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Comment More than Arrogance, Marketing. (Score -1, Troll) 114

Another sorry lie by M$. They fixed these things in Windows 7 RTM, but not earlier versions of Windows, so that they could lie about Windows 7 having better "security" than Vista and XP. Very simple and very evil and also very obvious. The new SMB2 failure blows their little lie up even for the most ignorant of users. M$'s reputation can't get much lower.


Submission + - M$ Colludes to Limit Netbooks Again. (

twitter writes: "M$ is using it's OS monopoly to make hardware suck, again.

Microsoft and Intel have reached an agreement that the next generation of Netbooks will not have displays larger than 10.2 inches. Vendors that insist on making minilaptops with larger LCDs will not be eligible for the lower Windows 7 volume licensing rates for these machines.

Groklaw recently covered an manufacturer complaints that should be investigated for anti-trust violations. They did this with XP too, limiting processors, screen size and other important details. This probably explains Dell's cancellation of their 12" netbook.

The market may be impossible for them to control. Previously crushed ASUS is thinking about brining back GNU/Linux to their netbook line. Will they use Xandros as well as Moblin and Chrome? ARM Netbooks like CrunchPad threaten to steal the show too. Let's hope so. It's about time people had real software and hardware choices."


Submission + - Emerging Fallout from Facebook and Twitter DDoS (

Erris writes: "The emerging Facebook and Twitter DDoS attack story has Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols saying, "It's time to get rid of Windows."

It happened because Windows is an insecure piece of junk. Anyone who knows anything about security knows that this kind of disaster was only a matter of time. Windows botnets are responsible for DDoS attacks and most of e-mail spam. You cannot secure Windows. Microsoft keeps saying that they will, and they always fail. Period.

Twitter and Facebook users are just the kind of people M$ can't afford to lose. They are the decision makers who decided Vista's fate and will soon do the same for Windows 7. They are generally aware of Windows performance problems that 7 is still slower than XP and that Ubuntu is faster than both. Will people finally heed the security warning and walk away from Windows at work?"


Submission + - Computer World: It's Time to Get Rid of Windows. 1

twitter writes: "Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of Computer World has had enough of the high cost of Windows insecurity.

Hundreds of millions of Internet users were annoyed because of Windows botnet-based DDoS aimed at one (1) person. ... Some people out there used no fewer than six Windows botnets to go after this one guy. And, in the process, they knocked out, for hours at a time, most of the major social networks.

It happened because Windows is an insecure piece of junk. Anyone who knows anything about security knows that this kind of disaster was only a matter of time. Windows botnets are responsible for DDoS attacks and most of e-mail spam. You cannot secure Windows. Microsoft keeps saying that they will, and they always fail. Period.

Reasonable people have been saying the same thing for years. Botnets have taken down more important things, like hospital networks, and have been fingered in power outages. What kind of real harm will it take for people to give up Windows and move on to sane platforms like GNU/Linux?"

Feed Engadget: Verizon's HTC Whitestone leaks out, along with the HTC Mega and Tachi (

We've been hearing about Verizon's upcoming HTC Whitestone for a while now, and it looks like a new pic and specs for the upcoming dual-mode CDMA / GSM Touch Diamond2 variant have leaked out. Seems like a mixed bag -- the revised case with a larger 3.6-inch WVGA display is impressive, but inside you're looking at Windows Mobile 6.1 running on a 528MHz Qualcomm processor with 256MB of RAM, so you've certainly lived through this experience before. That's pretty much the same case with the HTC Mega, which also leaked today: although it'll ship with WinMo 6.5 and that hot new version of TouchFLO 2D, it's a lower-end device with a 2.8-inch QVGA display, a three megapixel camera and yet another 528MHz Qualcomm proc with 256MB of RAM running the show. Oh, and just to round things out, there's a pic of the Dopod-branded HTC Tachi, which probably means this one's headed for China. Always nice to put a face to a name, though isn't it? Pics of the Mega and Tachi after the break.

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Verizon's HTC Whitestone leaks out, along with the HTC Mega and Tachi originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 07 Aug 2009 11:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Feed The Register: Researcher: Twitter attack targeted anti-Russian blogger (

Joejobbing Cyxymu

As Twitter struggled to return to normal Wednesday evening, a trickle of details suggested that the outage that left 30 million users unable to use the micro-blogging service for several hours, at least in part, may have been the result of a spam campaign that targeted a single user who vocally supports the Republic of Georgia.

Offloading malware protection to the cloud


Submission + - Sandia Studies Botnets in 1M OS Digital Petri Dish

Ponca City, We love you writes: "The NY Times reports that researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are creating what is in effect a vast digital petri dish able to hold one million operating systems at once in an effort to study the behavior of botnets. To stalk the botnets, Sandia Scientist Ron Minnich, the inventor of LinuxBIOS who specializes in computer security and his colleague Don Rudish have converted a Dell supercomputer to simulate a mini-Internet of one million computers. The researchers say they hope to be able to infect their digital petri dish with a botnet and then gather data on how the system behaves. "When a forest is on fire you can fly over it, but with a cyberattack you have no clear idea of what it looks like," says Minnich. "It's an extremely difficult task to get a global picture." The Dell Thunderbird supercomputer, named MegaTux, has 4,480 Intel microprocessors running virtual machines with Wine, making it possible to run 1 million copies of Windows without paying licensing fees to Microsoft. MegaTux, a reference to Tux, the penguin character that is the official mascot of the Linux operating system, is an example of a new kind of computational science, in which computers are used to simulate scientific instruments that were once used in physical world laboratories. "One of the advantages of such a system is that we can stop the simulation at any point and look for patterns," says Rudish. "It's one of the neat things you can do when you crash a simulation of a 747 on a supercomputer.""

Submission + - open source software in the military meeting (

JohnMoD writes: "with the advent of, etc. the military seems to be getting on board with free and open source software. A working group meeting is going to be held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta 12th — 13th August 2009. Pretty good line up of speakers including a Marine from Iraq-Marine Expeditionary Forces, Future Operations, Commo / IMO, who was on the ground and saw the agility oepn source gave him and his soldiers. A number of OSS projects are going to have meeting there: Delta 3D (, OpenCPI (, FalconView, OSSIM (, RedHat, etc. There look to be some good projects and discussion to be had."

Comment Lame Excuses, Seen it Before. (Score -1, Troll) 626

The "there could have been anything on those CDs" is a really lame excuse and it's one that's M$ propagated. You can say the same thing about books and speech. Want to ban those in school too? Imagine, "He was handing out notes to his clasmates. I immediately assumed they contained drugs and porn and steped in to uphold the law. My suspicions were only increased when I learned this Constitution was written by adults." I ran into the same objections when I tried to hold a Free Software demonstration in my school. It's a war on sharing, they want you to trust them more than your neighbors.

Fear and ignorance are used to keep you helpless and divided. Its a lie, trust your neighbors.

Comment Real Policy Issues. (Score -1) 608

This bout of marketing hype matters less than matters of real substance. Obama, Gates talks are real cause for concern. Obama's platform had nice words about openness, let's hope the dog was wagging the tail in those talks. The conversation should have gone something like, "Gates, you are on notice." Others, worry about even larger platform shifts. It is too early to tell how things will really go.

Comment Not always. (Score 1, Insightful) 440

Contracts can't violate laws, so you can't sign away your rights. They can't, for example, appropriate code you've written before and other people's code you happen to use.

That being said, Look Out! Don't sign anything you don't agree with if you can avoid it. What you have not signed can't be held against you. Talk to a real lawyer, not the mickey mouse guy representing the University against you.

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