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Comment: Re:Sure It's Doable, Just Shift Subsidies (Score 1) 603

by dredre123 (#35036944) Attached to: White House Wants 1M Electric Cars By 2015
When the US downgradeds, it will send a shudder through markets that day. That will followed, as usual, by the more sober realisation that what S&P, Moody’s think about the nation’s creditworthiness is almost irrelevant. The more ratings become removed from reality, the more I am horrified to their semi-government approved status. The more we can rely on them less, the better. I'm pretty sure that the problems will be large institutions that have to scrammmbe to put up more risk reserves,
Worms

Romanians Find Cure For Conficker 145

Posted by timothy
from the cheer-goes-up dept.
mask.of.sanity writes "BitDefender has released what it claims is the first vaccination tool to remove the notorious Conficker virus that infected some 9 million Windows machines in about three months. The worm, also known as Downadup, exploits a bug in the Windows Server service used by Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008. It spreads primarily through a buffer overflow vulnerability in Windows Server Service where it disables the operating system update service, security center, including Windows Defender, and error reporting. The Romanian security vendor said its removal tool will delete all versions of Downadup and will not be detected by the virus."

Comment: Re:Cattle...? Thanks! (Score 1) 816

by dredre123 (#21602009) Attached to: YouTube Breeding Harmful Scientific Misinformation
Governments care about the health of their citizens when they pay for healthcare.

When the ban on smoking in public places was being debated in the UK, one arguments put forth was that it will reduce the National Health Service's (NHS) costs (from the BBC ).

Paternalistic perhaps, but they didn't ban smoking altogether.
Google

+ - There will be no gPhone

Submitted by dredre123
dredre123 (962507) writes "The new Open Phone coalition may preclude an actual gPhone device.
From the BBC : "[Google] is working with four mobile manufacturers — Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG — but there will not be a Google brand phone."
According to Eric Schmidt, Google CEO: "Today's announcement is more ambitious than any single Google Phone that the press has been speculating about over the past few weeks,"
So no gPhone after all."
Music

+ - Choose your own CD price

Submitted by PadRacerExtreme
PadRacerExtreme (1006033) writes "Radiohead has announced it will let its fans decide how much to pay for its next CD according to a NY Times article. The minimum price is 1 British penny and there is no maximum price. From the article

This is what happens when you sell twenty dollar CDs with one good track and sue your customers for [file-sharing]. This is what happens when you believe you're ENTITLED to your business. This is what happens when music is a second-class citizen only interested in the bottom line.
So, will it work? or will everyone just pay a penny? Or is a penny still to expensive?"
Portables

+ - BlackBerry ban for French Cabinet->

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dredre123
dredre123 writes "According to the Financial Times:


Members of the new French cabinet have been told to stop using their BlackBerries because of fears that the US could intercept state secrets.

The ban has been prompted by SGDN (responsible for national security) concerns that the BlackBerry system is based on servers located in the US and the UK, and that highly sensitive strategic information being passed between French ministers could fall into foreign hands.

Unfortunately, no alternative service has been declared secure yet."

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