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Adobe To Push Emergency Fix For Flash Bug 78

Trailrunner7 writes "Adobe has moved up the release date for the patch for the critical bug in Adobe Flash Player revealed last week, and now plans to have an emergency fix ready on Thursday. The company still plans to patch Reader two weeks from now. The vulnerability in Flash also exists in Reader and researchers said last week that attackers had already begun exploiting the bug in Reader by the time that Adobe acknowledged the problem and published an advisory. At the time of the initial advisory, Adobe officials said they planned to release a patch for Flash on Nov. 9 and for Reader on Nov. 15."

Submission + - Sophos Free Anti-Virus For Mac (sophos.com)

An anonymous reader writes: As Apple computers grow more popular than ever, they're an increasingly-enticing target for hackers. And these hackers aren't just mischief-makers—by targeting your computer or applications you use, these criminals are out to steal and profit from your valuable personal information. Don't let them. Get free Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac today.
Patents

Submission + - Colgate Patents Thousand-Year Old Toothpaste (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It's become popular for big companies to go searching for traditional and herbal remedies from around the world, and then seeing if they can patent it. The latest such example is that Colgate has patented a traditional Indian recipe for tooth-cleaning powder that various Indian officials claim has been commonly used for thousands of years.
Games

Submission + - Supreme Court Leaning Towards Game Industry (industrygamers.com)

donniebaseball23 writes: Oral arguments concerning the hotly contested California violent video games law began today, and so far it appears that the Supreme Court Justices are siding with the game industry's view that the law is unconstitutional. In fact, Justice Antonin Scalia said that California is "asking us to create a whole new prohibition." Kenneth L. Doroshow, general counsel of the ESA noted that the law "would inevitably lead to a stifling of creative expression across all forms of media, not limited to video games." Furthermore, a new U.S. Gallup poll shows that the majority of Americans want to see parents as being most responsible for what violent content kids can or cannot access.

Submission + - Over 75 law profs write letter to Obama about ACTA (american.edu)

whoever57 writes: Over 75 law professors have written an open letter to President Obama, calling for meaningful public consultation on ACTA, and noting that the proposed adoption of ACTA as a sole executive agreement is probably unlawful. The letter notes how the ACTA negotiation process has been in conflict with Obama's promises of openness and transparency and that the treaty has been misrepresented, since its terms apply equally to both counterfeit and genuine items.
Open Source

Submission + - LSE halts Linux after suspicious network event (computerworlduk.com)

DMandPenfold writes: The London Stock Exchange has put the brakes on its cash markets migration to a Linux-based system after human error in â½Â½Â½ÂÅ"suspicious circumstancesâ½Â½Â½Â floored the network on its Turquoise alternative trading venue. The LSE said it took the matter "very seriously".
Announcements

Submission + - Gentoo fights flamewars and bad behaviour!

Bryan Oestergaard writes: "Triggered by recent examples of bad behavior and dissatisfaction among developers and users alike, the Gentoo Council has drafted a new Code of Conduct that will be enforced for both developers and users. The draft version of the Code of Conduct is currently being discussed on the Gentoo-dev mailing list. To subscribe, send an email to subscribe or read the archive.

The Code of Conduct will be voted upon by the Gentoo Council Thursday, March 15th; implementation will be immediate upon final approval. The Code of Conduct describes what the Gentoo Council has deemed acceptable and unacceptable behavior. It also describes the punishment that will be enforced if the Code of Conduct is breached.

The Gentoo Council expects the Code of Conduct to end the bad behavior shown by some and hope it will help Developer Relations enforce good behavior among the developers.

The Gentoo Council has scheduled a Question and Answer session Wednesday, March 14th between 2100UTC and 2300UTC in the #Gentoo-council channel on the Freenode IRC network, irc://irc.freenode.net. We welcome all interested parties to participate in the Question & Answer session."
Spam

Computer Games Magazine To Shut Down 54

Gamasutra is carrying the sad news that the second-oldest PC gaming magazine is to shut down. TheGlobe.com, owner of Computer Games Magazine and its sister, MMOG-specific magazine Massive, has apparently opted to shutter the outlets as a result of financial troubles. They were saddled with a judgement by a California court in connection to a series of spam messages that went out across the MySpace social site. An SEC filing stated that the company stood to lose at least $40 Million; these shutdowns appear to be the direct result. "Calls to TheGlobe.com's Florida-based publisher Jayson Dubin, also the publisher of CGM and Massive Magazine, were not returned as of press time, with more recent calls to his direct line getting an automated recording indicating that the number had been disconnected. Besides Computer Games Magazine, TheGlobe.com also operates two other wholly-owned subsidiaries: voice over IP solution prover Voiceglo, and online game retail outlet Chips & Bits."
Businesses

Dell Opens a Poll On Linux Options 404

narramissic writes "In response to overwhelming user demand for Linux, Dell has posted a survey on a company blog that asks 'PC users to choose between Linux flavors such as Fedora and Ubuntu, and to pick more general choices such as notebooks versus desktops, high-end models versus value models and telephone-based support versus community-based support.' Votes will be collected through March 23, and Dell plans to use the feedback to begin selling Linux-based consumer PCs." The poll is pretty minimal. Wonder how much it will really guide Dell's choices.
Security

Submission + - Vista Monoculture In Our Future?

anorlunda writes: "This is pure speculation. I notice that experts seem to be increasingly concerned with zombie PCs on the web and all the damage that they can do. There will come a day when an injured party sues the zombie's host ISP claiming negligence. A natural reaction to that could be for the ISPs to insist that their PC customers use the most hacker resistant, yet ubiquitous OS around — namely Vista.

I can hear the screams of anger now from millions of users who don't want to switch. On the other hand, few or none of them would stop using the net or even switch ISPs. Most would probably grumble, then switch to Vista. Hardware and third party software vendors and congressmen would back the ISPs because it would trigger the biggest mass upgrade since Y2K and create a surge of thousands of jobs.

The security debate to be acted out before congressional committees would be entertaining. We would pit the antimonoculturalists on one side versus the ban-those-Win95-skeletons proponents on the other side. It would also make the perfect opportunity to advocate the mobile browser plus net apps as the non-PC alternative architecture.

Could a major ISP successfully refuse Mac and Linux customers? I see no legal impediment. They can argue security and simplfied support as their motives. Once again, most aggrieved Mac and Linux customers would scream, but they would rather switch than go back to dial-up. Therefore, relatively few customers would actually defect.

I hate bringing up such an ugly speculation. I can see the flames coming my way now. But, the simplicity and rationality of a Vista-only future from the point of view of the ISPs and others seems too powerful to ignore. Perhaps the question should be, what would stop it from happening?"

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