February 28, 2013

'Copyright Alert System' rolls out to catch illegal downloaders

How exactly do the entertainment companies find out that a particular ISP customer is pirating their content? If they know the customer why do they have to notify the ISP? Shouldn’t the ISP already know as well? Something doesn’t fit in this whole scheme.

Not to mention that fact that folks who may be falsely accused have to work to clear their names with no mention of the entertainment companies or ISP compensating them for the false accusation. Defending yourself will take a good deal of time at the very least, and money if it goes to an arbitration group.

Tracking Viewers on All Platforms

Along these lines, entertainment companies can track individual users who may be illegally using their content, but Nielsen finds it difficult to count legitimate viewers/users of the same entertainment companies’ content? Come on. Put a unique signature in the shows based on the platform it would be viewed on and then have the signal report back. Of course there will be a hue and cry about privacy, but the signal can be limited in what it returns to Nielsen.

Entertainment companies would have to be all in favor of this if it provided the increased ratings they claim Nielsen is missing (there is a flip side if the numbers drop of course). I think it would be a simple win-win.

Tech leaders plan virtual push on immigration

Any reader of this blog, or our Twitter feed (@Syzygy3), or our Facebook page knows tech immigration limits are a bit of a touch point for me. I think it’s ridiculous we limit the very people we desperately need to continue our dominance in technology advancements. Imminent is too strong a word at the moment, but we’re not far from having parity with other countries when it comes to technology. If you want to stay ahead of the game we need to attract some of those best and brightest from around the world. America still attracts those looking for the freedom to pursue their ambitions. Why put a cap on those people if their contributions would be good for us and the world?

When and where will Google Fiber roll out next?

We have a growing need for speed (to paraphrase “Top Gun”). Google Fiber is definitely going to feed that need (still waiting for first real reviews of service in KC), but if you go one city every few years, how many generations will it take to cover just the contiguous US? And what rural areas will be left behind, or does Google wireless technologies to feed those areas? The more important thought is why other tech companies are not getting into this game. Cisco would seem like a good candidate considering it’s their equipment moving all this data around the Internet. Microsoft? Apple? Amazon? They all benefit from an increase in speeds (to both the home and business). There has to be more than one player willing to get in the game (and Verizon is not an adequate option; they quit too easily).

A lot to chew on. What feedback do you have?


February 20, 2013

Don’t think for a moment that we’re not actively engaged in hacking everything and anything tied to our enemies AND friends. This is the new form of global cat and mouse where the actual repercussions won’t be felt for years. That said, China’s concerted effort to penetrate corporate and governmental systems should be a slap to back of our collective heads. You’re now living in a Tom Clancy novel – and no one escapes his stories unscathed. We either better prepare ourselves or suffer unknowable consequences.

Now that I’ve sufficiently terrified you, I offer you a heartening look at clever we can be. This is not a long video, but will show you an actual hacker at work.

APT1: Exposing One of China's Cyber Espionage Units

And you know how the hackers gained access to the majority of machines? User click on a malicious link which automatically installed the backdoor. You have to ever vigilant when online. Take nothing for granted and DO NOT rely solely on your antivirus/malware software. Being smart about where you surf and on what you click will keep you safer than any software could ever hope to do.

Just my 2 cents.


February 07, 2013

YES! But… only if Dell gets it right this time. Here’s what I mean.

Dell, through the years, has purchased some greatly technologies. Together these technologies should have provided Dell with an unbeatable platform for them to get hardware, software, and services into all size businesses. Except the procured technologies had a bad habit of disappearing after the acquisitions were complete. It became a frustrating mess.

Also, Dell lived and breathed the “direct” model – sell directly to the end user. But given the increasing complexity of technology they had to rely more and more on partners (Syzygy 3 is a Dell partner) to get their hardware, software, and services into businesses. But they never evolved to treat the partners as partners. The mindset was still direct and partners are just another vehicle for Dell and nothing more.

So now Michael Dell has an opportunity to create a firm that can evolve as the technology markets evolve; to meet demand as it arises instead of desperately catching up. Without the pressures of quarterly reports he can take chances and utilize the tools they already have. They have to be smart about it, they have to work closely with partners to see the emerging markets, and they have to deliver on the promises. If not, this move just prolongs the inevitable.

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