Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Intel wants to replace USB per fiber optic

Light Peak is the code name for a new optical fiber technology that Intel will want to replace interfaces such as USB.

Intel introduced at IDF in San Francisco, a new optical technology designed to connect electronic devices. The Light Peak provides a maximum bandwidth of 10 gigabits per second, with the potential to grow to 100 gigabits per second over the next decade.

This type of speed which, according to Intel, download a Blu-ray in less than 30 seconds.

The technology has enough potential. Allows you to use thinner cables that take up less space and use multiple protocols on the same cable. Thus, one can connect different types of peripherals, desktops or workstations, among many others, the same cable.

According to Intel, the chip controller and optical module that underlie this technology should be ready for sale as early as 2010.

Alluding to the time it may take until the Light Peak become a popular standard, the PC Pro paraphrased David "Dadi" Perlmutter, Intel's, which the IDF said that "some OEMs will use this technology in the next year or in 2011 ... But look what time it took USB to become popular.

Trying to stop piracy may be more expensive to ignore it

British ISPs argue that they have more damage to combat piracy than the record companies have today.

The British ISPs are claiming that they have more damage to combat piracy than the record companies have today. The damage, they say, will be almost twice the alleged loss of the music industry if anti-piracy mechanisms are implemented.

Since sharing files over the Web was simple, the entertainment industry engages in a never-ending battle against piracy. According to BIS, the largest conglomerate of the British Phonographic Industry, in 2008 there was a loss of 180 million euros, and in 2009 will be 200 million. Based on these figures the BPI claiming the government's actions, who have analyzed the model using Three Strikes Law on combating piracy, suspending access to the Internet for infringements of copyright on three occasions.

But now the demonstrators - and the opposite position - are Internet service providers. According to the website Ars Technica, the British ISPs are against the anti-piracy laws because they entail a loss of EUR 1 million per day, between losing customers and infrastructure costs. So, have a loss of around 365 million euros, almost double what is today the British Phonographic Industry.

The site quotes a director of British Telecom, John Petter, chief of the division of consumer services at home. Petter said in an interview with Mirror.co.uk, the government's plan to force ISPs to spy on its customers is doomed to failure, but only after you have wasted millions of pounds. "It will be a war of cat and mouse, as the athletes lock with anti-doping. The money spent will probably have very little impact because people who share files will find new ways to cover their tracks. " Even losing the war, the cost needs to be passed on to someone, and second Petter inevitably fall on the consumers themselves.

Moreover, there is the claim that the numbers used to endorse the law are not reliable. According to I4U News Site, the loss of the recording industry is impossible to calculate, since there is no way of knowing what people would buy if they had legal access to it illegally. The contrary argument, that one can download songs that already have the legal rights (to possess the LP or CD artita, for example), also weakens the claim of record.

However, as the article points out the Ars Technica, when the film industry to add their losses due to piracy in the music industry, will be more difficult for providers to put themselves in opposition to anti-piracy laws.

One in five households will have broadband connection in 2010

Study of Gartner, released the site ITPro shows that the number of households with broadband connection continues to grow and by 2010 20% of households have the technology. The number of fixed connections will increase from 282 million in 2008 to 422 million in 2010.

Among the reasons found for the growth are lower prices for computers, the migration from dial-up and broadband more affordable. Neither the global economic crisis was able to stop the expansion of broadband access.

Consumers may be reviewing their household budgets due to the crisis, but not in their plans for reducing the costs of abandonment of a broadband connection, says Amanda Sabia, principal researcher at Gartner.

The report also warns that while growth is accelerated, there is great disparity in access to technology between developed and emerging. The report said the number of households with broadband connection in rich countries exceeds that of poor countries at a ratio of 4 to 1. And this digital divide will not diminish. It is expected that the next ten years the difference remains between 50 and 54 percent.

To get an idea of inequality today, just look at the rankings released by the consultancy. The country with the highest penetration of broadband connection is to South Korea, with the percentage of 86 percent. The lowest percentage is found in Indonesia, with less than 1 percent.

