TCLP 2008-06-15 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)

This is news cast 144.

In the intro, a consideration of my geek dad in light of Father’s Day, a reminder of the upcoming 3rd anniversary of the show, and a thank you for all feedback past.

The only security alert this week is a discussion of an update to existing ransomware with a stronger encryption key and one security vendor’s desire to crack it despite skepticism from the experts.

In this week’s news, The Piracy Bureau speaks on the inevitable failure of copyright on digital goods, what is at stake with the success or failure of white space devices, a new algorithm that exploits symmetries, and Google is preparing a neutrality measurement tool for the average user.

Following up this week, just the introduction of the Canadian DMCA which I wrote about but the best analysis if from Michael Geist about which I’ve already commented, twice. Ars Technica has a concise overview and there is a neat bit of hacktivism in the form of a comic book made out of linked, remixed quotes.


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2 Replies to “TCLP 2008-06-15 News (Comment Line 240-949-2638)”

  1. Just to clarify the white spaces in question are the unused channels, not the gaps between channels. I believe each channel has a protective space before and after it called a guard band. I think there is a possibility for interference if these guard bands were to be used. However, unused channels in a give geographical region would definitely not interfere with existing commercial signals.

    The example you gave where channel 4 in your area might be located in a different piece of spectrum was a bad one. As a correction, consider that the NYC area has operators using channel 7 and 9. While the DC metro area uses Channels 7 and 8. In NYC channel 8 could be used for white space applications, but in DC it would interfere with our local New Channel 8. The inverse is the same for channel 9, which could be used in DC, but not in NYC.

    Thanks for the info on this. I was completely unaware of the issue and now I’m seeking to get educated quickly.


  2. Thank you in your own turn for the clarification. I should have read up on the definition of white spaces before speaking about it. I will be sure to share your correction in the next show.

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