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NSA Revelations Cast Doubt on the Entire Tech Industry | Wired.com

Six years ago, two Microsoft cryptography researchers discovered some weirdness in an obscure cryptography standard authored by the National Security Agency. There was a bug in a government-standard random number generator that could be used to encrypt data. The researchers, Dan Shumow and Niels Ferguson, found that the number generator appeared to have been built…

Live stream change

Ustream has begun interrupting live streams with commercials…8-10 of them every hour.  I can’t justify paying several hundred dollars a year to use it the few times I do through the season to stop the ads and improve server connection.  That appears to be their goal:  make it unusable for the free service users so…

Java Update 7.11 is available now

The update to Java 7, fixing the security issue, has been released by Oracle.  Version 7.11 can be downloaded at:  http://www.java.com. Suggestion:  uninstall all previous versions of Java before you download. Once downloaded, you’ll need to enable Java again.  The instructions for enabling java can be found at http://www.java.com/en/download/help/enable_panel.xml.

Running Java 7 on your computer? You might want to read this bulletin from Homeland Security.

Update:  Oracle is working on a fix.  I’d still disable Java until they do. I had to update my computer to Java 7.10 first, then disable it from the Java Console. Update:  To disable Java, here’s the instructions from Oracle. http://www.java.com/en/download/help/disable_browser.xml. Here’s the Homeland Security Alert updated on Friday. Alert (TA13-010A) Oracle Java 7 Security…

DNS Changer malware? The FBI may be shutting you down on Monday.

Malware designed to re-direct unsuspecting users to bad web sites infected thousands of computers last year.  The culprits responsible for the infections were busted and the FBI quickly took control over DNS servers.  However, the FBI will no longer keep those servers running.  On January 9th, the equipment will be un-plugged. What does this mean…

The Evi artificial intelligence app for the iPhone

I downloaded the Evi artificial intelligence app to my iPhone 4 this evening.  Although I had trouble connecting to the servers at first, all-in-all, Evi is a good alternative to Siri, and it’s only 99 cents. Similar to Siri, you type or ask her a question and she’ll read you an answer.  I asked her…

TulsaWxChaser.com opposed to SOPA and PIPA

Good evening! We are joining thousands of other web sites on January 18th who are protesting both the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).  Don’t get me wrong, I’m against copyright infringement and piracy, but I’m also against the government forcing service providers, search engines and web property owners to censor web content. DMCA, Digital…

Firefox formatting issue fixed

I finally figured out the coding errors that prevented some content on the web site from displaying properly when visitors used the Firefox Browser.  Things should look a little better now.   I’ve always used Internet Explorer and didn’t know about the issues, so thanks to all of you who let me know.  If you…