Tag Archives: Internet

18m Euro aimed at making your internet reach warp speed

The European Commission and Japan have announced that they will be funding a number of research projects for a combined value 18 million Euros, with the goal of increasing the speed of internet connections by a factor of up to 5000. This would mean that many Europeans and Japanese homes would have 100Gbps connections.

According to ISPreview, the projects launched will look at issues like enabling 100Gbps networks, how to better the use of existing electronic infrastructure to support the new ultra-high speed connections and improving data security and energy efficiency in ultra-high speed connections.

British Library to begin archiving UK internet

The British Library is ready to start a new archiving scheme, which will collect and preserve the UK internet for posterity.

Starting this week the British Library plans to capture and record around a billion webpages a year.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP said: “Legal deposit arrangements remain vitally important. Preserving and maintaining a record of everything that has been published provides a priceless resource for the researchers of today and the future. So it’s right that these long-standing arrangements have now been brought up to date for the 21st century, covering the UK’s digital publications for the first time.

The plan is to archive material from sites like news sites, blogs, forums and perhaps even content from social networks.

It’s a great plan, but I just wonder if they’ve talked to the guys at Wayback Machine to make sure they’re not wasting time doing the same thing twice.

‘Ungooglable’ – the Schrödinger’s cat of Sweden

Search giant Google recently went to extraordinary lengths to make sure something couldn’t actually be found.

The thing in question was the term ‘ogooglebar’ and Google wanted to make sure that it was either edited or removed from the annual list of new words released by the Swedish Language Council.

For the non-Scandinavians ‘ogooglebar’ refers to something that can’t be found using the popular search engine. The direct translation would be something like ‘ungoggleable’. In Sweden it refers to something which can’t be found using a search engine.

Since the Swedish Language Council released its latest list of new words – which included ‘ogoolgebar’ – in December, Google has been pushing the council to amend the definition of the term and add a disclaimer that added that Google is a trademark.

And, in what might just be a random coincidence, ‘ogooglebar’ can’t be translated into English using Google Translate.

Not wanting to be caught up in a lengthy legal process, the Swedish Language Council simple opted to remove ‘ogooglebar’ from it’s list of new words. Whether or not Google knew this was likely to happen? Well, one can only guess….

So where does that leave ‘ogooglebar’?

Well, you could say that it’s now a Swedish linguistic Schrödinger’s cat – there’s really no way of knowing if ‘ogooglebar’ is alive or dead without actually going to Sweden.

And if you choose to do that, and bump into anyone working for Google, this sentence might come in handy: ‘Jag förstår inte’

Missile defence staff told to stop using agency computers to watch porn

The director of the US Missilie Defence Agency (UMDA), John James Jr., recently sent out a memo warning staff and contractors that they should stop using the agency’s computers to watch porn.

“Specifically, there have been instances of employees and contractors accessing websites, or transmitting messages, containing pornographic or sexually explicit images. These actions are not only unprofessional, they reflect time taken away from designated duties, are in clear violation of federal and DoD and regulations, consume network resources and can compromise the security of the network though the introduction of malware or malicious code,” he said in a memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

According to Blooberg News, one of the main issues with staff watching porn on the UMDA’s computeres is that many of the sites have virus and malware issues, including lovely little things put there by foreign intelligence agencies.