Boing Boing: Broadcast Flag is back, this time it covers iPods and PSPs, too

Broadcast Flag is back, this time it covers iPods and PSPs, too
Update: Here’s EFF’s action-center item for writing to your Senator about this.

The Senate has introduced the “Digital Content Protection Act of 2006,” a bill that will create “Broadcast Flags” for all digital radio and television, leading to FCC oversight of all new digital media technologies from iPods and PSPs to TVs and DVD recorders.

Under the DCPA proposal, digital media technologies would be restricted to using technologies that had been certified by the FCC as being not unduly disruptive to entertainment industry business-models.

Read the whols story from Boing Boing:
Boing Boing: Broadcast Flag is back, this time it covers iPods and PSPs, too

Operational Security for the Home

online saftey and internet common sense.. Then some info about online issues myspace and similar social networking site horror stories.. Drama, not reality drama, real drama.

From two very interesting, very blunt blog articles written by E L Frederick, and Information Security Professional, about online saftey and internet common sense.. Then some info about online issues myspace and similar social networking site horror stories.. Drama, not reality drama, real drama.

E L Frederick – General: Operational Security for the Home (PART I)
posting to their blogs on sites such as MySpace and Xanga. However, all too often we are taking to banning them from using the sites instead of educating them on the importance of Operation Security (OPSEC).

Banning the usage of the sites is not going to fix the problem. It is going to make the problem worse. It will give the sites a stigma of being “cool” and “rebellious”. We need to empower our children thru education, not leave them to fend for themselves in a hostile world foundering in ignorance.

As parents we begin to teach OPSEC to our children at a young age when they begin to answer the phone. We teach them not to say “My parents aren’t home”, but to use, “They aren’t available right now” instead. The difference is slight, but one could mean that my parents are asleep or outside, or in an argument, as apposed to not home.

For instance, I just did a Google search for “Mike Borden PA”. Mike Borden was one of Kara Beth Borden’s parents. He was killed by David Ludwig a few weeks before the writing of this article.

he places another message on Xanga that says that he and the family are going to be going to Disney World and aren’t going to be home for a week.

Your son, unwittingly, just provided someone with an opportunity to break into your house while you’re away. They have both the address and the window of opportunity sitting in front of them on your son’s Xanga blog.

Something as innocent as a post saying “Hey, DogBoy005, my folks aren’t going to be home tonight, why don’t we get together and rent a movie.” Suddenly take on a whole new meaning when viewed thru the eyes of a predator.

E L’s posts are worth reading and sharing..
Read Operational Security for the Home (PART I) here

and Operational Security for the Home (PART II) here

We also stumbled across some very sobering information via DJ Steve’s Blog… (NSFW; Adult Content)

And…in case you didn’t know…

Mommies and Daddies!
1. your little 14 year old daughter is posting semi-nude pictures of herself, her address, phone number, and where she’s gonna be Friday night. Oh…is that a beer and/or a joint that I see in those pictures she posted? Smart…(see Why the internet can be a bad place to meet people. A murder in Virginia. The Taylor Behl story. )
2. your little Tommy has been posting about how he’s gonna kill himself or somebody else because he feels all alone. (see Teens Both Kept Weblogs)
3. If you still don’t know what the hell is going on, check out…Internet Safety: Internet 101 – Blog and Diary Web sites

read the whole post from this guy that swears myspace has ruined his life, and others’.. kind of funny, and in some ways scary…

Podcasting News: Blinkz Streamlines Searching and Syncing Video to iPods

Looks like someone has beaten us to the punch.. this new site claims to take any video file on the internet (or you own computer), and convert it into a file that will play on the video ipod, or stream to your computer via RSS.. Very close to a program we are working on behind the scenes.. Glad to see we are not the only ones thinking in this area…

Podcasting News: Blinkz Streamlines Searching and Syncing Video to iPods

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Protecting your kids from online predators – MSNBC TV Live – MSNBC.com

Protecting your kids from online predators – MSNBC TV Live – MSNBC.com

On the heels of a ‘Dateline NBC’ investigative report exposing sexual predators who attempted to lure young teenagers into sexual encounters, MSNBC’s Alison Stewart welcomed John Shehan from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children to Tuesday’s MSNBC Live to discuss how parents can keep their kids safe online.

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“It’s dangerous in the fact that while that child is online for hours and hours at a time, they’re seeking something, whether it’s assurance, whether it’s a friend, that child predator is going to be online, they’re going to read those online blogs, they’re going to be in chatrooms, and they’re going to be looking for children,” he said.

Shehan noted that there are several things that can be done by parents to keep their kids safe.

“First and foremost, parents need to educate themselves before they can even talk to their children about the issue,” Shehan said, noting that most parents know far less about the internet than their children.

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Read the whole article; Protecting your kids from online predators – MSNBC TV Live – MSNBC.com

There is even an interective learning center that will help parents learn more about online safety for children..

Google brings RSS feeds, and adsense text ads to Gmail; Official Google Blog: A cure for the common inbox

Official Google Blog: A cure for the common inbox

I think this is following the Yahoo additions to thier email system, but is a sneaky way to get adsense ads delivered to everyone’s inbox, well outside the box really. Some will see this as google soam, some will see it as relevant supplemental info”, some will see it as a privacy issue and add it to the anti-google crusade, marketers will see it as an opportunity to get thier message out in more places, corporations will scramble to check up on what people are clicking in thier Gmail boxes, and google may have come up with a way to get ads in a space without tramlping on the page space too much, since they say:

Gmail tips and relevant text ads appear from time to time as well.

Time will tell if people are annoyed by the text ads in Gmail and choose another email service, or if google has struck the right balance of content vs ads vs usability… time will tell.