one crash bug. Our programming team could spend weeks researching the bugs for just one day at that rate!’”

Source: Whose Bug Is This Anyway?

UK Government Owns 16.9 Million Unused IPv4 Addresses

September 17th, 2012 09:02 admin View Comments


hypnosec writes “The Department of Work and Pensions, UK has a /8 block of IPv4 addresses that is unused. An e-petition was created asking the DWP to sell off the block to ease the IPv4 address scarcity in the RIPE region. John Graham-Cumming, the person who first discovered the unused block … discovered that these 16.9 million IP addresses were unused after checking in the ASN database.”

Source: UK Government Owns 16.9 Million Unused IPv4 Addresses

Finnish ISP Forced To Block the Pirate Bay

January 9th, 2012 01:06 admin View Comments


Apotekaren writes “The Finnish ISP Elisa has been forced to block several domains leading to the infamous torrent-tracker site The Pirate Bay following a court case initiated by IFPI Finland… The Helsinki District Court ruled in favor of IFPI Finland in October, but the ISP resisted implementing the block until today because of the terms of the block not being specific enough. The ISP is calling the block ‘temporary’ and is appealing the court decision.” Analysis from Torrent Freak shows that the block is probably easily circumvented.

Source: Finnish ISP Forced To Block the Pirate Bay

BT Ordered To Block Usenet Binaries Index

October 26th, 2011 10:05 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter eyeoftheidol writes “A judge in the UK has ordered the ISP BT to block access to filesharing site Newzbin2 within 14 days. From the article: ‘Wednesday’s court order also allows for the blocking of any other IP or internet address that the operators of the Newzbin2 site might look to use to continue to offer copyrighted content to users. In addition the court said BT must foot the bill for the cost of implementing the web block on Newzbin2.’”

Source: BT Ordered To Block Usenet Binaries Index

Belgian ISP Ordered to Block The Pirate Bay; Telecomix and TPB Offer Workarounds

October 4th, 2011 10:26 admin View Comments


bs0d3 writes “Today a court ruling in Belgium over-ruled an earlier court ruling and is ordering an ISP to block The Pirate Bay. It’s been announced that the type of block to be used by the ISP is a simple DNS filter which is similar to ones used before in Denmark. In Denmark, the dns block was extremely easy to circumvent and the attention to The Pirate Bay actually increased Danish site traffic after the block. Today an hacktivist group called Telecomix; which is more recently known for helping to establish communications during the Internet blackout in Egypt, is offering their help. Their custom made ‘censorship proof’ DNS service is designed for situations just like this. ISP customers facing a block can simply use Telecomix’s DNS server instead of the ISP provided one to access blocked sites such as The Pirate Bay.” The Pirate Bay also has suggestions for getting around the DNS block.

Source: Belgian ISP Ordered to Block The Pirate Bay; Telecomix and TPB Offer Workarounds

Bletchley Park Finds a Saviour In Google

August 8th, 2011 08:12 admin View Comments


hypnosec writes “Internet search behemoth Google Inc. has kickstarted a fundraising program to save the derelict Block C at Bletchley Park, the place where the Royal Army deployed their main decryption establishment during the second world war. In a bid to generate more awareness, Google has been using its Street View to capture pictures of the park and Block C in particular.”

Source: Bletchley Park Finds a Saviour In Google

PlaceIQ’s Location-Aware Advertising Can Target You Block By Block

April 25th, 2011 04:28 admin View Comments

It used to be that all a marketer needed to know was your zipcode, and they could infer your income range and a whole host of other demographic data about you. But with everyone now using mobile phones that can be targeted down to exact GPS coordinates at different times of the day, areas bounded by zipcodes seem vast in comparison. Imagine if instead marketers could break up the world into 100 million different tiles, each one about the size of a city block, and infer everything from what types of people are likely to be found in that tile at any given time. That’s basically what mobile advertising data startup PlaceIQ is setting out to do.

Mobile advertising inventory still goes largely unfilled because the relevance and targeting isn’t that good. PlaceIQ sifts through tons of data about locations to give marketers a mini-zipcode-like profile of each block. The data comes from both open sources and commercial data sets, including place data, retail data, government data, event data, photo data, social data, and, crime data. This goes well beyond Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare, but the company says it doesn’t use any personally identifiable information. Rather, it is making assumptions based on the contextual cues of a person’s location and time of day.

It takes all of these various hyper-local data sources and maps it onto its 100 million map tiles. Then it normalizes the data and can guess what type of person is likely to be at that location at that time (a student, tourist, shopper, financial or tech worker, etc). It can also spit out information such as retail sales volume, events, foot traffic by time, and social media activity. And once people start responding to ads, it can fold in ad conversion dat aas well. The goal to give marketers the ability to target different mobile ads to students out drinking at night and financial employees working during the day.

Backed with $1 million in angel money from IA Ventures, Howard Lindzon’s Social Leverage and hedge fund manager Jim Pallota, PlaceIQ launched late last week. It is working with partners such as Where (which was just bought by eBay), Navteq, Admeld, and ad agencies such as Havas / Mobext, Integer, and Communefx.

Source: PlaceIQ’s Location-Aware Advertising Can Target You Block By Block

Amazon Denies Skynet’s Involvement In AWS Outage

April 22nd, 2011 04:49 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “Amazon has officially denied that the recent outage of its EC2 and Elastic Block Storage cloud platforms was the result of an attack from Cyberdyne Systems’ Skynet sentient computer system, declaring humanity safe after all. ‘From the information I have and to answer your questions,’ a spokesperson explained, ‘Skynet did not have anything to do with the service event at this time.’”

Source: Amazon Denies Skynet’s Involvement In AWS Outage

Asia Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

April 14th, 2011 04:48 admin View Comments

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ZerXes writes “It seems that APNIC has just released the last block of IPv4 addresses and are now completely out, a lot faster then expected. Even though APNIC received 3 /8 blocks in February the high growth of mobile devices made the addresses to run out even before the summer. ‘From this day onwards, IPv6 is mandatory for building new Internet networks and services,’ says APNIC Director General Paul Wilson.”

Source: Asia Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses