['becoming'] is in these articles:
- The Canadian Music Industry's levy on blank media (mainly cassettes and CDRs) has finally come full circle and the industry is realizing that they have pulled their own teeth by implementing this. Effectively they have established that it is ok (in Canada) to copy recordings that you own a copy of onto whatever media you want so long as you don't sell or further distribute them, this is fine because they have forced you to pay a fee up front to cover the expected lost revenue do to this. Its now becoming more confused, because as everyone in Canada is forced to pay this it could be argued that, as long as a fee is not charged, it is ok for individuals to exchange copies. I think that's a bit of a stretch but the Copyright Board of Canada appears to be reasoning this way:
First, the Board has stated, in obiter dicta, on several occasions that the Private Copying regime legalizes copying for the private use of the person making the copy, regardless of whether the source is non-infringing or not. Therefore, according to the Board, downloading an infringing track from the Internet is not infringing, as long as the downloaded copy is made onto an 'audio recording medium'
the key here would be that to be legit you need to save a copy of the song to an audio recording medium, i.e. you need to burn it onto a CDR on which you will have paid the levy.  
Wireless lans are becoming more popular, they are a bit much
home in 2001, but the pricing will probably drop significantly by 2002.
However, their security
has some major
flaws as shown in this
paper... NetStumbler has
quite a lot on this issue. Some more on free access at www.free2air.org.
Some suggestions on how
to secure a wireless LAN by using PPPoE or PPTP. Looks like the
next generation of wireless, 802.1x, may also be insecure.
And now your favourite geek store may be using these to broadcast
your credit card numbers.
The white dwarf, RS Ophiuchi (in Libra), is thought
to be close to becoming a type 1a supernova.
for photographers, at least for the USA. More information
on this subject. PhotoPermit.org
is a site dedicated to this issue. A site from Tomas Hawk that is collecting
information about photo policies in privately owned, public spaces.
Is photography becoming illegal in the
PVRs are becoming Tivio killers according to Slashdot.
Tohiba has demoed
HD-DVD (possibly becoming available to consumers in 2005).
The single layer disks will hold 15GB in the read-only version and 20GB
in the rewritable version. This would be way better than a DDS-4 tape
(electronic ink) development kit
that is Linux
based, looks like the E-ink technology is finally becoming available
- A tool called vLite is becoming popular, this can be used to strip down Windows Vista to less bloated dimensions. It is discussed here on Slashdot. 
- While not really a webpad size device, the VA1500V laptop from Everex is the same price as an ASUS Eee and brings you a 15 inch screen at the cost of about 3 pounds more weight. Clearly the $399 price point is becoming significant. 
Poker Bots becoming a problem? The referenced article
mentions a more "real" threat: that of players working as a team, which
even if you were to insist that all participants computers were somehow
isolated from the rest of the net would just be defeated by a simple
- Wind power for the home is becoming more popular in a few US states, possibly due to some of the tax subsidies. 
- It has been obvious to geeks and some Wall Street types that the mini-notebook format popularized by the ASUS Eee is becoming significant in the world PC market, and now others are taking note. The Christian Science Monitor takes a look at this in the light of a potential billion customers (discussed here on Slashdot). 
- The ASUS Eee PC 1000H gets torn down by TweakTown with discussion on Engadget here. It is also getting a $100 price drop to $549 only a week after becoming available in the US. 
- GPS signals are becoming more frequently jammed. 
- HotHardware reviews four of the current (Sept'08) SSD hard drives from OCZ, Super Talent and Mtron. With prices now reaching $200 for a 64GB unit (for the lower performance drives) these are becoming more relevant to the regular consumer. 
- In Why RAID 5 Stops Working in 2009 the author argues that with the arrival of 2TB drives RAID arrays will have got large enough that the unrecoverable read error rate will put a RAID rebuild at significant risk. While this seems possible it would appear to be a rather poor software design if a RAID system completely fails a rebuild if a single read error happens, I would have thought that the logical thing to have done would have been to pause the rebuild and ask the operator if he wanted to stop or continue and accept the consequences (which would probably be a corrupted file). A comment on this issue that addresses some of the concerns. An article that looks at the causes of some of the drive errors. How the UNRAID system handles this issue gets discussed here, with UNRAID the data is not striped so a failure of this kind will not affect the whole array and, according to the developers, an error of this kind during an array rebuild will not stop the rebuild (though a file may be corrupted as a result). CERN took some time to research the silent data corruption problem. Slashdot has another discussion of the issue of RAID arrays becoming more likely to fully fail during a rebuild. Adaptec goes through some of the reliability calculations for RAID arrays here and here. A graduate student takes a look at RAID system reliability through simulations. Another article on the unrecoverable read error problem. There is a research project looking at read errors in Microsoft, an interim progress report is here. This article examines the probability of encountering a read error while rebuilding a RAID array and explains the math fairly well. The paper: An Analysis of Data Corruption in the Storage Stack takes a look at all sorts of error sources, incuding the UREs. Are there really differences between the SATA and more expensive SCSI and Fibre Channel drives? The importance of disk scrubbing as a way of keeping the UREs at bay. A white paper from Hitachi on the URE issue and why RAID6 makes sense (though it looks like their math might be off). Wikipedia's article on S.M.A.R.T. explains a lot of the SMART counters. Hard Disk MTBF: Flap or Farse calls into question the reliability of MTBF ratings, as does this paper. 
- Cell phone history data (including geographic position information from connection towers) is becoming more popular with crime investigators. 
- Credit cards and access cards which use RFID for "security" are becoming targets for information theft. This was demonstrated at DefCon in 2009, discussed here on Slashdot. The UK National Identity card may also have been hacked, though the UK Government claims this is not the case (this article contains some interesting information on how the card is using public key security for various functions), discussed here on Slashdot. 
- Now that CableCARD systems are finally becoming more accessible it looks like the FCC is admitting CableCARD is a failure. 
- China is now becoming the dominant manufacturer of renewable energy devices. 
- Deformable liquid mirrors are becoming practical. 
- Photo kiosks are becoming infected, they are picking up viruses from customers' USB drives (probably using the Windows auto-run feature) and then spreading these to subsequent customers. The same process could probably happen with flash cards as well - better remember to set the write protect switch on your SD card. 
- In August 2010 solar power systems were recognized as finally becoming less expensive than nuclear power. Of course there are still qualifiers like nuclear works in places the sun doesn't shine (like England) and that solar power does not have costs (which are usually ignored) for storing toxic wastes for thousands of years. 
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