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Microsoft Links Malware Rates To Pirated Windows 348

CWmike writes "Microsoft said today that computers in countries with high rates of software piracy are more likely to be infected because users are leery of applying security patches. 'There is a direct correlation between piracy and the malware infection rate,' said Jeff Williams, head manager of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center. Highlighting research that showed worms to be the most prevalent computer security problem today, Williams said the link between PC infection rates and piracy is due to the hesitancy of users of pirated software to use Windows Update. China's piracy rate is more than four times that of the US, but the use of Windows Update in China is significantly below that in this country. Same for Brazil and France. But Microsoft's own data doesn't always support William's contention that piracy, and the hesitancy to use Windows Update, leads to more infected PCs. China, for example, boasted a malware infection rate — as defined by the number of computers cleaned for each 1,000 executions of the MSRT — of just 6.7 per thousand, significantly below the global average of 8.7 or the US's rate of 8.2. France's infection rate of 7.9 in the first half of 2009 was also below the worldwide average."

Comment Re:Waste MORE time!? (Score 1) 1073

A big problem with education is that it cannot make up for a lack of parenting. I'm talking about counselors, and how useless they are to the average student. They'll help you do what you need to do to get financial aid, but they have neither the time nor in most cases the inclination to get to know you well enough to intelligently advise you on what courses you should be taking. When you pair the average counseling with the typical tools available to the student and counselor it is nothing short of a miracle when a student gets the courses they really need.

Don't even get me started on the fundamental problems in earlier education...

Anyway, there's a lot of truck drivers with degrees in stuff other than turning a steering wheel. Higher education is not enough, and on its own it should probably be avoided. Having a clue about what you want to do can avoid getting a big debt for an expensive piece of scratchy bumwad.

Comment Re:MOD PARENT FUNNY (Score 1) 479

The second sentence ("He looks like a great family man[...]") is even funnier if the only picture of him you've seen is what he looks like now. Let's see, his parents are VME SPARCs while his grandfolks are 68k VME (I hear his uncle was a 3/370) and his kids are SS10s and 20s... in another generation they'll have Hypersparcs, and his great-great grandkids will basically be mediocre PCs with UltraSPARC processors and PCI buses. From the look of that plaque, though, there's a NeXT in the... oh, somebody stop me.

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Man Accused of Really Liking Piggy Back Rides Screenshot-sm 28

Police in Bonney Lake, Wa. are warning high school students to watch out for a man who might have a developmental disability and a fixation with high school athletes and piggy back rides. On Monday a Bonney Lake High School football player was lured to the public library by the man, who'd said he would help the player with a college term paper interview. Instead of helping the student the man starting acting strangely, jumped on the student's back and asked for a piggy back ride. The football player left soon after when the man gave him a package that contained "odd amounts of money."
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Trapped Girls Call For Help On Facebook Screenshot-sm 380

definate writes "Two teenage girls (aged 10 and 12) found themselves trapped/lost in a stormwater drain in Adelaide, South Australia. The interesting point of this article that makes it Slashdot worthy, is that although the teenage girls had mobile phones, instead of calling for help using 000 (Australia's 911 number), they decided to notify people through Facebook. My guess is it was something along the lines of 'Jane Doe is like totally trapped in a stormwater drain, really need help, OMG!'. Luckily a young friend of the girls was online at the time and was able to call the proper authorities."
Input Devices

Next Generation of Gyroscopic Controllers on the Horizon 127

Jamie found a story about a next gen input device that is functionally similiar to the Wii, but instead of using IR, it gets all location information from gyroscopes and accelerometers. This has the potential to be more accurate and maybe not require me to contort my wrist to bizarre angles in order to successfully collect the stars that are like oxygen to me.
Space

Submission + - Chicago Airport UFO Report Released (dailygrail.com)

Belfegor99 writes: "Is aviation safety being put at risk because of scientific fear of being associated with UFOs? After a long investigation, the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP) has released a detailed report (PDF file, 5mb/155 pages) on the Chicago O'Hare Airport UFO incident from last year, which got so much coverage in the mainstream press (setting a page hit record on the Chicago Tribune website). The NARCAP report comments "it is interesting that an incursion over one of the busiest aviation facilities in the world would receive such superficial attention" from the FAA. Especially in the 9/11 era..."
Linux Business

Submission + - Desktop Linux: does anyone care? (zdnet.com.au)

ramboando writes: There's been a lot of fanfare about Linux replacing Windows on desktops but we've yet to see all but a few vendors offer Linux as a pre-installed option. Dell offers Ubuntu, but only in the US, and Acer notebooks are being pre-installed with Ubuntu it on Singapore. Initially they decided not to sell it in the UK, but have now flip-floped on their decision and said it will be made available.

ZDNet Australia talked to several manufacturers, and industry experts to find out how long we'll have to wait.

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