Internet research and security firm Netcraft has released the findings of its June 2008 Web Server Survey. Netcraft pegged the number of websites at a shade over 172 million, an increase of 3.9 million from the preceding month. Although the main objective of this survey wasn’t to perform a headcount of websites but to size up web server usage trends, it still gives a fair idea of the website population.
Click through to find out how accurate Netcraft's census is and whether you need to make a beeline for that proverbial pinch of salt.
Paring down an extraordinarily long web address into a manageable hyperlink makes it possible to share line-breaking URLs via email, text messages, Twitters, or any other medium without overwhelming the recipient, and therein lies the beauty of TinyURL. Unfortunately, the ugly truth is that while TinyURL makes short work of long URLs, they're also exceedingly difficult to recall for anyone not fluent in Nerglish. Or at least they were.
Of course, standard safe practices still applies. Don't click on hyperlinks from untrusted sources no matter what they're labeled as. And you know that buddy that still finds it amusing to send you a Rick Roll for the umpteenth time? Don't click on his custom TinyURLs either.
Although more than half of American homes now use broadband, compared to just 10% using dial-up, a new Pew survey suggests that more than half of current dial-up users aren't in any hurry to move to broadband. However, you might be surprised to learn how many former online users are no longer connected at home, and how a lot of "non-connected" users can actually get online - for free.
If you thought internet metering was taking things too far, try being a Virgin ISP customer. In a joint venture with the British recording industry group BPI, roughly 800 letters have been sent out to file sharers subscribed to Virgin, with thousands more on the way. These aren't 'Thank you for being a customer' notices, and instead the envelopes read "Important: If you don't read this, your broadband could be disconnected."
Despite the ominous warning and pressure from the BPI to implement a three strikes policy - where users of file sharing networks would be given two warnings and then disconnected on a third offense - Virgin claims the wording was a "mistake," saying:
"It is important to let our customers know that their accounts have been used in a certain way but we are happy to accept it may not be the account holder that's involved. It could be someone else in the family or someone living in a shared house. it could even be someone stealing Wi-Fi. We are not making any form of accusation." - Asam Ahmad from Virgin
Virgin went on to claim that there was "absolutely no possiblity" it would take legal action against its customers under the current campaign, and that it wouldn't hand over user information "under any circumstances." Normally such strong statements would be comforting, but if that's the case, why send out the letters in the first place?
Find out how recipients of the letters have reacted after the jump.
There are some pretty broad ideas being floated in there, and like floaters, they really need to be flushed. Items like mandatory ISP filtering or ISPs being required to restrict or terminate access for repeat offenders. Liability for “deeplinks” is also mentioned, which should make the search engines very happy too. The RIAA also has a wish for establishing liability against internet service providers who don’t remove or block content quickly enough. ars technica points our that “the RIAA's points, taken in together, seem aimed at gutting the best part of the DMCA” (if there was such a thing) which gave ISPs immunity from materials passing through their networks.
Online activities aren’t the RIAA’s only target. CDs are in its sights too, with the RIAA suggesting that countries "with high rates of production of pirated optical discs", “provide for a system of licensing”, and "maintain complete and accurate records". Imagine codes stamped onto CDs to allow for their tracking.
There is little doubt that right holders are entitled to profit from their work, but it is very concerning that the RIAA seems to have the policy maker’s ear, but that others are not going to be be heard. This is going to result in some very RIAA slanted rules with little rights left for consumers.
Internet for Everyone is a new public interest group pushing for universal broadband access in the United States that launched last week. Their goal is to “make sure every American can benefit from the new economy and guarantee all citizens play an active role in our democracy, our nation must embark on a national campaign to connect every American to a fast, affordable and open Internet.”
This is a laudable goal, one that I heartily agree with, but one that is not as easy to obtain as it sounds. The profit margins are thin in broadband. Other countries are beating out the US on broadband market penetration because their governments invest heavily in their broadband infrastructure and do not heavily regulate broadband resources.
ICANN members have approved the most drastic and liberating changes to the very quintessence of the internet that has survived impregnably for the past 25 years. The internet, dear Maximum PC readers, will never be the same again. ICANN members in a watershed vote finally allowed the freeing up of top level domains.
Now anyone including individuals and organizations can register top level domains of their choosing. Soon there will be domain names like YA.HOO, BLOG.JOHN and I.LIKE.MATT etc. In fact, the governing body has also permitted domain names in Arabic and other Asian languages.
A report by network equipment manufacturer Sandvine has once again saddled P2P traffic with the blame for hogging most of the precious North American bandwidth. The report pegs P2P traffic’s share of internet bandwidth at 44% - up 3% from the preceding year.
The scales are heavily lopsided as web traffic comes a distant second with 27.3% followed by streaming media with 14.8% of internet bandwidth.
VoIP is expected to grow steadily over the coming few years but it currently consumes the least internet bandwidth, a paltry .2%. Although there has been no consistency in reports detailing bandwidth usage, P2P traffic is logically most bandwidth-intensive.
Not all systems are go, but starting today, many of American Airlines' flights are Gogo equipped, the new service offering in-flight wireless internet access while traveling above the clouds. All 15 of American's Boeing 767-200 jets traveling from JFK airport in New York to destinations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami are up and running free of charge to passengers, with pricing set for $12.95 (flights over three hours) and $9.95 (flights under three hours) once the service officially launches in a couple of weeks. Using a version of EVDO Rev A technology, Gogo equipped jets will communicate with a network of 92 cell phone towers nationwide. If the rollout goes smoothly, American Airlines indicated it would expand the service throughout its fleet.
According to Wikipedia, Scotland occupies the northern third of Great Britain and shares a land border to the south with England. Looking at a map confirms this. Wikipedia also indicates Scotland consists of over 790 islands with a varied flora incorporating both deciduous and coniferous woodland. All true and not a bit slanderous. So what's Scotland's beef with Wikipedia? Read on to find out.