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Microsoft

+ - Vista Security Still Besting Linux 6 months later->

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Martin
Martin writes "Great report on security vunerabilities for MS/Linux/Mac OS X. A revised version of the one Jeff Jones did back on March 21, 07, Windows Vista — 90 Day Vulnerability Report, http://blogs.csoonline.com/node/218. This time he did what the linux community asked, everyone complained that he did the report based on a FULL linux distro including optional components not just a base OS install, so he did both this time, base OS and standard install, MS still comes out on top. I was shocked that Apple was even on the list as I believed all those Mac commercials stating they don't get virus's and security problems! ;)"
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Biotech

+ - Minority Report: Brain Scan Predicts Action

Submitted by latenews
latenews (666) writes "Excerpt: 'Researchers have demonstrated that brain scans can reveal peoples' intentions. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences' Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin recently demonstrated that algorithms, coupled with an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), can determine whether study participants planned to add or subtract groups of numbers. "It has never before been possible to read out of brain activity how a person has decided to act in the future," a statement from the center explained. The participants chose one of the two math functions and held the thought in their minds while getting an MRI. The images revealed fine-grained patterns of activity and computers read their covert intentions, before participants received sets of numbers and performed the math problems. The computers, programmed to recognize patterns that commonly occur with specific thoughts, determined participants' intentions 70 percent of the time. The computers use a method called multivariate pattern recognition to pick up brain activity across extended regions to determine what a person has decided to do. ' The full article at InformationWeek"
Mozilla

+ - Over 27% of Firefox patches come from volunteers

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dolphinling
dolphinling writes "Everyone knows the Mozilla Corporation makes a lot of money and employs a lot of people now. Google has full-time employees working on Firefox too, as do a number of other places. Yet despite that, in the six months up to Firefox 2 "27% of the patches to Firefox and Gecko and other key projects were submitted by key volunteers, [and] those patches represent 24% of changes made to the source code". What's more, those numbers only counted contributers with 50 patches or more, so the actual numbers are probably quite a bit higher. It's good to see that even as Mozilla does so well in the business world, it can still keep its ties to the community so strong."
Networking

How Would You Deal With A Global Bandwidth Crisis? 478

Posted by Zonk
from the read-a-book dept.
lopy writes "First Google claimed the internet infrastructure won't scale to provide an acceptable user experience for online video. Then some networking experts predict that a flu pandemic would bring the internet to it's knees and lead to internet rationing. We used to think that bandwidth would always increase as needed, but what would happen if that isn't the case? How would you deal with a global bandwidth shortage? Would you be willing to voluntarily limit your internet usage if necessary? Could you live in a world without cheap and plentiful broadband internet access?"

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