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Microsoft

Submission + - 360 puts the X in Xmas

An anonymous reader writes: According to research firm NPD Microsoft sold two million Xbox 360 consoles in the USA between the beginning of November and Christmas Day. Over the same period Nintendo sold 1.8 million Wii consoles.

Sony lagged behind with around 750,000 PlayStation 3 units, but that's not a bad figure considering the supply problems the console has experienced.


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Security

Submission + - Spyware found in Adobe Photoshop CS3!

profit42 writes: "Adobe made the beta version of Photoshop CS3 available on labs.adobe.com. Almost the whole community of photographers downloaded the new version and adopted the new features immediately. One of those new "features" is, according to profit42's article a shocking one: the installer installs, without letting the user know, the Bonjour Service: mDNSResponder. This service is associated with Apple and itunes and sets up a P2P connection without your permission. Removal is possible using Spysweeper or by following the steps described on profit42.com."
Security

Submission + - Stealing Your Vacation: Memories of a media card

twistedmoney99 writes: Anyone who has upgraded their digital camera probably has a few older incompatible media cards lying around — so why not post them on Ebay? Well if you do, be sure to properly wipe them because the digital voyeurs are watching. Seth Fogie at InformIT.com purchased a bunch of used cards from Ebay and found recoverable data on most of them. Using the freely available PhotoRec, he was able to extract pictures, movies, and more from apparently formatted cards. The picture is clear — wipe anything that can store digital data before getting rid of it.
Space

Submission + - UFO's over Chicago O'Hare!!!

chuckbag writes: From NPR: "In November, a gray, metallic, saucer-like object was spotted hovering above Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. As many as 12 United Airlines employees spotted the object and filed reports with United. Officials at the airline say they have no knowledge of the incident, and the Federal Aviation Administration is not investigating. Melissa Block speaks with Chicago Tribune transportation reporter Jon Hilkevtich, who reported on the incident."
Biotech

Submission + - Vaccine for flu to be tested on humans

Adam9 writes: British scientists are on the verge of producing a revolutionary flu vaccine that works against all major types of the disease. Described as the 'holy grail' of flu vaccines, it would protect against all strains of influenza A — the virus behind both bird flu and the nastiest outbreaks of winter flu. Just a couple of injections could give long-lasting immunity — unlike the current vaccine which has to be given every year.
Programming

Journal Journal: [programming] Is Hibernate Worth It? 7

I've got into a little debate/argument with a former boss over how to code up a new Java web application. I suggested looking into Hibernate (which I know very little about) to ease up on the developers. He thought we should take control of writing the SQL because there might be too much overhead. Does Hibernate, or any relational mapping library, cause enough slow downs to resort to writing SQL? Is Hibernate really going to make my database and application that much easier to maintain?

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsft Vista will cripple PCs

downundarob writes: From a story at el reg (home of BOFH) comes this article:

If you read just one thing over the holiday break, make sure it's Peter Gutmann's cost analysis of Windows Vista, here. It's an eye opening 20 minutes. Gutmann describes in great detail the various measures Microsoft has taken to lock down Windows on behalf of Hollywood. This isn't a comprehensive look at all of Vista's DRM — Gutmann barely touches on Microsoft's new activation framework; (this is beyond the scope of his enquiry.) In order to playback HD-DVD and BluRay content, Microsoft agreed to degrade video and audio functionality in Windows. Gutmann points out that when "premium" content is being played, component video — YPbPr — and S/PDIF interfaces are disabled. Third party hardware that fails to obey these orders may have it's "certified" status revoked by Microsoft — leaving the user with minimal (eg VGA) functionality. With the introduction of tilt bits, all of the designed-in resilience is gone. Every little (normally unnoticeable) glitch is suddenly surfaced because it could be a sign of a hack attack. The effect that this will have on system reliability should require no further explanation. In short, the Vista specifications explicitly cripple the PC.

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