Wednesday, December 28, 2011

WINDOWS - Win7 Menu Bars

This is about turning ON Menu Bars in Windows 7 (Win7).

Menu Bar in Explorer (My Computer):
  1. Click the [Start] logo-button and type folder options in the search-box, click Folder Options link displayed

  2. Click the [View] tab and check [X] Always show menus

  3. (click for better view)

IE 8 or 9, and Media Player Menu Bars:
  1. Open Internet Explorer or Media Player

  2. Right-click on a EMPTY area on the Tab Bar, then [X] check the Menu Bar option

Monday, December 19, 2011

CYBERCRIME - Battle Over Online Piracy

"Film, Music Industries Battle Leading Internet Companies Over Online Piracy"
PBS Newshour 12/15/2011


JEFFREY BROWN (Newshour): Alright.

Markham Erickson, first, do you acknowledge piracy is a problem? I mean, all over the Internet, one can get copyright -- there are copyright violations.

MARKHAM ERICKSON, Open Internet Coalition: Well, sure. People are doing bad things on the Internet. And we agree that there are ways to try to deal with the very real problem of sites that are located outside of the jurisdiction of our court system and our legal system that are engaging in theft and illegal activity.

JEFFREY BROWN: What's the problem with the way they are proposing?

MARKHAM ERICKSON: The problem is, the proposals in Congress right now are not targeted to the problem of dealing with offshore illegal piracy.

We think there is a way to deal with that. And we've proposed a solution, which is to follow the money. The offshore sites are there to make money. They're there to profit from illegal activity. The companies I represent -- represent are some of the biggest ad networks and payment processors in the Internet ecosystem.

And they want to work with the rights-holders that, when an offshore site is engaged in illegal activity, they will shut off the economic lifeblood to those sites. And, if they do that, those sites will disappear.
JEFFREY BROWN: And what -- Mr. O'Leary, what about the proposed other -- the alternative route for dealing with this that he raised?

MICHAEL O'LEARY, Motion Picture Association of America: Well, I think that it's the -- to look at it from a positive perspective, it's encouraging to see a recognition that something has to be done about this problem.

I think that what we have concerns with the alternative proposal is that it sets up a separate court in the ITC. And that is not something which is necessarily used to deal with copyright. It's slow. It's bureaucratic. And, frankly, when someone is stealing from you, you don't have 12 to 18 months to work -- to let the bureaucratic court process work.

What we're proposing, what has bipartisan support, we have a broad support from not just the political spectrum, but across all types of American businesses is something which is a tool which will allow law enforcement to go after bad actors that are hiding overseas. We think it's more effective and more efficient.

COMMENT: As a techie in this area I support Mr. Erickson's view.

Note that Mr. O'Leary is NOT a computer network expert, he's only repeating what others have told him. His assertion that the proposed law is "more efficient" is wrong. Having the online payment processors shut-down payments to illegal sites is actually more efficient because it would NOT *require* courts at all. This could be done by the online payment processors themselves.

What the copy right industry SHOULD be doing is making a partnership with online payment processors to identify then block illegal sites. What I am proposing is that the film, music, and book industries with the online payment processors start their own origination to find, track, then block illegal sites.

The courts would only intervene IF a site disputes being blocked. Note that the online payment processors have total rights and control on just who they allow to use their services.

What is wrong with the proposed laws is that they will NOT work, because it can ONLY effect organizations within U.S. jurisdiction. They will have little effect on sites overseas that they are so concerned about.

Friday, December 9, 2011

SECURITY - Pentagon Seeks Hacker Help

"Pentagon asks hackers for help with cyber security" by Joseph Straw, Daily News 11/8/2011

The Pentagon agency that invented the Internet is asking the hacker community for help in eliminating Defense Department computer vulnerabilities.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, hosted a meeting this week for defense stakeholders and civilian computer experts, acknowledging that it has to start thinking differently about cyber security, reported.

And the computer networks that run U.S. infrastructure are so vulnerable to cyber attack that the White House should think twice before even attacking emerging adversaries, a national security expert said.

Richard Clarke, who advised ex-Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, added that U.S. defense networks are "as porous as a colander."

Their Goliath scale leaves them especially vulnerable to tiny attacks, the Associated Press and Wired reported.

Clarke, who claims his early 2001 warnings to the Bush administration about the emerging threat of Al Qaeda went unheeded, issued the new warnings as tensions escalate between the U.S., Israel and their shared adversary Iran.

Last month Wired reported that a mundane virus called a key logger - one that surreptitiously records keyboard typing - was found on the computers used to remotely pilot Air Force drones targeting terrorists overseas.

In 2009 national security officials disclosed that Russian and Chinese agents had penetrated the U.S. electric grid and left behind software to help map the systems.