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Comment: Re:Great News for Companies Scarred by IE6 (Score 1) 152 152

Really not difficult to stop this, we've done it already. Windows 7 has applocker:

And prior to that Vista/XP had software restriction policies.

Comment: Re:Radical Fucking Concept (Score 1) 160 160

Avatar wasn't very good - the plot is weak and the characters are all one dimensional. The social commentary is blatantly one sided as well.

I'd suggest this review.

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Comment: Re:IT is a customer service group (Score 1) 576 576

Vista isn't popular, but it is very flexible with group policy. You can manage all power settings via GPO in Vista.

If you use group policy preferences (requires a Vista/2008 to manage the policy) you can use that to configure power settings on XP.

WSUS is also smart enough to wake the machine up at nighttime and apply patches that it detected during the day.

Streaming Patent Buoys RealNetworks 133 133

rishimathew writes writes to tell us The New York Times is reporting that RealNetworks recently received a patent for a specific way to stream multimedia content over the internet. From the article: "The patent, which is described as being for a 'multimedia communications system and method for providing audio on demand to subscribers' (No. 6,985,932), describes the idea of permitting a PC user to play back audio, video and other information on a PC. RealNetworks executives said the technology was distinguished from other similar systems by the fact that it permitted "intelligent" streaming of data in potentially congested networks."

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