Michael Rigley, a student at the California College of Art, created this beautifully rendered and now somewhat timely animation about data capture from mobile phones for his BFA design thesis project. Sez he:
Information technology has become a ubiquitous presence. By visualizing the processes that underlie our interactions with this technology we can trace what happens to the information we feed into the network.
Amitabh Chandra of Harvard University provided the data for a New York Times article back in 2006 based on babies born in the United States on specific dates between 1973 and 1999.
Conclusion: people in the US like to make babies in the winter, particularly around the holiday season.
Sure don’t we all?
From 1 July 2012, the European Union’s mobile roaming regulation will be extended to include price caps for data downloads which will mean significant savings for those using maps, email and social networks when travelling. For a typical businessperson travelling in the EU this will mean savings of over €1000 per year. A family taking an annual holiday in another EU country can expect to save at least €200.
Data roaming capped at 70c plus VAT per MB across Europe.
Microsoft – like most other proprietary tech manufacturers – is very careful to ensure that your XBox only runs Microsoft approved software, but not so avid when it comes to protecting your personal information.
Ashley Podhradsky is one of a group of researchers at Philadelphia’s Drexel University that recently made an interesting discovery:
Podhradsky, along with colleagues Rob D’Ovidio and Cindy Casey at Drexel and Pat Engebretson at Dakota State University, bought a refurbished Xbox 360 from a Microsoft-authorized retailer last year. They downloaded a basic modding tool and used it to crack open the gaming console, giving them access to its files and folders. After some work, they were able to identify and extract the original owner’s credit card information.
We reached out to Microsoft for comment on this issue, but as of press time, they have not yet responded.
Podhradsky isn’t even a gamer, she says. For seasoned modders and hackers, the process might be even easier.
“A lot of them already know how to do all this,” she said. “Anyone can freely download a lot of this software, essentially pick up a discarded game console, and have someone’s identity.”
…”I think Microsoft has a longstanding pattern of this,” Podhradsky said. “When you go and reformat your computer, like a Windows system, it tells you that all of your data will be erased. In actuality that’s not accurate—the data is still available… so when Microsoft tells you that you’re resetting something, it’s not accurate. There’s a lot more that needs to be done.”
This is going to end horribly isn’t it?