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today’s news … Saturday, March 3

In Uncategorized on March 3, 2012 at 5:05 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! 

Quote for today… “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Harrington Bar & Grill, 410 Locust Street, Columbia, is one of five county establishments cited by the PLCB; this time for “issuing checks for payment of malt or brewed beverages with insufficient funds”. – LancasterOnLine
  • No matter how you say “Olajuwon”; Tide wins! Two reports – Reading’s & Lancaster’s – “Michael Olajuwon hit the game-winning free throw with 4.9 seconds remaining as Columbia defeated Wyomissing 60-59 in the District 3-AA third-place game at Milton Hershey High School Friday night.” – Reading Eagle and “Olajuwon Michael’s three-point play with 4.3 seconds left gave Columbia a 60-59 win over Wyomissing in the consolation game of the District Three Class AA Tournament Friday night at Milton Hershey. – Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era

From left, Taylor Conroy as the Wicked Witch of the West, confronts Tyler Garrison as the Tin Man, Gabby Kashner as Dorothy, Alex Dewalt as the Cowardly Lion, Larissa Melbert as the Scarecrow and Nicole Bowman as the Good Witch Glinda in a scene from Columbia High School’s spring musical. “The Wizard of Oz,” which will run March 8 to 10 at the high school. (Photo by Bill Clark – MyColumbiaNews)

The Conversation: “Could Anonymous really shut down the internet?”

In Everyday Living, Opinions on March 3, 2012 at 4:53 am

Stopping the internet isn’t impossible, but it’s unlikely any time soon. iNKMan

OPERATION GLOBAL BLACKOUT – MARCH 31

“In a statement posted online last month, hacker collective Anonymous announced plans to shut down the internet. Yes, you read that right.

“Operation Global Blackout, planned for March 31, is apparently a protest against ‘SOPA [Stop Online Piracy Act], Wallstreet (sic), our irresponsible leaders and the beloved bankers who are starving the world for their own selfish needs’.

“So how serious are these threats?

“Well, for a start, it’s worth pointing out that the date of the take-down could be an indication of an April Fools joke – albeit one day early. And then there are the suggestions that whoever published the announcement does not really represent Anonymous. Instead, they appear just to be using Anonymous’ name and reputation to give their anti-SOPA campaign some publicity.

“(Of course, in an organisation as decentralised as Anonymous, it’s difficult to say whether anyone really speaks for it.)

“But even if the plans of ‘Anonymous’ don’t come to fruition, would their take-down methods actually work? Is it possible to shut down the internet?

“There is no mystery about what Anonymous (or the people claiming to be Anonymous) is planning to do. Anonymous specialises in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which they’ve used to great effect in the past.

“In a DDoS attack, computers across the internet either wittingly or unwittingly send so many requests to a target server that the target becomes overwhelmed. In attempting to service all the requests it receives, the target server ‘loses’ legitimate requests, causing genuine users to experience unacceptable delays or time-outs.

“Anonymous is supposedly planning to attack the root servers of the internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). Traffic through the internet is transmitted based on IP addresses (72.21.214.128) but we humans are much more comfortable remembering the corresponding domain names (amazon.com). Read the rest of this entry »

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