Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2, which embarked on its first trans-Atlantic voyage in January, has four 260-ton propulsion pods equipped with vibration sensors intended to detect leakage in the seals. That's not exactly unheard-of in this day and age.
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When Microsoft launched its Windows Genuine Advantage pilot program back in September, it was hoping 20,000 customers would opt into the voluntary program that lets the software maker check to see if they are running licensed copies of the operating system. But as Microsoft Watch reports, a little over a month later, 828,000 customers had opted in.
News.com provides a scorecard on how the Republicans and Democrat vote on key technology issues.
Robert Graham, the chief scientist of security company Internet Security Systems, believes 2004 could prove to be a watershed year for hacking. In a recent interview with CNET Asia, he discusses how both the pattern of hacker attacks, and the motives behind the attacks are pointing to the emergence of a new class of professional hackers.
Despite clearing the last regulatory hurdle in its bid to takeover PeopleSoft, some are beginning to wonder if the deal makes any sense for Oracle. Lisa DiCarlo, a senior editor with Forbes.
The 2004 Identity Management Survey, commissioned by EDS and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), found that consumers, rather than technology, are the source of many cybersecurity problems.Among the findings: 70 percent of consumers will share information, such as their name, address, postal code, phone number, account number or give the answer to a security question to an unsolicited call or email.
Keynoting at the Digital ID World conference, VeriSign CEO Stratton Sclavos outlined how the move toward digital infrastructure, like the build out of railroad, power grids and telephone networks before it, almost went off the rails during the frenzy of the dotcom boom, survived the bust and has now emerged as the driver of economic growth and societal transformation. "About a decade into every build out, it almost goes off the rails," Sclavos said.
Hotels have a reputation for providing guests with less than stellar broadband access, but if you are trying to use something "out of the ordinary," like using a feed aggregator, you may be in for a surprise. Geek News Central reports that the Hilton Hotel chain uses an ISP that monitors and locks out guest computers that are using too many concurrent connections (required for updating the feeds in an aggregator application).
Google has acquired spy in the sky software company Keyhole, which developed...
A News.com report on a new position paper from Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says that software programmers and other professionals hurt by outsourcing should get federal assistance.