Todays Tech August 4, 2007

New Wi-Fi network proves critical in Minneapolis bridge disaster A new Wi-Fi network in Minneapolis — only partially completed and just two months old — is nonetheless giving the city critical help in responding to this week’s collapse of the I-35W bridge. The network helped the city with communications, moving large mapping files to the recovery site, and is supporting wireless cameras that are being installed to help with recovery operations.

The city is deploying the Wi-Fi network via a contract with US Internet Corp. throughout its 60 square miles. While only part of it is now up and running, one of those areas is in the downtown area near the scene of the bridge collapse Wednesday evening.

Mozilla Says ?Ten Fucking Days? They said the recent rollouts were actually slower than they would have liked them to be, even though they were only a week and a half apart. Further, they said that they could roll out any critical patches within 10 days. Not one to let challenges go untested I called BS.

At this point Mike Shaver threw down the gauntlet. He gave me his business card with a hand written note on it, laying his claim on the line. The claim being – with responsible disclosure Mozilla can patch and deploy any critical severity holes within ?Ten Fucking Days?.

Dell XPS M1330: What’s Going On? Right now, we are focused on shipping as many systems as we can. Currently, we have worked through about 10% of our backlog and will focus on improving this going forward. Despite our best efforts, we may not be able to ship some orders before the original estimated ship date we gave you. In those cases, Dell will be contacting affected customers to let them know. Details will vary by region.

Average PC is a smorgasbord for a new MP3-eating Trojan A newly-uncovered worm called W32.Deletemusic does exactly what its name implies?it goes through a PC and deletes all MP3 files in sight. And that’s it. Simultaneously low-threat and highly annoying, the worm makes its way from computer to computer by spreading itself onto all attached drives of a given PC, including flash drives and removable media. If that media is then removed and inserted into another computer, it continues its music-eating rampage on the new host.

Hacking Conference Infiltrated by ‘Media Mole’ Trust nobody.

That’s what organizers of the 15th annual DefCon hacking conference are telling attendees Friday, after being tipped off that the TV news program Dateline NBC has sent a producer with a hidden camera to investigate the show.

Dateline Mole Allegedly at DefCon with Hidden Camera — Updated: Mole Caught on Tape DefCon security on Friday warned attendees at the annual hacker conference that Dateline NBC may have sent a mole with a hidden camera to the event to capture hackers admitting to crimes. DefCon says it was tipped off by their own mole at Dateline who sent them a pic of the undercover journalist who DefCon employees identified as producer Michelle Madigan.