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XSS, Privacy and Carnivals and Bandwidth penetration

An anonymous slashdot poster on why XSS vulnerabilities occur

Samidh Chaktrabarti on the Carnival Booth algorithm for defeating terrorists.

Speaking of airline security, practical nomad gets harrassed for making sure an airport worker was affiliated with TSA.

Kip Hawley is an idiot…or some think that.

Richard Wray reports some remarkable statistics on broadband penetration:

In terms of total broadband users, the US leads the pack with over 60 million broadband subscribers. But second-placed China is fast closing the gap. From 41 million broadband users a year ago, China now has more than 56 million and based on its current growth looks set to over-take America as the world’s largest broadband market later this year.

Based on broadband penetration, South Korea is by far the world’s top broadband user with nearly 90% of households online. Several small, economically vibrant and densely populated states are also high on the list such as Hong Kong, Monaco and Macau. The US – with broadband penetration at just under 53% – is in 24th place. Penetration in China, meanwhile, is 14.35% while in India – often mentioned in the same breath as China in discussions of emerging markets – broadband penetration stands at just 1.15% of the country’s estimated 200 million households.

This is astonishing to me. First, it means that broadband users in China will outnumber that in the US this year. Also, the dominance of China will increase at an exponential rate among broadband users.  That has implications on lots of things:   web server security, ecommerce, multilingual websites, internet spam.
We’ve heard of the slashdot/digg effect. Imagine what would happen in 5 years if the entire websurfing population decides to visit your website.  What we’ve had so far just doesn’t compare. (Luckily there is little on my own website that would interest the Asian audience).
I’ve written before about the India vs. China thing. We hear a lot about India because of the common language, but with that broadband penetration rate, India will never come close to the economic influence of China. On the other hand, I suspect China’s top-down method of planning probably will be damaging in the long term.

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