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Posted on Wednesday, November 05 @ 13:04:00 PST by Paws
In defense of Microsoft
Tim Landgrave : Clearly, Microsoft needs to continue with its efforts to make the Windows platform less vulnerable to virus attacks. But companies also have to be willing to pay to defend their assets. First, they have to realize that products like Windows 95, Windows 98, and even Windows NT were designed for a moderately connected world. When a company refuses to either provide adequate protection at the firewall or upgrade to a modern, defensible operating system, they're getting what they deserve. Current Microsoft operating systems like Windows 2000, Windows 2003, and Windows XP can be updated automatically -- even using a corporate approval and scheduling process -- if configured properly.
Look, we all know that Bill Gates is no choir boy and Microsoft is not the Vatican. But like Henry Ford before him, Gates understands not only the value of putting technology in the hands of the common man, but also how to make money from it. It's the fact that the money's coming from the pockets of its members that causes organizations like the CCIA to produce these kinds of reports. So be angry with Microsoft about not working fast enough to solve the virus problems. Then thank Microsoft for continuing to drive innovation up and prices down in the enterprise ecosystem.
Security starts with you
Bill Gates : You don't need perfect code to avoid security problems. There are things we're doing that are making code closer to perfect, in terms of tools and security audits and things like that. But there are two other techniques: one is called firewalling and the other is called keeping the software up to date. None of these problems (viruses and worms) happened to people who did either one of those things. If you had your firewall set up the right way -- and when I say firewall I include scanning e-mail and scanning file transfer -- you wouldn't have had a problem. But did we have the tools that made that easy and automatic and that you could really audit that you had done it? No. Microsoft in particular and the industry in general didn't have it.
The second is just the updating thing. Anybody who kept their software up to date didn't run into any of those problems, because the fixes preceded the exploit. Now the times between when the vulnerability was published and when somebody has exploited it, those have been going down, but in every case at this stage we've had the fix out before the exploit. So next is making it easy to do the updating, not for general features but just for the very few critical security things, and then reducing the size of those patches, and reducing the frequency of the patches, which gets you back to the code quality issues. We have to bring these things to bear, and the very dramatic things that we can do in the short term have to do with the firewalls and the updating infrastructure.
Novell to Buy SuSE Linux for $210 Million
eWEEK : Novell's move follows on the heels of its acquisition of open-source developer Ximian Inc. in August. These two acquisitions will make Novell, according to Novell representatives, the first billion dollar Linux software company.
In addition, Novell is negotiating with IBM Corp. to continue SuSE's eServer commercial agreements. IBM and Novell will apparently continue to follow SuSE's path as a major IBM Linux partner; Novell also announced that IBM intends to make a $50 million investment in Novell convertible preferred stock as soon as Novell officially acquires SuSE.
IBM 'technology' inside next Xbox
News.com : The agreement, which will likely produce a fresh round of speculation about whose processor will win the central role in the next Xbox, gives IBM a hand in the three major game consoles -- including those from Nintendo and Sony -- even if the extent of its role is still to be determined in two of them.
It's possible that Microsoft could also switch processors and use an IBM chip as its main processor for Xbox. However, Microsoft could also use IBM chips to add new features to Xbox or to handle specific tasks, such as communications.
An IBM representative declined to offer any details or comment on Microsoft plans.
What do computer users really want?
NewsForge : Many proprietary software companies do a fine job of finding out what their customers want (which is not always the same as "need") and giving it to them. In gross terms, you could say that proprietary software developers, in general, are better at this than free software developers because proprietary software (including operating systems) overwhelmingly dominates the market, with a few specialized programs like Apache as rare exceptions. But software utility and quality may not be the main reason proprietary software dominates the market.
One thing I think most computer users want, that free software does not give them, is highly-promoted brand names. Look at clothing. You are surrounded by people wearing "as seen on TV" logos. Dress up and go to an event populated by the fashion-conscious, and if you're wearing an interesting tie someone is sure to ask who designed it. Look at the amount of money spent on clothes advertising that "establishes branding." Let's face it: Almost all clothing for sale in the U.S. (and increasingly in the rest of the world) is made by generic factories -- some say "sweatshops" -- in low-cost countries that might make Old Navy sweatsuits on Monday and Tommy Hilfiger slacks on Tuesday. Laptop computers, too, are made by generic assemblers but are sold primarily as branded items. You don't see TV commercials saying, "Hey, dude, you're getting a no-name Taiwanese computer built by the lowest bidder!" You see commercials pushing Dell, even though chances are that the Dell-branded laptop in the ad was made by a no-name factory in Taiwan.
