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The downsides? Expensive. I believe it's grad level stuff, so that's expected.
They also have certifications associated with the classes (it's a separate but affiliated with SANS). It's an additional cost, and you really have to study over your course material after the class in order to do well. www.giac.org for the certs.
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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.
Wait a minute. We are using the MSRT stats to debunk the idea that piracy and not running Windows Updates results in more malware. MRST is usually run as a part of Windows Update...so the people not running WU don't run the tool and aren't even a part of the stats. Whether Microsoft is right or wrong, this argument is flawed.
"Reports have been cropping up on the Apple Support forums that users have been losing all their data due to a nasty bug in Snow Leopard, Apple's latest Operating System. Many users are reporting that all settings are being reset and most data is gone, according to iTWire."
The issue is caused by logging into a guest account, the user finds "that their account has been fully reset with all data wiped and lost — the account is like a brand new one."
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I thought it prudent to let you know you are posting on Slashdot. In case you aren't familiar with Slashdot, here are some basics...
People here don't generally like Microsoft.
People here do generally like open source.
Your jedi mind tricks have no effect here.
If you need more information, I'm sure you can find it with a quick few internet searches.
Here's the correct link for 3 months ago... http://mobile.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/10/03/057200
And here's the one from Tuesday again... http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/10/146201
We also talked about it back in October.