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Malware Found On Brand-New Windows Netbook 250

An anonymous reader alerts us to an interesting development that Kaspersky Labs stumbled across. They purchased a new M&A Companion Touch netbook in order to test a new anti-virus product targeted at the netbook segment, and discovered three pieces of malware on the factory-sealed netbook. A little sleuthing turned up the likely infection scenario — at the factory, someone was updating Intel drivers using a USB flash drive that was infected with a variant of the AutoRun worm. "Installed along with the worm was a rootkit and a password stealer that harvests log-in credentials for online games such as World of Warcraft. ... To ensure that a new PC is malware-free, [Kaspersky] recommended that before users connect the machine to the Internet, they install security software, update it by retrieving the latest definition file on another computer, and transferring that update to the new system, then running a full antivirus scan."
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First Look At VMware's vSphere "Cloud OS" 86

snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Paul Venezia takes VMware's purported 'cloud OS,' vSphere 4, for a test drive. The bottom line: 'VMware vSphere 4.0 touches on almost every aspect of managing a virtual infrastructure, from ESX host provisioning to virtual network management to backup and recovery of virtual machines. Time will tell whether these features are as solid as they need to be in this release, but their presence is a substantial step forward for virtual environments.' Among the features Venezia finds particularly worthwhile is vSphere's Fault Tolerance: 'In a nutshell, this allows you to run the same VM in tandem across two hardware nodes, but with only one instance actually visible to the network. You can think of it as OS-agnostic clustering. Should a hardware failure take out the primary instance, the secondary instance will assume normal operations instantly, without requiring a VMotion.'"

Comment Prior art? (Score 1) 394

Okay, I'm a bit suprised by this for serious resons.
1. I thought the big mainframe vendor back in the golden times did this too (or was it just limited to the hardware?)
2. Shareware works like that?

I don't know if th fact it's "applied just to an OS" makes a lot of distinction, legally, but practically, this patent seems to have a grade of innovation of zero.

Comment Re:First thoughts (Score 1) 470

a lot of linux and mac os x do not have a lot of features listed, nor did they have them when they were 'conceived.'

Nor do a lot of Windows Vista installs. Can you have those features on Linux/Mac OS X? Yes (excluding parental control, and keeping in mind we are talking about "approaches" more than how a certain feature exactly works. Because MS has patented that exact method so no one else can legally use it).

In the end, the OS is as secure as the user keeps it. You can have a super secure Windows/Linux/Mac installation, or equally have a very loose one.

And effectively hardening your OS implies you have to understand you might lose some functionality (see all those apps on Windows that fire up unneeded UAC prompts by doing the very wrong thing, or those apps on Linux that are happily unaware of SELinux) and do not bitch about it with the wrong people (the OS makers).

Although I concede you that there has been a certain mindset of "I run Linux/Mac OS so I'm inherently secure" that needs to be eradicated ASAP

Back on the topic, it doesn't matter what OS you choose, but develop good policies and stick with them and you'll be reasonably secure.

Comment Re:Let me be the first one to say it ... (Score 1) 1870

No. Copyright law is preserving the right of the artist to attempt to profit from their work without the active interference of others.

More correctly, it preserves the author right to decide under which conditions said work can be copied, and under which conditions said work can be modified.

Creative Commons (and Open Source) use the copyright mechanism extensively and that is, in fact, their legal stand.

Comment Fedora (Score 1) 466

I'm typing this from my 901 running Fedora 9.

It does not work (completely) out of the box; the things that you need to tweak are the following:

Boot Fedora from USB, by downloading any live iso (or the netinstall if you are short on space) and following (or the relevant page in the manual: I'm frankly more happy with the manual)

Install the whole thing (SSD users might want to check out Theodore T'so blog on how to correctly format an SSD to have semi-decent performances)

See that it works "sort of"

Check out It does not have all the solutions but has valid pointers for googling.

The GMA950 is going to be a pain as usual, so if you plan to run compiz like I do you should google for optimizations of the driver.
It mostly boils down to inserting
Option "MigrationHeuristics" "greedy"
in the Device section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf but this might be outdated information.

However, this is to improve performances, the stuff will work (just slow, and compiz can REALLY slow down apps like Firefox)

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