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Submission + - So long, and thanks for all the Twinkies (

bjb writes: According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Hostess Brands is shutting down, firing about 18,000 workers and seeking liquidation. "A victim of changing consumer tastes, high commodity costs and, most importantly, strained labor relations, Hostess ultimately was brought to its knees by a national strike orchestrated by its second-largest union.". Apparently the remaining inventory of breads and cakes will be sold off to big box retailers and the future of the brands will be determined by the highest bidders in the liquidation.

Submission + - Best Resource for Identifying Legit Applications?

bjb writes: While helping a somewhat computer illiterate person figure out a problem recently, they pointed out that their PDF files stopped working. Upon investigation I found something installed called "PDF Suite". Never hearing of it, I googled it with "malware" and other key words, but nothing turned up though my suspicion remained (and WOT somewhat confirmed.) So my question is where can you go to find if something is legitimate? Given the person's dial-up connection, downloading malware detection applications (and updates) is too heavy and I don't maintain a USB stick with such apps since I don't do this kind of thing often. Where can you quickly find information?

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.