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+ - British government confirms software unpatentable

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oneandoneis2 writes: "In response to a request on the British government's e-petition website, which asked for the government to make it clear that software patents were not enforceable in this country, a statement has now been issued that does just that:

"The Government remains committed to its policy that no patents should exist for inventions which make advances lying solely in the field of software."

+ - New FreeBSD ULE 2.0 Scheduler for the win...

Submitted by Sean
Sean writes: Now that the goals of the SMPng project are considered complete, FreeBSD has some glory to share for the work that's been done over the last 7 years (ie: post-FreeBSD 4.X): MySQL runs 4x faster on FreeBSD 7 than on Linux 2.6 with 20 or more threads. The FreeBSD performance list archives have the details and graphs for those with inquiring minds. Additional details and patches can be found here.

+ - Citibank: training users to be less secure

Submitted by Llamedos
Llamedos writes: Citibank has redesigned their credit card website ( so that the login page is not an SSL encrypted page. Instead, they expect users to simply accept a little lock GIF file they put up themselves, and their assurance that the form is submitted via SSL. According to Citibank, "Your security is important to us. While the new has an "http" address and no lock icon displays in your browser, your personal information is still protected." Citibank's security page While other sites are moving to more security and more ways for the user to protect himself (e.g., Bank of America's SiteKey program), Citibank is tearing away at protections and trying to train users not to care about security.

+ - Is there value in the SMART monitoring technology?

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Khuffie writes: "Ars Technicha has a very interesting writeup regarding a study made by Google about hard-drive failures and SMART technology. Their findings? SMART wasn't a very effective way of predicting hard-drive failure, and that contrary to popular belief, "drive failures did not increase with high temperatures or CPU utilization"."

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.