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Submission + - Spam Drops 1/3 After Rustock Botnet Gets Crushed (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: The Rustock Botnet was sending as many as 13.82 Billion spam emails each day before being taken down early this month by an effort headed by Microsoft in cooperation with authorities and the legal system.

According to Symantec’s March 2011 MessageLabs Intelligence Report, the Rustock botnet had been responsible for an average of 28.5% of global spam sent from all botnets in March.

Following the takedown, when the Rustock botnet was no longer cranking out spam by the billions, global spam volumes fell by one-third. For reference, toward the end of 2010, Rustock had been responsible for as much as 47.5% of all spam, sending approximately 44.1 billion e-mails per day, according to MessageLabs stats.

Since then, Bagle, a botnet that wasn’t even on MessageLabs’ top ten spam-sending botnets at the end of 2010, has taken over from Rustock as the most active spam-sending botnet this year.....


Submission + - Australian PM and Ministers Emails hacked (dailytelegraph.com.au)

shabdog writes: The parliamentary computers of at least 10 federal ministers including the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Defence Minister are suspected of being hacked into in a major breach of national security.
The government was alerted to the security breach by a US intelligence tip-off, and it is believed that several thousand emails may have been accessed.
Sydney's Daily Telegraph quoted four unnamed government sources as saying Chinese intelligence agencies were among a number of suspected hackers. Reports suggest the hackers may have been trying to access information on Australia's lucrative mining industry.

United Kingdom

Submission + - Saving The UK Games Industry (bit-tech.net)

arcticstoat writes: Following the cancellation of games tax relief in the 2010 UK budget, the UK games industry is now feeling increasingly threatened by Canada, France and some US states that offer tax relief to their games businesses. What's more, it looks as though the R&D tax credits scheme offered up by UK Chancellor George Osborne in last week's budget speech is nowhere near enough to enable UK-based games studios to compete internationally. "In terms of magnitude, games tax relief would be much more generous," says Dr Richard Wilson, CEO of the UK games industry's trade association TIGA, in this in-depth interview about the need for games tax relief in the UK. "The proposals we've been campaigning for would allow games companies to basically put in a claim for a reduction in corporation tax of between 20-30 per cent on given projects. The R&D tax credits are much smaller in magnitude – we're talking somewhere around 4-5 per cent." Is this enough to enable UK game studios to compete with the likes of Canada? "Good grief, no," says Wilson, "absolutely not."
Data Storage

Submission + - Greener Memory With Nanoubes t (ibtimes.com)

RedEaredSlider writes: Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have created a tiny device that improves on existing forms of memory storage, opening the way to fast MP3 players, smartphones and cameras that use much less energy than current models.

Usually, an electronic device converts data into signals that are stored as binary code. This latest method uses a tiny mechanical arm to translate the data into electrical signals. This allows for much faster operation and uses much less energy compared to conventional memory storage.

Submission + - South Australian Political Speach Law Backflip (adelaidenow.com.au)

therufus writes: Earlier today Slashdot reported on South Australia outlawing anonymous political speech. Attorney-General Michael Atkinson, the very man who sponsored this, has now done a backflip saying "I will immediately after the election move to repeal the law retrospectively". He goes on to say "It may be humiliating for me, but that's politics in a democracy and I'll take my lumps".

Submission + - Sony may (chillze.com)

jonasvdc writes: Sony may be close to holding a ’second launch’ for the PSP Go to shore up its sales, a claimed leak indicates today. The gaming giant is supposedly unhappy with the slump in performance of the redesigned console and is gearing up for a second marketing campaign. Other steps are said on the table and are speculated by Gamervision to include a price cut from the current $250 price tag.

Submission + - Rare Borland Memorabilia for Haitian Relief (webwire.com) 1

santakrooz writes: Embarcadero employees, many of whom are original Borland engineers and employees from the early Turbo Pascal, Quattro Pro, Paradox, JBuilder, Delphi and Borland C++ teams, are auctioning off rare and historical Borland memorabilia to raise money for Haitian Relief efforts. Proceeds are going to the Clinton/Bush Haiti Relief Fund.


