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Submission + - Pirate Bay earns 20,000 Euros a day (rixstep.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: controverisal pro-piracy website the piratebay likes to portray itself as an innocent hobby site that provides a free index without censorship, but recent facts show that the site is earning up to 20,000 Euros per day from its advertising. Taking in money on this scale puts a different slant on the motives behind the Swedish filesharing site, and could open up the runners of the site to prosecution for profiting from copyright infringement.
Enlightenment

Submission + - Tech industry shifts towards green

isabotage3 writes: http://www.nwfdailynews.com/articleArchive/jan2007 /techgreen.php Most US companies don't talk about global warming. In Silicon Valley,climate change is pretty much taken as a given. It's part of the tech industry's shift in recent years toward the green end of the spectrum.
Just last week, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a regional business booster association announced a 12-point campaign called Clean and Green that takes traditional regional planning issues, such as ride-sharing and mass transit, and frames them in the context of global warming.
Hyperion Solutions, a software maker that gives a $5,000 bonus to employees who buy cars that get better than 45 miles to the gallon.
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Submission + - What's your dream tech gift?

DanielMarkham writes: "If you had your dream technology gift for Christmas, what would it be? This article has a list of twelve gifts that while they don't exist, would be really cool. You guys read the technology rags and boards like slashdot, what would be your ultimate tech gift if you were only limited by your imagination?"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - NPD reports November game console sales numbers

CBackSlash writes: Joystiq and Gamedaily have summaries of the NPD console sales numbers for November 2006. The big headline is that the industry overall was up 34 percent to $1.7 billion. But the smaller headlines are probably more interesting for us: PS3 only shipped 197k, XBox 360 had 511k, and the Wii had a very respectable 476k. However, all of the new consoles were outsold by the lowly PS2 (664k) and Gameboy (641k).
Linux Business

Malaysian Open Source Procurement Policy Amended 18

Ditesh writes "The Malaysian Open Source Masterplan, which favoured open source over proprietary public sector procurements when all other evaluations are equal, has been reversed to a purely 'neutral technology platform' policy due to 'negative reaction towards open source (from the IT market)'. This comes after months of hard lobbying by Microsoft Malaysia. This reversal is certainly unfortunate, as the policy has helped raise comfort levels of other policy makers worldwide in pursuing similar goals. The Malaysian Open Source Alliance has published a position statement asking for clarification of the term 'neutrality', and has received support from MNC's, local companies and free software developers in Malaysia."
Communications

Submission + - Developing Linux Apps for the Trolltech Greenphone

An anonymous reader writes: Trolltech's Linux/Qtopia-powered Greenphone aims to provide a real (rather than emulated) hardware platform for mobile phone application developers to test their applications on. This hands-on review takes an in-depth look at the phone's software environment, and at the development tools supplied with the phone. Small excerpt: 'The SDK comes with a complete greenphone emulator, and you'll want to use it for most of your application development activities. In fact, many application developers may end up exclusively using the emulator to develop their application, and rely on someone else who actually owns the phone to test it out.'
Music

Submission + - UK Copyright under fire again

stupid_is writes: Following on from the story on the Gower Report in the UK (previously seen here), a host of musicians (over 4,500 of them, including poor, starving stars such as U2, Paul McCartney and Peter Gabriel) have taken out a big ad in the FT to back the call for an extension to copyright in the UK. Allegedly, that's what we, the British public, want — although the survey seems to be asking a different, rather biased, question
Security

Submission + - How Microsoft fights off 100,000 attacks per month

El Lobo writes: Microsoft, of course, maintains valuable intellectual property on its internal network, including the source code to all its operating systems and applications. These are constant targets for hackers...What do I mean by a constant target? Last year, Microsoft IT said it was the target of more than 100,000 intrusion attempts per month.

So how does Microsoft mitigate those risks while continuing to offer VPN access to remote employees and contractors? "Today, we require a smartcard with a valid certificate and PIN as well as network credentials and authorization to use the network remotely" says the director of MS's internal security. The second layer of protection for the Microsoft corporate VPN is a connection "sandbox," implemented using Windows Server 2003's Network Access Quarantine Control.

A very good reading about MS internal security:
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9005756&pageNumber =1

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