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Security Threat Changing, Says Symantec CEO 78

narramissic writes "At the Symantec Vision event in Tokyo Thursday, chairman and CEO John Thompson spoke about a shift his company has observed in the threat posed to computer users and companies by hackers. 'While a few years ago many people were much more focused on attacking the machine and attacking the broad-based activities that were going on online, now all of a sudden we've noticed a significant shift in both the type of attack and the motivation of the attack,' he said. 'The attacks that we see today are more targeted and more silent and their objective is to create true financial harm as opposed to visibility for the attackers.'"
The Internet

Submission + - What websites do you use when job hunting?

An anonymous reader writes: Currently I am in the process of relocating from a small mid-west city to the hustle and bustle of big city life in Washington DC. My question to slashdot is: What have you found to be the best websites for job hunting? I know of the major ones (Monster, Dice, Craigslist) but I want to know what worked for you and what sites to pass over. Your knowledge and comments would be greatly appreciated.

This question is geared toward personal experience and "best kept secrets" of job hunting, so please no comments about going to google and searching.

Submission + - Sending Passwords

Phr33k_Magg0t writes: "I work at a research facility with remote users who have a need to log onto our central servers (obviously) for sharing their work. The problem is, I have no secure way of sending the user any sort of password for their account once it's created. I realize I could set up something like PGP and transfer it through email but that still requires the remote user to do the same (from what I understand). It seems like most of the ideas that have been thought of either have a higher then acceptable security risk or the user on the other end to have some significant technical knowledge in order to compelte the pairing. I've heard of "scratch" tickets where you have tickets with a scratchable surface that you scratch off to reveal the password and a key so I would know what password they were given. This way at least the user would be able to let us know if the password was compromised if the surface was scratched. The trouble is I can't seem to locate any of these. Does any one have any ideas of a relatively secure way of getting a user a temporary password for them to change once they receive it or know where I might get the tickets I mentioned?"

Submission + - FSF announces gNewSense 1.0 Ubuntu derivative

Californication writes: gNewSense 1.0 is a new distribution sponsored the FSF. Based on Ubuntu, gNewSense has been stripped of all proprietary firmware, software, and fonts, and access to the nonfree "Multiverse" Ubuntu repository. As expected, members of the Ubuntu community are critical of the new project, questioning whether there is really a need for it. gNewSense developer Brian Brazil says there is: "From what we've seen so far there is quite a lot of interest." In comparing it to Debian, Brazil noted that "Debian unfortunately isn't free as it contains non-free firmware in the kernel, and offer[s] its users the optional non-free component."

Submission + - Are C/C++ really that efficient?

unboring writes: "This is an interesting post that attempts to deconstruct some of the facts about C/C++ being the ideal language for CPU intensive and number crunching applications. The base of the author's argument is that evenrything is a pointer which makes it really hard for compilers to optimize performance. What do you think of this?"

Submission + - Gates and Ballmer ordered to court

Pokey writes: "DES MOINES, Iowa — A district court judge in Iowa has ordered Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer to testify in person at a trial in Iowa later this month. The company is facing a class-action antitrust lawsuit, which seeks up to $450 million for Iowans who have purchased the software maker's products since 1994. The case claims anticompetitive practices by Microsoft caused consumers to pay more for its products that they would have otherwise. Microsoft says its products have been successful because of their low cost and high quality. (taken from MSNBC, click here to read the rest)"

Submission + - US citizens to be required ''clearance'' to leave

Renew and Improved writes: "According to this article, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (HSA) has proposed that as of January 14, 2007, all airlines, cruise lines — even fishing boats — be required to obtain clearance for each passenger they propose taking into or out of the United States. Your passport will no longer serve as an adequate travel document. Determination of who does or does not get to travel will be made in secret, with no right of appeal."

Submission + - RIAA Santangelo fLin-flaM

newtley writes: "The Associated Press is fielding Jim Fitzgerald's Record Companies Sue Defendant's Kids. It's also in The New York Times and The Washington Post. And do a news search on Santangelo and it's everywhere online as well. In fact, "Everyone has it," says p2net, "everyone, that is, except the Santangelo family and their lawyer, Jordan Glass." Is the supposed court document the RIAA leaked no more than blatant flim-flam to again manipulate mainstream reporters to act as Big Four threat bearers to intimidate defendants before they've been anywhere near a court? And having served its purpose, to publicly harrass and humiliate the defendants in the on- and offline print and electronic media, need IT ever be submitted to a court?"
The Internet

Submission + - Initiative of the Analysis of the Web

eldavojohn writes: "Tim Berners-Lee, the British scientist credited with first conceiving the hypertext software of the web, has announced plans to work with MIT & the University of Southampton in the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI). From the article, 'The initiative will perform research in an effort to understand the scientific, technical and social challenges that lie ahead with the continued growth of the web. The research will focus on the volume of online information, how it documents aspects of human activity and knowledge, and assess the reliability of this information as well as the social and legal ramifications.' Will a field of science arise that studies all the implications of the internet?"

Submission + - Cingular's Free Music

PreacherTom writes: Music on one's mobile phone is nothing surprising: in fact, it is the entire principle of the upcoming iPhone. Downloading it for free is a different matter; both Verizon and Sprint's service directs to a proprietary store and charges up to $2.50 per song. Cingular plans on taking another route, having announced that they are gearing up to offer free music downloads to compatible phones. They hope to make up the difference through fees from the music subscription services for each new reference. The catch: a $15 per month fee.

Submission + - File sharing ruled legal in Spain

stupid_is writes: In addition to a previous submission a judge in Spain is reported to have ruled that under Spanish law a person who downloads music for personal use can not be punished or branded a criminal. This seems to be a teeny bit clearer than the first article, which points out that downloading is a civil, and not criminal, offence for individuals.

The Spanish recording industry federation Promusicae is predictably a bit peeved, and says it will appeal against the decision.
Media (Apple)

Submission + - The death of iPod - will it be murder or suicide?

b4rley writes: "The really interesting challenges to Apple's ubiquitous music player lie ahead: one in the guise of old adversary Microsoft and the other in the form of a predicted evolution in the way consumers will listen to their music. In the first of a two-part special, Seb Janacek analyses the mounting challenges facing Apple's iconic iPod as it battles to keep its kingpin status."

Submission + - Keeping cool may be the key to longevity

merryprankster writes: "New Scientist reports that Scripps Research Institute scientists have found that lowering the body temperature of mice by just 0.5C extends their lifespan by around 15%. Until now the only proven way of increasing longevity has been calorie restriction — but as this also causes a lowering of body temperature the researchers speculate that this cooling may be the underlying mechanism retarding ageing. In this study mice with a defect in their lateral hypothalamus, which has the side effect of cooling body temperature, not only lived longer but also ate normal amounts."

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