Internet

Ethics and Database {16}

Every day billions of users’ access search engines such as Google or Bing.  The amazing thing about these search engines are that they essentially comb through millions of databases in a matter of milliseconds to give you the results you are looking for.  A database is a place where an organization can store a large amount of information and records.  The application can be found in a wide variety of subjects, some good some bad.  This is where this article takes its direction.  Databases can contain very sensitive information and require a great deal of ethical and moral values to ensure its proper use.  Ethics and morals boils down to what is right and what is wrong, in this case, ways to use databases.

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Why do We Learn ASP.NET? {1}

Information Systems (IS) graduates need to learn a way to find a good balance between the old and new technology which constantly grows more complicated when a new technology is introduced into society. The one of the main reasons why Microsoft’s ASP.NET technology is useful is because it can integrate mainframe and client/server technologies. The authors stresses that for proper operation of IS and Visual Studio.NET, IIS (Microsoft’s Internet Information Services) must be installed before Visual Studio. Luckily like the tip suggested our teacher gave us a short introduction to the software.

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ASP.NET DoS Vulnerability {1}

Microsoft’s ASP.NET web development platform had its vulnerability, CVE-2011-3414, patched. The “vulnerability could allow an anonymous attacker to efficiently consume all CPU resources on a web server, or even on a cluster of web servers,” according to Suha Can and Jonathan Ness, who are Microsoft Security Response Center engineers. An anonymous user, HybrisDisaster, “published a proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit for the ASP.NET vulnerability on GitHub.”

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CSS 2.1 and W3C {2}

Because our current lesson plan includes CSS, I decided to write about W3C and what purpose they serve.  W3C stands for the World Wide Web Consortium.  The W3C is an international community made up of individual smaller organizations.  Their job is to bring awareness of new internet technologies to the individual organizations who are members of the W3C.  They then form new standards and methods to regulate the use of the technology and whether or not to recommend them for use.  CSS 1.0 was first recommended by the W3C in the year 1996.  Recommendations have to be carefully examined by the W3C because the member organizations of the W3C have vested interest in the success of new internet technology.  It must be made clear that the new technology has real business application and is free of potential problems that can ultimately harm the World Wide Web as a whole.
Currently, we are in CSS version 2.1.  It was first brought to the attention of the W3C in 2004.  However, it did not receive official recommendation from them until June 2011.  Shortly after, announcements were made that they are now reviewing CSS 3, but probably will not see this version for a number of years.  The point is to know the process and be aware of the existence of the W3C.  This is an extremely important international organization that helps to safeguard the preservation of the Internet.  It is possible that a wrong or flawed technology can lead to instability.  So believe it or not, there is some regulation to web as an organization.

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The New Web HTML5 {2}

A summary of what I read this week was a journal about HTML 5. HTML 5 is not a accepted by the World Wide Web Consortium. It is being approved by many companies becuase many people know that HTML 5 is going to be the future of the web. Today we see sites that are actually haveing to format and make two sites one that is made more mobile phones while the other one is formatted for computers. If HTML 5 comes out and is accepted it will help developers because there will only have to be one page developed and it will be written with html5. The things that are changing with html 5 is cascading style sheets. HTML 5 will help developers with animation, video, and other multimedia elemenys into websites without using software such as Flash. Flash has been critized by Apple from Steve Jobs because Flash has to much power and that is how computers are getting viruses. So with HTML 5 in place Flash may becomce obsolete unless Adobe can jump on the bandwagon and work with developers of HTML5.

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One in Five U.S. Adults go Old School over the use of the Internet {5}

While the internet has revolutionized the way people interact with the world, there are still one in five U.S. adults who do not use the internet at all. One of the main reason for not using the internet was that they didn’t have a need to do so. Things such as Facebook, YouTube, email etc. were felt irrelevant to those non users. The reason to support this thinking was that they were able to do everything they wanted to do, so there was no reason for paying those extra bucks for an internet service. The next most likely reason was that those people don’t own a computer or a laptop, and don’t have the money to afford one. And since they don’t have the gadget why bother with the internet.

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The Choice to use Cloud Computing or Not {3}

There are many businesses that understand that they must find ways to create more and efficient business models for revenue, production, and growth. This article is about how cloud computing may be the next solution for a growing business.  They also mention that if a business hasn’t been using cloud computing, then it will eventually be integrated in the business.  “According to Cisco, the global Internet traffic generated by cloud computing services will increase 12-fold by 2015.”  That’s a pretty big statement because that’s only 3 years away. This article explains five points to consider using cloud computing.  These five points are lower cost of ownership, dependability, scalability, mobility, and future-proofing.  Lower cost of of ownership because since all the applications and hardware are off site, the costs  are lowered significantly.  Dependability because if other specialized people are already handling the data, like Microsoft, it will be much easier to fix a problem when you have a specialist on the job.  This is however, to alternative of having an actual employee take care of the on-site server.  Scalability because if the number of customers grow, the cloud is like a blob where it can adjust to how many accounts and how much information is given.  Mobility to limit and to increase the access of information all over the world.  All they would need is an internet source and they can handle the information from home, etc.  Finally future-proofing because there is new technology being created every day, month, and year.  So with that, the provider that is helping a business owner with cloud computing can and will upgrade to the technology and find ways to incorporate or update the technology.

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Online ‘Bill of Rights’ {6}

summary:

this article talks about a proposed plan by the obama administration to place into effect a internet bill of rights that pertain to users privacy policy. for years it has been the objective of companies to obtain as much information about you as they possibly can. this has usually come in the form of what you put on facebook or your search engine searches, internet surveys, and what one website can get from another web site. it has gotten to a point that people no longer can trust others with information about their privacy. the obama administration has fuinally come to this realization and wants to offer a set of rules for the protetion of user information based on privacy principles from around the world. recently google made a new privacy policy that would allow them to collect and keep data from jsut about anything you do, no matter how sensitive or how stupid. this bill of rights would limit the type of information that web pages can keep about you and for how long they are allowed to store it for, along with many more other features.

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Careful Who You Give Your Information too, Online Databases are Not Always Safe. {3}

As providing information has become second nature to us as most if not all modern services are becoming electronic, we sometimes forget how there are people in the world who are capable and willing to exploit such information.  This past week, YouPorn.com suffered one of the largest data breaches in internet pornography history.  An investigation conducted by the FCC concluded that the web site had a improperly functioning link that allowed for a hacker to return values from a user information database.  In a past post I talked about SQL injections and how programmers can use that to return values stored in a database.  This is what a hacker did this past week to the website due to their faulty link which enabled him to do this.  The FCC commented that there were surprised this was not discovered sooner as the investigation results showed that the link has been up since 2007.  Consequently, the offending hacker posted a a blog site that contained the full names and addresses of users of the website YouPorn.com.  It was first discovered by a spouse of one its site members as a simple google search will reveal a blog site where users’ personal information is publicly displayed.

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What SOPA means to us {2}

Summary:

what the speaker is saying is that SOPA and PIPA are not working in the best interest of the interenet. the internet is an entity in itself and it has a lot of stuff and its not just about commercial corperations anymore. these corporations try to make money and they want to do anything that keeps them making money. but now there are new types of content creators who dont care much about making money they just want to make people laugh/cry/get out of their seats/ and just want to make a difference. the main point here is that the internet is not “real,” we cannot take conventional approaches to regulating it, if something bad is happening we cant break down the front door, or maybe even shut down an enture website. we built the internet as it is today and if the government starts shutting down websites at will, well we saw what that could look like.

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