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    Should Vendors Close All Security Holes?

    The bottom line is that as long as the world is willing to put up with the results of security holes, then they will remain in the current state of affairs. Remember the whole windows xp service pack 2 thing? microsoft was sitting on a ton of the holes fixed in xpsp2 since windows 2000 that...
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    Do We Really Need a Security Industry?

    Well, the reason as to WHY it took that long is a lot more complicated than that simple one line explanation. All of the code that was written from 2001 to 2003 on the original build of longhorn was pretty much thrown out once the new project lead was brought in to Microsoft to get the...
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    Do We Really Need a Security Industry?

    We need to turn the comments on this article in to the analogy game. For example, we already have "if cars were made better, we wouldn't need mechanics" and the Ross Perot throwback about people behaving. I personally like: "If we just figured out gravity, there wouldn't be any airplane...
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    Student Suspended For CS Map

    Hm, racial profile? I grew up in Alief, and half the kids I went to church with went to Clemens (we were right on the county line). I always felt like there was some kind of wierd up tight mentality with Fort Bend. An interesting piece of trivia: this school district is within the same...
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    MySpace More Popular Than Porn?

    I don't know... I know more than a few people who troll mySpace looking for a potential lay, whereas you know the pron sites are only going to give you pictures and video.... seems like a no brainer. More evidence to the point: how many fake porn ads have you seen in invite messages on...
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    15 Great Free Utilities You've Never Heard Of

    There were a couple things I had never heard of, but a few things I was familiar with. The thing that bugs me about this article was the glaring omissions of utilities that have appeared in Maximum PC, like spacemonger and a few others which most PCmag readers have likely never heard of.
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    R600 - 610 - 630 Question on HDMI Audio

    Chalk up another "wasted on me" tally. I don't own a single display with HDMI, nor a receiver with HDMI (I am assuming these exist, but question why they would even sell since copy protection restrictions would prevent the video signal from being down-converted to analog, and a display with...
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    Hackers Sell IDs For $14?

    "Sheesh, you went through all the trouble of stealing someone’s identity, you should at least go for $15 don’t you think?" What trouble? The automated worm prorogation that parses all the usual places for user data, then e mails them back home where a script pulls out the goodies from the...
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    Becoming the Family The Support Guru

    Well, then that makes more sense when you put it that way.... my goal with tech support and the family has become: only let them believe the facts I WANT them to believe. This way I can stave off the inevitable questions, such as "oh, there's a different version of XP called professional? Is...
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    MySpace Worm Writer Charged

    I'm sorry, what was the damage he caused? Showing that the MySpace web developers did not properly check their user generated code? I seem to recall he never tried to hide what he was doing, and his little exploit never actually placed any malicious code on anyone's computer. I honestly...
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    Microsoft Wanted To Whack Dell?

    I read a few accounts of the environment in Redmond, particularly the difference between a Microsoft employee and a Microsoft contractor. Mostly it was about how as a contractor, you get treated like a second class citizen, but the one thing I found most interesting in the editorial was an...
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    Movie Piracy From Canada

    Beat me to the chase....
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    Gates vs. Jobs

    There's an article floating around out there about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation charities and where their money is going, and comparing that to the overseas third world investments that Bill gates has made personally. As it turns out, Bill is investing in some of the companies that are...
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    windows services and performance

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    Replacing Bot Infected PCs

    QFT Now the person has a faster computer with more memory, so they don't notice the slowdown from the bot running in the background. This is one of those "Hey, well at least... blah blah blah" kind of marketing spin observation that really has no real truth in the long run. The problem is...
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    Criminal Database Stirs Privacy Concerns

    This is a total double edged sword, and I have first hand experience at what can go wrong with this kind of thing. My experience is as follows: I got a job offer from a big company everyone here at [H] knows very well. Working there would expose me to their intellectual property directly...
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    Zune Off To A Slow Start

    Wouldn't be microsoft if that wasn't the case ;)
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    Net Speed Impedes Sharing?

    This was a real point of contention with me personally. I kept asking Roadrunner if they were going to upgrade their residential upload speeds, and I was on their premium plan sucking it up with a mere 512Kbps upload. Using my linux router with true 7 layer QoS it wasn't a big problem, I...
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    Dude, where is your WEP?

    Yeah, I purposefully bought a 5GHz phone for that reason. When my sister was buying a baby monitor for her first child, I had an absolute fit trying to find one for her because most of them didn't post their operating frequency on the box. With so many wireless devices on the market today...
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    Boeing Fires Employee whose Laptop was Stolen

    Another one of those "you know you work in It when..." statements. Can't tell you how many times I've heard that EXACT statement :p Funny, same here. I guess I just give him the benefit of the doubt due to my own sense of responsibility as an admin and the disturbing trend I have seen...
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    Weak Cell Phone Coverage Is Dangerous

    The bigger issue with this article concerns the fact that FOIA access to the report is being restricted, and one of the actual government anti-terrorism folks is actually admitting that the reason it's not being released is modivated by commercial interests, and not anything actually security...
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    Hackers Selling Vista Zero-Day Exploit

    I believe this was part of the IDC's predictions for 2007, concerning the increase in financially motivated attacks against computer systems. Granted, that prediction is like predicting it will be hot in Texas in July, but this particular situation seems to present a precedent in the free...
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    Dude, where is your WEP?

