Most internet users are familiar with internet errors such as 404 Not Found and 403 Forbidden. However, there’s a new internet status code that is being proposed by Tim Bray, a developer advocate – for sites that are blocked for ‘legal reasons’.

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Bray, who has experience in developing key Internet standards, says, “I’ve been told by the chair of the IETF HTTP Working Group that he’ll give the proposal some agenda time at the next IETF meeting. It’s not a big proposal; shouldn’t take long.”

However, the recognition for the need of a new code first started when Terence Eden tried to access The Pirate Bay to no avail. When the site’s server denied his request, Eden then expressed the need for a new “HTTP code for censorship”, which not only caught on sparking discussions on Slashdot and Hacker News – until the time when Bray agreed to turn the ‘idea’ into reality.

With the code (451) taken aptly from Ray Bradbury’s novel, Farenheit 451, which deals with censorship, the proposal for the error code if approved, will not only furnish the details on the restriction but also mention which legal authority is imposing the restriction as well.

Bray also thinks that once official consensus is reached, there would little or no work on the engineering side in order for servers to provide “explanatory text with a 451”. In the end, of course, this effort is to ensure that when censorship does happen, it takes place out in the open and thus, provides pertinent information for users everywhere.


A question that has been asked about Twitter over the years is whether it is a technology or media company. The answer, in not being so simple, is simply a variation of both – according to Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter.

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He explains further, in saying, “I think of us as a technology company because I think the future of the company is in building on an extensible platform that allows third-party developers and companies to add value to Twitter in a way that is accretive to Twitter and is accretive to our users. I don’t need to be or want to be in the content business.”

To support his statement, he also mentioned that is not in the content business because instead of having reporters or a newsroom, almost half of Twitter’s employees [1300 in number] are engineers who are working on building the technology around which Twitter runs on while also continuously creating new features for its users.

In fact, he also wishes to encourage companies and developers to build products and tools inside the Twitter platform – instead of creating external Twitter apps.

Speaking of new features, Twitter as a whole, is also evolving into something different by experimenting with media-like products some of which NASCAR and Olympics-branded pages. Twitter currently also has employees that help V.I.Ts such as athletes, media outlets, politicians and celebrities to use its features well. Thanks to this content available by V.I.Ts, “engagement rates on ads” are also great as opposed to traditional Web ads.

Yet even though Costolo still maintains the fact that Twitter has and always been a communication platform, experts think that these ‘experiments’ being conducted make Twitter more of a media company.


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Do you need to keep an eye on your home when you’re out? It could be for security, to monitor a delivery, or even to keep an eye on your pet. The solution is to install an IP security camera. An IP camera will connect to your Wi-Fi and allow you to view the feed through an app on your phone. You only need to provide power and the details of your wireless network. The camera can record or send an alert when it detects motion. Here are the two best choices for IP cameras:

Netgear Arlo Q

This 1080p/30 fps camera is the best IP camera that money can buy. The camera has excellent video quality along with top-notch motion detection. The software allows scheduling of recording and motion detection. The best part of the device is the intuitive user interface, which most smart home devices lack.

Nest Cam Indoor

There are several good points to the Nest Cam Indoor. The third generation product from Nest increases its native resolution to 1080p and comes with a swiveling magnetic base which makes it easy to install anywhere. The video quality is excellent, and the device is easy to set up. The only reason that the Nest Cam Indoor is not the number one pick is that you need the $10 monthly subscription to make the full use of the camera.

When picking out a camera, avoid mixing and matching vendors to ensure maximum compatibility. The Nest Cam integrates with other Nest products, so that is also a consideration.


A Chromebook is a kind of laptop that runs the Chrome OS by Google, rather than Windows or MacOS. Chrome OS is meant to work online with storage on Google Drive with a focus on applications that run inside the Chrome browser. Devices that run on Chrome OS are popular in schools and workplaces thanks to the simplified management experience.

Applications

It should be no surprise that since Chrome OS is a Google operating system that the OS features Google applications heavily. If you or your workplace uses the Google ecosystem of applications and products, then it will be a natural fit. The downside is that to make the most of a Chromebook; you need an active internet connection. You will not find popular applications like Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop on the platform. If the application runs in a browser, it will run on a Chromebook.

