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Submission + - Waledac Botnet Now Completely Offline, Experts Say (

Trailrunner7 writes: After Microsoft's actions to take down the Waledac botnet last month, there was some question about whether the operation was much more than a grab for headlines that would have little effect on actual spam levels or malware infections. But more than three weeks after the takedown, researchers say that Waledac has essentially ceased communications and its spam operations have dropped to near zero. One researcher said that Waledac now seems to be abandoned. "It looks crippled, if not dead," said Jose Nazario, a senior security researcher at Arbor Networks.

Submission + - B-52 send across USA carrying nuclear missiles (

alveraan writes: The BBC reports that an air force B-52 bomber has flown across the US, accidentally carrying "at least" six nuclear missiles mounted to it's wings. Each W80-1 warhead has a yield of five to 150 kilotons. In a Air Force statement, spokesman Lt-Col Ed Thomas explained that "...there was never a danger to the American public.".
Networking (Apple)

Submission + - Sales sold a poor solution, now what do I do? 1

An anonymous reader writes: My company was contacted by a school who currently has a 99.9% Mac environment (some OS X and some old OS 9 stuff). The school had already purchased a piece of software that would only run on a windows server. This software in this particular environment could easily have run on a high end work station or a low end server with out a problem, but the sales people sold them a much bigger server than was necessary on the assumption that it they could easily use this as a file server in a predominately Apple environment (they didn't bother checking with an engineer first). The school does need a new file server, but I am of the opinion that they would have been better served to get something smaller for the Windows app to run on, and hire a Mac shop to come in and set up a Mac file server for them. It's already been sold, and now I'm stuck implementing this solution that, IMO, doesn't serve the client well. Part of me wants to say this is not a good fit for you, but the server is already bought and paid for so there isn't much that can be done about it. Has anyone run into a situation like this before? What did you do?

Submission + - War fighters use Web to share combat ideas (

bednarz writes: " is a Web site that invites frontline troops to post their ideas for improving the combat experience. The ideas range from low tech to high tech: Creating a helmet-mounted mirror that lets a soldier see behind his back, for example, and a scheme for blocking the cell phone transmissions used to detonate roadside bombs. Network World has the story ( roops-swap-combat-ideas.html) plus a related slideshow showing PatrolNet, a proposed system for letting patrol members enter data and photos about such things as interrogations, weapons caches, gunfire, and suspected or confirmed roadside bombs. ( soldiers-slide1.html)"

Submission + - Mark Russinovich about Vista network slowdown 1

koro666 writes: In his latest blog post, Mark Russinovich analyzes the network slowdown experienced by some users when playing multimedia content. "Tests of MMCSS during Vista development showed that [...] heavy network traffic can cause enough long-running DPCs to prevent playback threads from keeping up with their media streaming requirements, resulting in glitching. MMCSS' glitch-resistant mechanisms were therefore extended to include throttling of network activity. It does so by issuing a command to the NDIS device driver [...] [to] pass along, at most 10 packets per millisecond (10,000 packets per second)."

Submission + - Open sourcing a corporate application.

jdmumper writes: "My company has an application that allows users to securely transfer files to specific individuals. This utility has been around for many years and leverages some of the existing best practices for this kind of tool — SSL, encrypted file store, hashed password keys, etc. We have had several requests from customers and other businesses to release the application for their use. Since it is not a "core" piece of IP, it makes sense to do this. And I was recently asked by my boss to provide a proposal outlining how we should go about it, what the risks are, how much work is involved, etc. But since we've never done this before, I would like some advice from others out there who have gone through the process of taking a "corporate asset" and releasing it as open source. I realize that there are various license zealots who will say use GPL or LGPL or GPL3 or BSD or (insert your favorite OSI-approved license here). But that is not what is important to me. It's more important to know how to go about the entire process."

Submission + - The World's Most Extravagant Tech Products (

Ed Albro, PC World writes: "Mostly when you make tech buying decisions, price is a big factor. We'd all like the fastest CPU, biggest hard drive, etc., but we've got to eat, too. At PC World, we've got a slideshow of the products you might buy if price were no object. Some have really fantastic technology, like the handheld video camera Peter Jackson and Steven Soderbergh are raving about. Others are preposterous wastes of cash, like the $25,000 mouse with a flower of diamonds on the case."

Submission + - DreamWorks Animation, Paramount choose HD DVD (

An anonymous reader writes: LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc said on Monday they will release their DVD titles exclusively on HD DVD, the high-definition digital movie format whose sales have lagged those of rival Blu-Ray so far this year.

Paramount, which distributes DreamWorks Animation's DVDs, settled on HD DVD after determining that the format offers better quality and lower-cost players and lower manufacturing costs, the studios said in a statement.


Submission + - Are there any new motherboards without a TPM?

An anonymous reader writes: For those of us who don't want any piece of "treacherous computing" in our PC's, that means not having a TPM chip on the motherboard. That's easy enough if you're using an older computer, but what about the latest offerings? Are there any late-model motherboards or laptops being sold that do not have a TPM chip?
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Xbox 360's Identity Crisis (

NP writes: "Upon inserting my copy of Forza Motorsport 2 into my Xbox 360 a most unusual thing happened. My Xbox 360 displayed a screen telling me that if I wanted to play the game it would have to be inserted into... an Xbox 360 console! I tried holding a mirror up to the Xbox and demanding that it take a look, but it refuses to do so."

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