Social Web
UserpicPrimates of Social Web
Posted by Sasha

Will social networks increase in size is not an obvious hypothesis. There could be more networks and more groups but cognitive power of the brain is limited to the number of friends one can develop. "Extrapolating from the brain sizes and social networks of apes, Dr Dunbar suggested that the size of the human brain allows stable networks of about 148," quoting the related article by The Economist. Even more worrisome is the fact that with the rise of social networks, the number of "core" friends is on downward trend.


DRM, E-Commerce
UserpicVideo on Demand is Not Digital Property
Posted by Moxietype

By statutory definition, the term “digital property” does not include:

  1. video programming services, including video on demand television services; and
  2. broadcasting services, including content to provide such services

Read more on what qualifies as Digital Property and is taxable in the State of New Jersey.

UserpicHow to upload files to Amazon s3 server
Posted by Sasha

"There are many tools available for working with Amazon S3 without having to write a software application. For this article, we’ll be using a plug-in for the Firefox browser, called S3Fox. You can also use one of the many code samples and tools available through the Amazon S3 Resource Center, or use a product built on Amazon S3 in the Solutions Catalog.

First, create a bucket in your Amazon S3 account that corresponds to the domain you’ll use to host your media files. For our web site, we’ll create a bucket called “”.

Important: Use lower-case letters only to name buckets that will be used in DNS redirects. This requirement is a function of the way that DNS handles names (always lower case).

Why use this specific bucket name? Amazon S3 has a virtual hosting feature that allows inbound requests from a web site, so it will serve up content from the bucket by the same name. We’ll talk more about this feature in the next section when we configure our domain.

Next, add your media files to the new bucket in Amazon S3. Using the Firefox plug-in, it’s as simple as selecting the files on your local system, then clicking the transfer button."

Read full article for instructions

Web Site Optimization
UserpicHow to set up Amazon S3 server
Posted by Sasha

One of the typical ways to improve scalability of high traffic website is to serve it contents from several web servers. This way all request for html pages will go to first sever and requests for media content will go to the second one allowing each server to perform better under high load. Amazon S3 offers you unlimited scalability and pay as you go model. You pay only for what actually is stored on your S3 account and pay only for the actual traffic.

Read more on how to set up Amazon S3 account


UserpicOnline content is direct threat to cable and DVD
Posted by Sasha

If Time Warner is concerned about cable and VOD sales, one can only imagine the impact on the DVD sales.

Cable companies are getting worried that more people are watching TV over the Internet. Glenn Britt, chief executive of Time Warner Cable, voiced his concern in February during a quarterly earnings discussion with analysts.

"We are starting to see the beginning of cord cutting," he said. "People will choose not to buy subscription video if they can get the same stuff for free."

More and more television programming and movies are available online, through sites including Hulu, Netflix Watch Instantly, YouTube and's Video on Demand. "This time there is a real, viable alternative" to cable, said Bobby Tulsiani, a senior analyst at Forrester Research.

Time Warner Cable, which operates under the Road Runner brand, said it has been offering tiered, capped service in Beaumont, Texas for some time and in March began testing that pricing in four new markets: Austin and San Antonio, Texas; Rochester, New York; and Greensboro, N.C. Still unpriced is Time Warner's maximum available offering: 100 GB per month, said Time Warner Cable spokesman Alex Dudley. Usage exceeding those caps is charged at $1 per gigabyte.

Others among the nation's largest ISPs are also experimenting with caps and tiers.


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Internet Service Provideers (ISPs) will start storing details of user e-mails and net phone calls under an EU directive.

The plans were drawn up in the wake of the London bombings in 2005.

ISPs and telecoms firms have resisted the proposals while some countries in the EU are contesting the directive.

Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, said it was a "crazy directive" with potentially dangerous repercussions for citizens.

All ISPs in the European Union will have to store the records for a year. An EU directive which requires telecoms firms to hold on to telephone records for 12 months is already in force.

UserpicAdobe Protected Streaming
Posted by Moxietype

The Media-Streams are encrypted "on the fly" by the Flash Media Server (the protocol used is rtmpe or rtmps). In addition the client player can be verified via "SWF-Verification", to make sure that only the official client can be used.


All contents are encrypted by the Flash Media Server "on the fly". This means, there is no encryption of the source file needed (which is different to Microsoft DRM, for instance). For data transmission, a special protocol is used: rtmpe or rtmps.

rtmps uses SSL-encryption, rtmpe makes use of proprietary encryption algorithms. rtmpe causes less CPU-load than rtmps on the Flash Media Server. In the past, some tools were able to capture rtmpe Streams by taking advantage of a security hole within the flash player object. Adobe fixed that issue in Jan. 2009.

Currently, there are no known hacks for rtmps and for rtmpe and also there are no known tools to perform rtmpe/rtmps decryption, but it is known that private groups have found a way to rip those streams (HorribleSubs ripping Crunchyroll)


This technique is used to ensure that only the official Flash client, delivered by the content owner, can be used to request the streaming data.

All officially allowed clients (which are in fact *.swf Files) need to be placed on the Flash Media Server. Any unknown client requesting a connection will receive a "connection reject".

The combination of both techniques ensures that streams cannot be sniffed and stored into a local file. SWF verification is needed to avoid that manipulated clients can access the content. Those clients could possibly write the unencrypted content to a file.

Besides that, it is possible to restrict connections to the Flash Media Server to a list of known hosts, to avoid that the whole player (the flash client) is placed on a foreign site.


UserpicMajor Chinese Spy Network Uncovered
Posted by Sasha

According to the article the major spy network has infiltrated computers from government offices around the world. The spy network had infiltrated 1,295 computers in 103 countries.

I already implemented on multiple web sites IP bans on incoming traffic from China due to the numerous coordinated and yet unsuccessful hacking attacks coming from the particular regions of that country.

UserpicLove at First Sight
Posted by Sasha

According to the recent study it took on average 8.2 seconds for a male to fall iin love. I personally think that 8.2 seconds hardly qulifies for a "first sight" as to spend that much time staring at someone one has to be looking for some redeeming qualities.

As the figures revealed, a man who rated a lady attractive held eye contact for about an average of 8.2 seconds, which increased his chances of falling in love at first sight, researchers said.

Oppositely, if the gaze lasted for about 4.5 seconds or less, the man in question was not interested in any way in the woman he had made eye contact with, which meant he did not consider her good-looking enough. Ladies, on the other hand, did not make this distinction, since they paid the same amount of attention and held eye contact for just as long with both men they were interested in and those they did not fancy, for one reason or another, the same study showed.

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