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- Another Use For Wi-Fi: Finding Stolen Laptops
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1. Editor's Note: Weird News For The Wired, Part II
It's summer. The tide is high, the humidity unrelenting, and the
news keeps producing more twists as the weeks roll by. For your
summer reading, I offer up a quick tour of some of the more
recent weird news for the wired:
Talk about hiking up the distraction meter. Motorola has teamed
up with Oakley on a combination sunglasses/cell-phone headset
aimed at hands-free driving. Supposedly you can cut the glare
while chewing the fat safely. I dunno, you still have to take
your hands off the wheel and fiddle with small buttons--now
dangerously near your line of vision. And at $295, these glasses
should offer X-ray vision, or at least a video link to whoever is
calling. Already I can see a major drawback looming on the
horizon: figuring out where you left the darn things.
Understandably, there's a move afoot to tax porn. If you want to tax Internet
commerce, it certainly makes as much sense to start there as it
does to not let that revenue slip away. Sex sells, but it really
sizzles online, where I'm pretty sure it remains the leading (or
close to it) producer of revenue. But why stop there. Heck, let's
tax spam while we're at it. Other than death, I doubt there are
two more sure-fire sources of tax dollars today: They won't go away,
they're available everywhere, and they seem to rake in the dough.
Speaking of revenue, if you like to tinker under the hood of
software programs and you want to supplement your income, take
note: Several security vendors are offering cash on the barrel for your bug reports.
That's one way to rally the troops to fight for good against
evil! It's not just that security vendors want to be the first to
know about these things, as noted in our story this week.
Increasingly, hackers are targeting the very software we buy to
protect ourselves. Payments alleged to range from $100 to as much
as $5,000 for serial contributors may be just
the thing to turn the technically astute away from mindlessly surfing the Web at work and
onto dissecting software instead of building or maintaining it.
Perhaps the really motivated will even create a few of these
bugs, just so they can report them.
By the time I saw the story on how crooks have turned to E-greetings in order to con the unsuspecting into
downloading malicious code onto their computers, I was already
well aware of this tricky trend, having received several such
E-mails myself. But who hasn't received one of those often-fun
cards (legitimately) from a friend, co-worker, or loved one? You
have to wonder what this is going to mean for the online card
sites. My initial thought was to send them a sympathy card. But
then I realized they'd just think it was a trick E-mail and never
I hope you'll open the link to my blog entry and read about the rest
of the truly weird and twisted IT news that has crossed our desks
this hazy, hot season. These stories are all the proof I need
that the heat has gotten to everyone!
Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Beta 1
Microsoft has reached what it deems to be a significant milestone
in the development of its next version of Windows--the first beta
release--but partners are largely unimpressed with the unfinished code.
Spotfire, financed in part by a CIA technology incubator, is
introducing a tool for uncovering patterns and relationships in
information extracted from E-mail.
Cisco 'Cover-Up' Ignites Security Controversy
Attendees at the Black Hat security conference say that Cisco
attempted to censor a talk about vulnerabilities in its products,
which led to the resignation of a prominent researcher.
Security Vendors Offer More Cash For Bugs
Security vendor TippingPoint says it will pay researchers and
hackers for information on software security vulnerabilities,
while rival iDefense says it will double the bounty it pays for
Analysis: Intel's New Fab Part Of Plan To Combat AMD
Intel's plan to build a new 300-mm fab has little to do with
future PC growth, says an analyst who posits that the
announcement is part of a major plan to play catch-up and gain a
competitive edge over rival Advanced Micro Devices.
FCC Nominees On The Way
Analysts at Legg Mason see Bush aides and Southern pols as
potential FCC nominees, with announcements on the way soon--along
with a possible confirmation struggle.
Traveling overseas? Before you go, read our expert tips for
staying in touch from anywhere in the world.
Travelers Feel 'Empowered' By Online Search
Travelers are searching multiple Web sites for airfares and hotel
rates, and feel empowered by their ability to obtain prices and
make purchases online, a research firm said Wednesday.
Tech Tips: What To Take With You On The Road
Hardware such as a portable Wi-Fi routers and digital projectors
can make travel more pleasant and productive. Here are some
things to make sure to put in your suitcase next to the
toothbrush and the laptop computer.
Things got wild and wooly at Stanford University last week when
tech author, supply-sider, and former Nixon speechwriter George
Gilder squared off against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
director and Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy over whether
technology is making us safer. The panel discussion turned into a
raucous, chaotic slugfest of theories and barbs, forcing the
moderator to referee, a third panelist to hang on for the ride,
and bloggers into overdrive, says Aaron Ricadela.
The rise of a mobile workforce is changing the rules of
engagement in the corporate world. Companies are staking their
competitive strategies on keeping their information workers
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