    Yeah, captive portal MAC/IP ACLS work just fine for internet access restrictions. nocatauth would be an even nicer feature (smoothwall implements it). Ultimately, most people don't even understand why securing their network is necessary. With windowsXP service pack 2 default settings...
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    Boeing Fires Employee whose Laptop was Stolen

    In my experience, most users are too incompetent to be trusted with the security of their company's IP and HR information outside of the enterprise environment. Likewise, the catch22 of ease-of-access mandated by the C**'s (CEO, COO, etc etc) who are equally as incompetent punches huge holes in...
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    Systemax Hellcat Evaluation @ [H] Consumer

    I don't know what other people are thinking right now about Systemax, but right about now I'm starting to have some renewed faith in the consumer enthusiest PC market. Yes, the PC and the process sucked in this review, and because it was a real world review (not a designated review system) it...
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    Unable to stop intrusion?

    Except that BIOS viruses would have to have been a part of a software package that was eliminated on fdisk/format. The extremely remote possibility is that the virus wrote a payload into the 0 track of the hard drive whilst comprimizing the BIOS. The chance of this track being left in tact...
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    DNS Server

    When you registered your domain, one of the steps should have been including an IP to point to or providing the ability for you to update the record somehow (web utility, phone number to call someone, etc).
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    Bigfoot Netoworks' Killer NIC Sneak Peek

    I heard a point made about the card being a vector for a possible back door by the hardware company who made it, possibly by some FCC mandate or whatever. I was surprised to hear this comment fromt he person because they seemed to me to be a logical, thinking, down to earth person. The...
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    XFX GeForce 7950 GT 570M Extreme

    It was a video card review, not a game review. The minimalist approach helps with bandwidth when you're trying to serve folks who may be on dial up, not to mention what it costs to host. I'm guessing the screens at 4:3 were looking pretty similar in wide screen if they were omitted. I...
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    Video Card Outlook for next 6-9 Months?

    From what I heard, the current ATI chip being tested will have a reference heat sink weighing in at about 1 pound. So, about a 450 gram heat sink. I am not sure if this is the R600 or not, but it probably is. To put that in perspective, about 2/3 the weight of a Scythe Ninja, and just 50...
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    Anybody have a FX-64 yet over seas?

    I mean, this is the nature of the silicon industry. The first chip off the line costs a couple billion to make, every one after that costs pennies if the yield is high enough per wafer. People will pay $1k for the chip, otherwise they wouldn't market it, and everyone knows the thing will be...
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    Are switches full Speed

    A switch does just that: switches paths between ports so data can flow. If it's a 10/100 switch and your network card is a 10/100 card then you should get 100 megabit connection speed provided there is nothign wrong with the cables and your drivers are correct, and there is nothign physically...
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    Mac and PC network

    Right, so we're back on the whole ownership and unix file system stuff.... So if the mac files you're trying to access are set to restrict access to everyone, then the permissions need to be changed. View the properties on the files that are ont he mac that you want to access and see if they...
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    Bigfoot Netoworks' Killer NIC Sneak Peek

    QFT When I saw this thing I was really excited... until I looked closer and saw it was a PCI card. WTF?!?!?! go to all the trouble to bypass windows networking (genius!) and then go and criple the card by putting it on the PCI bus. Even a PCI express 2x lane has more bandwidth... and it's...
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    ethernet cable vs usb

    Well, the OP never states whether the modem does in fact have a NAT firewall built in, and implies he is not using a router. If this is a PPOE connection configured to use windows to dial, then it doesn't matter whether you're using USB or ethernet: the connection will not be persistant and...
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    Home P2P Network Dilemma

    If you have unadulterated access to run cables through the walls, by all means take advantage of that (provided you know what you're doing). WiFi across a house can work just fine, and it can also be a pain depending on the situation. But wired is always better, so check your options there. I...
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    Firewall and VPN on Windows Server 2003

    Then you have just as much protection as the windows firewall will give you without any of the headache. What exactly are you protecting the server from? When you run through the RRAS wizard you can configure the server to do VPN and NAT, which gives you access to the RRAS NAT/basic...
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    Mac and PC network

    is the mac prompting for a network password, or a network access password? The sucurity can be set on a mac to prevent "potentially dangerous" ie anonymous network access over smb shares (samba/windows shares) unless the user explicitly authorizes it. There should be nothing required on the...
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    VLAN Question

    I'm guessing you mean frames and not packets
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    Workgroup user and sharing question.

    If you want local user account credentials to be able to be used over the windows network in a windows XP environment, as far as I know windows XP home is incapable of doing this because you don't have access to group policy on XP home. I haven't found a registry setting that controls the...