Submission + - Texas Instruments OMAP4 chipset detailed (slashgear.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Texas Instruments have been demonstrating their upcoming OMAP4 chipset, which with a 1GHz dual-core A9 processor, triple-screen support, Full HD playback and 20-megapixel image processing they're confident will best NVIDIA's second-gen Tegra. They've also put together an impressive developer prototyping device, with dual displays, HDMI output, a 12-megapixel camera, 1080p support and an integrated DLP pico-projector.

Submission + - Microsoft looking into Windows 7 battery failures 1

Jared writes: Microsoft says it is investigating reports of notebooks with poor battery life with Windows 7, as first reported by users on Microsoft TechNet. These users claim their batteries were working just fine under Windows XP and/or Windows Vista, and others are saying it occurs on their new Windows 7 PCs. Under Microsoft's latest operating system though, certain machines aren't doing so well, as Windows 7 spits out the following warning message: "Consider replacing your battery. There is a problem with your battery, so your computer might shut down suddenly."

The warning is normally issued after using the computer's basic input output system (BIOS) to determine whether a battery needs replacement, but in this case it appears the operating system and not the battery is the problem. These customers say their PC's battery life is noticeably lower, with some going as far as saying that it has become completely unusable after a few weeks of use. To make matters worse, others are reporting that downgrading back to an earlier version of Windows won't fix the problem.

Submission + - Oracle unplugs Project Wonderland (itworld.com)

Ian Lamont writes: Oracle has announced it is dropping support for Sun Microsystems' Project Wonderland. The Java-based virtual world developed some interesting features, such as voice communication with distance attenuation and phone-based access, but with Oracle's acquisition and integration of Sun, it seems that Wonderland didn't have a place in Oracle's strategic plans. An official blog post says a core group hopes to keep Wonderland going, and will be pursuing for-profit and not-for-profit options.

Submission + - Hubble Confirms Asteroid Collision (discovery.com)

astroengine writes: "100 million miles from Earth, in the asteroid belt, a strange object appeared (called P/2010 A2). At first it was assumed to be a rare comet-asteroid hybrid, but there was another theory: it could be an unprecedented asteroid collision. Requesting observing time on the Hubble Space Telescope, David Jewitt (UCLA) zoomed in on P/2010 A2 capturing high resolution photos. This mysterious object could be aftermath of the first hypervelocity asteroid collision ever witnessed."

Submission + - Unity Essentials - 1/19/10 - Object References (unityessentials.com)

sevinkey writes: This article discusses the many different ways that you can setup your components in Unity to refer to other components. This article doesn't have any specific new tricks, but is required reading for anyone needed to create projects beyond the most trivial. This article will be built upon in future articles to discuss how to setup your manager objects for things like gaming, networking, cameras, etc.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Is good video over Wi-Fi possible? (networkworld.com)

" rel="nofollow">bednarz writes: "Video over Wi-Fi can be iffy, buggy, blurry and jittery. But Cisco has new code that uses three tools to compensate for Wi-Fi weaknesses that degrade video quality. 1) It takes a new approach to video multicasting by using access points to convert a multicast transmission into multiple, separate unicasts. 2) It can assign different priorities to individual streams, so a video by the company president gets a higher priority than a clip from a sports broadcast. 3) It can block new video requests if they will cause video quality for the new request, or for the overall network, to erode."

Submission + - Why 'Running IT as a Business' Is a Bad Idea (infoworld.com) 2

snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Bob Lewis dispels the familiar litany that 'IT should be run as a business,' instead offering insights into what he is calling a 'guerilla movement' to reject conventional 'IT wisdom' and industry punditry in favor of what experience tells you will work in real organizations. 'When IT is a business, selling to its "internal customers," its principal product is software that "meets requirements." This all but ensures a less-than-optimal solution, lack of business ownership, and poor acceptance of the results,' Lewis writes. 'The alternatives begin with a radically different model of the relationship between IT and the rest of the business — that IT must be integrated into the heart of the enterprise, and everyone in IT must collaborate as a peer with those in the business who need what they do.' To do otherwise is a sure sign of numbered days for IT, according to Lewis. After all, the standard 'run IT as a business' model found its origins in the IT outsourcing industry, 'which has a vested interest in encouraging internal IT to eliminate everything that makes it more attractive than outside service providers.'

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