It has long since been argued that continued exposure to something over a length of time will reduce the shock value of whatever it happens to be, from violence in movies to swearing in public. Now according to a [URL="http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-12-12-porn-study_N.htm"]report[/URL] researchers at the Brigham Young University have suggested that the availability of 'pocket porn' via the Internet and mobile phones has led to a sea change in how women react to pornography. The full study is to be published in the Journal of Adolescent Research in January, but enough detail has been leaked ahead of publication for us to know …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]22199[/ATTACH]Ever wondered just how many domain names there are on the Internet? DaniWeb has, and can reveal the answer as being an almost astonishing 215 million worldwide. According to global Internet infrastructure provider and domain registrar Verisign, more than five million domain names were added to the total during the second quarter of this year alone, which represents a growth rate of 2.5 percent above the previous three months. To put that into some perspective, that's a year on year growth in the number of Internet domains of 8.6 percent or some 16.9 million domains. If you were to look …

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Oh the irony. In what is starting to read very much like the script to a Hollywood movie itself, the latest twist to the Sony Pictures hacking plot took an unexpected turn yesterday. It would appear that at one stage yesterday access to the web across pretty much all of North Korea went down, with access to key sites such as the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and Rodong Sinmun newspaper were down for most of the day. Not that most North Koreans would have noticed, of course, seeing as they are denied access to the Internet anyway. The …

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Today is another of those 'Hallmark' IT security days; in the case of Tuesday the 11th of February 2014 that means 'Safer Internet Day'. I'm not going to start yet another rant about the pointlessness of this, and why every day should be Safer Internet Day. If you want to know my feelings, go and take a look at what I said in my article '[Data Privacy Day sucks elephants through a straw, and here's why...](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/microsoft-windows/viruses-spyware-and-other-nasties/news/472024/data-privacy-day-sucks-elephants-through-a-straw-and-heres-why)' a couple of weeks ago. Instead, I'm going to concentrate on just what those of us who are in the business of trying to …

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A new survey of 1000 commuters in London has revealed that, for a surprisingly large number of people, losing Internet access is more stressful than having no heating or water. Some 38% of those asked said that they would most stressed by a lack of Internet access at home, compared to only 32% with water loss and 18% no heating. The Internet isn't the only thing people worry about losing though, cash (46%) was top of concern list. Interestingly while a third were worried about losing their personal mobile phone, only %5 could care less about losing their work mobile. …

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While they have, in past years, enjoyed glorious recognitino such as the iconic ["Worst Company in America"](http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward/2010/04/comcast_wins_consumerist_worst.html) award, Comcast isn't letting its data-caps go away anytime soon, and while they have raised some of their caps in some markets, it's apparent the motive of the entire movement is far from bandwidth-related. Last month, Comcast stopped kicking around the idea of [data caps](http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/09/comcast-data-caps-hit-test-cities-range-from-300gb-to-600gb/) and instead pushed it into high gear, launching the capped services in various test markets, with limits ranging from 300GB to 600GB. The caps, designed to help quell bandwidth usage with their customers, seems to be suicidal from …

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Wednesday 6th June 2012 is [URL="http://www.worldipv6day.org/"]World IPv6 Launch Day[/URL] (no, seriously, it is) and, we have been continually reminded in a Chicken Little fashion, the IPv4 address space sky is falling. The fact that the media obsession with Internet addresses running out has been on-going for at least a decade now, fuelled no doubt by slow news days and headline space to fill, has led to something of a blasé attitude towards making the move over to IPv6. Indeed, you might be forgiven for thinking that the whole IPv6 thing had fallen by the wayside and become another Betamax technology. …

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I am pleased to report that DaniWeb, based about half an hour outside Manhattan in Uniondale, Long Island, New York has survived Hurricane Sandy. There were no downtimes or outages, and all staff are OK. Not everyone in the tech space has been so lucky it would seem. ![sandymap](/attachments/small/0/sandymap.jpg "align-right") Four big online names have suffered outages after Datagram, a web hosting and data center outfit based in Manhattan, lost power. Buzzfeed, Gawker, Gizmodo and The Huffington Post were amongst the sites impacted by the power loss after Datagram experienced flooding to the basement of its building last night. Intermap, …