According to Cisco, in its biannual Cisco Barometer of Broadband, released this month until June, the connections via broadband, mobile and fixed, reached 13.6 million in Brazil. This number represents an increase of 16% until the second half.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Isabella Rossellini want to make money with movies on the Internet

MILAN (Reuters) - The Internet is the future of experimental cinema, but it's time to make video art online to be profitable, says Isabella Rossellini.

The Italian actress, who turned Internet sensation with his short films about the sex lives of insects and marine animals, said the public works such as these is increasing, but funding remains a problem.

"The Internet offers new ways of telling stories is a mix of cinema, photography and video art. But no one finances these films," said Rossellini, 57, in a telephone interview with Reuters in New York.

Known worldwide as an actress and model, Rossellini has attracted millions of Internet and mobile phone users with its series "Green Porno" short films about the sexual behavior of flies, spiders and whales.

She wrote, directed and played the clips of one minute for the small screens of cell phones, iPods and laptops.

"The Internet is a double-edged sword," she said, speaking in Italian. "It has enormous potential for content distribution and creation of contacts. There are many advantages. The problem is that the money is spent on technology, not content."

Rossellini said he was happy to have been asked to chair the jury of a competition launched by the platform-independent Internet and cellular Babelgum to find the best and most daring video artists in the world.

Nine winners will have their videos displayed in Times Square in New York on December 17, and three will also receive cash prizes worth 30 thousand dollars.

The daughter of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini, Isabella said he is interested in experimental films for years but is now trying to find ways to convert their interest into a profitable activity.

The success of iTunes music service, Apple's recently led a new wave of discussions about whether Internet users should pay for online content, including news.

Rossellini, who made his series online with the support of actor and director Robert Redford, said that one way to finance projects would charge a small amount of Internet users.

Curious things appear in Google Earth images

At a first glance, these landscapes of Google Earth to play some may seem alien humorous. But in reality, are only the result of the trained eyes of the fans of this Internet service free of satellite images over the Internet.

The images shown are real, but look like faces or world-famous icons such as aerial photo of a labyrinth in the U.S. state of Arizona that is reminiscent of TV presenter Oprah Winfrey. Or, the image of a shadow on sand dunes in Peru that resembles the face of Jesus Christ.

Actual photos and their supposed similarities, presented Wednesday at the site of the Daily Mail, also come with a field of Massachusetts seems to have been carved in the shape of the symbol of Halloween, the pumpkin for Halloween or a photo of Rockies that resembles the image of a Canadian Indian wearing headphones.

The famous gardens of Versailles in France, seen from above, may suggest the image of the little robot Johnny Five. Or, a field in Poland that resembles the face of former President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

Microsoft denies plans to buy Electronic Arts

CHIBA, Japan (Reuters) - Microsoft has no plans to buy Electronic Arts (EA), said an executive at software giant, rebutting unfounded rumors that motivated the actions of high-maker games in New York trading on Wednesday fair.

"We have no plans to acquire the EA," said corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios, Phil Spencer, in an interview with Reuters on Thursday.

"They remain a very important partner for us, but without acquisitions," he added.

Spencer declined to comment on whether there were talks with Electronic Arts for a possible purchase of the company by Microsoft.

Last year, Electronic Arts - producer of popular games such as football, "Madden" - tried unsuccessfully to buy control of rival Take-Two Interactive Software.

Electronic Arts, headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., has a market value of about $ 6.5 billion and is often cited by operators as a target for acquisition by Walt Disney and Time Warner.

(Reporting by Colin Parrott and Nathan Layne)

Trimira Introduces the Identafi™ 3000 ultra for Oral Cancer Screening

I am supposed to be getting one of these newer units to try. Full report after I do. MJ

HOUSTON, TX: September 16, 2009 Houston-based Trimira™ LLC has introduced the Identafi™ 3000 ultra, an upgraded version of the small, cordless, handheld oral cancer screening device they introduced in March 2009. The ultra features enhancements such as nickel-plating, double the auto-fluorescent power, and both hardware and software upgrades. The device uses a three-wavelength optical illumination and visualization system to allow dental professionals to catch early cancers not visible to the naked eye.

