CryoStasis writes: I work for a major hospital in the northeast. Recently the hospital has taken it upon itself to increase its general level of computer security. As a result they now require full disk encryption on any computer connected to their network on site. Although I think this stance is perhaps a little over exuberant most of these computers are machines that have been purchased with hospital funding. In the department that I work in however many of the employees (myself included) have their own personal machines that they bring to work every day. For obvious reasons we're rather reluctant to allow the hospitals IT staff to attempt installation of the encryption. Those who have allowed the encryption to be installed on their personal machines have had major problems occur afterwords using both Macs and Windows machines (ranging from severe/total data loss, frequent crashes and general slowness) which the hospital does very little to remedy. To make matters worse the hospital is now demanding that any machine which is used to check email (via email clients or webmail directly) be encrypted, including desktop style machines at home, which must be brought in to the IT department as they refuse to distribute the encryption software to the employees for install. By monitoring email access they have begun harassing employees who check email from off campus stating that their email/login access will be disabled unless they bring in their computers. I have no intention of letting these people install anything on my machine, particularly software which their IT staff clearly doesn't have a solid grasp of. Have other Slashdot readers come across this kind of a problem? Do I have any recourse, legal or otherwise, to stop them from requiring me to install software on my personal machines?
CryoStasis writes: One can't help but notice the amount of MMOs that have closed their doors recently. Tabula Rasa closed its doors earlier this year, and now The Matrix Online is shutting down as well. In these days of questionable financial stability are gamers willing to continue to pay a monthly subscription for MMOs? Obviously the big three (WoW, Everquest, Eve) have the player base to survive these hard times, even though their subscription numbers have fallen a bit, but have we past the age of the subscription based MMO? Are free ad based MMOs the future for this genre of gaming?
superglaze writes "ZDNet UK has a very entertaining round-up of the most annoying software out there, and everything from RealPlayer and Adobe Reader to Java and Norton Antivirus gets a kicking. 'The internet has brought us many joys. It's rewritten the rules of business and pleasure. And pain. For it allows what may have seemed like bright ideas at the time ('let's use it to make sure our customers have the latest software', for example) to turn into a stinking pit of misery — usually, but by no means always, after marketing gets its fangs in.'"
An anonymous reader recommends a Computerworld article on a new report from Australian security vendor PC Tools. The company released figures on malware detection by its ThreatFire product, and in its user base 27% of Vista machines were compromised by at least one instance of malware. From the article: "In total, Vista suffered 121,380 instances of malware from its 190,000 user base, a rate of malware detection per system [that] is proportionally lower than that of XP, which saw 1,319,144 malware infections from a user base of 1,297,828 machines, but it indicates a problem that is worse than Microsoft has been admitting to." Microsoft hasn't responded yet to this report.