Network Musings, Feb 12, 2010

Microsoft QA approved patch that causes XP BSODs. Patch meant to fix 17 year old but recently discovered issue.

“After installing today’s update 02/09/10 I now get the BSoD PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA 0x00000050,” said one user, who goes by the screen name Sacdan69. “This has happened to both my wife’s computer and my nephew’s.”

AMD to bring new chips to the plate to compete with Intel i5/i7.

AT&T stays with a well worn relationship with Alcatel/Lucent and Ericsson (Remember EDGE – Ericsson’s technology) to move forward with LTE. Though I think WIMAX is a better technology for delivering high speed internet access over wireless, LTE will leverage already existing infrastructure. And really now it’s just Sprint/Intel/Clear to deliver WIMAX.

Cisco and Juniper start diving in on the Cellular Data bandwagon. Not that any of this is really all that hard; it’s just a matter of how close do you put your internet peers to the towers, and how to QoS the voice (because at that point it really is VoIP) over the Data traffic.

Not sure what to think about Google wanting to deploy a single community’s fiber for 1Gbps to the home. I’d imagine you’d have to (i.e. the community) sign away users’ privacy and allow certain behavioral monitoring to happen.

Level3 continues to lose money. If the company weren’t so important to carriers and government alike, it would have been out of business a long time ago.

The Broomfield-Colo.-based service provider lost $182 million in the three months ending Dec. 31 – that’s compared to a year-earlier profit of $43 million. The number also outpaced 2009’s third-quarter losses of $170 million. Revenue fell, too, by 12 percent to $921 million. On the whole, the losses were higher than analysts expected.

A key VoIP patent will get further scrutiny by the USPTO after significant prior art is provided.

According to a statement released by the EFF on Friday, the VoIP patent — which covers systems where the internet is used to route and maintain voice calls made between analogue phones — should not have been granted because “both a prior patent and published reference materials described the underlying technology” long before the applicant, Acceris, made its claim in 1995.

It’s one thing to require physical access to a chip and special acid to dissolve parts of said chip to effect a hack, it’s another when enough simple hardware concealed in a backpack could be used. You know it’s a good hack when the response from the vendor (in this case it’s the Chip and PIN and the Payment Card Industry) is:

“We never said chip-and-PIN was completely infallible,” a spokeswoman said Friday. “We firmly believe it [the attack] is not really plausible in a day-to-day environment. They’ve created a convoluted way of committing this fraud.”

The demise of Veoh shows that copyright and patent law in the United States is anti-innovation and anti-competitive. But as long as Disney owns Congress, the copyright laws will always be written so that Steamboat Willie will never be out of Disney’s copyright. Since Disney died in 1966, this won’t be a problem until 2041.

Sagem Orga builds WiFi hotspot capability straight into the GSM Sim. No need for a MiFi device.

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