now3djp writes: "The UK Information Commisioner is tracking every visitor to his government website which a unique cookie which does not expire until Dec 2009! Can we not even trust independant government departments now too? After the HMRC datagate leak things just keep getting worse."
TruffleShuffler writes: A U.K. data recovery firm has warned Apple Macbook users that they risk potential data loss due to a design flaw on certain hard drives.
Retrodata says they have come across "many dozens" of failures affecting Seagate 2.5 inch SATA drives, commonly found in laptops such as the MacBook or MacBook Pro. Apple desktops that use laptop-oriented components, like the Mac Mini, are also potentially at risk.
The company's managing director, Duncan Clarke, said
"The read/write heads are detaching from the arm and ploughing deep gouges into the magnetic platter, the damage is mostly on the inner tracks, but some scratches are on the outer track (track 0), and once that happens, the drive is normally beyond repair."
Bergkamp10 writes: According to a survey by the US Federal Open Source Alliance, more than half of all US government executives have rolled out open-source software at their agencies, and 71 percent believe their agency can benefit from open-source software.
The top reasons for embracing open-source software were the ability to access advanced security capabilities and customize open-source applications, and a trend toward consolidated data centers.
The top reason for not adopting open-source software was organizational reluctance to change from the status quo. Another major concern was a lack of consistent standards in open-source products.
Fifty-five percent of respondents said their agencies have been involved or are currently involved in an open-source implementation, while 29 percent of respondents who haven't adopted open-source software plan to do so in the next six to 12 months.
willdavid writes: "By John Fontana, NetworkWorld.com:
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has added Open XML to its list of approved open documents formats.
Critics of Open XML adoption, such as Andy Updegrove, a lawyer, Linux Foundation board member and Massachusetts resident, said Microsoft should not be "rewarded for launching a competing, self-serving standard as a next-best defense against erosion of its dominant position."
Massachusetts officials acknowledged the criticism, but said the importance of open formats could not be denied.