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+ - Ex-Board Member: HP Committing Corporate Suicide 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "If Apple's looking for a seamless transition, advises the NYT's James B. Stewart, it definitely shouldn't look to Hewlett Packard. In the year after HP CEO Mark Hurd was told to hit-the-road-Jack, HP — led by new CEO Leo Apotheker — has embarked on a stunning shift in strategy that has left many baffled and resulted in HP's fall from Wall Street grace (its stock declined 49%). The apparent new focus on going head-to-head with SAP (Apotheker's former employer) and Oracle (Hurd's new employer) in enterprise software while ignoring the company's traditional strengths, said a software exec, is 'as if Alan Mulally left Boeing to join Ford as CEO, and announced six months later that Ford would be making airplanes.' Former HP Director Tom Perkins said, 'I didn't know there was such a thing as corporate suicide, but now we know that there is.' A year ago, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison fired off an e-mail to the NY Times calling buddy Hurd's ouster 'the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs.' Most dismissed Ellison's rant as hyperbole at the time, writes Stewart, but now many aren't so sure."
Security

+ - New Worm Morto Using RDP to Infect Windows PCs->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "A new worm called Morto has begun making the rounds on the Internet in the last couple of days, infecting machines via RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). The worm is generating a large amount of outbound RDP traffic on networks that have infected machines, and Morto is capable of compromising both servers and workstations running Windows.

Users who have seen Morto infections are reporting in Windows help forums that the worm is infecting machines that are completely patched and are running clean installations of Windows Server 2003."

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+ - Wanna Help With My MAC Address Database Project?->

Submitted by
riffer
riffer writes "For the many years I have worked in IT, I have been both grateful for identifying network devices by their MAC address, and frustrated that I could not tell more about an anonymous device that pops up on my network. Almost two years ago I finally did something about this and started DeepMac, a project to database as much information as possible about MAC addresses. I've gotten to the point where I have a usable, though primitive, search interface and a rudimentary amount of device data, as well as creation dates for most OUI values.
What I need now is help! I'm working completely independently, funding the project on my own and only able to do small changes at a time. I could really use the help of folks much more proficient at things like writing database queries, designing web GUIs and anyone who has squirreled away MAC-to-device mappings of their own.
My hope is to get the DeepMac database to the point where it could become a useful, integral part of tools such as WireShark and nMap. The DeepMac database set is distributed under the Open Database License."

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Apple

+ - Apple Exec Stashed $150,000 In Shoe Boxes->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "ITworld is reporting that Federal agents found more than $150,000 in cash when they searched the house of Apple manager Paul Devine earlier this month. Devine was charged two weeks ago with taking kickbacks from Apple suppliers. Devine had a further $20,000 worth of foreign currency in his possession, Department of Justice Attorney Michelle Kane said, arguing that it was possible that the Apple executive might have other hidden sources of cash. 'We have identified a significant number of accounts overseas and a significant amount of money,' Kane said. Bail for Devine was set at $600,000 plus any money he has in foreign bank accounts."
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+ - 'Leap seconds' may be eliminated from UTC->

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "Sparking a fresh round of debate over an ongoing issue in time-keeping circles, the International Telecommunications Union is considering eliminating leap seconds from the time scale used by most computer systems, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Since their introduction in 1971, leap seconds have proved problematic for at least a few software programs. The leap second added on to the end of 2008, for instance, caused Oracle cluster software to reboot unexpectedly in some cases."
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Science

+ - The strange case of solar flares and radioactive e->

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DarkKnightRadick
DarkKnightRadick writes "The case for radioactive decay has been challenged, by of all sources, the sun itself. According to the article:
"On Dec 13, 2006, the sun itself provided a crucial clue, when a solar flare sent a stream of particles and radiation toward Earth. Purdue nuclear engineer Jere Jenkins, while measuring the decay rate of manganese-54, a short-lived isotope used in medical diagnostics, noticed that the rate dropped slightly during the flare, a decrease that started about a day and a half before the flare."
This is important because the rate of decay is very important not just for antique dating, but also for cancer treatment, time keeping, and the generation of random numbers. This isn't a one time measurement, either.
"Checking data collected at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island and the Federal Physical and Technical Institute in Germany, they came across something even more surprising: long-term observation of the decay rate of silicon-32 and radium-226 seemed to show a small seasonal variation. The decay rate was ever so slightly faster in winter than in summer.""

