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Daily News Round #2 for August 28, 2003

Daily News Round #2 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for August 28, 2003
By: Nigel Woodford | Posted: Aug 29, 2003 12:41 am

- Microsoft two years from virus cure


Times Online reports that Microsoft is two years away from preventing virus attacks on its software. Maybe if there weren't so many security loopholes in Microsoft's software to begin with, we wouldn't be having all these problems. I've been getting hammered really bad myself by the "Sobig" worm....its so annoying!


MICROSOFT admitted yesterday that it was at least two years from developing technology to prevent outbreaks of computer viruses similar to last week's Sobig epidemic.


The software giant, which has been repeatedly blamed for leaving security loopholes in its software, said that it could not eliminate threats similar to Sobig without a complete redesign of the personal computer - an effort that would not conclude until "2005 or 2006".


Detlef Eckert, Microsoft Europe's senior director responsible for the security of its software, said: "A virus like Sobig exploits user behaviour to help it spread. Even with the best software you can design today, an attack like Sobig is always possible."


If you need a free Anti-Virus program, check out AVG by Grisoft. It does a wonderful job and also has the ability to scan incoming emails.


- FX5600Ultra vs Radeon9600Pro


The battle is on between the FX5600Ultra and Radeon9600Pro. Currently, both these Video Cards are geared towards the mainstream market. How do they stack up....find out. Personally, I'm still happy with my good old 9500 Pro.


The Hi-End solutions were tested in the review "FX5900 vs Radeon9800Pro", and today we're comparing the "mainstream" solutions from NVIDIA and ATI - video cards built on the FX 5600 Ultra and Radeon 9600 Pro chips.


With their current price set at ~240 USD, FX5600 Ultra and Radeon 9600 Pro could prove to be true sales leaders at least until the end of this year. Very few can afford to fork out 500 USD for a FX5900/Radeon9800, and the entry-level market for FX5200/Radeon9200 still has restricted scope. At that, FX5600 Ultra and Radeon 9600 Pro solutions are just the most anticipated hot cakes that support all the latest standards and offer a sane price.


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