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Over the last couple of days the online media seems to have gone crazy for the news that the Google Chrome web browser client has overtaken Microsoft Internet Explorer to become the most popular browser on the planet. This based entirely upon the fact that, for a single week, and according to figures from the StatCounter service, Chrome reached a 32.76% share against the 31.94% share enjoyed by Internet Explorer. But does this really mean that Chrome is now the number one client, and should web developers be giving more design love to it than Internet Explorer as a result? …

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According to a new [URL="http://pewresearch.org/databank/dailynumber/?NumberID=1072"]study [/URL]from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 21 percent of American adults do not use the Internet. And of those, 90 percent say they have no intention of using the Internet in the future. Among the non-internet users, 34 percent do have some relationship with the online world, ranging from living in a home with an Internet connection or having used the Internet at some point in the past. As far as reasons, 48 percent say they are too busy or not interested, while 21 percent are concerned about the price and 18 percent …

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Today is [World IPv6 Launch Day](http://www.worldipv6launch.org ).Today is the day that the global Internet gets redefined. Today is the day that people everywhere are saying "so what?" I imagine. However, not everyone is having a 'meh!' moment at the thought of IPv6 being officially launched. Take Jay Parikh, Vice President of Infrastructure at Facebook, who insists that "supporting IPv6 has become crucial to the future scalability of the Internet" and goes on to say that it's "awesome to see so many people and companies working together across the world to make progress on this transition". But is IPv6, as the …

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[URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man-in-the-middle_attack"]Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) attacks[/URL] are, sadly, not news these days; they are a fact of online life. But word of how the latest SpyEye Trojan-driven MITM attacks are using clever post transaction fraud systems to effectively erase the evidence of the crime from the victims' view certainly deserve to be. Attacking online bank accounts in both the US and UK, the attacks were first spotted just before the seasonal holidays took hold by researchers at [URL="http://www.trusteer.com"]Trusteer[/URL], a security company which works with banks to protect customers from just such threats as MITM attacks. What is a MITM attack exactly? Well, simply …

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An Internet Service Provider (ISP) has finally been given permission to reveal that he was the recipient of an National Security Letter (NSL) from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) six years ago, demanding information about his clients. Nicholas Merrill, president of the New York ISP Calyx, still can’t say on what specific date in February, 2004, he received the letter, nor the target of it from among his more than 200 clients, but he is now able to talk about the lawsuit that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed on his behalf. He told [URL="http://www.democracynow.org/seo/2010/8/11/gagged_for_6_years_nick_merrill"]Democracy Now[/URL]! – incidentally, …

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It may seem like email has been around forever, but actually it is exactly 40 years since the first email was sent by the man credited with inventing it, engineer Ray Tomlinson, on Wednesday 8th June 1971. [attach]21227[/attach] Tomlinson was a computer engineer who was working for a company that had been hired to help build the Arpanet, the predecessor to the Internet, at the time. And in case you were wondering, that very first email message simply said: 'QWERTYUIOP' which as any self-respecting geek will know is the top line of letters on a standard QWERTY keyboard. QWERTYUIOP is …

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The state of Oregon is holding a series of informational meetings in 20 areas around the state to identify the barriers to bringing Internet resources to their community. While obviously meetings are being held in urban locations such as Portland and the state capital of Salem, they are also being held in rural and remote locations such as John Day and Madras (with 5,078 residents, according to the 2000 census). The meetings are part of a [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story234021.html"]project [/URL] funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus package. Oregon received a $1.6 million Broadband …

