Tavaroli voleva entrare in Rcs così bucammo i pc

Dal Corriere della sera del 13 marzo 2010:

Da Tavaroli «è stato chiesto di fare un prelevamento di informazioni all' interno del computer di Colao, per verificare se lui era ancora in contatto con la sua vecchia gestione o con altri, diciamo, nemici della gestione Tronchetti Provera. Io sconsigliai la cosa, gli chiesi perché volesse farlo, e Tavaroli mi disse che in un suo piano generale di outsourcing della Security, in Value Partners, voleva che Value Partners acquisisse il cliente Rcs in modo più sostanziale, ecco. Value Partners era già dentro in Rcs, ma voleva che allargasse il proprio ramo d' azione. Io lo sconsigliai ancora», ma «tra le righe Tavaroli mi fece capire che era meglio che io lo facessi» (l' attacco al pc di Colao in Rcs, ndr), «perché altrimenti il Presidente Tronchetti Provera non avrebbe approvato».

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Scoperta truffa a Telecom ItaliaFrode informatica per 50 milioni Corriere della Sera

 

Scoperta truffa a Telecom Italia

Frode informatica per 50 milioni

Operazione «sim e Napule». Arrestati esponenti clan Contini. Ricaricate illegalmente circa 35mila schede

da Scoperta truffa a Telecom ItaliaFrode informatica per 50 milioni Corriere della Sera .

Questa notizia è stata riportata anche da Audiocast:

[la truffa è stata organizzata da] organizzazioni camorristiche che, tramite l’utilizzo del personale addetto alle pulizie nella sede di Napoli, riuscivano ad entrare nei computers del call center ed a ricaricare abusivamente decine di migliaia di SIM che poi venivano utilizzate per chiamate ai numeri ad alta tariffazione (899 e simili), riconducibili alla malavita organizzata, che così ha intascato ben 50 milioni di euro in un paio d’anni.
Quello che sorprende è come sia possibile che una truffa del genere, posta in atto in modo così banale non sia stata scoperta immediatamente: come è possibile che una società che opera in un settore altamente tecnologico non sia in grado di verificare immediatamente ed automaticamente che non c’è corrispondenza tra quello che viene pagato dagli utenti e quello che viene ricaricato sulle schede SIM?

Questo fatto è grave sia per l’entità della truffa (50 milioni di euro, che in tempo di recessione sono comunque una cifra di tutto rispetto) sia per la banalità con cui è stata attuata. Come è stato possibile? La risposta a nostro avviso è semplice: Telecom Italia ha ricavi per più di 7000 milioni di euro, per cui questa truffa ha le dimensioni di “qualche spicciolo”, e quindi non è stata nemmeno notata.

Però sorgono dubbi su come venga gestita un’azienda che perde introiti di queste dimensioni…

Asus EEE-PC better then Mac Air?

Finally I managed to buy a Asus EEE PC 700  this week. I would thanks a lot Next Store and its kindly clerks, which I will prefer in future to Mediaword :)
If you are at Milan and you plan to buy it, Next Store is a good choice.

There are a lot of sites and articles around the net about the EEE-PC, because it is a very new article in the IT consumer world.

The EEE PC is the First  full featured PC sold at 300 euros. The Register tries also to compare it with the Mac Air, and we'll see why this is not a so crazy idea.
In these days in Italy was launched an overpriced version (320 euros) with Windows XP preinstalled. We are waiting also the more powerful version (EEEPC 900) at 400 euros. Anyway, what do the product is the 300 euro price: powerful and richer model at an higher price are no so stunning as the EEE PC 700.

Introduction: the hardware

The Asus EEE PC come with 3-usb 2.0 ports, and one SD Card reader. It is expandable a lot, considering it has the same usb ports of my Lenovo Thinkpad R60.  It has no DVD reader, but it is very small and tight. The  battery charger is similar to that of a GSM phone, and it sounds great because of its reduced weight.
The screen is tiny, but very very bright, so it can work if you are not too much greedy as me.

Even if the keyboard is too small, and the fan is noisy, for the rest EEEPC looks well.
With an external monitor&keyboard attached,  your trouble are reduced, at least at home.
You can compare it to a Mac Mini, sold at 600 euros, which has a similar but powerful hardware: so having half the ram for the EEEPC is not a surprise.
But the EEEPC 701 is easy to expand, and on Internet some guys managed to install 2Gb of RAM.
And it is not shipped by deafult with windows but with a linux operating system… another big news, isn't it?

 

Games
I code every day. So in my spare time, at home, I have two priorities: my girlfriends, and games.
And EEE-PC come with some funny games like Frozen Bubble, so it is definitively a very good machine.

 Vodafone & EEE-PC

In Italy, Telecom Italia sells a branded version of EEE-PC, with its USB connect key. If you have a Vodafone Connect Key, I have found an italian article to try to connect it. I will do some tests, and then translate it in English if it is worth of it.

The Software…

The operating system is a commercial version of Linux. Anyway it is well packaged, and it is reasonable fast. The File Manager does not start in a snap, but it could be worst.

…the ideas

Because ObjectsRoot.com is  heavly focused on software development, I am searching a set of article to how build a small cluster of EEE-PC, for doing small distributed computing. The cluster should be easy to set up, with no installation of new operating system, and should have decent performance.
I will report  my experiments in the next month.

Hacking it [Update on 11 june 2008]

Ubuntu has relased a specilized version of ubuntu linux

Conclusion: Why it is great

All these stuff fit in about 300 euros, and there is no decent PDA  at this price…even a good Nokia GSM phone is difficult to find for a such price. The EEE-PC weights less then 1 Kg, and it is very easy to carry on. The webcam is good if you have sufficient light to give it, and you can record at 44.1 khz your voice.
Skype comes preinstalled, giving you a lot of freedom with its VoiceOverIP technology.

 

 

iPhone success is hard

iPhone is a very nice project, well designed and manufactered, but the market addressed is
an hard bet for Apple.
Big players are already on the ground: Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and Sony for instance.

So it is difficult to play in such market, and some analysts said  "the touch screen was not successful for GSM/phone products".

The launch of "iPod touch" addressed this fear in my own opinion, because the design of the iPhone is very cool, and you can try to at least have it survive ipod-izing it.

Last and more important factor, the iPhone is locked by one carrier in U.S., and the same will happen in U.K.

This is a very greedy move; big player like Nokia are trying to unbundle their product form the carrier, selling phones which can use multiple wireless network (wi-fi, skype, gsm/edge/umts).

Google is doing the same, from the software perspective using the Android project.

So Apple is always smart, but in the portable phone market you must be also price-affordable, fast in releasing new models, and open for working with other competitor.

All things Steve Jobs is not very good at the present time.

Update: At April 2008, Telecom Italy will carry on UMTS iPhones in Italy. I will write an article on them, to understand if the product is a bit less locked.