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Microsoft Exec Says, "You'll Miss Vista" 273 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the cold-day-in-hell dept.
Oracle Goddess writes "'Years from now, when you've moved on to Windows 7, you'll look back at Windows Vista fondly. You'll remember its fabulous attributes, not its flaws.' That's the opinion of Steve Guggenheimer, vice president of the OEM division at Microsoft. 'I think people will look back on Vista after the Windows 7 release and realize that there were actually a bunch of good things there,' Guggenheimer said in a recent interview. 'So it'll actually be interesting to see in two years what the perception is of Vista.' A dissenting opinion comes from Bob Nitrio, president of system builder Ranvest Associates, doesn't believe organizations that skipped Vista will ever regret their decision. 'I don't think for a second that people are suddenly going to love Windows 7 so much that they will experience deep pangs of regret for not having adopted Vista,' said Nitrio. If I had to bet, I'd go with Bob's take on it." My first thought was, Steve meant Windows 7 is designed to be virtually unusable as payback for all the complaints about Vista, but I might be biased.
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Your Browser History Is Showing 174 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the wasted-days-and-wasted-art dept.
tiffanydanica writes "For a lot of us our browser history is something we consider private, or at least not something we want to expose to every website we visit. Web2.0collage is showing just how easy it is (with code!) for sites to determine what sites you visit. When you visit the site it sniffs your browser history, and creates a collage of the (safe for work) sites that you visit. It is an interesting application of potentially scary technology (imagine a job application site using this to screen candidates). You can jump right into having your history sniffed if you so desire. While the collages are cool on their own merit, they also serve as an illustration of the privacy implications of browser history sniffing."
Government

+ - Secret Visit by SF Mayor Spurs Password Confession

Submitted by Mz6
Mz6 (741941) writes "The San Francisco computer engineer accused of withholding access codes to the city's network surrendered the password during an unusual jailhouse visit by Mayor Gavin Newsom, authorities said Tuesday. Newsom came away with the access codes Monday night after talking with Terry Childs, 43, of Pittsburg, who has been held since July 13 on four felony counts stemming from what prosecutors describe as an effort to block administrative access to the network that handles 60 percent of the city's information, including sensitive law enforcement, payroll and jail booking records. Childs had given officials what turned out to be bogus passwords and then had refused to give the correct ones, even when threatened with arrest, authorities say. But Monday, Childs' defense attorney Erin Crane contacted the mayor's office, setting in motion the secret visit."
Slashdot.org

+ - What do we think of the Opinion Center?

Submitted by DuncanE
DuncanE (35734) writes "In case any (all?) of you didn't notice the slashdot opinion centre recently switched from AMD to INTEL. You may have also noticed as a logged in user some subtle and not so subtle javascript thingys (technical term) promoting this change over. I for one would prefer to see the so called "opinion centre" pieces posted as articles in the main window. Sure highlight them in the nice lime(y) green, make um clear they are ads and then we can all tell Intel exactly what we think about their articles. Plus slashdot can probably charge a heap more to Intel for the privilege.

The weird think is I'm not joking. As long as its kept to a reasonable level and maybe its not exclusive to Intel, I think it could actually be a interesting experience for both us, the slashdot community, and them, the IT vendors. So what do you think?"
Handhelds

+ - Are Mobile Phones Wiping Out Bees?

Submitted by Mz6
Mz6 (741941) writes "It seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror film. But some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world's harvests fail. They are putting forward the theory that radiation given off by mobile phones and other hi-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the more bizarre mysteries ever to happen in the natural world — the abrupt disappearance of the bees that pollinate crops. Late last week, some bee-keepers claimed that the phenomenon — which started in the US, then spread to continental Europe — was beginning to hit Britain as well. The theory is that radiation from mobile phones interferes with bees' navigation systems, preventing the famously homeloving species from finding their way back to their hives. Improbable as it may seem, there is now evidence to back this up."
The Internet