The Identafi 3000 ultra features the same proprietary, patented multi-spectral light wavelengths as the popular Identafi 3000. A study published in the May 2009 issue of Cancer Prevention Research found that the excitation wavelength delivered by the Identafi 3000 (and Identafi 3000 ultra) is optimal for discriminating between neoplastic and non-neoplastic lesions. New diodes deliver twice the auto-fluorescent power to further improve visualization.

The Identafi 3000 ultra uses three different wavelengths of light to excite oral tissue in distinct and unique ways. Biochemical changes can be observed with fluorescence, while morphological changes can be observed with reflectance. This multiple wavelength technology identifies abnormal tissue with more accuracy than a single color wavelength.

Nickel plating has been added to the Identafi 3000 ultra to boost electrical conductivity, improve durability, and provide a smoother feel. Trimira has also made hardware and software upgrades to maximize the device’s performance.

The Identafi 3000 ultra is supported by a national team of trained sales representatives and is available through most major U.S. dental dealers.

TRIMIRA LLC is a subsidiary of Remicalm LLC, a privately held medical diagnostic and imaging device company. Other subsidiaries are working on screening and diagnostic devices for skin, cervical, gastrointestinal, and bladder cancers. Remicalm's core technologies are based on high-speed, high-resolution capabilities from its patented optical processing technology platforms and include the ability to read metabolic and physiologic differences in diseased and healthy tissue in the human body. For more information, go to www.trimira.net or call 888-984-9525.

Tower Made Of Human Teeth

No OSHA etc. in China

Got 9 Friends? You can get Windows 7 DVD for Free

First, answer some simple questions:

1. Do you have a computer at home that can run Windows 7. You may use the free Upgrade Advisor utility to determine if your current Windows XP, Vista or Linux machine* meets the system requirements for Windows 7.

2. Do you have 9 or more friends in town?

3. Do you live in any of the following countries – India, US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Spain or Hong Kong?

If you just said yes to all the above questions, here’s an opportunity for you to grab a free Windows 7 Ultimate DVD shipped to you without charge along with some other Windows 7 goodies straight from Microsoft.

Microsoft will do a public launch of Windows 7 on October 22 and to generate buzz around the event, they are inviting Windows enthusiasts from around the world to throw up small parties at their own homes and show off the new Windows 7 to friends and family members.

You can apply to become a party host at houseparty.com and if selected, you’ll receive a special Signature Edition of Windows 7 Ultimate edition in your mailbox.

You may sign-up to become a host using your existing Facebook account or your Windows Live ID. Microsoft will send you an email sometime in the second week of September to let you know if you are through.

*Though Microsoft has not mentioned Mac users anywhere, I guess you can also apply if your Macbook is running Windows via Parallels, VMWare Fusion, Boot Camp or some other virtualization software.

Nintendo insists: Wii UK price is lower - but you might not benefit

Nintendo Wii

Nintendo UK says that it has cut prices for the Wii, just as has been done in the US - but that it's up to retailers whether you'll actually see that difference when you come to hand your cash over.

Following the news of big price cuts in Japan and the US - the price of the machine would fall by ¥5,000 (£33) in Japan and drop from $249 (£152) to $199 in America - Nintendo UK has insisted that over here the price has also fallen, though it will not say by how much.

A Nintendo spokesperson told the Guardian:

Unfortunately I cannot disclose the Wii trade price to you - it is a confidential figure shared only between Nintendo and retailers - just in the same way Apple and Sony will not disclose their trade prices if were to ring them up today and ask.

But, the spokesperson insists,

We ARE lowering the cost price of Wii to retailers in the UK. If retailers do not decide to pass that saving onto consumers - we cannot be blamed for that - but we have lowered the price.

