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+ - Why use wordprocessor?

Submitted by
iveqy
iveqy writes "Word processors like MS word or OO writer belongs to the most used software programs in office enviroments today. They have evolutionized the paper handling and is very flexible.

But when are they the right tool to use? I can't figure it out, because they are never best on anything.

When writing plain text, many texteditors are much better. Textpad, vim, emacs and textmate are just a few examples on texteditor that are very good in handling text.

When it comes to fancy papers, like posters, school newspapers etc. Other programs like MS publicher and scribus are a much better tool.

When it comes to textlayout, longer texts, theises etc. latex or docbook are to prefer for a good and flexible format.

Despite this the wordprocessors are still very popular. Why? Because they can be used to everything with a good (but not best) result? Why do you use a wordprocessor?"
Security

+ - Vista has a speech recognition security hole

Submitted by NorbrookC
NorbrookC (674063) writes "The BBC is reporting that there is a security hole in Vista's speech recognition feature. Apparently, when the feature is activated, it is possible for a sound file to delete files and folders. Microsoft doesn't seem too worried about it. FTA: Microsoft said the exploit was "technically possible" but there was no need to worry. The firm has pointed out that in order for the flaw to be exploited the speech recognition feature would need to be activated and configured and both microphone and speakers would have to be switched on. "
The Almighty Buck

Scientists Offered Cash to Dispute Climate Study 668

Posted by Zonk
from the you're-wrong-and-i-think-mr.-lincoln-knows-why dept.
w1z4rd writes "According to an article in the Guardian, scientists and economists have been offered large bribes by a lobbying group funded by ExxonMobil. The offers were extended by the American Enterprise Institute group, which apparently has numerous ties to the Bush administration. Couched in terms of an offer to write 'dissenting papers' against the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, several scientists contacted for the article refused the offers on conflict of interest grounds."
Security

+ - Don't blame the Russian mafia for cybercrime spike

Submitted by
BobB
BobB writes "Eugene and Natalya Kaspersky, sort of the first couple of computer security (well, they are divorced, but work together), on why China is the real threat and the need for anti-anti-antivirus software to stop the bad guys. A wide-ranging interview with the Kaspersky Lab duo. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/020107-kaspe rsky-cybercrime.html"
Space

SPAM: HiROC Photos of Mars 3

Journal by stoolpigeon
The HiRISE Operations Center (HiROC) at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory is responsible for the majority of the ground data system work for the HiRISE instrument. Observation planning, uplink, downlink, data processing, and instrument monitoring are all performed at HiROC. The HiRISE camera is one of six instruments on board the Mars Reconnaiss
Censorship

+ - Is Your Domain Registrar Free Speech Friendly?

Submitted by
WebHostingGuy
WebHostingGuy writes "In an interesting follow up to the recent censorship performed when GoDaddy shut down a site because of a complaint without a court order, CNET interviewed all major domain registrars concerning their policies about shutting down sites. In the survey CNET found that the French registrar Gandi.net and New Orleans-based DirectNIC offered the most extensive guarantees against unnecessary domain name suspension. The rest refused to respond or left much to be desired."
Linux Business

+ - Help with Linux Backup and Archive Solutions

Submitted by
earlshaw03
earlshaw03 writes "I work for a small independent phone company and have a few questions regarding one of our Linux boxes that is our customer email server. We are running Debian and are having some issues backing up every users email. We had about 90GB worth of mail on the server, so we deceided to implement a new policy that all email that was not popped would be deleted after 90 days. We scoured sourceforge, freshmeat, and google to find a good archiving program that would allow us to accomplish this. The only one we could find was archivemail, which worked somewhat well, but we keep getting an error that stops the program about half way through, on the same user. It also stalls on other users as well. We have managed to work around these accounts and get the size down to 55GB worth of email. We are currently using Vembu Technologies StoreGrid product to backup this server. The backup usually took anywhere from 3-4 days for a full backup. So finally I am asking the Slashdot Community what do you use to Backup and archive/delete mail?"
Security

+ - The Email Problem and Solutions

Submitted by
nirkunwar
nirkunwar writes "More than 90% of the email in the internet today are abusive. So, how is today's technology dealing with this problem? This article points to different approaches taken to solve the problem, e.g. emails can be stopped at the source, at the gateways or at the user's desktop. Some experts propose to replace the SMTP with a new email protocol because they say, at it's current state it's broken and there's no point trying to patch it."
Censorship

+ - Choosing the Right Registrar to Secure Your Domain

Submitted by madsheep
madsheep (984404) writes "Is your domain safe from deletion? In light of last weeks GoDaddy incident with Fyodor's seclists.org, you might be wondering what registrars will better serve you and protect your freedom of speech on the Internet. CNET sent a survey to twelve of the top registrars to find out information from them centering around what they do to protect domains from unnecessary suspension or deletion. Perhaps you should take this into consideration next time you purchase a domain."
Google

+ - Google Bullying for Building Incentives?

Submitted by FearTheFrail
FearTheFrail (666535) writes "Maybe this is par for the course for large tech companies, but doesn't Google try to maintain a higher standard of conduct in how they do business? It seems that for their upcoming data center in Lenoir, NC, Google wrote their own incentives package and then attempted to prevent their name from being associated with the favorable state legislation they lobbied for. I'm not seeking to Googlebash, but how common is this practice, and should we think negatively of Google for using it?"
Windows

Journal: Concurrently Running Firewalls 2

Journal by ph4cr
I'm the Security Manager for one element of a multi faceted organization. That said, some of the dimmer lights around the table want to run both Windows firewall (XP) and another third party vendor's solution at the same time. I've come out against this as I think it's stupid and potentially problematic. I've had both yes and no responses from MS on this issue. Can the Slashdot user community provide reasons pro/con for this solution?
Google

+ - Googlebomb defusing may blow up in Google's face

Submitted by linguista
linguista (1058450) writes "Nicholas Carr of the Guardian suggests that in deciding to take measures to stop googlebombing, the internet giant may actually be eroding trust:

The company is allowing concerns about its public image to influence the search results it dishes up. The upshot in this case may be salubrious, but what kind of precedent is being set here?

And, perhaps more important, what does it tell us about what's inside the Google black box that determines how most of us find information on the web most of the time?"


He suggests that the common perception that Google results merely reflect the opinion of the public is threatened when Google tweaks the results for its own ends, and this may ultimately erode trust in the internet giant."

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