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06
Aug
2018

Is Cloud Computing Digging Its Own Grave With Another Step Toward Quantum Obsolescence?

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Cloud-based computers with optimized algorithms work; when it comes to the accomplishments of blazing fast cloud-based computer networks, calculation of some of the properties of the deuteron atomic nucleus can now be added to the list.

A research team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory was able to calculate the precise binding energy of hydrogen and beryllium dihydride molecules using cloud computing, which may lead to much deeper insights necessary for the production of next generation quantum computers. The computations would have been difficult or impossible for any single stand-alone computing node to accomplish, and even the best mainframes would have struggled to accomplish the task.

Since access to the current generation top computing hardware is limited, finding ways to compute faster with weaker individual resources is an essential step in creating the kinds of tools that should lead to the next wave of breakthroughs. The goal of this particular set of computational experiments was to find out the amount of energy necessary to destabilize the nucleus of deuteron and cause it to fall apart. What makes the work novel is the fact that the team leveraged cloud resources rather than traditional mainframe tech to process all of the computations.

The dream of having consumer access to Quantum machines capable of making more than one calculation during a single moment is real. However it becomes a paradox to solve because the amount of computational power necessary to solve some of the equations almost requires access to the quantum machines that would only become possible as a result of the effort. Applying cloud resources spreads the heft of the calculations across many nodes and is proving to be somewhat successful so far, though researchers acknowledge that successfully developing true quantum computing would ironically render all of their work on cloud computing obsolete instantly. That eventuality is already referred to by some as Quantum Obsolescence.

Cloud computing is subject to security flaws and other serious concerns, but for academic research that doesn’t seem to be the target of any clandestine hackers, it may well be the best and only tool available for researchers to use in their quest for a truly new method of computing beyond the 1s and 0s of binary theory.

Whether you are interested in the best modern hosting available today, or the enormous promise of the quantum networks now being theorized, contact us at NationalNet and we will always do our best to assist you with your connectivity goals online.

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23
Jul
2018

Bots Are Conducting Competitor Analysis Online Constantly, For Now

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In years past, spying on your competitors was certainly something many companies did, but it was a manual, labor-intensive process. For example: a “mystery shopper” would walk through a retail store and note the prices being charged for various items to be sure their own employer’s store was priced competitively. Now, thanks to the speed of online transactions and the thoroughness of scripted bots, retailers from Amazon to Walmart and even many small startups are replacing the antiquated human “mystery shoppers” with powerful web page scraping tools and hardcore analytic software.

According to Alexandr Galkin, CEO of Competera, companies including Amazon and Walmart have entire teams dedicated to scraping. Competera itself admittedly scrapes pricing data from across the web for retailers, and uses leading edge machine-learning algorithms to help its customers decide how much to charge for their products.

According to Wired magazine, “Some of Competera’s customers, including Acer Europe and Panasonic, use the company’s ‘brand intelligence’ service to see what retailers are charging for their products, to ensure that they are complying with pricing agreements.”

What is starting to come into question are the privacy rights of companies verses those of individuals. Many commercial sites are now deeply familiar with the privacy restrictions of GDPR legislation. However, those restrictions are extended to corporate identities and data- yet.

With US Law characterizing corporations as people thanks to an erroneous dictum from the Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad case of the 1880s, one could easily see room for an argument that pricing data is just as worth of privacy protection from others as the personal information of anyone working at the company itself.

Right now, a technical battle of bots, captcha, and anti-scraping scripts is being waged on many of the largest retail sites in the world. Will that war soon be waged in courtrooms as well? The goal of an Internet that is ubiquitously available is now facing the same sorts of constraints that offline personal privacy and commercial competition faced before digital media was invented.

NationalNet hosts commercial retail accounts- large and small- for our customers. We work hard to protect your data and are available to work with you on any efforts you may be undertaking in this regard. As the Internet continues to evolve, having trusted technology partners on the backend is sure to make your front end operations far simpler and more successful over the long term.

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21
Jun
2018

A Bug at T-Mobile Reportedly Left Personal Customer Data Unprotected

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There has been a glitch reported that may affect roughly 74 million T-Mobile customers and their privacy. The glitch allowed for anyone to look up a customer’s private details including their names, addresses, billing account numbers, and even some tax information. Additional information could have also been accessed including whether bills are past due, whether the customer has ever had their service suspended, and references for account pins. With all that information, hackers might access accounts by calling T-Mobile customer service to do as they please.

