From CNN/Money:The Treasury Department says that cyber crime has now outgrown illegal drug sales in annual proceeds, netting an estimated $105 billion in 2004, the report said. At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security's 2005 research budget for cybersecurity programs was cut 7% to $16 million.
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In response to my announcement of Mashup Camp (the unconference about the uncomputer), the inundation of email -- most of which arrived over the holidays -- has been overwhelming and I'm still trying to catch up. So, please accept my apologies if I haven't gotten back to you.
CNET Networks (of which ZDNet is a part) is holding a editorial summit with Lenovo. Lenovo is the outfit that took over IBM's PC unit, including its Thinkpads.
Google puts to rest reports of a low-price device, dubbed by someone the Google Cube, that would interface with PCs, TVs, set-top boxes, media players and cell phones."We have many PC partners who serve their markets exceedingly well and we see no need to enter that market; we would rather partner with great companies," is the official Google statement on the subject.
Well, it's not that bad things can happen. It's just that good things might not happen.
The problem is that "standards" are often the result of compromise between competing demands. This lowest common denominator approach is generally cost-effective but not always satisfactory.
Over the holiday break, Ashlee Vance reported: [Overstock CEO Patrick] Byrne held an August conference call with financial analysts about this cabal that has since gone down in Wall Street history as perhaps the single most bizarre CEO moment of all time....During the session, Byrne admitted to making up stories about being gay and a coke-head in the hopes of uncovering a mysterious group short-sellers led by a "Sith Lord.
Via ZDNet reader Steven Ackerman who saw it on FurdLog which links to the LATimes story on Congressional Copycats who said "Interestingly, even the industry’s hometown paper doesn’t think it’s a good idea": The [Analog Hole] bill aims to prevent pirates from slipping through the analog hole to copy movies or television programs, then converting them into digital files that could be swapped on the Internet or burned onto DVDs....
Lattix is apparently the first software company to commit to the Eclipse integrated development environment in 2006. Since writing about how momentum is making all the difference for Eclipse, especially since '05's JavaOne event, the number of companies that have joined the Eclipse camp is has been mind boggling.
OASIS general counsel Andy Updegrove blogs: Only a few blog entries ago it was my sad lot to report that Massachusetts CIO Peter Quinn had resigned, leaving the fate of his effort to mandate use of the OpenDocument format (ODF) hanging in the air.