Under EU Anti-Competition law, of course, Nintendo cannot set the retail price. It can offer the SRP - suggested retail price - but under laws passed some years ago, it cannot set the final price. This allows retailers to compete on price with each other, and to come up with different ways to market things. (In general, it's a good thing.)

As a rule of thumb, the trade price for most goods is about 40% of the retail price. (If you don't know that, you haven't been watching The Apprentice closely enough.) If the Wii retail price been cut by $50 and ¥5,000 in Japan, should we expect - given the way that goods so often seem to have a unitary dollar-pound conversion rate - that the Wii's £199 price will fall by £50? Or is the $50 price fall in the US indicative of a wholesale price fall of $20?

It's interesting that Nintendo has managed to drop the price to retailers, and Japanese companies have been suffering from the effects of the yen's rise, which has effectively cut their profits from overseas sales - hence the price rise (from £179 to £199) earlier this year.

Let us know if you see the Wii falling in price. Perhaps a pricetracker would work...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

2010 Peugeot RCZ Limited Edition

The RCZ compact coupe is being introduced by Peugeot in a Limited Edition of only 200 units. These vehicles are especially reserved for European buyers who will order their cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show or on the Peugeot website.

If you’re wondering why it has to be 200, the number is significant as next year marks the 200th anniversary of the existence of Peugeot as an industrial brand name. Powering the RCZ is a 1.6-litre THP petrol engine making 115kW (156hp), which is the same engine that MINI’s Roadster Concept has but gets 155kW (211hp) from it. More details and photos after the jump!
There’s speculation though that the more powerful RCZ is currently being developed. The car runs off a 6-speed manual gearbox and sends power to the 19-inch wheels. These are matte black and are housed inside smoked chrome wheels arches.The Limited Edition RCZ features new pearlescent white paintwork and a double bubble roof covered in carbon fiber.

The interior includes Nappan black leather upholstery with heating function, front and rear parking assistance and more. These and other features like directional bi-xenon headlights, are part of three packages included with the €35,500 price.

Supercomputer has up to 80 cores and 1 TB of RAM

What if your computer at home had, say ten cases Qud-Core Xeon 5500 (the most advanced model of quad-core libh server)? Ah, your problem is with RAM? So how about 1 TB to solve this?

These impressive numbers is what the SGI offers with its Octane III, the personal supercomputer. There are several possible configurations, with the cheapest of them costs U.S.$ 8.

Among the settings available, there are the following:
- It has Quad-Core Xeon 5500 with two sockets;
- A Quad-Core Xeon 5500 sockets with two workstation with NVIDIA advanced or support other video card;
- 19 (!) Quad-Core Xeon 3400 with a sopcket;
- 19 Dual Core Atom processor with a socket.

SGI says that the Octane III allows "a new era of innovation in science esteratégica, research, development and visualization. The company also says it is a way "cheap" to have a computer capable of advanced scientific research. Probably is. Rather he wanted to see a toy that running a Modern Warfare 2.

Scientists develop contact lenses that mix real and virtual

Can you imagine if the real world blends with the virtual? Everything you see in fiction films can be reality soon.

Ever heard of augmented reality? It is a technology that integrates the real world with the virtual, making digital data appear in the physical world. It would be like using glasses that provide us information about what we see. When looking at the board of a street, the device show data such as maps and tips for eating out in the region. If this sounds interesting in the lens of the glasses, just imagine if the research at the University of Washington go right. They are trying to deploy the technology in contact lenses.

According to a report in Wired magazine, students, scientists and university professors are developing a contact lens with very small electronic circuits and the ability to capture radio frequencies. The team led by professor Babak Parvis bionanotechnology has worked in the lens since 2004.

The intention is that in the future, it can provide information on what you see, such as comments, food composition and photos. By seeing the face of an acquaintance, the lens could show which were the last posts it on Orkut and Twitter, for example.

