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Google Caught in Comcast Traffic Filtering? – Slashdot
“Comcast users are reporting ‘connection reset‘ errors while loading Google. The problem seems to have been coming and going over the past few days, and often disappears only to return a few minutes later. Apparently the problem only affects some of Google’s IPs and services. Analysis of the PCAP packet dumps reveals several injected fake RSTs, which are very similar to the ones seen coming from the Great Firewall of China [PDF]. Did Google somehow get caught up in one of Comcast’s blacklists, or are the heuristics flagging Google as a file-sharer due to the heavy traffic?”
Copyright activists want Canada to avoid WIPO treaty – ComputerWorld Canada
The Canadian government’s affirmation for copyright reform in this month’s throne speech could have implications on technological innovation as well as the open source community, according to industry activists. At last week’s Free Software and Open Source Symposium (FSOSS) 2007, held at Seneca College’s York University Campus in Toronto, Rory McGreal, associate vice-president of research at online Athabasca University, discussed his growing concern over new copyright legislation as well as Canada’s potential adoption of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) copyright treaty.
A virtual stripper is helping to defeat anti-spam security checks. Spammers have created a Windows game which shows a woman in a state of undress when people correctly type in text shown in an accompanying image. The scrambled text images come from sites which use them to stop computers automatically signing up for accounts that can be put to illegal use.
William Shatner would like to go where one man has gone before – himself. In interviews over the weekend Shatner expressed disbelief that he has not been cast in the forthcoming Star Trek sequel, although his original co-star, Leonard Nimoy, has been.
France Telecom on Tuesday denied being in talks with Google about introducing handsets fitted with the U.S. Web search leader’s software systems. “We formally deny being in talks with Google about a handset,” said a spokesman for France Telecom, which mainly trades as Orange.
AT&T Explains Guilt by Association – Freedom to Tinker
According to government documents studied by The New York Times, the FBI asked several phone companies to analyze phone-call patterns of Americans using a technology called ‘communities of interest’. Verizon refused, saying that it didn’t have any such technology. AT&T, famously, did not refuse. What is the communities of interest technology? It’s spelled out very clearly in a 2001 research paper from AT&T itself, entitled ‘Communities of Interest’ (by C. Cortes, D. Pregibon, and C. Volinsky). They use high-tech data-mining algorithms to scan through the huge daily logs of every call made on the AT&T network; then they use sophisticated algorithms to analyze the connections between phone numbers: who is talking to whom? The paper literally uses the term ‘Guilt by Association’ to describe what they’re looking for: what phone numbers are in contact with other numbers that are in contact with the bad guys?
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