Let's face it, MegaUpload was just as much of a popular pirate hangout as The Pirate Bay (TPB), which isn't to say there weren't some upstanding netizens using the service for legitimate purposes, but we all know what really on went over there. Does that mean non-infringing users should suffer for the wrongs of the bunch who ruined MegaUpload for the few? Maybe (better research into where you store your files could have prevented potentially losing them when the feds beat down the virtual door), maybe not (they weren't doing anything illegal, after all), but regardless. there's at least one organization that has their back: the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
The debate over the seizure of MegaUpload may intensify this week as the site's hosting companies, Carpathia Hosting Inc. and Cogent Communications Group Inc., get ready to purge its data, according to an AP report. Federal prosecutors said in a letter that the data purge could take place as soon as Thursday. With MegaUpload's money frozen by the government, customers who were using the service for legitimate purposes could be screwed.
Whistle-blower site Wikileaks is no doubt a target of US authorities after the recent leak of classified military wires from the Afghanistan war. Multiple news outlets are running stories culled from the documents, and the whole affair has been embarrassing to those in power. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has even revealed he was nearly charged with conspiracy to commit espionage.
The Swedish Pirate Party has a history of stepping in to protect controversial sites, and now after becoming the host for The Pirate Bay, they are offering the same deal to Wikileaks. The site currently secures itself against server takedowns by distributing mirrors all over the world. The main host is currently PRQ, which is run by the Pirate Bay founders in Sweden, but a server under the protection of the Pirate Party couldn't hurt as a backup.
The Pirate Party expects if Wikileaks takes them up on the deal, they would face US pressure to shut down their servers. Anna Troberg of the Pirate Party says of that, “The Pirate Party will under no circumstances give in to pressure."
Security vendor Symantec Corp. on Monday announced a new hosted medical image archiving and sharing solution the company is calling Symantec Health. Aimed at healthcare providers, the idea is to aid hospitals and medical facilities in lowering costs associated with storing medical records.
"Health IT executives continually cite the soaring costs associated with medical image storage as one of the biggest challenges they face," said Lori Wright, vice president and general manager of the Electronic Health Group at Symantec. "Symantec’s security and storage management expertise and its leading Software as a Service portfolio are key reasons why many healthcare industry leaders trust Symantec to deliver these new hosted offerings in a cost-effective and secure way."
Some of the key features include on-demand capacity, business analytics, the ability for non-affiliated clinicians to search, view, and download images with a physician-friendly Web interface, and secure provider-to-provider image sharing, Symantec said.
I'll preface: not that kind of hardcore file management. And I'll promise: I will do my best to not make some kind of witty reflection about how it's the new year, and you should really use this time to finish that big resolution of getting your computer's file system all tidy and organized, et cetera. Only, I just said that. And that's exactly what this first Freeware Files of the 2010 is about. Enclosed within the bits and bytes of this post are five killer applications that are designed to help out your cluttered, aging file system by hunting down junk, helping you organize, and giving you new ways to tackle issues that bugged you in 2009.
There's no freeware app that's going to get me to stop with this extended metaphor, unfortunately. But don't let that keep you away from the helpful programs found within the bowels of this very post. Need an app that better manages your Windows 7 libraries? Got it. Need a way to recover deleted files from a USB key? Fear not. Want to catalog and delete the duplicate files taking up unnecessary space on your system? Get ready to itch that trigger finger.
Those are but mere snippets of the full assortment of apps in this week's roundup. If frustrating file issues and a steadily decreasing amount of hard drive space makes you mad, then angrily click the jump with all your might--solutions are but mere moments away!
According to Microsoft, its $550 million Chicago data center is one of the largest data centers in the world to make use of shipping containers, and Phase one of the data center opened on Wednesday. The idea of running servers inside a standard shipping container is a relatively new one. In short, the container arrives from the manufacturer with around 2,000 ready to run machines, and goes straight from the delivery truck to the data center floor. In as little as 8 hours, the new servers can be online.
"The online world is unpredictable. With new feature sets coming out continually, new products we haven't even thought of, we have to make these investments scale beyond what we know of today," says Kevin Timmons, general manager of Microsoft data center operations. "A big part of our job is to provide the business with options."
Microsoft is playing catch-up to Google in the server space and in addition to the newly opened Chicago data center, the Redmond company also celebrated the grand opening of its "chiller-free" Dublin data center. It also has data centers in Quincy, WA and San Antonio.
It looks like here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. we’ve got one more thing to add to the “we’re good at this” list, and that one thing is hosting malware on our websites.
A recent study by ars technica that tested what countries are hosting malware has the United States in first place, hosting a whopping 37% of the world’s malware infected sights, followed by China in second place with only 28% of the world’s malicious sites. Every other country fell under 10% individually.
Considering that we here in the U.S. have some of the most advanced technologies when it comes to combating malware, it seems a little sad that we’re in first place (with room to spare) on this list. And considering that just recently we came in first for spam email just a little over a year ago, it’s disappointing too.