The researchers also found an application for a medical "magic lens". It would be used to monitor the person's vital signs: temperature, glucose, sodium and potassium in the blood. According to researchers, much of the information that is achieved with blood tests can be read through the surface of the eye.

A major concern is the harm that the lens can cause the eyeball. It is tested in rabbits, but it should take to be applied in humans. Scholars say they need more tests and find out more about the functioning of vision.

While we expect the order and approval of research, we can only dream of the technology. Imagining the day when we can play video games in the backyard, fighting imaginary enemies, but real to our eyes.

Core i9 comes to 6.4GHz and hit record in 3DMark Vantage

2010 will definitely be a great year for hardcore enthusiasts and on duty with the arrival of the next generation of Intel processors, the Gulftown.

Featuring 6-core, dubbed the Core i9, the 6.4Ghz CPU reached the hands of the legendary overlcoker Shamino, with the help of liquid nitrogen (LN2) and vcore at 2.02V.

The system ran perfectly stable with the six-core 5.9GHz, nailing an impressive 51,177 points in 3DMark Vantage Performance! It is noteworthy that the current record is 32,328 points.

Learn the care that bloggers should have time to campaign in the network

Although the electoral reform at liberty to blogs, forums and social networks, Internet users need to follow some recommendations for elections.

Popular pressure before the vote on amendments relating to the use of the Internet on electoral reform forced the Senator and rapporteur of Bill 141, 2009, Eduardo Azeredo (PSDB-MG), to change the text of the article which stipulated restrictions on the use of the Web during the elections.

To be approved by the Senate, the final text before the controversial Article 57-D was condensed into six lines that guarantee freedom of expression of thought by websites, services, blogs and social networks, with possible problems with abuse being assessed according to the Constitution federal.

This means that you are completely free of legal problems when they express support for their candidate or criticize other candidates for public office in blogs, social networks and forums? Far from it.

IDG Now! compiled questions and possible distortions related to the two main restrictions contained in the final electoral reform - the anonymity and the right of reply. This information can help bloggers to avoid problems during the elections of 2010.

The purpose of the ban on anonymous election fund is noble, and reminded again and again by the Senators present at the plenary session that adopted the electoral reform: it is a way to curb attacks and offenses committed against a candidate who hides behind anonymity.

There are, however, a problem with the vague definition of anonymity in the text, argues researcher and professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Marcelo Träsel.

"The problem is that this paragraph does not define what is anonymity," he said. He argues that even those who blog using nicknames (even though their identities are widely known) can be classified as anonymous as possible in a legal interpretation.

Another possibility suggested by the researcher is a comment made in the name (real) of another person. Even if use first and last name, "no guarantees that the same (person) who is speaking. This is no longer an electoral crime, but false election," he says.

Both possibilities should be taken into account by the most preventable. "If I were to give a suggestion to a blogger, I would say to sign comments with your own name and those who are moderate anonymous," he explains. The advice also applies to those who operate an online forum or social networking communities for political debate.

In a less extreme scenario, Träsel considering the possibility of contacting the candidate criticized for anonymous reader so that a formal response as soon as the comment goes live, which would prevent the interpretation of defamation on the part of its policy.

Neither the law, however, can prevent defamatory blogs are created in services hosted outside of Brazil or companies with operations in Brazil. Situations like these that almost make it impossible to breach of confidentiality required by the Court to reach the guilty and impose the discipline provided by the Constitution.

Caution, of course, translates into a greater effort by those who care for blogs, social networking communities and forums. "In the end, the blogger is responsible for what is on site," summarizes. The effort, however, is also the enemy of justice. "Who will police this?, Questions Träsel.

Right of reply
The question raised by the researcher's view echoes professor of Communication and Arts (ECA), University of São Paulo (USP), Massimo di Felice, commenting on the questions involved in the second restriction referred to bloggers in the final electoral reform: the right of reply.