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Security

+ - Windows DLL Vulnerability Exploit In The Wild->

Submitted by WrongSizeGlass
WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "Exploit code for the DLL loading issue that reportedly affects hundreds of Windows applications made its appearance on Monday. HD Moore, the creator of the Metasploit open-source hacking toolkit, released the exploit code along with an auditing tool that records which applications are vulnerable. "Once it makes it into Metasploit, it doesn't take much more to execute an attack," said Andrew Storms, director of security operations for nCircle Security. "The hard part has already been done for [hackers].""
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The Almighty Buck

+ - Pay the builder every time you sell your house-> 5

Submitted by innocent_white_lamb
innocent_white_lamb (151825) writes ""You don't pay your builder every time you sell your house" comes up in almost every discussion of intellectual property, royalties and the like.

New houses are now being sold with a condition that you must pay the builder 1% of the purchase price every time the house is sold over the next 99 years."

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Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 356

by riffer (#31081394) Attached to: The Hidden Treasures of Sysinternals
It's a big deal because it's fundamentally insane to write 200KB of code to do an EULA. Especially for the COMMAND-LINE ONLY tools. It defies all sense of rationality and common-sense. A cavalier attitude of "oh it's no big deal to make programs bigger nowadays" is the reason why Windows 7 is a fucking resource pig compared to Linux. And frankly, Linux is a pig when you look at heavily optimized, lightweight OS's like QNX. Er... sorry... rant mode off.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 2) 356

by riffer (#31078638) Attached to: The Hidden Treasures of Sysinternals
Yeah, me too. I was horrified. In fact, as soon as I read that Mark was going to the dark side, I did a full rip of the entire SysInternals website, just to make sure I'd have an untainted copy of all his wonderful, useful Windows tools. I was very glad I did that when I saw Microsoft freaking triple the size of some of the binaries...

Comment: Re:Summary not quite right... (Score 1) 477

by riffer (#28725239) Attached to: US Postal Service Moves To GNU/Linux
HP has an exclusive hardware contract with USPS for Intel-based servers, workstations and such. And for monitors. So all the Wintel servers are HP.
Still outnumbered by huge farm sof Solaris servers.
As for IFL, here's IBM's description of it.

And yeah, the GCN article sucks ass, but then journalists are pretty much computer illiterate and it doesn't help that they talk to managers and not the actual engineers.

Comment: Article is inaccurate (Score 1) 477

by riffer (#28725093) Attached to: US Postal Service Moves To GNU/Linux
The GCN article this is based on has many significant factual errors. HP is not really involved. The migration is to IBM's ZLinux, which is SuSE Linux running on the Z-Os platform, as virtual servers. Hewlett-Packard has nothing to do with it other than managing hardware. It certainly isn't "HP Linux". The number of servers quoted is not how many are used for tracking. More like the total number being migrated. Sadly, the part about the COBOL stuff is true, though only chunks of the app were written in COBOL (i.e. those that ran on the mainframes). Mostly it's the stuff that relates to finances, not surprisingly.
Linux Business

US Postal Service Moves To GNU/Linux 477

Posted by kdawson
from the cobol-package-management dept.
twitter writes "The US Postal Service has moved its Cobol package tracking software to HP machines running GNU/Linux. 1,300 servers handle 40 million transactions a day and cost less than the last system, which was based on a Sun Solaris environment." The migration took a year. The USPS isn't spelling how big the savings are, except that they are "significant."

It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same.

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