A security researcher named Ryan Stevenson exposed the bug and it was found that its cause was an unprotected PI on the subdomain, promotool.t-mobile.com. Stevenson was rewarded $1000 for reporting the bug through the bug bounty program. The program is in place so that should a researcher find a malfunction and report it, could get fairly compensated as well as treated. It’s something that has surely saved T-Mobile. Ryan Stevenson sent several screenshots of customer’s information to ZDNet so that the problem could be mended.

The time is now to hold cellular providers to a higher standard. This offset could have potentially not only given hackers access to information that could be detrimental to running businesses smoothly but also could set people back by getting digital identity theft. Money could be taken out of customer’s accounts and it wouldn’t be detected for a while because of the loops that hackers could take by calling and pretending they are the customer.

The flaw is now supposedly fixed and things are back to normal with all accounts within T-Mobile’s customer base. However, this problem is similar to an earlier bug that was almost identical and was found in 2017 on a different T-Mobile subdomain. One thing that is not known is how long the latest bug was in effect, yet there is information that suggests that the site has been active since at least October of 2017.

Data protection is an increasingly important aspect of all digital commerce, and breaches like these are a big part of what NationalNet helps our customers to avoid. Talk to the NationalNet security team any time if you have questions, see something suspicious on your sites, or want to discuss the steps that can be taken to further lockdown the data in your fully managed hosting network.

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12
Jun
2018

Protests at Google Continue With the News That the Pentagon Plans to Expand AI Projects

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The battle over the future of artificial intelligence continues as a number of Google employees are asking their own company to stop supporting a Pentagon artificial intelligence program called Project Maven. The project studies imagery, and in the future could be used to improve completely automated drone strikes on battlefields during war times, causing more than 4,000 employees at Google to sign a petition urging the company to stop its involvement. Google’s direct involvement is unclear and will likely continue to be so. However, by putting this petition in motion, Google employees may inspire other companies to go the same way.

Project Maven is more formally known as the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Function Team and began in April of 2017 but has since doubled its publicly documented funding to 131 million dollars, making the controversy at Silicon Valley’s top tech company an expensive one. The Pentagon is also reportedly planning a new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center that will serve the US Military and intelligence agencies as an extension of Project Maven. Amazon and Microsoft are also noted as partners in the project.

The first goal of Project Maven was to create a system that would help analysts to process drone video through the help of the internet company’s machine learning techniques to distinguish and track military targets. This goal was set for December 2017. Project Maven will use leading edge AI to give military and intelligence analysts access to surveillance algorithms via sophisticated cameras and should speed up the processing of information dramatically. All of that appears to be acceptable to executives in the tech community. The friction seems to be solely on the issue of “turning over” that analysis completely to machine learning systems and obviating the need for a human analyst in the process.

As computer learning and AI continue to become smarter at an ever-accelerating pace, the danger of arming the machines with drone strike capabilities based on its own sense of targeting priority appears to be a real world problem that would have bene the sort of stuff used in a sci-fi film plots only a decade ago. On the one hand it does raise ethical questions for philosophers to sort out, but on the other hand it clearly demonstrates the enormous power computing is capable of presenting when used correctly and at NationalNet we see many productive uses for AI and machine learning in our own mission to bring customers the fastest throughput with the greatest uptime imaginable.

Let’s all hope humanity finally figures out how to harness the constructive power of new tech rather to all of our advantage rather than the destructive side of the equation to all of our demise.

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10
Jun
2018

Malware Infects Half a Million Routers

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You may want to look at your home router different nowadays, it could be infected and a hotspot for the next devastating digital attack. They have become a hacker’s haven or a way to turn a keylogger into a king. People are being warned about an intelligent group of hackers that has malware-infected routers that could be used to spread chaos all over the Internet as well as networks.

Even Cisco the worldwide leader in IT and networking spoke on the new type of malware called VPNFilter. Cisco’s Talos security division said that VPNFilter has infected almost half a million home and small business routers.

The routers infected are Netgear, TP-Link, Linksys, MicroTik and QNAP. Cisco’s Talos security division thinks the malware-infected routers’ code is to serve as a tool to spy on others while hiding attackers’ origin. The malware also, scarily, allows the hackers to corrupt the firmware of the hacked routers, which means they are bricked.

The most people who have been victimized by the VPNFilter malware, 500,000 victims, their routers are in Ukraine. All indications of the malware infections point at the hackers prepping a mass plan to take down thousands of Ukrainian networks. Talos are telling people to restart their routers because it removes part of the router malware’s functionality. Talos says completely cleaning your affected router requires reinstalling the router firmware.

