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- According to Microsoft, hackers wait for the patches before they try to exploit holes in Windows. According to David Aucsmith, from Microsoft's security business and technology unit, hackers reverse engineer Microsoft's patches to figure out how to hack the system. Um yeah. That's much easier than using the sample exploit code provided by security experts. Aucsmith said he could only think of one instance when a vulnerability was exploited before a patch was available. Bottom line: if you patch as soon as Microsoft offers the update you'll be safe. Does this seem a little self-serving to you?
- We're learning more and more about XP Service Pack 2 and it sounds like Microsoft is making a serious upgrade to its security model. SP-2 will work with the hardware anti-virus protection built into AMD's 64-bit procs. The chip prevents code from being executed from certain parts of memory - reducing the risk of buffer overflow attacks. 64-bit Linux will support it too. Looks like another reason to go 64-bit.
- Slashdot says that the Japanese government has raided Microsoft's offices in Tokyo investigating monopolistic practices.
- China is cracking down on Internet discussion groups. A new rule says the Chines government must approve all postings. Before posting, users are warned "you have not registered. If you want to say anything, you must use your real name, your real ID and your real telephone number." Ongoing threads have been deleted and many other pages have just disappeared from the net.
- Wireless Intenet Service Providers (WISPs) SkyPipeline and NextWeb have merged, forming one of the biggest WISPs in the nation. The combined companies cover much of LA, among other areas.
- Sony's portable Playstation, the PSP, won't ship to North America until early 2005 - missing the critical holiday shopping season and leaving an opening for rival Nintendo's dual-screen Gameboy. Sony wants to wait for content.
- Meanwhile there's speculation that the next Xbox won't have a hard drive. M-Systems says it has signed a deal with Microsoft to make solid-state flash memory for Xbox. Dropping the hard drive saves money for Microsoft and makes the machine harder to hack.
- Apple and The Beatles are in court in Britain again over the use of the Apple name. After reaching agreement in 1991, the peace was breached by Apple's foray into selling music with the iTunes Music Store. Apple Computer wants to take the case back to California.
- The EFF has proposed a $5/month fee tacked on to all Internet service to pay for music. The music industry is skeptical. Mitch Glazer of the RIAA says it amounts to a compulsory license, which would require the Federal government to implement. He says that the private music stores are working and that government should stay out. EFF says it's no different than existing ASCAP/BMI licensing.
- "Professor iPod" Michael Bull, a lecturer at the University of Sussex England, says that personal stereos are "a great urban strategy for controlling interaction." Not to mention adding a soundtrack to your life. Interesting interview in Wired Magazine. Who's scoring your life? Bobby McFerrin, Quentin Tarantino, Alfred Hitchcock?