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+ - Microsoft Security Essentials losses AV-certification->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "For awhile MSE has been trumpted by many slashdotters as the best AV solution available. Recent tests by firm av-test, who certifies security software shows MSE beding dead last on Windows 7 in terms of protection. MSE recognizes less than 70% of 0-day exploits This is true even on a fully patched Windows 7 system which supposedly is more secure than XP. The loss of the certification might matter to many government agencies or businesses which need certifications depending on whether they are high security related.

What is more troubling is Windows 8 uses MSE for its bitdefender service to protect users. In addition, the article link rates other anti virus products as well, where Bitdefender ranks as the top product. Kaspersky and F-Secure are not too far behind. What is surprising is Norton is up there too just behind Kaspersky and F-Secure. Nortan has been bashed for years for slowing down systems and being ineffective, but has made a complete 180 and re-engineered their product to be much more lightweight and effective within the last year or two."

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Security

Sun Pushes Emergency Java Patch 90

Posted by timothy
from the emergency-shot-of-soy-latte dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "In a sudden about-face, Sun has rushed out a Java update to fix a drive-by download vulnerability that exposed Windows users to in-the-wild malware attacks. The patch comes less than a week after Sun told a Google researcher it did not consider the issue serious enough to warrant an out-of-cycle patch and less than a day after researchers spotted live exploits on a booby-trapped Web site. The flaw, which was also discovered independently by Ruben Santamarta, occurs because the Java-Plugin Browser is running 'javaws.exe' without validating command-line parameters. Despite the absence of documentation, a researcher was about to figure out that Sun removed the code to run javaws.exe from the Java plugin. The about-face by Sun is another sign that some big vendors still struggle to understand the importance of working closely with white hat researchers to understand the implications of certain vulnerabilities. In this case, Google's Tavis Ormandy was forced to use the full-disclosure weapon to force the vendor into a proper response."
Cellphones

Duke Nukem 3D Ported To Nokia N900 95

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-outta-gum dept.
andylim writes "It looks as if Duke Nukem isn't completely 'nuked' after all. Someone has ported the 90s classic on to a Nokia N900. As you'll see in the video, you control Duke using the Qwerty keypad and shoot using the touchscreen. I'm wondering how long it will take for this to get on other mobile platforms." In other Duke news, reader Jupix points out that 3D Realms' CEO Scott Miller recently said, "There are numerous other Duke games in various stages of development, several due out this year. We are definitely looking to bring Duke into casual gaming spaces, plus there are other major Duke games in production."
Intel

+ - Why do companies forget about 64bit ports? 5

Submitted by Vincenzo "Enzo" Romano
Vincenzo "Enzo" Romano (881055) writes "It's clear that 64bit CPUs are here to stay.
When almost 25 years ago 32bit CPUs started being used into PCs, 32bit OSes were available only to academic and large corporate data centers.
It took years to get a fully working 32bit environment on the desk and on the laps.
Nowadays, instead, almost all closed and open source OSes have a 64bit port available. What's still lacking is full native 64bit port for applications.
Well, there's nothing wrong with 32bit applications in a 64bit OS!
Skype, Acrobat Reader and Google Gears are just few among famous and ubuquitous applications that do not directly support the 64bit architectures, thanks to the ability to be run in 32bit mode.
On the other hand, a number of other equally famous applications do support it, namely Mozilla Firefox and Flash Player.
My question to you all is: why on Earth?
Is it a matter of laziness or what? Are all those applications so tightly tied to the 32bit world that a port would be imprectical?
Or is it just an "I don't care yet" approach?"

Comment: Re:Or more reasonable policies (Score 1) 881

by Snake98 (#25136819) Attached to: Students Are Always Half Right In Pittsburgh
My wife a teacher, the problem is students don't study for the test and know they can make up the test(this is the current policy at Visalia Unified school district). They then know what is on the test and then look it up. If the teacher has 2 or 3 copies, they just keep retaking it. It's a lot of work for Teachers to make up a new test, just so the student can keep retaking without studying. It a wake up call in High school when they tell the teacher, passing it out, and they say I"ll make it up tomorrow because I didn't study, and the teacher goes, no you won't.

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