Wearing an anonymity net. Photo by wstryder on Flickr. Some rights reserved
A burst of 12 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
More WikiLeaks: The 24-hour Athenian democracy >> The Economist
Good piece about how Anonymous organises itself through IRC.
Windows Azure – How Much Is It Costing Me? >> Musings of the Bare Bones Coder
"Apparently my playing around yesterday had consumed over half of my free compute hours. When I had first started experimenting, I remember leaving my first deployment in a suspended state, despite having read a blurb somewhere that this still incurred charges. I certainly didn't leave it running for 16 hours; 2-3 tops. So what the hell is a compute hour?"
Google: Chrome OS laptops won't dual boot with Windows, live customer support for Cr-48 owners >> Engadget
"those Atom-powered laptops won't dual boot Windows. In fact, [Google VP Sunchar Pidai] told us that "certified" Chrome OS laptops won't support dual boot environments at all. Of course, the Cr-48 has a root feature so it will likely be able to run Windows (assuming there's enough flash storage), but it's clear that major manufacturers won't be shipping laptops with Google and Microsoft operating systems living side by side."
Is that the ChromeOS future market share that I can see vanishing into nothingness? Good luck selling that in Dixon's and PC World.
50 ISPs harbor half of all infected machines worldwide >> Net Security
""The networks of just 50 ISPs account for around half of all infected machines worldwide," say the researchers. "This is remarkable, in light of the tens of thousands of entities that can be attributed to the class of ISPs. The bulk of the infected machines are not located in the networks of obscure or rogue ISPs, but in those of established, well-known ISPs."
Why Counting Flaws is Flawed >> Krebs on Security
Because, as Brian Krebs points out, it doesn't take any account of the severity of the flaw, or the time taken to fix it; nor, indeed, how widespread the software with the flaw is.
Google Maps for Mobile to go vector, allow offline use >> ZDNet UK
"Google is about to release a version of its mobile Maps application that will allow users to use the free maps on Android devices with no data connection." As David Meyer points out, this means it catches up with Nokia's Ovi service, which has had this since January. But that's not good for Nokia: now it needs something else to distinguish it from Android.
Google Chrome OS gets detailed, first laptops from Acer and Samsung coming mid-2011 >> Engadget
"There's also offline capability -- Google Docs was demoed running offline, with changes synced when the machine reconnects. It seems like that's an app-specific feature though -- apps on the Chrome Web Store have to be built for HTML5 offline to work, obviously." No USB ports at present, which would make add-on mice a problem. No printers ever (cloud printing is your option).
Android Button Comparison >> Flickr
Interesting comparison of how there isn't a standard layout for the buttons on Android phones. Compare Microsoft's diktat that Windows Phone 7 phones must all have the same layout. And Apple's one front button, of course.
All of your pages are belonging to us >> Internet Storm Center
The intriguing tale of an "extremely aggressive" spidering program that seems to be recruiting machines to make an ad-hoc botnet. Or something.
Quiz: are you cloud-based enough for the Chrome OS Pilot Program? >> Google
It would be interesting if this had been available before Wikileaks's latest onslaught, and then after.
Twitter Blog: Now Playing on #newTwitter: Embedded Music, TV Shows, Slides and More
"We're on a mission to give you more great multimedia content on Twitter, and today we're adding five new companies to bring you independent TV shows, photos, works of art, slide presentations and entire songs, all right inside the details pane. Twitter users can access embedded media from more than 20 partners in total."
Adds five new partners: blip.tv, Instagram, Rdio, Slideshare and Dipdive.
Average Salary for COBOL Programmer Jobs >> IT Jobs Watch
After that Cobol joke yesterday, a reality check: in the past three months there have been a grand total of 7 full-time Cobol jobs advertised. Perhaps they only get popular every 100 years?
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