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Comment Not a "New" Rootkit (Score 5, Informative) 160

This is a new version of a ~2 year old rootkit, also known as TDSS, and the company responsible for this particular parasite is a russian outfit known as Dogma Millions. Eset did a good writeup on the older version here. This newer version is actually even more interesting than the article indicates. It's intelligent enough to send tools like MBRCheck off to look at a backup of the MBR so that they'll erroneously return a "clean" verdict while the system remains infected. The best bet for removal is TDSSKiller by Kaspersky (the company that wrote the blog entry).

Microsoft Exec Says, "You'll Miss Vista" 273

Oracle Goddess writes "'Years from now, when you've moved on to Windows 7, you'll look back at Windows Vista fondly. You'll remember its fabulous attributes, not its flaws.' That's the opinion of Steve Guggenheimer, vice president of the OEM division at Microsoft. 'I think people will look back on Vista after the Windows 7 release and realize that there were actually a bunch of good things there,' Guggenheimer said in a recent interview. 'So it'll actually be interesting to see in two years what the perception is of Vista.' A dissenting opinion comes from Bob Nitrio, president of system builder Ranvest Associates, doesn't believe organizations that skipped Vista will ever regret their decision. 'I don't think for a second that people are suddenly going to love Windows 7 so much that they will experience deep pangs of regret for not having adopted Vista,' said Nitrio. If I had to bet, I'd go with Bob's take on it." My first thought was, Steve meant Windows 7 is designed to be virtually unusable as payback for all the complaints about Vista, but I might be biased.

Comment Re:Go Wireless (Score 1) 1032

Can't eat air!

One of the great reasons why wireless networking and phone technology is popular in Africa is that the copper thieves can't steal the wires. One area I visited often, many years back, had a 25 mile long telephone cable to a phone that never worked. By the time the installation crew finished the installation the first half of the line would be gone and they'd wait for the next year's budget and start all over again...

he mentioned them eating fiber runs. You can't realistically replace a fiber network backbone with 802.11g

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