Latest Michael Harper Stories

US Ambassadors Refuse To Sign ITU Treaty In Dubai
2012-12-13 18:32:06

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The US, UK and Canada have announced today that they will not be signing the ITU´s Internet Treaty in its current form. According to the BBC, the US said signing such a treaty would allow for government regulation of the Internet. "It's with a heavy heart and a sense of missed opportunities that the US must communicate that it's not able to sign the agreement in the current form," explained the US Ambassador to the...

Facebook Helps FBI Bring Down Butterfly Botnet
2012-12-12 14:19:58

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Like any other destination online, Facebook can be a very dangerous place. Aside from their ever-shifting privacy policies and settings, their more than 1 billion users are quite attractive to those given to cyber thievery. Scams are nothing new to Facebook users, and to the social giant´s credit, they work very hard to keep criminals away from their site. Today, it was announced that Facebook had a hand in helping the...

Multiple-GPU Computer Can Hack Any Windows Password In Under Six Hours
2012-12-11 14:17:45

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For the most part, cracking a password is easy. To un-hash a hashed password, hackers and security experts mostly fall back on simple trial and error. If one combination didn´t work, then another combination will. This sounds incredibly tedious, of course, so those trying to unlock these passwords hand the job over to computers which are capable of making guess after guess after guess, millions of them, for hours at a...

Google Cloud Services Go Down Briefly
2012-12-10 14:43:12

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Perhaps one of the greatest features of Twitter is the ability to quickly asses which other Internet services are down. It´s appropriate, if you think about it: Even a popular web tool used to discern if a particular web site or service is down, DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com, was created by an ex-Twitter employee. Twitter users have many chances to use this service as their own sounding board to vent their frustrations...

T-Mobile May Get iPhone In 2013
2012-12-06 18:20:04

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It looks as if Christmas has come early for Deutsche Telekom´s American carrier, T-Mobile. Numerous news sites, including the Wall Street Journal´s All Things D are reporting that Deutsche Telekom has just announced in a statement that T-Mobile will begin selling Apple products next year. The statement apparently doesn´t hold very many specifics, such as what time in 2013 or which Apple products, but it´s...

2012-11-29 19:00:40

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Twitter has spent most of this year spreading its wings, if you will, pushing its partners further away as it stretches its feathers. This summer, for instance, they restricted services such as Tumblr and Instagram from letting their users look for their friends on Twitter though their services. Each of these moves have been a way for Twitter to have complete control of their “firehose” of data, making Twitter.com and...

Dog Walks Again Thanks To His Own Nose Cells
2012-11-19 14:13:48

[ Watch the Video: Dog Has Spinal Cord Regeneration ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online More than just Man´s Best Friend, dogs also have incredible little wet noses. It´s widely believed that a dog´s sense of smell is 1,000 times better than a humans, thanks to hundreds of millions of olfactory receptors. While the smelling sense of a dog has been widely reported and is very well known, the canine nose may be even more powerful than we once...

Hacker Digs Deep Into Adobe Database Records
2012-11-15 10:23:02

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Adobe is the latest to have their databases compromised as an Egyptian hacker has posted links to records of employees from Adobe as well as NASA and the US Military. The hacker, who goes by the name “Hima,” said he had hacked into Adobe´s server to gather these records before posting them on Pastebin. All told, Hima claims to have obtained the records for 150,000 Adobe clients and employees. Adobe has...

iPhone 5 Issues Make It Hard For Supplier To Keep Up
2012-11-08 10:40:07

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Supply and demand: It´s a deceptively simple notion. It´s one thing to be unable to get products in customers´ hands because demand is so high. It´s another to be unable supply products because your factory can´t churn out enough product. Take, for instance, Apple´s new iPhone 5. More than 5 million customers picked up the latest Apple smartphone during the first 3 days of its availability....

Kim Dotcom Is Back With MegaUpload Sequel
2012-11-02 08:02:56

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Earlier this week, Kim Schmitz, the man who calls himself Kim Dotcom, announced the domain for his new, supposedly 100% legal file sharing service “Mega.” Earlier this month, the Austrian-turned-Kiwi announced the resurrection of Megaupload, the file sharing service which peeved off the American FBI and Hollywood by allegedly allowing users to share copyrighted material with one another. With Mega, Mr. Dotcom and...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.