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Microsoft Planning to Buy Open Source Companies? 276

mjasay writes "At the Web 2.0 Summit, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that Microsoft 'will do some buying of companies that are built around open-source products,' suggesting that to avoid open-source companies would 'take us out of the acquisition market quite dramatically.' Ballmer has apparently come a long way since dubbing Linux a 'cancer.' The real question, however, is which open-source companies make sense within the Microsoft product portfolio, both from a technology and philosophy perspective. Novell? 37Signals? Jive? SugarCRM? And, equally importantly, which companies could look their communities in the eye after selling to Microsoft?"

Comment Re:What about my bandwidth? (Score 1) 974

I must say I'm impressed with trying to play the victim here. They're not forcing anything on you. There are plenty of websites out there that serve ads, but have never forced anything on me, because I chose not to visit them. Visiting a website is your choice, and unless there are ads on a website that you're for some reason required to visit then you're not the victim.

If Slashdot didn't have ads, I'd probably have to subscribe to be able to see it at all. Now, if I'd have to pay a subscription fee to every website that I use regularly, I wouldn't be able to use the internet as a information source the way I do now.

Democrats

Brain Differences In Liberals and Conservatives 1248

i_like_spam writes "Scientists from NYU and UCLA report in Nature Neuroscience that the brains of Democrats and Republicans process information differently. This new study finds that the differences are apparent even when the brain processes common information, not just political topics. From the study, liberals were more likely to be accurate and showed more brain activity in the region associated with analyzing conflicts. A researcher not affiliated with the study stated, liberals 'could be expected to more readily accept new social, scientific or religious ideas.' Moreover, 'the results could explain why President Bush demonstrated a single-minded commitment to the Iraq war and why some people perceived Sen. John F. Kerry... as a flip-flopper.'"
Security

Storm Worm Evolves To Use Tor 182

An anonymous reader writes "Seems like the Storm botnet that was behind the last two waves of attacks is also responsible for this new kind of social-engineering based attacks, using spam to try and convince users of the necessity of using Tor for there communications. They 'kindly' provide a link to download a trojaned version of Tor. This blog entry has a link to the original post on or-talk mailing list which has some samples of the messages."

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