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An analysis of 100 million security software installations in 144 countries claims to have determined just where the most dangerous, places to access the Internet are. The results are surprising to say the least. [attach]16939[/attach]The results of [URL="http://www.avg.com"]AVG Technologies' first ever Global Threat Index[/URL] report were published yesterday, and concentrated on answering one question: where in the world are you most likely to be hit by a malicious computer attack or virus? The answer, it would seem, would be the Caucasus region. Web surfers in Turkey, Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are the most likely to face security threats whilst using …

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Nations such as Russia and China who have malicious hackers should be held accountable for the actions of those criminals, according to a [URL="http://www.cfr.org/content/publications/attachments/Cybersecurity_CSR56.pdf"]report [/URL]from the [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_on_Foreign_Relations"]Council on Foreign Relations[/URL], an independent, nonpartisan membership organization. "Though the United States cannot expect countries to prevent all malicious behavior, it can expect them to secure their networks to a reasonable standard, pass laws outlawing international cyber crime, and have mechanisms in place to act on requests for assistance in shutting down attacks, and investigating and prosecuting them," wrote author Robert Knake. He is the coauthor, with Richard Clarke, of the [URL="http://www.amazon.com/Cyber-War-Threat-National-Security/dp/0061962236/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283534676&sr=8-1"]book [/URL][I]Cyber …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16516[/ATTACH]On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission chair [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Genachowski"]Julius Genachowski[/URL] said the he found the idea of Internet service providers offering faster speeds for users willing to pay extra fees "unacceptable." His statement was in reaction to rumors earlier this week that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story302325.html"]Google and Verizon were working on an agreement[/URL] that would open the way for Verizon offering such a distinction in service. The Commission has been working on its own talks with large Internet service provider and content companies, but news that Google and Verizon might be working on a deal of their own brought the talks to a halt. [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story302391.html"]Google …

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Rumors surfaced today saying Verizon and Google are reportedly close to making a deal that could end net neutrality. The [URL="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100805/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_google_verizon"]Associated Press[/URL] reported that the two companies, which have been in talks for close to a year, may reach an agreement in the coming days. If such an agreement were reached, it would change the face of the Internet as we know it, giving telecommunications companies the ability to choose the speed and order of content delivery. It could mean faster services, but at a price to both the online sites that want their content to be top-priority and Internet …

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On Thursday 2nd June 2009 it will be the 20th anniversary of the Tienanmen Square massacre when an undisclosed number of student protesters were killed after tanks rolled into squash the protests. You might imagine, then, that in China services such as Twitter would be a-buzz with talk about the day. Well it probably would have been, had the Chinese authorities not closed it down on Tuesday. Various chatroom sources are saying that both Twitter and Hotmail have been blocked throughout the mainland of China since 5pm on Tuesday, China time. There have also been some reports of Windows Live …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16065[/ATTACH]Aza Raskin, head of user experience at Mozilla’s Lab unit, revealed their new project, Tab Candy, today. He believes that it will shift the way we use, and think about browser tabs in future versions of Firefox. The goal of Tab Candy is to manage all of your tabs within one browser, rather than running multiple instances of Firefox to handle tab-group management. The basis for the system lies within the workspace of Tab Candy. Users can place tabs within groups that are represented as windows within Firefox. Groups can be opened at once, or the user can choose to …

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I write like Dan Brown. At least, that's according to the I Write Like [URL="http://iwl.me/"]site[/URL], which was sweeping the Intertubes yesterday (more than 100,000 [URL="http://www.codingrobots.com/blog/2010/07/14/100000-in-one-day/"]hits [/URL]in a single day) as people tried to find out which Famous Writer their deathless prose most resembled. (Brown is the critically slammed author of[I] The DaVinci Code.[/I]) [ATTACH=right]15835[/ATTACH] The site was put up on July 9 by Coding Robots, a Silicon Valley-based developer, according to the company's [URL="http://www.codingrobots.com/blog/2010/07/09/i-write-like/#comments"]blog[/URL]. "Currently it analyzes vocabulary (use of words), number of words, commas, and semicolons in sentences, number of sentences with quotation marks and dashes (direct speech)," wrote …