+ - Social networking sites opening up

Submitted by
prostoalex
prostoalex writes "Business Week magazine is looking at social networking sites opening their APIs to third-party developers to enable social applications not supported by the network itself. Facebook is setting an example by releasing their API from beta into 1.0, and many others are expected to follow the suit, since Facebook API now serves as a backbone to 100 or so applications: "Since Facebook, a network of 17 million college students, started a pilot program last summer, third-party developers have created some 100 new applications. Now a Facebook user name and password can be used to log in to content-sharing and chat site Mosoto, and to automatically import Facebook friends into Mosoto's buddy list for chat. Facebook itself does not offer a chat function""
Microsoft

Bill Gates Brags About Vista, Reacts to Apple's Latest Ads 891

Posted by Zonk
from the oh-bill dept.
fr8_liner writes "In an unusually candid interview with Newsweek Bill Gates lays it all on the line, bragging about the benefits of Vista, ragging on Apple for their 'I'm a Mac' ads, and claiming primacy in a number of features shared by Vista and OSX. Specifically, it is Mr. Gates' opinion that the Apple adverts are misleading if not untruthful. He makes the claim that 'security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine.' The interview also touches on the future of Microsoft and Operating systems, and some of the company's plans for internet-based computing."
Intel

+ - Ask an Intel IT drone

Submitted by
Jeff Moriarty
Jeff Moriarty writes "[MODERATOR: My email is jeff.moriarty@intel.com if you would like to talk about this directly. Feel free to edit the text as you see fit.]

I work in IT at Intel, am one of Intel's "official" IT bloggers, and am looking for a little abuse. Intel launched these external IT blogs late last year to open the lines of communication, and perhaps show the world we're not entirely as evil as you may have heard. Since I've been given some leeway in talking about Intel as a blogger, I thought I'd push things a bit and see what the Slashdot crew would like to know.

I've been at Intel seven years, all of it in IT, but I'm not an Intel apologist. We do great things, and we do ridiculous things. Intel IT really gets to see both sides of the coin, trying to contribute to Intel's bottom line by supporting our products, but facing the same technical and budgetary challenges as most of our customers. I'm hoping our blogs and this Q&A will help us share how we deal with those challenges. All IT related questions are fair game, as are personal questions about working at Intel, our culture, etc. Give me the Top Ten, and if I don't know the answer, I'll ask around until I find someone who does. I've got my kevlar armor on, so bring the love."
Microsoft

+ - Have you had your ideas stolen by Microsoft?

Submitted by
gavinpquinn
gavinpquinn writes "Microsoft is doing so much development, you often wonder when they come out with a new concept, have they stolen it from another startup without the deep pockets for advertising?

Could Apple, Google, and all the big players be doing the same thing? What are the rights of these start-ups that may not have patents or patent attorneys and 10 billion dollar advertising budget? Microsoft just recently launched this application on MSN http://fordedge.msn.com/Experience.aspx?GT1=8938. Essentially a way to tag a map with peoples own content. However, this looks surprisingly like http://grapheety.com! A site that is a startup but has the exact same concept.

I just wonder how many other people have seen this same thing?"
United States

+ - Classified Wiki for U.S. Intelligence Community

Submitted by CortoMaltese
CortoMaltese (828267) writes "The U.S. intelligence community has unveiled their own classified wiki, the Intellipedia. From the Reuters article:
The office of U.S. intelligence czar John Negroponte announced Intellipedia, which allows intelligence analysts and other officials to collaboratively add and edit content on the government's classified Intelink Web much like its more famous namesake on the World Wide Web.

A "top secret" Intellipedia system, currently available to the 16 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community, has grown to more than 28,000 pages and 3,600 registered users since its introduction on April 17. Less restrictive versions exist for "secret" and "sensitive but unclassified" material.
Intellipedia uses MediaWiki as the wiki engine. Wikipedia also has a page on Intellipedia."

RIAA Claims P2P Has Been Contained 388

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the desperate-spin-control dept.
Magorak writes "USA Today is reporting the RIAA now claims that the issues surrounding P2P and piracy have been contained and are no longer as big an issue as they once were. From the article; 'The problem has not been eliminated,' says association CEO Mitch Bainwol. 'But we believe digital downloads have emerged into a growing, thriving business, and file-trading is flat.'"

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