By providing that a blogger should open your blog to answer a candidate supposedly offended by using the same weight and double the exposure time of the original content, electoral reform emulates the Internet restrictions that make sense in analog media - radio and TV For example, such as reduced space for programming.

For the law to become applicable, Felice would be tracked throughout the network. "I want to see who will be monitoring all site and blog to see if there are attacks on a candidate. On the TV was easy, there are seven or eight channels. Now, it is objectively impossible to apply. This is a comic law, something absolutely hilarious" he told the IDG News Service.

For the blogger, in practice the distortion can guide users more cautious to consult lawyers before publishing potentially offensive content on a platform on relevance, so there is no undue exploitation of Article 58.

The inability of law enforcement as proposed, Felice says, shows how, as much as in theory there is danger to bloggers, the trend in practice is to have your application in "very extreme cases, with a huge defamation," which should be punished as an example for other states Träsel. Still, a little caution never hurt anyone.

Dell will buy Perot Systems for $ 3.9 billion in cash

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (Reuters) - Dell Inc. said on Monday it had agreed to buy the service company's information technology Perot Systems in a cash transaction that the maker of personal computers put at about 3 9 billion dollars.

Dell, which revealed its intention to expand acquisitions, said it would launch an offer to purchase all Class A shares of Perot Systems for $ 30 a share in cash.

The value represents a premium of about 67.5 percent against the closing price Friday of $ 17.91 in New York Stock Exchange.

Shares of Perot Systems jumped to $ 29.70 in electronic trading on Monday after the deal was announced.

Dell, which said the acquisition will help provide a wide range of services to customers, and opens the door to sell their computers to customers of Perot, expects the deal to increase the profit in fiscal 2012.

Perot Systems, founded in 1988 by Ross Perot, who ran twice for president of the United States must become the unit of Dell Services. The division will be headed by Peter Altabef, current chief executive of Perot Systems.

Microsoft has end the Windows AutoPlay

A new update for older versions of Windows should end up with the AutoPlay features, widely used by criminals to install malware.

According to the official statement of the company, the update, the versions for XP, Server 2003 and Server 2008, only affects USB devices. The feature remains active for CDs and DVDs

With the change, the User must insert the pen drive, open the folder and run the file manually. Although more laborious, the procedure should provide more security to the system.

Some USB devices programmed to act as CDs The change in the system should not affect them at this time, but Microsoft said it would soon have a solution to the problem.

In April, the company said the feature would be disabled in Windows 7. The decision was taken to prevent infection by malware, especially Confiker, known for using the AutoPlay to spread.

Why social networks can jeopardize the security of companies

You or someone within your company participate in social networks and access through the IT infrastructure work? Do you feel safe with this kind of access? If you said no, know that you're not alone.

According to research by security company Sophos, disclosed in early May, 63% of corporations in the world are afraid that communities bring Web 2.0 security risks to corporate infrastructure.

Nevertheless, most companies allow full access to collaborative tools. The analysis shows that 43% of them give the possibility to use Facebook, 50% of Twitter, MySpace 49% and 52% of LinkedIn.

For the vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean security firm Kaspersky, Alejandro Stetson, users rely on others to see the content on those networks and do not take basic precautions. "Even in more specific communities such as LinkedIn, attention should be redoubled. The professional information technology have every reason to worry about access to this type of site, "he said.

Threats can come from many different sources, from general attacks, with links to malicious code, by actions more targeted, aimed at achieving certain companies. It is important to bear in mind that criminals are increasingly sophisticated and specialized in deceiving officials with messages that seem harmless and even through social engineering.

Another example of the evils that networks can bring is Twitter. The tool has undergone a situation that exposed all of their risk. A hacker exploited a vulnerability in the tool to run an application in Java Script infecting the computer and the profile of those who accessed. "With this, the User was exposed to browser hijacking, malware can receive and therefore put the enterprise at great risk," says Gabriel Menegatti, chief technology officer at security firm F-Secure.

