Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have received a $1.15 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build a new, secure computer operating system.
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As today is Ada Lovelace Day -- a day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in science and technology -- I've decided to kick off a new series profiling some of these Microsoft women worth watching. Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be running profiles of ten of them on my blog. Today's Woman Worth Watching is Windows Corporate VP Julie Larson-Green.
Windows memory management is rocket science. And don't believe anyone who tells you otherwise. Since Windows 7 was released last October I've read lots of articles about the best way to measure and manage the physical memory on your system. Much of it is well-meaning but just wrong. To help cut through the confusion, I've put together a tutorial and accompanying gallery that explains how to make the most of your memory.
Microsoft and the National Science Foundation announced on February 4 that they are teaming to provide NSF-selected researchers with free cloud computing resources built around Microsoft's Windows Azure public-cloud operating system.
In the interests of science, I've been dividing my time lately between a Mac running Snow Leopard and a PC running Windows 7. My goal is to gain hands-on experience with Apple's hardware and software to go with the years of experience I already have with Windows. My first challenge: assembling a suite of Mac software to replace my familiar Windows tools. With one exception, I was able to find everything I needed. Here's what I chose, and why.
Dell is preparing to enter the increasingly crowded smartphone business, according to a Wall Street Journal report that cites anonymous sources. The report says that a team of engineers in Chicago have developed prototypes that work on Windows Mobile and Google's Android operating system.
Metasploit developer Matt Miller, who for years frustrated Microsoft officials with the public release of Windows exploits, is heading to Redmond to join Microsoft's Security Science team.Miller, who uses the hacker moniker Skape,will work on improved ways to find security vulnerabilities and better software defenses through mitigations, according to an announcement by SDL guru Michael Howard.
The federal Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has flagged plans to replace a desktop computer supply contract held until recently by Dell, as part of a broader move to Windows Vista and Office 2007.
A Columbia University computer science professor has co-founded a New York-based company named Sense Networks to sell tracking software to other companies. It is also distributing a free version of this software named Citysense, which shows on your cell phone where the wild things are happening in your own town. Citysense 'uses advanced machine learning techniques to number crunch vast amounts of data emanating from thousands of cell-phones, GPS-equipped cabs and other data devices to paint live pictures of where people are gathering.' Citysense is available today in San Francisco before being soon deployed in Chicago and five other U.S. cities. But read more...
UPDATE: Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail's CAPTCHA broken by spammers. Jeff Yan and Ahmad Salah El Ahmad, at the School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, England recently published a research paper entitled "A Low-cost Attack on a Microsoft CAPTCHA", demonstrating how they've managed to attack the Microsoft's CAPTCHA used on several of their online services such as Hotmail and Windows Live, with over 92% recognition rate.
Notable headlines:Ed Bott: Is Hyper-V ready for the Windows desktop?Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft looks to make product planning more science than art.
Ye Li is a PH.D. Candidate in Decision Science at the University of Chicago.
Beta of Windows Live Academic Search currently covers physics, electrical engineering and computer science research.
Ian Foster is one of rock stars (if there is such a thing) of grid computing. For the last decade, Foster-- Associate Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory and the Arthur Holly Compton Professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago--and his cohorts have been working on a set of software services and libraries to develop open-standard grid infrastructure and applications.
Encryption expert Bruce Schneier downplayed this week the importance of a University of Illinois professor's newest method of breaking the digital codes that secure information. In a paper published on his Web site, Daniel Bernstein, an associate professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, outlined a new technique for factoring numbers that promises to make breaking encryption much easier for any encryption methods that rely on factoring. However, Schneier, the chief technology officer at network-protection company Counterpane Internet Security, argued in his latest monthly Cryptogram communique that Bernstein's breakthrough relies on a redefinition of efficiency that doesn't jibe with reality and only makes a difference for extremely large code keys. The length of the keys currently used to encrypt data top out at 4,000 bits, far too short to gain any benefit from Bernstein's technique, said Schneier. --Robert Lemos, Special to ZDNet News
Start-up FullAudio has tapped Scale Eight to store digital music. The company said it will use Scale Eight's storage and file system technologies to store more than 100,000 songs from major labels. FullAudio has licensed content from Universal Music Group, EMI Recorded Music, EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group and BMG Music Publishing. The company also provides subscription music services to distribution partners including Clear Channel Worldwide. Last month, Chicago-based FullAudio said it plans to use Microsoft's Windows Media technology for its upcoming digital-music subscription service. --Gwendolyn Mariano, Special to ZDNet News
The company releases software development tools aimed at college-level computer science students, in an effort to produce a fresh crop of software programmers loyal to its Windows and .Net technology.
A Windows-powered gas pump or networked refrigerator may sound more like science fiction than fact. If Microsoft Corp.
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