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Can good worms solve the Conficker problem?

Can good worms solve the Conficker problem?

After reading the latest news about Conficker, I was wondering: Would it be legal to create and deploy a super worm that had an anti-malware payload designed to shut down and prevent infections by other worms?On the one hand, you'd be making unauthorized use of other people's computer systems, using their bandwidth, crossing state and national boundaries, and risking interfering with other operations.

April 9, 2009 by

GNU Windows 7?

GNU Windows 7?

I found something in Windows 7 that seems to have been around awhile,Unix Application Services.Please ignore the white space between the front part and back parts of that sentence.

April 9, 2009 by

iPods reaching the saturation point? Not so fast

iPods reaching the saturation point? Not so fast

Piper Jaffray's just completed its 17th bi-annual teen survey and the results show that iPod sales are reaching a plateau with teens and that the market may be saturated.A whopping 92 percent of students said they currently own a digital media player which is up from 87 percent a year ago.

April 9, 2009 by

Cisco picks up Tidal Software

Cisco picks up Tidal Software

Cisco Systems said Thursday that it will acquire privately held Tidal Software, which makes application management and automation software, for $105 million. The networking giant said the addition of Tidal will advance its data center and service offerings.

April 9, 2009 by

Save $200 on Sigma DP1 SLR-sensor compact shooter

Save $200 on Sigma DP1 SLR-sensor compact shooter

Fellow ZDNet blogger Jennifer Bergen is reporting a one-day sale on the Sigma DP1 over at Amazon. For today only, Amazon is selling Sigma’s much-ballyhooed DP1 (which was the first compact camera to use a full SLR-sized sensor) for just $399--a good $200 less than you can find it anywhere else.

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Conficker botnet stirs, with a scareware business model

Conficker botnet stirs, with a scareware business model

The Conficker botnet has stirred to life, using its peer-to-peer communication system to update itself and download scareware (fake anti-virus programs) to millions of infected Windows machines.The Conficker update comes a week after a heavily-hyped April 1st activation date and provides the first sign of the motivation behind this malware threat -- financially motivated cybercrime.

April 9, 2009 by

What open source should tell the FCC

What open source should tell the FCC

What has happened in this last decade is that we allowed private monopolists to become the government. Government should go back to performing its legitimate role, setting the rules of the road, assuring that competition is a continuous process, and adjudicating disputes.

April 9, 2009 by

Software compliance & the marathon runner’s ‘wall’

Software compliance & the marathon runner’s ‘wall’

I’m currently looking at working with a web-based start up that is in its embryonic stage helping to put a little gloss on its positioning and technology proposition. For myself, hitting the brick walls that rise up in the shape of privacy, security and compliance felt a little like the marathon runners “wall”; it just slams the breaks on after most of the race has been run, but you’re not quite there.

April 9, 2009 by

It's the recession stupid

It's the recession stupid

What will work? Owning it. Sharing the pain, expanding your corporate network, innovating, and keeping a wary eye on expenses. What business schools might call blocking and tackling. What your rabbi would call being a mensch.

April 9, 2009 by

Tech distributor Tech Data now an EPEAT partner

Tech distributor Tech Data now an EPEAT partner

Information from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (more informally known as EPEAT) is being married up with tech specs and other product information that resellers can research through the Tech Data catalog. What that means for IT buyers is more complete environmental and green IT ratings information for the more than 30 manufacturers that have roughly 1,000 products listed on the EPEAT registry.

April 9, 2009 by

Strike is hurting Telstra

Strike is hurting Telstra

A Telstra management presentation seen by ZDNet.com.au showed this week that Telstra has been feeling the effects of industrial action, despite the telco denying the union moves were having any effect on customers.

April 9, 2009 by

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