Given that, the technology department can have two attitudes: to block access to the tools or means used to protect the infrastructure of the company to promote awareness and constant monitoring of the network. In environments where social networks are important for the work, the lock is not an option. It remains to follow strict best practices of corporate security and implement a culture among the users.

For Roger Denny, a specialist in enterprise security area Safenet, you can not do without a good management of antivirus, firewall and other solutions to prevent entry of malware in the enterprise. "What should be done more consistently and that few companies do is a daily process of vulnerability assessment and risk and how these elements can affect the infrastructure of the corporation," he said.

To disseminate the culture of safety is something a little more complex, since it does not depend on technical and educational rather constant. According to Marcos Prado, channel manager for Websense, the best way to start is not necessarily talking about technical risks, but spreading the safest ways to transmit information. "The approach to security Companies are increasingly less focused on details of infrastructure and more focused on proper treatment of information," attests.

Inventor turns dead mouse on computer mouse

Inventor turns dead mouse on computer mouse

A controversial project published on the site of inventions and improvisations "Instructables" teaches the User to create a computer mouse from a mouse killed. Called "Mouse mouse!", The invention is explained step-by-step through pictures and text instructions.

A common mouse is disassembled and its parts has changed, which are then incorporated into the mouse "stuffed". Users' noahw "and" canidae ", signing the bill, warning of the photos" heavy ", which may bother some readers.

Photo published on the site "Instructables' shows the final turned into a stuffed mouse computer mouse. The project is signed by the users 'noahw' and 'canidae'.

Project involves taxidermy techniques to prepare the animal changes to a standard mouse enable the adaptation of the circuits.

Crisis is the number of women working in porn sites up

BBC News - Analysts technology from Britain indicate that with the growing market for webcams in the world, more and more women are serving the country in erotic sites in real time.

According to experts from Juniper Research, the movement is occurring in part because of the recession.

The fall in British sites in the country or international pages, and are willing to talk and view live via a webcam with customers, who pay for the service.

"Lauren, 23, is one of those women.

A few months ago, she "attend" virtual customers from the basement of a house she shares with other girls who also do the same job.

The site was converted to look like a small apartment - an environment is furnished with a bed and another with a sofa.

The girls wear luxurious lingerie pieces, and a headset with microphone attached, so they can talk with customers.

Lauren says he can earn up to 30 pounds per hour (nearly U.S. $ 90), including bonuses.

"You can imagine how is the weather heats up and if they ask me to take the bra, I shot," he told BBC.

Increased market

Analysts said the overall market grew webcams 730 million pounds in 2007 to 1.1 billion pounds in 2008.

It is expected that this number comes close to double by 2015, driven by porn sites.

The most popular page type claims to have about 27 thousand girls working for 17 million customers, with about 12 thousand new subscribers each day.

"This is a safer alternative than to become a companion or call girl," he told BBC Brodie Fry, owner of one of these sites. "Anonymity is total and, of course, girls do not use their real names."

Another owner of a similar page, Richard Smallbone, also confirms the increase in customer demand and the demand for girls for employment.

"We started with 12 girls and only one working day. Today, a year and a half later, we have 80 profiles available and up to 16 girls working days," he said.


But activists defending the rights of women say they are worried, saying that many girls may feel pressured to do things that do not want to do.

For Anne van Heeswijk, Object of NGOs that fight against sexual exploitation, this industry should be better regulated.

"It is man who chooses a woman depending on her looks and what she's willing to do sexually. This puts enormous pressure on the girls and takes them to perform are increasingly extreme porn to attract customers and make money" said van Heeswijk the BBC.

Lauren, however, says he does not care about that, and that his priority is his daughter of 3 years.

"Several friends of mine working in store and do not earn almost nothing, living without money," he argues. "I can work two days a week and earn more than them, and I still spend the day with my daughter." BBC Brazil - All rights reserved. It is prohibited any kind of reproduction without written permission from the BBC.

What to do when your computer refuses to connect?

