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Security

Submission + - Will Windows security matter?

OffTheLip writes: AP Technology Writer Brian Bergstein discusses security advantages touted by Microsoft for their new Vista operating system . According to Symantec Corporation' Oliver Friedrichs, "Microsoft has made the core of the operating system more secure, but they've really solved, by and large, yesterday's problems". Many of the threats Vista addresses, such as worms, have already been handled within an fully patched version of Windows XP.

Will the next generation of internet centric security threats be immune to Vista protective measures?
Power

Submission + - European power grid a "house of cards"?

OffTheLip writes: Several western European countries were in the dark after a power outage attributed to higher energy consumption due to cold weather. "We weren't very far from a European blackout," according to a senior executive with French power company RTE.
  As winter approaches and power requirements continue to grow will the current infrastructure be able to support the demands? While this outage was brief and no injuries were reported how long can a modern society pin it's hopes on such a system? It could be argued the power system worked as expected, shutting off some customers to prevent a total blackout but offers little comfort to those without.
Education

Submission + - Researchers seek to sort facts from opinions

OffTheLip writes: The US Department of Homeland Security is funding research into teaching computers to distinguish opinions from fact in written text. http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Sept06/Cardie. homeland.ws.html Cornell University professor Claire Cardie and associates from other universities will use machine learning algorithms to scan text examples containing fact and opinion with the goal to distinguish the difference.

From the article:
"Lots of work has been done on extracting factual information — the who, what, where, when," explained Cardie. "We're interested in seeing how we would extract information about opinions."

Besides the obvious ramifications to the veracity of Slashdot discussions is this a good thing for US security?

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