Overheard: Word of the Day


January 11, 2008  5:27 PM

Quiz: What’s new in mobile and telecom?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
mobile_tv.gif You’re an expert in your own area of technology,
but how much do you know about what’s going on
in the mobile/telecom game?

1. The Federal Communication Commission’s auction will begin on January 24, shortly before Super Bowl XLII. What are they auctioning off?
a) analog airwaves returned by television broadcasters
b) antenna space on new and existing towers
Answer

2. Why was there a blogswarm and lots of TV news about Frontline Wireless closing its doors?
a) it was the first big Web 2.0 startup to fail
b) it was the only company that expressed interest in creating a U.S. National Public Safety Network
Answer

3. According to Forbes Magazine, what is America’s most wired city?
a) Seattle
b) Atlanta
Answer

4. Which government agency lost phone service because they couldn’t keep track of charges and neglected to pay their bill?
a) Federal Bureau of Investigation
b) Federal Communications Commission
Answer

5. What is wireless charging?
a) a proposed national standard for mobile phone charging, using USB instead of propritary connectors and voltages
b) a way to charge your cell phone without actually having to plug it in to something
Answer

6. Why is the iPhone considered to be a disruptive technology?
a) because there are so many features on one device (iPod, phone, Internet, photos, text messaging,video, etc.)
b) because it showed the wireless industry that a profit could be made on mobile devices, not just cell phone contracts
Answer

7. What is air-time marketing?
a) a business model where cell phone service would be absolutely free because sponsors would foot the bill
b) permission-based advertising via Bluetooth — for instance you might walk past a pizza parlor and receive a coupon on your phone
Answer

8. What is the Open Handset Alliance?
a) a consortium led by Google to develop open standards for mobile devices
b) a group of teen-age hackers who claimed responsibility for unlocking the iPhone
Answer

9. What is Android?
a) a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications
b) mobile humanoid robots equipped with VoIP phones that will take the place of traditional phone booths in Grand Central Station
Answer

10. What is the purpose of a cell phone jammer?
a) to prevent rude people with cell phones from talking by sending out a radio signal so powerful that their cell phone is overwhelmed and cannot communicate with a cell tower
b) it allows users in different cell phone networks to initiate free conference calls
Answer

January 11, 2008  3:07 PM

Overheard: The most wired city in the United States is…???

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
atlanta.jpg For the second year in a row, Atlanta tops Forbes.com’s survey of America’s most wired cities in the U.S.To calculate our list, we looked at the percentage of Internet users with high-speed access, the range of service providers within a city and the availability of public wireless hot spots.

Elizabeth Woyke, America’s Most Wired Cities


January 11, 2008  2:17 AM

Overheard: One security glitch per 1,000 lines of code

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
homeland_security_logo.jpg A US Department of Homeland Security bug-fixing scheme has uncovered an average of one security glitch per 1,000 lines of code in 180 widely used open source software projects.

Matthew Broersma, Open Source Security Bugs Uncovered

The program, called the Open Source Hardening Project, is sponsored by the DHS and carried out by Coverity and Stanford University. Launched in March 2006, the US$300,000 project was initially launched to review the code of 180 open source software projects frequently used by developers of government websites and application developers.


January 10, 2008  10:10 PM

Tour: Sun’s Project Blackbox

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January 10, 2008  8:28 PM

Tour: CNBC’s graphics SAN

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January 10, 2008  8:27 PM

Tour: Server room at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory

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January 10, 2008  8:14 PM

Tour: Huawei Data Center

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January 10, 2008  8:09 PM

Tour: WickedInk takes you on a tour of his data center

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January 10, 2008  7:59 PM

Tour: DLR’s German National Satellite Data Center

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January 10, 2008  7:54 PM

Tour: Teklan data center

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