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Submission + - Scamming the scammers – catching the virus call centre scammers red-handed ( 1

troyhunt writes: "It seems those scammers who keep cold-calling unsuspecting victims in an attempt to convince them their PC is infected with viruses just won’t let up. The scam is now rampant across the globe and it often ends with innocent victims being parted with cash for “fixes” they don’t need and their machine being left in a state where it can be remotely controlled at the scammers’ will. But this time the tables are turned; the entire episode is caught on video including the software products installed by the scammer and his attempt to extract payment from the “victim”. The video wraps up after the call is over with a look at what was installed and what the “problems” actually were."

Submission + - Where did blade servers come from? From Sun to Cubix to RLX (

PedXing writes: Blade servers aren't a new idea, but the name only appeared in 2001. RLX Technologies and Egenera both appeared with integrated blade servers that year. Before this came two waves of similar systems: Cubix and company with their "high-density servers" and all the VMEbus servers from Sun, HP, and the rest. These differed from modern blades, since they weren't truly hot-swappable and integrated, but they paved the way.

Submission + - Adobe employee speaks out on bloatware (

An anonymous reader writes: This controversial post by Adobe's Kas Thomas asks if splash screens are just a sign of program bloat and callous disregard for users. It suggests that big programs should launch instantly (or appear to), perhaps by running against an instance in the cloud while the local instance finishes loading. Users of cell phones and tablets are accustomed to apps being instantly available. This is the new standard for performance, the author argues. Nothing short of it will do, any more.

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