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In a lightning-fast response to recent and pending actions by the US Government cracking down on several different kinds of Internet activity by seizing perpetrators' Internet domains, a group calling itself Dot-P2P has formed to develop and promulgate an alternative domain name system (DNS) that will be immune to action by the US or other governments.  In this, the first of three parts, we examine what led up to the creation of Dot-P2P and the technology that might make it possible. About a week ago, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit of the US Department of Homeland Security seized the Internet domains of about eighty web sites for selling counterfeit merchandise and for distributing pirated music and movies. It is widely believed that this action was conducted to lend credibility and urgency to new legislation sponsored by Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Hatc... (more)

Wyse PocketCloud is "Freakin' Amazing"

So often technology products don't live up to their hype, but it is considerably rarer where it is the other way around.  You know the all-to-familiar scenario of the former.  You read about a new smartphone app, say.  It sounds amazing; you have to have it; you wonder how you have lived without it.  Then, you look it up on the Apple App Store or Android Market and the misgivings start.  Maybe the summary text is unclear or the user ratings aren't great.  But you are smitten enough to look past that and install it anyway, especially if it is free.  Not everybody is a great writ... (more)

Adobe Puts Flash Server in Amazon Cloud

This week, stalwart packaged applications software vendor Adobe announced the availability of its Flash Media Server on Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure.  It's a move that should be good for both companies but one that also raises a few questions. Adobe's Flash brand is worn by a number of different parts and products, including the media player client much maligned recently by His Hipness, Steve Jobs, the graphical authoring application for animation and interactive media and web sites, and the server discussed here.  The Amazon incarnation of the Flash server joins a f... (more)

Shots Across the Data Lake

Range Wars The settling of the American West brought many battles between ranchers and farmers over access to water. The farmers claimed land near the water and fenced it to protect their crops. But the farmers' fences blocked the ranchers' cattle from reaching the water. Fences were cut; shots were fired; it got ugly. About a century later, with the first tech land rush of the late1980s and early '90s - before the Web - came battles between those who wanted software and data to be centrally controlled on corporate servers and those who wanted it to be distributed to workers' de... (more)

SMB Cloud Is A Hacker's Paradise

Cheaper, Easier, Scarier - Small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly turning to cloud computing as an easier, cheaper alternative to in-house IT or shared and dedicated server hosting solutions. And, they are finding social media to be an accessible, inexpensive way to build brands, distribute content, and assist customers. Correspondingly, cloud services and social networking providers are increasingly targeting the SMB segment for revenue they can't get from consumers and margins they can't get from large businesses. Meanwhile, abetted by user ignorance, provider apa... (more)