Yesterday your computer was functioning properly. But it was enough to change it to a place he did not call back. The problem may be related to some component that broke off during handling equipment.

Abet the office during a change especially when using a car for this task can disconnect some components of their corresponding slots.

Solving this problem is not complicated, even for those who have little knowledge about the physical part of the computer (hardware). Some basic care and a little attention can solve the fault.

Ground: Several of the components inside your computer are extremely sensitive to electrical discharges, even from static electricity. Therefore, before opening the case where the CPU, move it to an area without carpet. If you have a wrist strap, put it, otherwise touch any metal surface that has contact with the ground or a wall. This will ensure that any static charge your body may have accumulated will be discharged. With the device unplugged, open the cabinet, removing the screws (if any) or moving the existing barriers.

Look for something out of place: A general survey may indicate something strange - loose or disconnected cables or an empty slot (that was not already before). In general, there should be no wires left in the cabinet, if it finds one, the chances of it being the cause of the problem are large. In almost all cases, there are connectors that can fit in more than one place. Therefore, locate the point where it broke off and reconnect. Check the cables that are apparently in place, the movement of the cabinet can have a little they undocked, but not enough to get him completely from the connector.

Check the PCI and graphics cards: Unscrew each PCI card (include those who have a door facing the outside of the office) that exists in the PC and the undocking of the respective slots. Replace each one carefully (there is usually a 'click' when it is in the correct position) and tighten the screws again. In the case of graphics cards (GPU) and memory cards, there may be a plastic bar fixing that needs to be undocked and raised so that the component can be removed. Unplug and replace them in place (you can also hear a click when the snap happens). When handling components, look to hold them by the edges, preventing any oil that may be in your hands can achieve some important item and damage it.

Before: a plate with a component shifted
Then add the same component reattached

Reseat the RAM modules: Most motherboards releases the memory modules if you press the lever located on the sides of these modules. Do this and the RAM will undock. Let the levers open when removing the RAM. To dock it again, push the RAM module down, without using too much force to fit the memory again. You'll see the levers back into place. Remember to never force the plug-in component of any PC.

Close the CPU and try to connect your PC: If the problem persists, remove the power cord from the outlet, open the cabinet again and remove all components that are not native to PC (eg, PCI cards, GPU and memory modules, additional ). Close the equipment and connect it again. If the product works, the problem is related to some of the components removed. Replace them one by one and connect the equipment to each item added to find out what is the problem, replacing it with a new one.

Problem disk: Another fault that can happen due to careless transport of the office is the hard disk (HD). Although newer models have technology that prevents damage to them - when the product off the heads of read / write is collected for a position that prevents q physically touch the disk during transport - the HD can be damaged. In this case, the PC can connect to, but can occur error reading the disc and thus the operating system will not load. If this occurs, try booting the PC with another hard disk that holds the operating system installed, and - if the disc problems can be read, back up (if no problem with the disk) and format it and reinstall operating system and applications and copy your data to it again.

Microsoft prepares updates to Hotmail

The team from Windows Live Hotmail is preparing some updates that will improve the user experience with the service. According to an official blog post, most updates are improvements to existing resources.

After the updates, users can download multiple attachments in one zip file, instead of downloading one by one:

Download multiple attachments as a single zip

In addition, the Windows Live Hotmail will have a new contact list to the Web Messenger, new keyboard shortcuts and other events.

According to the official blog, the team from Windows Live Hotmail will release more details about the news in the coming weeks.

Patrick Swayze and health products dominate spam of the week

The death of actor Patrick Swayze fed the spam this week. Messages with liks to videos, photos and even a love letter that the actor left his wife took users to malicious sites.

According to the weekly newsletter of BitDefender, the words "WebMD" and "Weight" were the most commonly used in spam. The subjects did mention the health and diets and returned to be used by the Canadian Pharmacy.

Besides them, the words "Newsletters" and "Unsubscribe", making reference to the online newsletters, also dominated the spam of the week.