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Comment Re:No sign of vanishing (Score 1) 318

Trust me. Your running IE6 on Windows. Many of your companies PCs are infected.

Well, I have to admit most of the people I work with now are also in technology, which tends to mean lower infection rates than "regular" users, but I still haven't even heard of it happening, which says something. My last employer used industry standard safeguards, and PCs got infected on a daily basis. Now, I just don't hear about it anymore.

At the very least they are infected with the Windows Virus and the IE6 variant ;-)

Yes, the XP SP2 strain.

Comment Re:No sign of vanishing (Score 1) 318

So basically your company has an enormous number of highly secured steel doors, but only three walls?

Funny, but (fortunately) not the best analogy. I'd say it's more like having a screen door inside the bank vault. We have a lot (and I mean a lot) of precautions in place, some of which I didn't even know existed until I started working there. I actually think the easiest way to get past them all would be to physically force your way into one of our buildings and remove it that way. Come to think of it, I can't think of a single instance of malware infection since I started working there.

Another funny tidbit, though... There is an option to install Firefox on our workstations, but most users are not allowed. It's just what the software says because it doesn't know how to say anything else, but I always thought that was funny, too.

Comment Re:Expected (Score 1) 1654

is ndiswrapper too much to expect of anyone to use, even the easy as hell to use gui for wireless because it isn't installed by default?

ndiswrapper probably isn't necessary. The software was most likely VZ Access Manager, which is just a modem dialer. Ubuntu recognizes the modem, so you only need to tell it what number to dial: #777. I'm a total linux noob and managed to get WWAN setup on Ubuntu.

Comment Re:Control? (Score 1) 628

There is no mention of the control group.

No, there's not, but they did mention that they polled them about a variety of questions, including their caffeine use. The control group would be the subset of those 200 people who admitted to not drinking caffeine.

Education

Submission + - First Programming Language for Kids? 1

Markus writes: "When I was nine or ten years old, I taught myself BASIC V1.2 — nothing else available — on my (way older) brother's Laser 210 from a book. Now, my son has started school last summer and can now sufficiently read and write to start programming. As in coding, that is, not as in script kiddies.

With the information age on the rise, conscious use of IT becomes a vital skill for following generations — and when I see how teachers over here use computers, I do certainly not want to trust schools with this. So as the days of 10 CLS:? "HELLO WORLD!" are over, what would be a good programming language for a six year old to start with? What concepts are most important to teach first to a kid? Is there something like "Eclipse Kids Edition"? And as our daughter is also due for school in two years — does it also come in pink? :o)

In addition, we want the kids to learn the social aspects of coding, so "free and open source" is a must."
Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - iPhones, Macs gaining among business users (networkworld.com)

jbrodkin writes: "The focus at this week's MacWorld expo is on consumer technology, but Apple devices are quietly making gains with business users as well. Corporate usage of Mac desktops has quadrupled in the past two years, while 50% of businesses are increasing support for the iPhone, recent surveys show. Industry observers say Apple lacks a broad strategy for penetrating the business market but is making gains despite itself."
Security

Submission + - Phishing is a minimum wage job

rohitm918 writes: "Study by Microsoft concludes that phishers make very little: "low-skill jobs pay like low-skill jobs, whether the activity is legal or not."
They also find that the Gartner numbers that everyone quotes ($3.2bn/year etc) are rubbish.

"Even though it harvests 'free money,' phishing generates total revenue equal
to the total costs incurred by the actors. Each participant earns, on average, only as much as
he would have made in the opportunities he gave up elsewhere. As the total phishing effort increases the
total phishing revenue declines: the harder individual phishers try the worse their collective situation gets.
As a consequence, increasing effort is a sign of failure rather than success."

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/cormac/Papers/PhishingAsTragedy.pdf"
The Internet

Submission + - SPAM: MySpace is research place for busybody 'Dr. Meg'

isi4110 writes: Many teenagers cleaned up their MySpace profiles , deleting mentions of sex and booze and boosting privacy settings, if they got a single cautionary e-mail from a busybody named "Dr. Meg." The e-mail was sent by Dr. Megan Moreno, lead researcher of a study of lower-income kids that she says shows how parents and other adults can encourage safer Internet use.

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