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The long summer holidays are over here in the UK, and our kids have pretty much all gone back to school this week. Which is good news for providers of anonymous proxies and bad news for the school network admins trying to prevent students from accessing inappropriate sites. One UK web content filtering specialist, [URL="http://www.bloxx.com"]Bloxx[/URL], is warning that educational institutions should be aware that every year kids are becoming increasingly savvy with regards to bypassing filtering systems. As that knowledge of technology, and in particular the Internet, continues to evolve so the threat to school filtering evolves alongside. Bloxx warns …

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[I]"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers. ATTRIBUTION: Attributed to SOCRATES by Plato, according to William L. Patty and Louise S. Johnson, Personality and Adjustment, p. 277 (1953)."[/I] Even though Socrates [URL="http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=408989"]likely [/URL]didn't say that, the sentiment is the same: Older people love to …

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Maybe Prince was on to something when he recently [URL="http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/07/05/prince-world-exclusive-interview-peter-willis-goes-inside-the-star-s-secret-world-115875-22382552/"]proclaimed the Internet is dead[/URL]. Steve Rubel, in an [URL="http://adage.com/digital/article?article_id=144867"]Advertising Age article this week[/URL], suggests we prepare for "the end of the web as we know it." "It's hard to believe but soon, if not already the web is going to become a lot less interesting to consumers -- and just as it approaches its 20th birthday," Rubel wrote. It's taken those 20 years for the Internet to mature from a mostly PC-based application to now going mobile, which Rubel says means consumers' use of the web becomes more "mission-oriented."[ATTACH]15820[/ATTACH]Content producers …

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New [URL="http://www.getsafeonline.org"]research carried out on behalf of Get Safe Online[/URL], a national Internet security awareness initiative backed by the UK Government and the Serious Organised Crime Agency, has revealed that 30 percent of Internet users are putting themselves at risk when they book a holiday online. [attach]15742[/attach]Get Safe Online and ABTA, the UK travel industry association, are now warning holidaymakers not to ignore basic online fraud-prevention measures when looking for a holiday bargain on the Web and suggesting that some might be handing over hard-earned cash for dream holidays that simply do not exist. The survey of 1000 British adults …

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Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has asked the British public to help decide which laws should be repealed by way of what can only be described as an exercise in crowdsourcing via the government sponsored '[URL="http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/repealing-unnecessary-laws"]Your Freedom[/URL]' website. However, it seems the great British public are not taking this journey into online democracy in action quite as seriously as the politicians would have hoped. [attach]15673[/attach] "The Coalition Government is committed to restoring and defending your freedom" Clegg says "and we're asking you to participate." Which is nice, as is the notion that "Rules in society create …

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Unless you are a techno-luddite of the first order, the chances are that you would agree the Internet has become an integral part of daily life for those blessed with decent access to the thing. But would you agree that broadband access of no less than 1Mbps is your legal right? If you happen to live in Finland, from today it will be. Yes, Finland has become the first country anywhere in the world to make access to the Internet by broadband a legal right for each and every one of its estimated 5,313,399 citizens. But the good news for …

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Martha Lane Fox, who co-founded lastminute.com, has [URL="http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/latest-news"]been appointed[/URL] as the new UK Digital Champion by Prime Minister David Cameron. As part of the coaltion Government's drive to increase transparency and accountability, the Internet entrepreneur will be tasked with encouraging as many people as possible to go online, and improving the convenience and efficiency of public services by driving online delivery. She will be supported in this endeavour by the Cabinet Office. Lane-Fox will also sit on the Efficiency Board, which is co-chaired by Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, and which oversees …

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All of the applications for the second round of broadband stimulus funding have been posted -- sort of. In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus package, Congress appropriated $7.2 billion for broadband grants, loans, and loan guarantees to be administered by the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). There are two programs: RUS Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and the NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). BIP will make loans and grants for broadband infrastructure projects in rural areas, while BTOP will provide grants …

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The End.