Through my RSS feed, I've been noticing an unusual number of reports of lost IDs; companies and organizations that have some how lost customer data.
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eWeek: Symantec Caught in Norton 'Rootkit' Flap Symantec Corp. has fessed up to using a rootkit-type feature in Norton SystemWorks that could provide the perfect hiding place for attackers to place malicious files on computers.
Via InfoWorld comes this tale of ingenuity. An enterprising 21-year old is selling advertising on his home page (aptly named milliondollarhomepage.
HD-DVD and Blu-ray are two competing formats for the forthcoming wave of High Definition video on DVDs. They use the same laser technology but have enough differences (platter design, financial backers, etc.
Worth reading: Henry Norr, one of the deans of Mac journalism, offers his impression of the Steve Jobs keynote. He comments on the potential impact a running Windows on a Intel-based Mac, which Apple exec Phil Schiller said would be possible, although Apple won't provide any support for such efforts.
The Macworld Steve Jobs keynotes are a good way to start the year. Jobs tends to set the bar for what the user experience should be for computing devices, providing perspective on what others are doing to make the human-computer interface less one sided.
In one of his latest missives from CES, Bob Frankston reminds us of how bandwidth isn't nearly as scarce as some would lead you to believe and that it's just that some people are making up reasons for why most of what's there needs to be dominated by something that's commercially profitable (like video on demand) for the established companies that don't want themselves or their Draconian business models to be disintermediated by the Internet.
Bob Frankston keeps telling me he's trying to fix the Internet. Ask him what's wrong with it.
Over the last few years, particularly as server-based deployments have eaten away at the software giant's bottom line, Microsoft has routinely derided open source software as being less secure than its own closed-source proprietary offerings.
Last week, I linked to an Engadget blog that claimed at least one Verizon Wireless' phone was defeating MP3 playback because Microsoft required it to. By way of Robert Scoble, here's part of the official word from Microsoft's Windows Media Team on that: It is absolutely untrue.