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Windows

Submission + - AVG virus scanner removes critical Windows file (securityandthe.net) 2

secmartin writes: "The popular virus scanner AVG released an update yesterday that caused their software to mark user32.dll as a virus. Since this is a rather critical file, AVG's suggestion to remove this caused problems for users around the world who are now advised to restore the file through the Windows Recovery Console. So far, AVG has yet to post an update about this on their main website, but their forums are full of complaints."
Government

Submission + - Obama Expected To Appoint A Technology Czar (npr.org)

cbrandtbuffalo writes: NPR had a short story this morning describing the federal government's challenges with technology and Obama's intention to create a new head technology position. You can bet the leading companies will be jockeying to influence this new czar. How do we make sure open source has a seat at the table? How could federal adoption of open source help some projects?
Spam

Submission + - Researchers spam 469m to gauge response rate (bbc.co.uk) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Berkeley and UC, San Diego have undertaken a project to measure the response rate for spam, thereby also the income spammers might receive. They first sent 350 million messages through a hijacked part of the Storm net with an advert carefully crafted to imitate that of authentic spammers. Only 28 people bought their penis enlargement pills, for a response rate of 0.00001%. In total 469m spam emails were sent. Does this rhyme with the luxury houses and cars of those convicted for spam?
Cellphones

Submission + - Where have all the pagers gone? 1

oddRaisin writes: After recently sleeping through a page for work, I decided to change my paging device from my blackberry (which is quiet, and has a pathetic vibrate mode) to an actual pager. After looking at the websites of Cingular, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, I'm left scratching my head and wondering where all the pagers went. I can't find them or any mention of them. Pagers of yore offered some great features that reflected the serious nature of being paged. They were loud. They had good vibrate modes. They continued to alert after a page until you acknowledged them. I didn't have to differentiate between a text from a friend and a page from work. Now that pagers seem to have become passe, what are other people doing to fill this niche? Are some phones better pagers than others? Are there still paging service providers out there?

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