Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 27, 2010

USB drive life: fact or fiction? – Flash storage wears out after too many writes, but vendors claim wear-leveling and other tools fix the problem. Can vendor claims be trusted? Researchers at Northeastern University decided to find out. Here’s what they found.

Browser Fingerprints: A Big Privacy Threat – A new technique helps advertisers identify you online–without cookies, and with no easy way for you to fight back. Forget cookies–even the ultrasneaky, Flash-based “super cookies.” A new type of tracking may identify you far more accurately than any cookie–and you may never know it was there.

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Majority of US, European Users Click on Spam – Latest spam report from Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) now includes data from European users. More than half (57%) of survey adults have responded to spam in such a way that it supports the perpetrators of the spam. This includes opening attachments to an email, forwarding an email or clicking on links.

Review: TiVo Premiere – The TiVo Premiere is the best TiVo yet, and it’s a good upgrade for current TiVo owners, but if you’re satisfied with the service on your cable company’s DVR, that’s likely to be a more-convenient and less-expensive choice.

Protect Your Data from the Next ‘Card Hacker’ – Card hacker receives 20 year prison sentence, but others will follow. Protect your data.

Don’t Fall for the Latest Online Scams: 10 ways to dodge the high-tech criminals – The internet is a big part of our everyday lives—and the con artists know it. Cyber crooks are coming up with more and more ways to use the web to run their scams and cheat unsuspecting people out of their money.

Go Daddy Cuts Off Chinese Domain-Name Registration – I wondered how long it would take for the Google versus China imbroglio to bleed out into the rest of the tech industry. Now GoDaddy has stopped registering Chinese domain names.

Off Topic:

Humor: If You Knew What Your Cell Phone Was Really Thinking – Go ahead, add you own caption for this cartoon.

The vigilante’s guide to social networking – Within 30 hours, a Facebook page with viral marketing symptoms targeted a user to become one of the most hated people on the 300 million user site.

Bathing, showering determined to be sources of pharmaceutical water pollution – Your morning shower might be to blame for the polluting drugs found in our nation’s water supply, according to a new report.

James Cameron Looks Ahead to 3D Cell-Phone Films – In a rather odd match-up, director James Cameron, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, and the U.S. chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra closed out this year’s CTIA trade show in Las Vegas this morning in a keynote that touched on 3D, piracy, the Google-China situation, and government intervention in wireless issues.

Today’s Quote:

“Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter because nobody listens.”

–    Nick Diamos

Today’s Free Downloads:

WinUtilities Free Edition – WinUtilities (Free Edition) is a multi-functional system performance and optimization suite for Microsoft Windows. This collection of tools lets you supercharge your PC’s performance, enhance its security, tweak and optimize its settings, and customize and personalize your screens.

AppCrashView – AppCrashView is a small utility for Windows Vista and Windows 7 that displays the details of all application crashes occurred in your system.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 27, 2010

  1. ‘USB drive life: fact or fiction? – Flash storage wears out after too many writes, but vendors claim wear-leveling and other tools fix the problem. Can vendor claims be trusted? Researchers at Northeastern University decided to find out. Here’s what they found.’

    This is a rare find Bill. Thanks!