TCLP 2007-09-16 News (Comment Line 360-252-7284)

This is news cast 113.

In the intro a quick review of the game, “Hey! That’s My Fish!”. (I mistakenly called it “Hey! That’s My Penguin!” in the audio.)

This week’s security alerts include the potential impact of progress in quantum computing on online security, with a quick explanation of quantum computing generally and Shor’s algorithm, and another possible vulnerability in a common programming technique.

In this week’s news, a great paper on how stage magic thrives despite clear protections from IP law, a new P2P, mesh network for telephony launches, using puzzles to illustrate CS concepts, and Google to propose a global privacy standard.

Following up this week, criticism of paper trails for e-voting and the CCIA releases a report on the huge benefits of fair use.

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2 Replies to “TCLP 2007-09-16 News (Comment Line 360-252-7284)”

  1. You do know about the extremely large deployments of mesh WiFi networks, don’t you. I did a lot of work on the Corpus Christi citywide WiFi network. 101 square miles of coverage.

    Mesh networking at it’s basic level is a logical extension of many of the distributed routing protocols that keep the Intarweb working. In fact, some vendors have simply ported existing wireline routing protocols over to WiFi and called it mesh networking.

    I need to read up on this system of mesh telephony, but I don’t think some of the problems you think exist, really exist. For example, billing. Billing in the US is mostly run on minutes used. This is an out dated model. If you go to flat rate billing, the problem goes away. Additionally, if you control most of the router admin functions of the network, you can still have billing data sent to you. Even if one node is hacked, you can still get billing data from the others.

  2. My bad, I should have done my homework. I spoke to a perception of the idea stalling rather than digging in to see where the state of the art and the industry was at.

    I hadn’t really thought about the muni wifi efforts, though I do remember reading about just such a mesh in NYC several years ago. I guess most of what I’ve been reading about muni wifi is how local incumbents have been blocking it.

    Good to know about the billing aspect for those looking to monetize such networks, as this mobile telephony company. I’d love to see some of the anti-competitive issues better addressed in urban areas, though heartened that someone is working on the problem of rural access. As I said, most of the press around muni wifi, whether meshing or something else, seems to be about how it is mismanaged to the point of failure or the area telcos are freezing them out.

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