The Tech Corner is a weekly technology news and advice column presented each week courtesy of Melvin McCrary at Ga. Computer Depot in Cedartown.
Netflix Urges FCC to End All Data Caps
Netflix cites section 607 of the Telecommunications Act, which says that the FCC must regularly check whether broadband and other “advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.”
According to Netflix, having data caps makes it more expensive to watch online TV; therefore, data caps are an unreasonable restriction to all would-be customers being able to make the most of the Internet. It says that data caps of any kind on fixed-line broadband are unreasonable, while caps on mobile broadband shouldn’t be too low.
Most Connected Seagate Central devices infected by Monero Mining Trojan (Including Desktop External Drives with FTP)
Sophos recently reported about a Trojan that installs a cryptocurrency mining program called NsCpuCNMiner32.exe on an infected computer and then spreads itself to other computers and FTP sites. This mining program will mine the digital coin called Monero, which has become popular among criminal underground sites due to it being less traceable than bitcoin.
This Trojan has spread to almost all Internet connected Seagate network attached storage devices. This is because the Seagate Central devices by default have a world writable Public folder that if connected to the Internet allows anyone to store files on it. When the Trojan is executed it will scan the Internet for FTP sites and attempt to login using common user names and passwords. (If you have any kind of network storage device, change the user and password from the factory default.)
Mining Trojans can cause physical damage to Computers. Once started, the miner will use most of the computer’s CPU power at all times! This causes the computer to become almost unusable, and also causes physical damage to the processor due to the heat generated. It is very important that victims remove this Trojan as soon as possible.
Cruz Fights Global Internet Giveaway
On Thursday, the Commerce Department, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) decided to turn over total control of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. This would appear to be a welcome effort to privatize a former government function, but it relinquishes the U.S. government’s role as the arbiter and guarantor of Internet freedom and turns over full control to a group subject to the anti-freedom impulses of the international community, including the United Nations.
In a 2010 speech to graduates at Hampton University in Virginia, Obama complained that too much information is a threat to democracy. “All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.”
Free speech restrains the tyrants and socialists who would steal our freedoms. The Internet is the direct descendant of the pamphleteers who energized the American Revolution. This time it’s not the British coming as tyrants, but the government and the FCC.
ICANN has long had authority over Internet functionality, but under a contract repeatedly awarded to it by the NTIA. This full transfer of Internet control to globalists is part of the fundamental transformation of America. The Internet is not broken and there is no need to fix it, much less turn it over to a group subject to the whims of foreign dictatorships and those to whom the free flow of information is considered a threat. Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Sean Duffy have recognized this threat and have introduced the Protecting Internet Freedom Act.
On Wednesday, Republican Texas Sen. Cruz and Republican Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy introduced legislation to prevent the transfer of functions related to the Internet Domain Name System unless specifically authorized by Congress.
“The administration is months away from deciding whether the United States Government will continue to provide oversight over core functions of the Internet and protect it from authoritarian regimes that view the Internet as a way to increase their influence and suppress freedom of speech,” Cruz said in a statement. “This issue threatens not only our personal liberties, but also our national security. We must act affirmatively to protect the Internet and the amazing engine for economic growth and opportunity the Internet has become, and I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.”
The lawmakers suggested the plan would “allow over 160 foreign governments to have increased influence over the management and operation of the Internet.”
It used to be that three networks controlled the information we saw and heard. Thanks to the Internet, talk radio, and cable news, we have access to formerly unheard and suppressed voices. News and commentary no longer has to get past the gatekeepers at CBS, ABC, NBC, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.
Samsung Will Reduce Galaxy Note 7’s Battery Capacity to 60% Via Automatic Update
This is in response to the batteries in some models overheating and causing fires in some cases.
Why 4K Ultra HD TV Has Great Picture Quality
The future of television has arrived. Once you see the incredible images that 4K Ultra HD TVs deliver, you’ll be convinced. The extra resolution of 4K images adds better definition and clarity to the picture. The result is images that look incredibly life-like, more like looking through a window than watching TV.
4K is especially effective on very large screens – so ideally you’ll go for a 65-inch set or even bigger. 4K resolution clearly improves picture quality at any screen size. The effect is more noticeable if you’re moving to 4K from a TV of the same size. Let’s say you have a 50-inch HD TV and you upgrade to 4K: you are cramming four times the number of pixels into the same amount of space. That makes for a noticeably denser picture with finer detail. 4K is considered by the film-making community as being able to reproduce the sort of resolution and ‘finish’ you get with 35mm film.