Federal Government wants to wiretap the Internet … the fools

WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.

Essentially, officials want Congress to require all services that enable communications — including encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct “peer to peer” messaging like Skype — to be technically capable of complying if served with a wiretap order. The mandate would include being able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.

via U.S. Tries to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet – NYTimes.com.

I’m not going to comment on the privacy issues. I’m sure that what most people are talking about in regard to this case. But I don’t see how such a law could be effective if interacted enacted. While they could serve order to Facebook or RIM, who provided encrypted communication as a service, software would be immune. Maybe not from a legal standpoint, but from a piratical practical stand point, yes.

What most lawmakers don’t understand is that the power of the Internet is at it edges, not the center. All any suspect would have to do is use an app that makes uses of asymmetric encryption. They could subpoena, data from carriers & ISPs all they want. Unless they buy a couple of years on Cray to decipher data, they won’t know what they got.

If they want the same capability that they have with wire-line phones, then they are going to have to attack the system at the edges, meaning handsets.

Rumor has it that Amazon may build it’s own Android App Store

Similar to Verizon’s bold move it looks as it Amazon may be considering to launch it’s on App store on Android devices. To compete with Google’s own, and Verizon’s VCAST app store the Amazon app store will offer some perks to developers as well. The online retailer will allegedly pay a royalty “equal to the greater of 70 percent of the purchase price or 20 percent of the List Price.” This “List Price” is said to help protect Amazon against the developers offering their apps for cheaper on the other markets.

via Amazon also considering it’s own Android App Store | Android Community.

I see this working in concert with Google’s App store. Google would be the place where anyone could get there foot in the door and providing paid or ad supported apps. And Amazon, would be the place where curated apps could be found, being of higher quality because Amazons recommendation engine would engine could weed out the dregs. Not to mention they receive payments in more places than Google checkout.

Using Proguard to obfuscate your Android build

The Securing Android LVL Applications blog post makes it clear that an Android developer should use an obfuscation tool such as Proguard in order to help safeguard their applications when using License Server. Of course, this does present another question. How should one integrate such a tool with the Android build process? We’re specifically going to detail integrating Proguard in this post.

via Android Developers Blog: Proguard, Android, and the Licensing Server.

Brand.net Sells New Media Ads Those Used to the Old

With every passing day, the computer display steals more eyeballs from the TV screen. So why do TV ad budgets still dwarf Internet ad budgets at major corporations? One reason is that major corporations are simply more comfortable with how TV advertising is done. TV ads are sold well in advance, because most TV shows are made well in advance. The Web, by contrast, is constantly in flux. Nobody knows what tomorrow’s content will be, much less tomorrow’s ad prices. Behemoths like to move slowly but surely, and the Internet is anything but slow.

via A Futures Market For Online Ads | Fast Company.

emphasis mine

This makes about as much sense to me as putting a horse shoes on Hyndai. Making business models from the 21st century work like ones from the 20th might be a good transition plan but eventually you MUST adapter to the new climate or the cometition will take you lunch. But I see Band.nets customers have decied to hand over there lunch willingly to them.


Tree climbing robot snake

This is one of those things that s too cool not to mention. Not just because its a snake that can climb trees. But also because it is a modular robot that is made up of identical general purpose components, that share data and work together.

There is an article here