Nothing has changed
Groklaw : Put bluntly, SCO's public relations efforts are at odds with its conduct in this litigation. SCO has made repeated, public accusations of IBM's supposed misconduct, while refusing to disclose its alleged evidence to IBM. Either SCO has evidence to support its accusations or it does not. If it does, IBM is entitled to see it now; if it does not, IBM will be entitled to dismissal of this case. In any event, it is time for SCO to respond properly (although belatedly) to IBM's discovery requests.
In our opening brief, we explained that while SCO has publicly touted its alleged evidence of IBM's supposed misconduct, it has refused to disclose that evidence to IBM in any meaningful way. Nothing has changed. SCO purports to answer some of IBM's questions with its supplemental discovery responses, but they come nowhere close to providing us with the information IBM requested, and to which IBM is entitled under the Rules. SCO refuses altogether to answer some of IBM's requests. . . .
Linux users fret about desktop fate
ZDNet : On Monday, in an expected move, Red Hat said that it would stop supporting all consumer versions of Red Hat Linux by the end of April and that it planned to support only its business version of the operating system. On Tuesday, enterprise software maker Novell surprised the high-tech world when announced an agreement to buy software maker SuSE Linux for $210 million.
For the business world, the deals seemingly confirmed the corporate role for the communal operating system. However, many Linux enthusiasts worry that the Linux community may have lost its two most popular distributions -- Red Hat Linux and SuSE Linux -- in a corporate equivalent of a one-two punch.
BFG Asylum GFFX 5700Ultra
[H]ard|OCP : Last Thursday NVIDIA launched two new video cards; The GeForceFX 5950Ultra in the enthusiast market and the GeForceFX 5700Ultra in the mainstream market. We took a look at NVIDIA's reference GeForceFX 5950Ultra video card last week, but held off on evaluating the GFFX 5700Ultra as we needed more time with it and the games. Also last week we transitioned to a new style of reviewing video cards. Well actually we are not really "reviewing" video cards anymore, but rather evaluating the gameplay delivered by them in real games and game demos that anyone can download or buy off a retail shelf. We will be doing that same style of evaluation in this review of BFG?s Asylum GeForceFX 5700Ultra. Eight games, four cards, real-world results...
The GeForceFX 5700Ultra is the new mainstream chip from NVIDIA. NVIDIA is claiming 1.5x the performance of its predecessor the GFFX 5600Ultra. The GFFX 5700Ultra uses .13u fabricated at IBM. This is the first GPU from NVIDIA to go retail that is made at a plant other than TSMC. With this totally new chip NVIDIA was able to make some improvements for this mainstream card. They have bumped up the vertex processing power by three fold. The core architecture is based on that of the NV35 so that it completely supports CineFX 2.0 and everything that entails, just like the 5950Ultra. It also has support for DDR1/2 and GDDR3.
Klipsch GMX D-5.1 Speakers
The Tech Zone : For quite some time, the name Klipsch has been a force to be reckoned with when you want to talk about audio systems. They have been making some of the world's most sought after loudspeakers since 1946. Klipsch is the market leader in high-performance home theater systems as well as a leading supplier of professional theater sound systems to the world's most quality-conscious cinema operators.
The GMX D-5.1 sound system is one of Klipsch's newer creations and is unique in the fact that it is geared towards console gaming. That's right, Klipsch made the GMX D-5.1 with the console gaming industry -- more specifically the Xbox, PS2, and Gamecube users -- in mind. They have observed the huge advancement console gaming and decided it was time to act. They thought, why not give users the chance to complete their gaming experience by adding 5.1 surround sound to complement the stellar graphics of these new video game consoles.
As you can see these aren't your normal box-shaped speakers with a little dial for volume and bass control. The system looks very cool and comes packed with power. Without further a due, I present the GMX D-5.1's.
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