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Submission + - Tea Party cheers for letting uninsured die (

hairyfeet writes: "At the republican debates Rep. Ron Paul was asked about whether an uninsured twenty something should be allowed to die and the audience cheered at the thought. As someone who considers himself pretty conservative I found that horrifying. Is this how greedy we have become? That it is better to let a young man die than pay any taxes? Is this REALLY what we want in America?"

Submission + - Google attempts buyout of Motorola (

hairyfeet writes: "After claims that competitors of Android are abusing patents including Motorola who is attempting to collect patent royalties from Android manufacturers it looks like Google is deciding to fight back by offering 12.5 billion for Motorola and all the patents owned by the cell phone maker. Will Google be able to pull this off? Will this start a bidding war for Motorola? And will this combined with the Nortel patents give Google too much power in the mobile arena in the eyes of the DoJ and EU Commission?"

Submission + - Another shot fired in the Java War?

hairyfeet writes: "It looks like Apple has decided to go with OpenJDK thus putting themselves on the side of Oracle in the coming "Java War". Considering the friendship between Larry and Steve this shouldn't be a surprise, but does this change the opinions of Apple fans here at /. on OpenJDK and what does this mean for the future of Harmony?"

Submission + - Microsoft extends downgrade rights

hairyfeet writes: "For those worried about losing the ability to run XP, it appears your worries are over. Brandon LeBlanc has just blogged that Microsoft will be extending the Windows OEM downgrade rights saying "Enabling such rights throughout the Windows 7 lifecycle will make it easier for customers as they plan deployments to Windows 7." For those that still rely on WinXP apps, I'm sure this is welcome news."

Submission + - More strangeness in the Windows "memory hog" case (

hairyfeet writes: "After Windows 7 was declared a "memory hog" by Craig Barth of Devil Mountain software, who later turned out not to exist the story, which was quickly dismissed as scaremongering By Ars Technica has today taken yet another turn. ZDNet has analyized the Devil mountain software XPNet and written an article "Why We Don't Trust Devil Mountain software (and neither should you) which uncovers serious privacy issues, lies involving a supposed high profile customer that doesn't actually use their software, and the convoluted relationship between Randall Kennedy, his alter ego Craig Barth, and IDG. This story just keeps getting stranger."
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Submission + - ASUS abandons Linux (

hairyfeet writes: "Computerworld has posted from a ASUS product showcase in Sydney that when asked why there were no Linux notebooks or Netbooks on display that according to ASUS representatives Linux is being phased out by the company across the board in favor of Windows. Considering that Ubuntu has confirmed that Linux has a 400% return rate when compared to Windows, and that Windows now own 90%+ of the Netbook market with an aging Windows XP, does this mean that the future of Linux in the Netbook/Notebook market is bleak?"

Submission + - HP and Symantec team up for new Secure Firefox (

hairyfeet writes: "HP,Mozilla,and Symantec have teamed up to create a new version of Firefox,to be called the HP Firefox Virtual Browser and will first be seen on a new HP desktop called the HP Compaq dc790. Kirk Godkin, an HP senior product manager for business PCs, said "What we have created is a virtual layer where your browser runs and all the downloads, all the clicks, all the cookies and everything is placed within ... a virtualized run-time environment,With the browser, the user only has to click the mouse and it will reset the browser to its original state and all their favorites will remain the same."

With the browser arena getting more crowded by the day, with Internet Explorer 8, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari all competing with Firefox for a space on the desktop it will be interesting to see how well this new Virtual Firefox measures up. For the complete story go to eWeek for more details."


Submission + - More woes for Nvidia as motherboards are pulled

hairyfeet writes: "Hot on the heels of yesterdays reporting on Slashdot of Nvidia laptops chips failing is todays report by the Inquirer that several manufacturers have quietly pulled their Nvidia 790i boards due to a rumored data corruption issue. DFI, Foxconn, and Gigabyte have all quietly removed all 790i offerings from their product pages without explanation. After taking a 150 to 200 million dollar charge for the repair and replacement of the defective mobile chips this development couldn't have come at a worse time."

Submission + - New Trojan Leverages Unpatched Mac Flaw (

hairyfeet writes: "Showing that the Apple Macs increased popularity has made it a more appetizing target for hackers, The The Washington Post is reporting that a new exploit tool released recently to exploit ARDAgent has been distributed until earlier today through an online forum for Mac Hackers.

After analysis of the exploit code noted security researcher Dino Dai Zovi stated this exploit is designed to be bundled into any legitimate downloadable Mac program,turning an otherwise legitimate program into an exploit toolkit capable of turning control of the computer over to hackers. According to Mr. Dai Zovi the program tries two different exploits to install itself without requiring the users username and password, the above mentioned ARDAgent and a privilege escalation vulnerability pacthed by Apple in 2006. Once installed it drops a keystroke logger called logext onto the infected system,followed by installing a listening VNC server to allow the attacker remote access."


Submission + - Vista collapse means Yahoo required for survival

hairyfeet writes: "Gartner analysts Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald told a conference audience yesterday that Microsoft's Windows product is collapsing and must make radical changes to its operating system or risk becoming a has-been. They pointed out the abysmal adoption rate of just 6% for businesses and the huge size of the code base which means years to make changes and leaves only the most high end computers to take advantage of it anyway.

The real question isn't "What can Microsoft do to fix their Windows product?" but rather "Even If Windows and Office were perfect, would it be enough to keep Microsoft relevant in the medium term?" I think the answer to that latter question might be "nope." And that, of course, is why they want Yahoo so badly. Online advertising revenue is their only real hope of long term survival."

Submission + - Vista works,and it only took 16 months!

hairyfeet writes: "Eweek columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reported today that he finally got his Vista machine fully operational and it only took 16 months! While I don't normally take much stock in such stories, I do find this one compelling as it is from a person who has been hacking Operating Systems since the days of the CICS/MVS and has been using Microsoft products from DOS 1 and Windows 1 up. How are those that buy the upgrade to Vista after Microsoft stops selling Windows XP supposed to figure out how to get everything working if it takes an experienced OS guy 16 months?

I personally believe this is further proof that Microsoft needs to rethink the ending of Windows XP on June 30,at least until support for the basics like common on-board sound chips have been worked out. And to be fair and partial I'd also like to point out that yesterday the same columnist published an article pushing for the release for XP SP3.But after his Vista experience I can't say I blame him. What do you think slashdot? Is Vista ready to be deployed on the millions of machines out there running Windows 2000 and XP? Or should Microsoft wait to allow manufacturers more time to work out the bugs when it comes to drivers?"

Submission + - Hacker finds serious flaws in Windows Server 2008

hairyfeet writes: "Argeniss founder Cesar Cerrudo has found serious design weaknesses that could allow a skilled hacker to take complete control of the Windows Server 2008. These weaknesses could allow a hacker to have complete control over the system and also affects Windows XP,Server 2003,and Windows Vista. To Quote Mr. Cerrudo "[We found] from design issues that were not identified by Microsoft engineers during the Security Development Lifecycle, and allows accounts commonly used by Windows services — NETWORK SERVICE and LOCAL SERVICE — to bypass new Windows services protection mechanisms and elevate privileges". He further stated that on Windows XP and server 2003 it is especially severe as "any Windows service, even when running under a low privileged account, can potentially break through the security protections and fully compromise the operating system.""

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