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Submission + - Why Password Wisdom Is All Wrong (

hapworth writes: Contrary to popular wisdom, using complex passwords with varying letters and numbers is all wrong and far from secure, says Stephen Gallagher, a Red Hat Linux Software Engineer. The truth about creating safe passwords is three-fold, he says, requiring a second form of authentication, such as a smartcard or time-based authentication token; a "physical device on your person"; and, lastly and most importantly, creating long passwords with letters and spaces (e.g., "vagrant pizza mouse garden pick"). Says the developer, this approach "has effectively zero cost to a corporate environment while providing a significant gain in security."

Submission + - Patent Expires on Best Selling Drug of All Time

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The US patent has just expired on Lipitor, the best-selling drug of all time, as the first generic versions go on sale, marking the end of a brand that has dominated the drug industry, lowered the cholesterol of tens of millions of patients, and generated $10.7 billion last year in annual sales. But drug manufacturer Pfizer, dependent on Lipitor for almost one-fifth of the company’s revenue, does not intend to go down without a fight. Pfizer is employing unprecedented tactics to hold onto as many Lipitor prescriptions as it can with an aggressive marketing plan and forging deals with insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and patients to meet or beat the price of its generic replacements because even at the lower price, Pfizer has a huge profit margin because of the relatively low cost of materials for Lipitor. Some deals require pharmacies to reject prescriptions for low-cost generics and substitute a discounted name-brand Lipitor while other deals block generic makers from mail-order services that account for an estimated 40 percent of all Lipitor prescriptions. “Pfizer’s tactic of dressing up as a generics company is pulling the rug under the incentive system created to foster the development of generic drugs,” says attorney David A. Balto."

Submission + - EU court rules against stem cell patents for resea (

LibRT writes: Europe's highest court has ruled that stem cells from human embryos cannot be patented, in a case that could have major implications for medicine.

Scientists say the Court of Justice decision may impede European research into the use of stem cell therapies, or drive research abroad.

The European Court of Justice said in a statement: "The use of human embryos for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes which are applied to the human embryo and are useful to it is patentable.

"But their use for purposes of scientific research is not patentable."

It added: "A process which involves removal of a stem cell from a human embryo at the blastocyst [early embryo] stage, entailing the destruction of that embryo, cannot be patented."

Submission + - Never accepted the EULA am I still bound?

Sardu821 writes: "With the new EULA's comming out attempting to make lawsuits against companys illegal would I still be bound by the EULA if someone, without my knowledge, accepted that EULA on my system? Or if a person were to buy a system second-hand and the previous owner had accepted it how could the new owner be bound by it?"

Submission + - Is Internet Growing Too Big To Handle? (

StormDriver writes: "The people best equipped for dealing with this task are most likely working for Google, commanding the biggest army of autonomous web crawlers in existence. In 2008, they announced we have reached a global milestone. Their hyperlink processing system returned one trillion unique URLs existing in the web at the same time. That’s one trillion known websites. If you would draw the pages and the links as a roadmap, where every link is a road and every site is an intersection, the result would be 50,000 times larger than a map of USA/”"

Submission + - Movie ind bins report: pirates are great consumers ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The movie and music industry seem hell bent on portraying pirates as criminals and parasites who cost both industries billions of dollars in lost sales. In order to prove this fact a number of studies are commissioned to help demonstrate the effect a pirate has on sales of entertainment.

The problem with this approach is that it has been found to be biased towards portraying pirates as the movie industry wants them to be seen, rather than presenting the facts. A great example of this has been discovered by the German-language politics and media website Telepolis.

GfK Group is one of the largest market research companies in the world and is often used by the movie industry to carry out research and studies into piracy. Talking to a source within GfK who wished to remain anonymous, Telepolis found that a recent study looking at pirates and their purchasing activities found them to be almost the complete opposite of the criminal parasites the entertainment industry want them to be.

The study states that it is much more typical for a pirate to download an illegal copy of a movie to try it before purchasing. They are also found to purchase more DVDs than the average consumer, and they visit the movie theater more, especially for opening weekend releases which typically cost more to attend.

The conclusion of the study is that movie pirates are generally more interested in film and therefore spend more money and invest more time in it. In other words, they make up some of the movie industries best customers.

Unfortunately, we will never get to read the official version of the study as the unnamed client who paid for it to be created has decided it should not see a release. The reason given for shelving it was that the contents proved “unpleasant.”


Submission + - Cyber security skills - what's the gig? (

itjoblog writes: "Without a doubt, cyber security has never been at such a high point of awareness or critical importance to growth. Cyber criminals are developing more malicious code, infecting more web pages and having greater impact on us all in our personal and work lives. James Lyne discusses why skills in this area are bound to be in demand and valuable in the near future.."

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