Larry Dignan

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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Close but no cigar: Wharton B-School's DRM analysis

If I didn't know any better and someone told me that Apple paid for this analysis of DRM by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, I'd believe it.  At first, when I read the headline -- DRM: Media companies next flop?

January 30, 2006 by David Berlind


On sensors and the Great Barrier Reef

New Scientist (October 22-28, 2005) reports that Australia and the EU are funding a vast sensor network (four to five square kilometers--which, in real units, is roughly 1.5 square miles) to be deployed on the Great Barrier Reef, which is either (depending on whom you ask) perfectly healthy or teetering on the edge of a fatal eco-coronary.

January 30, 2006 by Ed Gottsman


Schwartz: OpenSolaris, Niagara could go GPL3

In his latest blog, Sun COO and president Jonathan Schwartz takes a shot at Dell and then gets down to GPL3 business: With that volume building, you've no doubt seen that HP has joined ranks with IBM to support Solaris on their x64 platforms - creating even more options, and leaving only one tier 1 vendor (based in Texas, rhymes with swell) without a committed Solaris support plan....

January 30, 2006 by David Berlind


Anonymizer says it will rescue Chinese from the search censors

According to an e-mail that just showed up in my inbox, the folks at Anonymizer (the company that, at your request, makes your Internet usage untraceable to you) will be rising to the defense of the Chinese people by providing them with an anti-censorship solution.  The solution comes in response to the censorship programs that Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and others are instituting as part of their compliance (what Anonymizer execs call capitulation) with the Chinese government.

January 30, 2006 by David Berlind


FUD flies between HP and Sun on Solaris support

Now that word is circulating that HP is in some way shape or form supporting Solaris on its systems, the FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) has hit the proverbial fan between HP and Sun.  Last Friday, I received an unsolicited statement from Sun regarding HP's supposed support of Solaris via e-mail.

January 30, 2006 by David Berlind


Landmines at the Patent Office

If your company uses MS Office (and who doesn't?) you may soon be deploying a patched version of Office so that Microsoft can get around a patent infringement suit that they lost.

January 30, 2006 by Phil Windley

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How cybercrime pays

Worth reading: Rob Vamosi has the inside story on how James Ancheta became an American cybervillain. He's not part of the Russian cybermafia, just a 20-year old California lad who pled guilty last week to four felony counts for creating a worm and amassing about 40,000 bot machines, including some from classified Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and profiting via serreptitiously installing adware on machines and collecting payments.

January 30, 2006 by Dan Farber