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Security

+ - Oracle, HP caught sending spam

kurmudgeon writes: The Register is running a article that documents Fortune 1000 companies' contributions to the spam epidemic.

From the article: "When it comes to bot-infested PCs that spew spam, most of us assume the owners are newbie users too naive or careless to follow basic security measures. Think again. There's a good chance that the penis enlargement email that just landed in your inbox is from a network maintained by Oracle, Hewlett-Packard or some other Fortune 1000 company."

The article draws on data gathered from a spam trap maintained by a company called Support Intelligence.
Windows

+ - http://www.engadget.com/2007/03/29/apples-boot-cam

C0rinthian writes: According to Engadget the latest release of Boot Camp supports Windows Vista, as well as providing several enhancements while working in both Vista and XP.


the latest beta also includes updated drivers for the "trackpad, AppleTime, audio, graphics, modem, and iSight," and you can even control the action in Windows Media Player (and iTunes, of course) with the Apple Remote. Additionally, Apple is now invading your Windows system tray by adding an icon "for easy access to Boot Camp information and actions," and finally, you'll find Apple Software Update within both Windows XP and Vista environments.
Privacy

+ - Students sue anti-plagiarism service

jazzbazzfazz writes: It seems that some students in Virginia are not happy with the anti-plagiarism service Turnitin. The company checks prose submitted by its customers for signs that it has been copied in whole or part by comparing it to a large database of works that it maintains. Trouble is, it also adds the submitted prose to its files and stores it for use by the company in future scans, which the students feel is illegal use of their copyrighted materials. I think they've got an excellent case, especially since they seem to have prepared for this eventuality: they're A-students, never been accused of plagiarism, and they formally copyrighted their papers prior to their submission to Turnitin. Anyone out there know there copyright laws?
Security

+ - California proposes new tests for voting machines

An anonymous reader writes: California Secretary of State Debra Bowen is proposing tough new standards on touchscreen voting machines. From the article: "For the first time, California is demanding the right to try hacking every voting machine with red teams of computer experts and to study the software inside the machines, line-by-line, for security holes."

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