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Submission + - Microsoft's Controvercial Magic Constant For HyperV (muktware.com)

sfcrazy writes: Who said Microsoft developers don't have a sense of humor. Even if that humor is sexist. Our own Matthew Garrett, UEFI secure boot fame, has posted a blog about the magic constant Microsoft used in its HyperV code.

Matthew writes: Paolo Bonzini noticed something a little awkward in the Linux kernel support code for Microsoft's HyperV virtualisation environment — specifically, that the magic constant passed through to the hypervisor was "0xB16B00B5", or, in English, "BIG B**BS". It turns out that this isn't an exception — when the code was originally submitted it also contained "0x0B00B135". That one got removed when the Xen support code was ripped out.

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Submission + - Alleged Russian spam-lord hauled into US court (theregister.co.uk)

Pigskin-Referee writes: A Russian who allegedly at one time ran a network of compromised machines responsible for a third of global spam appeared in federal court in Wisconsin on Friday to deny the charges.

Oleg Y Nikolaenko, 23, a resident of Moscow, faces charges that he forged email spam messages in violation of the US CAN-SPAM Act, following his arrest in Las Vegas' Bellagio Hotel last month.

Prosecutors allege that the Russian was responsible for pumping out a staggering 10 billion spam messages per day, touting penis pills and counterfeit goods using the infamous Mega-D botnet network.

Nikolaenko entered a not guilty plea. He was denied bail after prosecutors successfully arguing he presented a flight risk if released.

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