Overheard: Word of the Day


November 1, 2007  1:04 PM

Overheard: Deep Packet Inspection

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
carol_wilson.jpg “At its most fundamental, DPI would enable service providers to establish tiered services – the classic platinum, gold and silver model – and prioritize traffic by the packet, depending on what the subscriber has paid for.

The problem, of course, is that the Internet community is not at all comfortable with the idea that ISPs, particularly the large cable and telecom operators who own the networks, are the ones being allowed to set the priorities and determine whose traffic gets the right-of-way.”

Carol Wilson, Privacy, piracy and deep packet inspection

October 30, 2007  6:05 PM

Overheard: Zombie army is not just a scary Halloween story

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
zombies.jpg “What’s scarier than a Zombie flashmob at an Apple store? John Naughton’s article about how the Storm worm is being used to assemble a Zombie Army.”  

This is really scary stuff.

‘If Storm were a disease,’ says Bruce Schneier, ‘it would be more like syphilis, whose symptoms may be mild or disappear altogether, but which will come back years later and eat your brain.’

Naughton writes: Storm has been spreading steadily since last January, gradually constructing a huge botnet. It affects only computers running Microsoft Windows, but that means that more than 90 per cent of the world’s PCs are vulnerable. Nobody knows how big the Storm botnet has become, but reputable security professionals cite estimates of between one million and 50 million computers worldwide. To date, the botnet has been used only intermittently, which is disquieting: what it means is that someone, somewhere, is quietly building a doomsday machine that can be rented out to the highest bidder, or used for purposes that we cannot yet predict.

Storm is different. It spreads quietly, without drawing attention to itself. Symptoms don’t appear immediately, and an infected computer can lie dormant for a long time.


October 30, 2007  1:20 PM

Overheard: High Definition Plasma Display Panel technology in India

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
sanjay_ram.jpg “Our group’s research is directed towards the measurement of the SEE yield (γ), which is a crucial parameter for characterization of dielectric layers and their applicability in plasma display panels. This project is a part of a larger academia-industry collaborative project aiming to develop indigenous High Definition Plasma Display Panel technology in India.”

Sanjay Ram, Dielectric-Emissive Coatings in High Definition Plasma Display Panels


October 29, 2007  8:40 PM

Overheard: Hulu hoopla is genuine

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
brierdudley.jpg “How much time are people going to spend scouring YouTube, trying to find a chuckle among all the junk, when Hulu’s offering recent episodes of shows like “The Simpsons,” “Heroes” and “The Office” for free, on-demand, legally and in high quality straight from the source?”

Brier Dudley, Experimenting with Hulu, here’s The Simpsons

IMHO, Brier Dudley’s the only one who’s correctly identified why Hulu will succeed. When it comes right down to it, viewers don’t care about who’s controlling the back end distribution. They just want free, high-quality video. And to be able to watch The Simpsons on their phone while they’re waiting for Mom to pick them up.

Brier demo’s Hulu. Check out the link above.


October 29, 2007  1:16 PM

Overheard: Fast Infoset explained

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
young_yang.jpg To effectively improve web service performance, you need to reduce the overhead associated with parsing, serializing, and transmitting XML-based data. Fast Infoset is an open, standards-based solution for doing just that.

Young Yang, Boost Web Service Performance in JAX-WS with Fast Infoset


October 26, 2007  1:03 PM

Overheard: Bovine energy is serious alternative energy source

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Bovine energy is a hot topic in biofuel research. Don’t laugh. There are 1.5 billion cows on planet earth and each of them manufactures an average of 100 pounds of manure a day. That’s a lot of methane gas.

Before I read about bovine energy, I pictured it pretty much the way the folks at the One Laptop Per Child initiative are using it. (see photo below) Not very efficient.

But as I read more, I began to understand how serious a source of energy cows could be. With a methane digester, even a small farm can recycle the gas cows produce in their manure to produce some serious electricity. The farm in the video (middle) brings in an extra $30k a month from selling their cow-generated electricity.

Instead of asking “got milk” maybe we should be asking “got fuel?”

cow-power-olpc.jpg Cows being used to power a generator for the OneLaptopPerChild initiative.Sumner Lemon

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cow.jpg Using the cow’s digestive system to power energy cells.
Hannah Velten


October 25, 2007  3:50 PM

Overheard – Why aren’t there any Google jokes?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
me.jpg Why aren’t there any Google jokes?

– Margaret Rouse

I just finished reading Robert Scoble’s blog post about Google’s page rank being dead and bloggers needlessly obsessing about their Google page rank (PR) numbers — and it reminded me of a question I’ve been meaning to ask somebody for awhile. How come there aren’t any Google jokes?

You can do a search and come up with literally hundreds of Microsoft jokes. There are Linux jokes. There are Unix jokes. There are Cisco jokes. IBM jokes. There are even jokes about bloggers.So how come there aren’t any jokes about Google?

Is Google’s power so formidable that it’s not funny? Are we afraid that if we joke about Google we’ll be punished and sent to SEO hell? Isn’t there anything funny about Google?

Or are there lots of great Google jokes floating around out there and I’m just the last one to know?

Back to work now.

– Margaret Rouse


October 25, 2007  1:28 PM

Overheard: Digital resume – What you perceive is what you believe

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
shane_eubanks.jpg “What is a digital resume?” you might ask. Well, think of it as everything you do online that can be viewed by others. This includes MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, forums, websites where you leave comments, etc. It is how your employers, clients, and customers will perceive you, whether it’s the “real” you or not. To them, it’s the real you. Period.”

Shane Eubanks, Your Digital Resume Can Make or Break You


October 25, 2007  12:01 PM

Overheard: Verizon and AT&T

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
stephen-wildstrom.jpg “The fact is, the old Bell system that was broken up 25 years ago has reassembled itself into a duopoly that dominates the Internet backbone and both landline and wireless phone service. Verizon and AT&T are also among the largest Internet service providers. The old, overregulated AT&T was hostile to innovation, but as stodgy as it was, it saw itself as the steward of a public trust. The company’s lightly regulated successors view the world quite differently.”

Stephen Wildstrom, Get Your Hands Off the Web


October 25, 2007  11:42 AM

Overheard: What is a pre-green bill?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
jimmy_ray_purser.jpg “Get a copy of your company’s electric bill. Determine how much you actually spend per month in energy for your data center. This is considered your “pre-green” bill.”

Jimmy Ray Purser 5 Easy, Cheap Ways to Green Your Data Center

How do you actually do that?


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