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Comment Re:World of Goo (Score 1) 279 279

Seconded. I love playing a 44x22 grid of Range. Pearl is one of my favorites, but generation of solvable puzzles beyond a certain size takes a very long time, and they usually end up sharing a single common pattern. I've had games of Pearl take a day and a half to generate, and I've solved it in 10 minutes. Loopy (16x10, Kites, Hard) is my next favorite, but the yellow lines on grey background is difficult to focus on. I've tried tweaking the source and haven't found a colour that works well for me on that level.

Comment Re:Microsoft has already tried this (Score 1) 577 577

Windows 7 Starter Edition is on the netbook I bought for my wife this Spring. The only thing that it's prevented her from doing so far is changing the desktop background. Otherwise it doesn't seem to be getting in the way. For something like a netbook, a lower-cost starter edition OS fits well.

Comment Not for me (Score 1) 418 418

I dropped out of University in 1996. I've never regretted anything in my life more than this. I'm happy with my life now, I have a good career and a family that I love, but I still think that dropping out was the biggest mistake I ever made. If I had the money, I'd go back, but it wouldn't be the same experience now.

Security

MS Critical Patch Fixes 8 Vulnerabilities 202 202

nandemoari writes "A hole allowing hackers to take control of Microsoft Exchange was just one 'critical' issue the Redmond-based company promises it has fixed with a patch correcting a total of eight vulnerabilities in its programs, including the Internet Explorer browser, Office, and its SQL Server. Three of the eight vulnerabilities patched yesterday were marked 'critical.' The most concerning is an issue with Exchange that would allow attackers to take over an Exchange server by simply forwarding a carefully crafted message to a corporate mail server. Microsoft has admitted that the vulnerability can be exploited when a user opens or previews an email in the Transport Neutral Encapsulation Format (TNEF)."
Spam

Submission + - Spam Fighting: A Guide for the PHB

Kelson writes: "Esther Schindler of CIO Magazine asked spam fighters and mail administrators a question: What's the one thing about spam fighting that you most want you boss to understand? The resulting article is Getting Clueful: Five Things You Should Know About Fighting Spam. Top of the list is the prime directive: Lose No Mail — followed up with the arms-race nature of the problem (split into two points), basics of email technology, and understanding that spam isn't just an annoyance, it's a business. The findings should come as little surprise to most readers here, but if you need to explain to your manager why you can't just set up a filter and walk away, this is a good place to look."

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