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+ - MS gives Vista Security an A-plus

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jcatcw
jcatcw writes "Jeff Jones, the strategy director in Microsoft's security technology unit, said Windows Vista's first 90 days was a huge security success when compared with the opening three months of Windows XP (which had 14 bugs), Mac OS X 10.4 (had 2), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Workstation (had 137), Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (had 71), and Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (had 80). Vista had five total bugs — one patched, four made public but not fixed as of Feb. 28"
Biotech

+ - Alcohol and tobacco more dangerous than ecstasy

Submitted by GBC
GBC (981160) writes "The Lancet [lancet.com — free registration required] has published an article about a rational system for drug classification in the UK.

The article claims that "In the UK, the total burden of drug misuse, in terms of health, social, and crime-related costs, has been estimated to be between £10 billion and £16 billion per year."

It proposes that drugs should be classified by the amount of harm they do, rather than "A", "B", and "C" divisions in the UK Misuse of Drugs Act. The three main factors that determine the harm associated with any drug of potential abuse are: physical harm to the individual user caused by the drug; tendency of the drug to induce dependence and addiction; and effect of drug use on families, communities, and society. Each of these factors is further broken down into three sections.

Based on assessments from independent experts and specialist addiction psychiatrists, drugs were then ranked according to these nine parameters. Alcohol and tobacco are considered alongside other drugs in the rankings.

Of the twenty substances examined, alcohol was ranked fifth most harmful (behind heroin, cocaine, barbiturates and street methodone) and tobacco came in ninth (behind ketamine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine).

4-MTA, LSD and Ecstasy (all considered "Class A" drugs under the Act) all ranked lower than alcohol and tobacco. From the article: "Overall there was a surprisingly poor correlation between drugs' class according to the Misuse of Drugs Act and harm score."

As someone who supports an end to the "War on Drugs", it would be nice if this article leads to a more rational examination of drug policy both here in the UK and abroad; I am not holding my breath though."
Music

+ - NMPA sues XM over XM + MP3 devices

Submitted by bbernard
bbernard (930130) writes "According to C-Net The NMPA (read as: RIAA Jr.) is suing XM because radios that can record XM signals to MP3's shouldn't be considered radios, but music download services like iTunes, and therefor fall under different copyright requirements. These requirements, of course, would mean that the NMPA would be entitled to more money for doing nothing more than having clever lawyers. XM, of course, feels this is protected by the Home Recording Act of 1992.

So would they be complaining if I recorded XM to a cassette tape or 8-track?"

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