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Submission + - Digital Winners and Losers 2007

An anonymous reader writes: "2007 appears to be the year of attrition" says MP3 Newswire in its annual roundup of winners and losers in digital media. For example, uTorrent makes number two on the winners list, because this is the year it became the number one BitTorrent client. Indeed, as this graphic on TorrentFreak shows uTorrent blew past Azureus and all other BitTorrent clients for the top spot. Radiohead, Marie Lindor, and the Digg DRM revolt also made this year's list, which was topped by — no surprise here — Apple thanks to the success of the iPhone. Heading the losers list is HD Radio, undermined by the radio manufacturers who decided to put in their expensive radios cheap, crappy tuners. Tuners so bad that even a old radio from the 1940's well outperformed them as this YouTube video shows.
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot:: % of people alone on Xmas 1

LM741N writes: "For Ask Slashdot: I'd like to know if anyone has any idea of the percentage of people who are alone on Christmas. Its usually due to a fucked up family, which is my case. thanks."

Submission + - Windows Explorer identified as Malware ( 1

SJ2000 writes: Windows Explorer was quarantined last week by Kaspersky Lab's antivirus software after being falsely identified as malicious code.

The security company's systems had decided that a virus called Huhk-C was present in the explorer.exe file, leading to its confinement or, in some cases, deletion

"We proactively went out to our enterprise customers to make them aware there was this potential issue," David Emm, a senior technology consultant at Kaspersky Lab, said. "Only one corporate customer [in the UK] encountered this problem, as well as a handful of home users."


Submission + - Do you discuss your privacy preferences?

An anonymous reader writes: How many of you discuss your privacy preferences with your friends and acquaintances? There's a lot of attention being paid to individuals' disclosure of their own information, photos, etc, but not very much about disclosure of other peoples' information, except in particularly egregious cases. Yet the enthusiasm for social networking and other forms of sharing also seems to be associated with an increasing casualness about sharing (ie, publishing) information — contact details, photographs taken in non-public spaces, personal emails — that affects, if not actually belongs to, other people, and that they may prefer to not share/publish. Do you express your preferences? Do you just decide to live with it, and become more circumspect in sharing certain information? How do you deal with a friend/acquaintance who publishes information that you did not want out there? Or vice versa, with someone who has taken exception to your sharing/publishing something about them?

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