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Quick Disk Test tool

I used this to see if the micro SD card I have in my cellphone is failing. I took the card out, put it in an adapter, slipped the adapter in to the SD card slot (I’m running Windows, so the card mounts all by itself.) It’s getting the job done.

Quick Disk Test is a Java application with a point-and-click user interface that fills a disk with test data and verifies that it can be read back without errors.

The test data is sufficiently random that it cannot be compressed or optimised away by smart disks or operating systems, but totally predictable so that the verification process can check at a later point in time that every byte read does have the expected value.

Don't Let Congress Ruin Net Neutrality

The Internet as we know it is under attack like never before. And now some members of Congress are ramping up the fight.

Rep. Bob Latta has introduced a bill that would prevent the FCC from reclassifying Internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon as common carriers. This is the exact opposite of what will protect the open Internet.

Reclassifying broadband under Title II of the Communications Act is the only way to protect real Net Neutrality.

A vote for this bill is a vote against the open Internet.

Tell your representative to reject this bill.

This is a potentially tragic turning point in American
politics and policy. We are on the verge of turning over the internet – the
most important communications system ever invented– to telecoms that grew huge
through the government granting them monopoly status. Barring a genuine shift in policy
or a court stepping in to ensure fair treatment of captive customers – or
better yet, genuine competition – companies like Verizon and Comcast will have
staggering power to decide what bits of information reach your devices and mine,
in what order and at what speed. That is, assuming we’re permitted to get that
information at all.Do we want an open internet? Do we want digital
innovation and free speech to thrive? If we continue down the regulatory road
pursued by the former cable and wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler, all of
those good things will be in serious jeopardy.

 (via The FCC is about to axe-murder net neutrality. Don’t get mad – get even | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com)
Did you know that Wheeler has a comment page? Do you care enough about the way that the internet is presented to you to tell him what a rotten rule he has proposed? Are you genuinely upset to enough about the death of net neutrality to actually write someone who has something to do with it?
This is a potentially tragic turning point in American politics and policy. We are on the verge of turning over the internet – the most important communications system ever invented– to telecoms that grew huge through the government granting them monopoly status. Barring a genuine shift in policy or a court stepping in to ensure fair treatment of captive customers – or better yet, genuine competition – companies like Verizon and Comcast will have staggering power to decide what bits of information reach your devices and mine, in what order and at what speed. That is, assuming we’re permitted to get that information at all.

Do we want an open internet? Do we want digital innovation and free speech to thrive? If we continue down the regulatory road pursued by the former cable and wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler, all of those good things will be in serious jeopardy.

(via The FCC is about to axe-murder net neutrality. Don’t get mad – get even | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com)



Did you know that Wheeler has a comment page? Do you care enough about the way that the internet is presented to you to tell him what a rotten rule he has proposed? Are you genuinely upset to enough about the death of net neutrality to actually write someone who has something to do with it?

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet

People everywhere understand that the Internet is a crucial driver of free speech, innovation, education, economic growth, creativity and so much more. They demand real Net Neutrality rules that protect Internet users from corporate abuse.

But the Federal Communications Commission is proposing rules that would kill — rather than protect — Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online.

Under these rules, telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to pick winners and losers online and discriminate against online content and applications. And no one would be able to do anything about it.

We must stop the FCC from moving forward with these rules, which would give the green light to ISPs eager to crush Net Neutrality.

The agency can preserve Net Neutrality only by designating broadband as a telecommunications service under the law. Anything else is an attack on our rights to connect and communicate.

Tell FCC Chairman Wheeler to throw out his proposed rules. Demand nothing less than real Net Neutrality.

Changes to Android might disable some root apps

I just signed this petition about Net Neutrality - care to join me?

Verizon struck the final blow against Net Neutrality when a federal appeals court ruled in its favor and struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order. The FCC must take action now to stop the corporate takeover of the internet. I just signed a petition about this. It only takes a moment at the link .

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) won its challenge to U.S. open-Internet rules as an appeals court said the Federal Communications Commission overreached in barring broadband providers from slowing or blocking selected Web traffic.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today sent the rules back to the FCC, which may attempt to rewrite them.

The rules required companies that provide high-speed Internet service over wires to treat all traffic equally. With the regulation voided, companies such as Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. could face new charges for the fastest connections.
From what Adobe has shared so far, it sounds like the hackers had access to encrypted data for as many as 2.9 million customers. While Adobe stresses that the data is encrypted and that they “do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers”, that data — encrypted or not — is definitely not something they want out in the wild.

Adobe has yet to disclose how that data was encrypted, so it’s currently unclear just how secure it is.

Meanwhile, it also appears that the hackers may have been able to access the source code for at least three of Adobe’s products: Acrobat, ColdFusion, and ColdFusion Builder. This goes hand in hand with a report from Brian Krebs this morning, who noted that he and a fellow researcher had discovered at least 40GB of Adobe source code available on a hacking group’s private server.

Phonebloks (by Dave Hakkens)

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