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Microsoft Lost Search War By Ignoring the Long Tail 267

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-wonder-if-it's-prehensile dept.
Art3x writes "When developing search engine technology, Microsoft focused on returning good results for popular queries but ignored the minor ones. 'It turned out the long tail was much more important,' said Bing's Yusuf Mehdi. 'One-third of queries that show up on Bing, it's the first time we've ever seen that query.' Yet the long tail is what makes most of Google's money. Microsoft is so far behind now that they won't crush Google, but they hope to live side by side, with Bing specializing in transactions like plane tickets, said Bing Director Stefan Weitz."
Power

Security Holes Found In "Smart" Meters 224

Posted by timothy
from the intentional-bottleneck dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "In the US alone, more than 8 million smart meters, designed to help deliver electricity more efficiently and to measure power consumption in real time, have been deployed by electric utilities and nearly 60 million should be in place by 2020. Now the Associated Press reports that smart meters have security flaws that could let hackers tamper with the power grid, opening the door for attackers to jack up strangers' power bills, remotely turn someone else's power on and off, or even allow attackers to get into the utilities' computer networks to steal data or stage bigger attacks on the grid. Attacks could be pulled off by stealing meters — which can be situated outside of a home — and reprogramming them, or an attacker could sit near a home or business and wirelessly hack the meter from a laptop, according to Joshua Wright, a senior security analyst with InGuardians Inc, a vendor-independent consultant that performs penetration tests and security risk assessments."
Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun bullies OpenDS developers-> 2

Submitted by andy_from_nc
andy_from_nc (472347) writes "Neil Wilson has posted that he and all of the American developers on Sun's OpenDS project and the positions have been moved to France. In order to collect their severance benefits Sun required the developers to accept a governance change to the project which ensured Sun's control. Instead the developers resigned from the project (which allowed Sun to make the change anyhow) as they did not feel it was in the best interest of the project but could not afford to loose their benefits. Neil was probably the most prolific committer to the project as evidenced by the revision control logs. Sun has responded on the OpenDS users mail list saying that they did not ask the developers to resign and that the governance change was a return to a previous "Sun approved" revision.

Network World Article: Sun bullied, used threats to gain control of open source project, former owner says

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