Games

Much like the applications above, if the game runs in a browser, it will work on a Chrome OS device. Platform-specific games that run on Windows or MacOS will not work on a Chromebook. The latest iteration of Chrome OS supports running Android applications, and as a result, will also run Android games. However, those will only work on new devices that also have touchscreen input.

Battery life

The average battery life on most Chrome OS devices is excellent. Although other laptops have caught up, Chromebooks still have something of an edge regarding battery life.


Summary: Relaying TV news and broadcasts on a video wall might sound enticing but it has its caveats.

If you’ve ever walked into a command center before, then you know that the first thing you’ll probably notice is the brilliant LCD display wall that’s outfitted with an array of monitors. These dedicated peripherals play a critical role in an organization’s risk management and response efforts while also providing support in the form of security and business continuity.

The Question

When it comes to making an effort to increase an organization’s situational awareness within the command center, video walls often display programs such as weather broadcasts, TV news, and more. With the intent of providing real-time access to mission-critical information, these video walls bring an enhanced value that’s second to none. Furthermore, if the design allows it, this nerve center can provide the team with a wide array of options. For instance, if a command center were to be constructed by a custom manufacturer like Constant Technologies, Inc., depending on the industry one is in, the command center can be built around the organization’s priorities.

However, is it really beneficial for a command center to air TV on the video screen? And if so, how does it truly provide value to the team?

Social Media Overpowers TV

When it comes to the latest trend or story, more often than not, you’ll be able to get the scoop on social media. If you are relying on TV news for the latest story, you’re basically one step behind those that utilize a social media platform. It’s crucial that command center operators that are tasked with things like keeping travelers safe in a specific region stay up-to-date in a rapid fashion.

Priority-Driven

The news is often irrelevant to the work that you do within your command center. Not every channel caters to your specific industry so more often than not, you’ll be bogged down by topics that you could care less about. Even if a story is relevant, certain stations will quickly cover the topic and move on to the next story, leaving the staff spending valuable amounts of time searching for more information on their own.


More and more of the devices, appliances, and electronic items we buy have some level of internet connectivity. It is now critical to secure those devices from unwanted access or attackers. Unfortunately, in the rush to make anything and everything an Internet of Things (IoT) device, most manufacturers failed to secure them adequately. Although there are some protections in place on most devices, they are years behind even current hacking technology.

Why would anyone want to hack a home appliance in the first.? Well, it is all about information. The purpose behind common spam, ransomware, and identity theft is financial gain. If a hacker can access your wireless network and intercept information, then he has access to everything from your usernames and passwords to bank details. When it comes to home appliances, the biggest threat is access to the microphone. Amazon, Apple, Google, and other vendors are adding mics to all their devices so people can use voice commands. The flip-side to those devices is that if someone gains access, they have access to all your conversations.

Here is how to secure your smart home:

Use the latest wireless protocols available. Avoid using WEP and stick to updated devices with WPA2.

Use two wireless networks. If your equipment supports multiple SSID’s, then create one for your computers and another for other devices to keep the traffic separate.

If possible, use a firewall to secure your network from outside access. The average home will not have the knowledge use one so look around for a company that can install and maintain a firewall.


KRACK is the worst vulnerability to affect consumer and professional networking equipment in a long time. Wireless networks have various safeguards in place to protect against intrusion and what the industry calls “man in the middle” attacks. Unfortunately, there is a flaw in what the currently the most secure wireless network protocol, WPA2. Using the KRACK vulnerability that is part of the protocol, an attacker who is in physical range can fool the router and gather all the information from other devices in the network.

There are two pieces of good news. The first is that the discovery was by a security researcher and not some rogue entity. The second is that most believe that the security researcher was the first to discover the flaw and manufacturers knew in advance of the announcement. Most vendors have had time to work on fixing the vulnerability in their devices.

The bad news is that depending on the vendor of your router and other devices, updates might not be forthcoming for some time. Apple and Microsoft have updates for all their devices and if you keep your systems up to date you should have no issues.

However, most vendors will not have patches ready and even if they do it is up to the owner to download and apply the patch. The issue here is that most public Wi-FI networks will remain vulnerable for some time. Avoid using any public wireless networks to enter or transfer sensitive information.