US-Cert says Microsoft got fix wrong

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 22, 2009 9:36 AM CST

Microsoft may be misleading users as to an effective method for dealing with the W32.Downadup worm that is spreading quickly around the web.

In a KB article MS explains that simply disabling AutoRun is an effective solution; US-CERT disagrees and says that this is an ineffective workaround.

AutoRun and AutoPlay are functions within Windows that allows newly attached drives and other media to play without user intervention.

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US Supreme Court Finally Kills Web Porn Law

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 22, 2009 8:35 AM CST

Score one for Net Neutrality in the US. The US Supreme Court has finally struck down the censorship bill dubbed the Child Online Protection Act.

This bill would have allowed the Government powers to censor Websites all in the name of preventing Children from accidentally viewing pornography.

Many rights activists stated that this act would have been a violation of peoples constitutionally protected free speech.

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Intel to close 4 facilities in 2009

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 22, 2009 7:19 AM CST

Intel is feeling the effects of what could be its first loss in 22 years as they prepare to close down several plants.

The chip giant announced that it will close three plants this year and that as many as 6,000 employees could be out of work. All of the facilities are older test assembly or 200mm production sites two are in Malaysia and one in the Philippines. Additionally Intel will cease production at their 200mm production center (Fab20) in Hillsboro, Oregon, and their D2 Facility in Santa Clara.

The move will affect between 5,000 and 6,000 Intel employees. However not all will be out of work. Intel states that many will be offered positions at other facilities. On the surface this move should help Intel lower the cost of keeping the older plants online and allow them to stream line production of 45nm and 32nm 300mm products

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Service Pack 2 for Vista delayed

Steve Dougherty | | Jan 21, 2009 11:45 PM CST

A report has come in that Microsoft's second Service Pack for Vista may be delayed by up to a month or so. It's been six weeks since it reached beta status and although a release candidate was originally scheduled for February, this apparently now won't see light of day before sometime in March.

Service Pack 2 for Vista delayed

This will mean that the RTM (release to manufacturing) build will be pushed closer to the end of Q2; sometime in mid/late May.

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Apple's New iTunes Pricing Not Consumer Friendly

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 21, 2009 12:38 PM CST

You have to love a price cut that turns out to be a price increase.

Well that is what you are going to get from Apple's iTines. In an interesting read over at Mcall.com, Ryan Nakashima speculates that in the end you will be paying more.

Apple recently announced their iTunes + pricing, this means that normal DRM laden songs could go for as little as $.69. However the premium DRM-Free songs will sell for $1.29. This means that your average new and popular song will now cost you $.30 more than it used to.

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Microsoft Layoffs imminent

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 21, 2009 8:39 AM CST

Breaking news from the gang over at OCModShop; it seems they have spoken with a few Microsoft employees and found out that the rumors about layoffs are true.

OCModShop has learned that several administrators are under a required attendance request for the 22nd and 23rd of this month. These Admins are in charge of exiting employees and their attendance would be needed for any large scale employee exodus.

However, they go on to state that these layoffs do not appear to be related to the economy. They seem to be part of a routine culling of staff.

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Micron cuts employee pay and rewards Execs

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 21, 2009 8:30 AM CST

Whenever the economy is bad there are always going to be people that will try to profit from it.

I have maintained that the current economic problems in the US are due mostly to executive greed. An example of this has come to light over at the Inquirer. Sylvie Barak has found proof in an SEC filing that while Execs at Micron were telling employees they would have to take a pay cut (5%) the execs themselves were loading up with $0 stock options.

These stock options have value in the Millions of Dollars. It is a shame really.

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Prototype DFI LanParty cooler spotted

Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Jan 20, 2009 9:49 PM CST

After seeing these exclusive photos over at Clunk.org.uk, it appears DFI have been making efforts to enter the CPU cooler biz with a LanParty branded heatsink.

Prototype DFI LanParty cooler spotted

Whilst there are few details to be shared about it at the moment, it's been said that DFI have Thermalright's expertise behind them with this impressive looking high-end beast. The design looks somewhat unique with two individual heatsinks connected together and six heatpipes per side. The mounting bracket seen in the images is likely to be a prototype bolt on kit which will likely be refined as the cooler nears its final revision status.

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Seagate 7200.11 owners, BEWARE of the new firmware

Steve Dougherty | | Jan 20, 2009 7:51 PM CST

Argh!! What a *nightmare*. After the mass of Seagate 7200.11 failures worldwide and many heated complaints directed at the company for it, despite Seagate having responded by releasing a supposed firmware fix and free data recovery processes (should it be required), apparently many users are reporting this firmware 'fix' is actually KILLING drives that were previously still working fine; this directly after a successful update.

Seagate 7200.11 owners, BEWARE of the new firmware

Some users have reported in Seagate's forums that they were able to flash back to the original (offending) AD14 firmware and regain access to all their data, but others haven't been so fortunate! - Looks like Seagate will be busy with their free data recovery service.

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Comcast interfering with VIOP on its networks

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 20, 2009 10:35 AM CST

The US Federal Communications Commission is breathing down Comcast's neck again.

It seems the company just wants to do thing different. Of course these differences are just a tad outside the laws. The last time the FCC had them in their sites it was for throttling bandwidth of P2P file sharers.

However there was nothing in their charter or people's contracts that allowed them to do this. In the end Comcast received a heavy fine and had to stop.

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