May 07, 2009

US air traffic faces 'serious harm' from cyber attackers

from Reg Article May 07 2009: US air traffic faces 'serious harm' from cyber attackers

The solution is obvious, create a network of VPN nodes with multiple redundant routes, that utilize end-to-end encryption and authentication and connect your 'computers' to that. Now don't tell how/why it can't be done, tell me how it can be !

"when hackers took control of Federal Aviation Administration computers in Alaska. By exploiting the administration's interconnected networks"

"Two separate attacks in 2006 hit the FAA's remote maintenance monitoring system and its air traffic control systems. The latter forced the FAA to shut down a portion of ATC systems in Alaska"

"The report went on to fault the FAA for employing woefully inadequate IDS, or intrusion detection systems. .. none of the IDS sensors monitor mission critical ATC operation systems"

May 04, 2009

television channels are so last century

"The money the cable operators pay for the rights to channels like MTV, CNN and ESPN eats up just under $4 of every $10 they take in selling video service"

They just don't get it, we don't want to subscribe to a hundred channels. What we do want is watch what we want when we want and not have to subscribe to half a dozen services on top of our ISP fees.

If the telecoms want to make real money out of IPTV they need to stop subscribing to rights to channels and instead buy up their own material and repackage it for their own subscribers, else all they are doing is relaying terrestrial TV to an audience that can already get on .. er ... Television. I mean, for me, why pay extra to watch television on the Internet ?

If may come as a surprise to the telecoms that IPTV is a bandwidth hog, but not the rest of us. What they need to do is provide a high definition broadcast grid for live video, the rest to be provided in a peering arraignment to the local ISP switching center. The consumer then selects from a list of older tv progs and movies and they are delivered overnight to a DVR or set-top-box.

You pay for what you watch when you watch. Latest movie, ok top dollar, old movie, $1:00 a time. You also pay for online game subscriptions, video telephone, research and reference like the Wolfram|Alpha project.

Of course even 'passive viewing' is old century for the current wired generation, they're more into making and being in their own personal movie :) It depresses me as to all the innovators can see as to the future of the Internet, television and adverts. Back to the sixties I guess :)