Our dedicated hosting services are never compromised as NationalNet has what we believe is the most dedicated media hosting and a content delivery network within your company’s fingertips. Our services include, Advanced Monitoring, Disaster Recovery, Data Backup & Restore, just to name a few. Let us build you.

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09
Jun
2018

Offshore Wind Power For Hosting?

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Imagine having the same web hosting experience with NationalNet right at your fingertips for less of the cost? That could happen in states like Massachusetts and Rhode Island after they were both awarded major offshore wind contracts. Again showing the tech industry the importance and economic viability of renewable energy.

Offshore wind energy was once thought as too expensive, but just how we provide our loyal customer base with a creative implementation of high quality, cost-effective, enterprise-class managed web and business hosting services; offshore wind energy will be cost-effective as well.

The wind farm in Massachusetts will be 14 miles off Martha’s Vineyard and will be call “Vineyard Wind.” The installation will have a capacity of 800MW and should be generating electricity back to the grid by 2021. The contract was won by Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, which are both headquartered in Europe. The two energy giants will be sharing 50/50 ownership of the project in Martha’s Vineyard.

This new contract with Massachusetts gets the state half way to their goal to build 1.6GW of wind energy capacity off its coast by 2027. Not only is this project going to build cost-efficient energy, these major hydroelectric and offshore wind resources will help reduce the state’s carbon footprint and deliver clean energy to the area. They say the project “will reduce Massachusetts’ carbon emissions by over 1.6 million tons per year, the equivalent of removing 325,000 cars from state roads.”

The second major contract was awarded Deepwater Wind and will come from the state of Rhode Island. The project will be called “Revolution Wind,” and will help Rhode Island meet its personal target for 1GW of renewable energy. Deepwater Wind is also working on a project to install a 90MW offshore wind farm off the coast of Long Island.

It is great to see major companies looking for cost-effective ways to generate new energy while being conscious of our earth’s environment. Like NationalNet guides clients through all pivotal phases of their IT initiatives, these two energy giants seem to have their initiatives and priorities (cost and clean energy) in a line. Hopefully these giant renewable energy projects are a theme across the country and we could implement the cost-effectiveness and clean energy to our servers and hosts.

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08
Jun
2018

Are IoT Devices Eavesdropping?

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Alexa, are you spying on me? A Portland family found out that a private conversation they had was recorded by an Amazon Echo and then was sent to someone on their contact list. The report instantly sparked concern and outrage that Amazon’s Echo smart speaker is listening to and recording much more than the company claims. The woman who reported the claim said that one of her husband’s co-workers reached out to her family saying they received a text message with an audio recording of the couple’s conversations.

The woman, who felt invaded, told a local news company that she felt “invaded” and will never be “plugging that device again.” An Amazon spokesperson explained that the “Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa.’ Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request. At which point, Alexa said out loud ‘To whom?’ At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customer’s contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, ‘[contact name], right?’ Alexa then interpreted background conversation as ‘right.'”

When an Echo hears its wake word, “Alexa,” it will send what the user said to the cloud for processing. Once it decides to send after “Alexa” hears a “Voice Message” it will make sure that it heard it correctly, then continues to record until the user stops talking. Amazon is looking over the matter because it finds it pretty strange that the convo was heard so wrong. Technology is far from flawless, if you have to have a serious conversation regarding family life, job security or any type of personal issues, always turn off your Echo. If you really love your privacy then an Echo may just not be for you and your family, despite what the new tech fads are.

NationalNet strives to form close, long-term relationships with our clients to become a trusted extension of their business. Your information, business and hosting is safe under our umbrella of high quality services.

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07
Jun
2018

Facebook Wants to Wire the World

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The Internet of Things

Remember when Mark Zuckerberg vouched to the tech industry to help everyone to be connected, wire-to-wire with free basic Internet? Internet data in these days is just as important to the average human as food, water and shelter. Zuckerberg told millions in a 10-page white paper share from his iPhone that free Internet was a universal right for all. He wanted getting Internet data to people to be a hundred times cheaper than it was standing at. The Zuck said it would be feasible within five to 10 years, but like many tech giants they were stopped in their digital tracks.

Facebook then launched Internet.org, which was a collection of initiatives to get the masses hooked on the web. Looking back now, who would’ve thought we would need initiatives to get people hooked on something that they already were? In typical Zuckerberg fashion the two projects would get deals with phone services to make a minimal amount of web-services available through a free app.

