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Submission + - Why Anti-Virus Is Failing You In The 21st Centuary (

An anonymous reader writes: I've just read an interesting article about how hackers get their viruses past your Anti Virus software. The article raises some interesting (if a little strongly worded) points about how paying so much for anti virus software wont stop you getting infected. It also explains how Anti Virus firms already know this but still try to capitalize on your fear. "You will notice now that all high end anti virus software comes with around 5 GB of online storage to back up your important files to, but why would you need to back up your files if they were protected in the first place?". Its worth a quick read.

Submission + - Firefox 4: 3 Hours, 1M Downloads (

CWmike writes: "Firefox 4 got off to a strong start today, with 1 million copies of the new browser downloaded in the first three hours. If it keeps up the early pace, Firefox 4 will easily beat Microsoft's claim that users downloaded 2.4 million copies of its Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) in the first 24 hours of availability last week. Mozilla has posted a real-time download calculator on its site. Although Firefox 4's out-of-the-gate download tally was impressive, Mozilla executive Mike Beltzner said that it was behind the launch numbers of Firefox 3.6, which shipped in January 2010. During the first three hours, downloads averaged between 5,000 and 6,000 copies per minute, less than half the 12,000-per-minute pace of the previous version."

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

The State of Ruby VMs — Ruby Renaissance 89

igrigorik writes "In the short span of just a couple of years, the Ruby VM space has evolved to more than just a handful of choices: MRI, JRuby, IronRuby, MacRuby, Rubinius, MagLev, REE and BlueRuby. Four of these VMs will hit 1.0 status in the upcoming year and will open up entirely new possibilities for the language — Mac apps via MacRuby, Ruby in the browser via Silverlight, object persistence via Smalltalk VM, and so forth. This article takes a detailed look at the past year, the progress of each project, and where the community is heading. It's an exciting time to be a Rubyist."

Apple's Mini DisplayPort Officially Adopted By VESA 160

DJRumpy writes "The Video Electronics Standard Association officially issued its Mini DisplayPort standard Tuesday, based on the technology licensed from Apple. VESA said that all devices using the Mini DisplayPort connector must meet the specifications required by the DisplayPort 1.1a standard, and cables that support the standard must also meet specific electrical specifications. It's a formal confirmation of the news from earlier this year, when VESA announced the Mini DisplayPort connector would be included in the forthcoming DisplayPort 1.2 specification."

How an Online-Only TV Series Stays Successful 163

ChronoDragon writes "The Wall Street Journal points out that it is possible to make a successful web series without the backing of a studio. With the release of a music video, Do you Wanna Date My Avatar, and the start of Season of 3, the web series The Guild is ready for even more success. The Guild, created by Felicia Day (Doctor Horrible), is a low-budget comedy series about a group of MMORPG gamers and their interactions both online and off. While there are a lot of references that will be instantly recognized by gamers, the show is still very accessible to non-gamers."

China Bans Shock Treatment For Internet Addiction 113

angry tapir writes "China has banned the use of shock therapy to treat Internet addiction after its use at one hospital sparked nationwide controversy. The hospital drew wide media coverage in recent months after Internet users claiming to have received the treatment wrote in blogs and forums about being tied down and subjected to shocks for 30 minutes at a time."

Comment Re:No free software (Score 1) 495

The NDR is from qmail but it is from my server which ofcoarse does not run anything but linux. The error message is from my server telling me that the message could not be sent. It is not a bounce from MS's server. However, it would be really funny if they where running linux.... if they need stability, security and reliability it would be the obvious choice :)

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