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+ - Best Conference Boondogle

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "After years of annual pilgrimages to tech shows/conferences like Comdex, DEF CON, and CES, a friend and I are looking for something that doesn't suck. Wired Nextfest looks interesting, but we missed it a couple of months back.

Our criteria: must satisfy cravings for cool gadgetry and tech invention, cool/smart people must attend, location must support forays to good restaurants and bars that have a balanced mix of attractive and extremely attractive women, must be defensible to spouses and employers as a legitimate business trip.

Other than that, anything goes. Any suggestions?"
Security

+ - Windows Users Bitten by Macrovision Zero Day->

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eweekhickins
eweekhickins writes "Microsoft told customers about a vulnerability present in the Macrovision secdrv.sys driver on supported editions of Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP. The affected product is Macrovision SafeDisc, a copy-protection application written for Windows. The vulnerability can be used by local attackers to gain so-called Ring 0 privileges and take complete control of an affected system. That's bad. The term "Ring" refers to a protection ring of one or more hierarchical levels of privilege, with Ring 0 being the level with the most privileges and interacting the most directly with physical hardware, including the CPU and memory."
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Security

+ - WSUS enhanced by Virginia Tech, source released

Submitted by vtstevew
vtstevew (1077563) writes "System administrators who have (or plan) to implement a WSUS system may be interested in Virginia Tech's newly open sourced "VT WSUS" project. Currently in production use at VT among faculty and staff on a voluntary basis, its goal is to make WSUS more manageable, functional, and beneficial for any WSUS admin AND their community. VT WSUS complements Microsoft's WSUS patch solution with a provision-able desktop client, delegated web access to client patch status (4 levels), robust web generated reports (8 default reports), and a data rollup mechanism to collectively aggregate client data from associated WSUS servers that admins can build and tailor to their own environment. To date, there is over a combined year of programming, debugging, public testing, feedback, and thoughtful documentation in VT WSUS, with a focus on security, stability, and scalability for the WSUS and user computing environment."
The Internet

+ - Citizendium failing to gain traction?

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An anonymous reader writes "Despite the two recent Slashdot articles about Larry Sanger's Citizendium, it appears that the site is having difficulty converting good publicity into new content. Although the project saw impressive spikes in the number of new user registrations on both occasions, neither of them resulted in a general increase in the number of edits made to the site; even the number of article edits for the last 24 hours are lower than pre-Slashdot levels. What does this mean for the budding Wikipedia competitor?"
The Internet

+ - Charter implements SiteFinder-like DNS

Submitted by paulbiz
paulbiz (585489) writes "It appears Charter Cable's DNS servers have just started resolving all invalid hostnames and pointing them to their own error page. The about page states "This service automatically eliminates many of the error pages you may encounter as you surf the web. No software was installed on your computer for this service to work." It has an "opt-out" page, but when you "opt-out" it simply sets a cookie that makes their page redirect errors to Microsoft Live Search instead!"

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