Stories by Grant Gross

Interference questions dog broadband over power lines

WASHINGTON (01/07/2004) - Ham radio operators and at least one U.S. federal agency contend that broadband over power lines interferes with their radio signals, and if the radio operators have their way, the emerging technology that could offer Internet users another broadband service choice might not get off the ground in the U.S.

First test of IPv6 network goes well

An early test of a multisite, next-generation Internet, powered by IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) went well, and the coalition of groups working on the so-called Moonv6 project will conduct more comprehensive tests starting in February, said two people involved in the project Tuesday.

Information overload

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by information overload lately, you may not be alone. The amount of new information stored on various media such as hard drives has doubled in the past three years, to five exabytes of new information produced in 2002, according to a recently released study by the University of California.

ICANN grills VeriSign over Site Finder

WASHINGTON (10/15/2003) - VeriSign Inc. faced a series of questions about the September launch of its Site Finder search page from members of an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) committee Wednesday, with members questioning why the company didn't poll the technology community about the possible effects before launching Site Finder.

RIAA: P-to-P vendors must filter content

WASHINGTON (09/30/2003) - The U.S. recording industry called on peer-to-peer (P-to-P) software vendors to filter out copyright content and a U.S. senator pressed the distributor of the popular Kazaa P-to-P software to cut off users who violate its end user license agreement during a Senate hearing on file trading Tuesday.

Plan to lower H-1B cap sparks debate at hearing

WASHINGTON (09/19/2003) - Officials from Intel Corp. and Ingersoll-Rand Co. last week told a congressional panel that the annual cap on H-1B visas shouldn't be lowered to levels that predate the dot-com boom. But the president-elect of a group for IT professionals retorted that the visa program is taking money from the pockets of U.S. workers.

Experts: Worry More About Insiders Than Cyberterrorism

Enterprises worried about cybersecurity should pay more attention to their own employees than to the as-of-yet unrealised threat of cyberterrorism, two cybersecurity experts warned a group of IT professionals Tuesday.

Experts: Iraq will need telecom, IT services soon

Two telecommunications experts see much opportunity for IT and telecom companies wanting to help rebuild Iraq after the US war there, but it could take months or even years before the country is ready for IT infrastructure improvements.

Professor bets his job on anti-spam bounty

A US congresswoman plans to introduce an anti-spam bill that would pay a bounty to some who report spammers, and Stanford University law professor and cyberlaw author Lawrence Lessig says he's so sure the bill will cut the amount of spam sent that he'll quit his job if it doesn't.

Appeals court puts hold on Java order

A U.S. federal appeals court has stayed a judge's order requiring Microsoft to ship Sun Microsystems' Java technology with its Windows operating system and other products.

Symantec: Net attacks down, but more sophisticated

The number of security attacks on the internet seem to be levelling off after a rocket-like rise during the last decade, but the attacks still happening are more sophisticated, says the president and chief operating officer of security vendor Symantec.