Zuckerberg’s efforts were seen as a humanitarian effort, dubbed the name “dot-org.” Zuckerberg didn’t even care if Facebook earned a profit from delivering for the next few billion people. The technology entrepreneur and philanthropist, who is worth almost 80 billion said that his motives were all moral and not financial one. Zuckerberg saw that billions of Americans did not yet no how to surf the web and wanted to change that. Like many in the digital age, Zuckerberg feels connecting people on the Internet would change the shift in global power because of sharing and redistributing information.

Zuckerberg took his efforts to India and Barcelona, but they weren’t well received. All in all, Facebook’s initiatives were not highly received across the globe but it says it is working with 86 partners to offer the Free Basics app in 60 countries. In a Facebook April 25 call, they said the company’s Internet.org have brought 100 million people to the Internet.

As a web-based hosting service and a company that respects the infrastructure of the Internet we understand what Mark Zuckerberg is trying to do. Also, as a hosting solution that takes your company to the next level of productivity and efficiency NationalNet wants the best for it’s customers and partnerships with as diversified, secure and private a footprint as possible.

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06
Jun
2018

Creating Instant Websites?

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With the ever evolving technology of websites and their hosts, building a website has become tremendously easy and carpel tunnel free. Not only has it become as simple as reciting the alphabet, and not JavaScript, building and updating a full-service site is common ground for the common folk. Now you can simply load a picture update onto your phone and drag it into the web host and then it’s loaded onto the home page of your site. For some in businesses that are charity based across the globe that is huge for consistent, quick and no-limit updating.

Building your company’s site while also maintaining it has become a touch a way in today’s modern day digital world, but a West Coast startup has taken it to another level. A San Francisco startup in beta, provides a URL, hosting services and a dead-simple app to build a website. This startup acts a grid for your site, it allows users to move text, video and photos into The Grid’s program. When you load it, the AI of The Grid arranges the content into a visually pleasing layout based on best practices for the sites backend.

Say you are building an e-commerce page, the artificial intelligence will create click-through boxes under the images and prices are automatically turned into click-through buttons to the shopping cart page. The Grid’s AI actually improves the overall esthetic to the site as well as its effectiveness, colors, photographs and text through the AI.

The founder and CEO Dan Tocchini IV ‘s goal is to give business and website owners back their control from designers and website services who take forever to get back to you with results or an actual finished product. “The Grid” is for website and business owners to create their own platform. The Grid is monetized at the start so you know what you are getting before actually put dollars and manpower into creating it.

NationalNet is here to develop lasting and successful partnerships with your company. We want to see you grow as much as you want to and we most certainly have the platform and infrastructure for you to accelerate your milestones quickly.

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05
Jun
2018

How to Choose the Right Host for Your Website

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Web hosting companies gives your company the services that literally connect your site to the Internet. With so many options, plans and packages it can be hard for an entrepreneur to choose the right plan for his or her business. Each major type of hosting company and service has their pros and cons to help your business succeed with their own customizable plans and criteria. As you start the trek for a web-hosting plan, you’ll run across a number of different types or services and serves, including these options:

Individual plans are referred to as “shared hosting plans” because they share space on hosting servers with other webmasters. Once a Webmaster outgrows the features or the shared hosting plan they will have to upgrade to a plan that allows them their own personal server. If your company is the size for a shared hosting plan, make sure that plan allows for seamless account transitions if you think growth is on the way.

So, what do you really need to look for in a hosting plan after you decide on the type? Cost. Reviews. Support. Storage. When it comes to cost, stay away from free hosting services because they are probably unreliable and a gimmick. On the other hand, customer reviews are a great way to benchmark a web host. Search for reviews online from past customers before deciding on a web hosting service, because just like Yelp or any other crowd-sourced review site, the company or owner’s marketing team could have made a fake post.

Customer support. Whether you’re a beginning Webmaster or a more experienced digital business owner, you’ll want a dependable customer support team behind your web-hosting plan. Things can and will go wrong on your website’s backend, but getting support when you need it can go a long way toward minimizing any potential damage to your business.

National Net’s customer support is impeccable. We provide our loyal customers with a creative implementation of high-quality, cost-effective and business hosting services. Our mission is “to add value and profitability to our small and midsized customers by providing them a high-quality, cost-effective, enterprise-class hosting solution” making NationalNet your best bet for a web tech partner.

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