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‘War Vote’ Virus Deletes Computer

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‘War Vote’ Virus Deletes Computer

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Computer security experts on Monday warned of a new virus that deletes files while masquerading as a program that will allow people to vote on whether the United States should go to war over the Sept. 11 hijacker attacks.

The “Vote Virus”, which so far is not wide spread, circulates via e-mail to users of Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT) Outlook e-mail program, said Simon Perry, vice president of security solutions at Computer Associates International Inc. (CA)

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AMD gets XP-ized

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AMD gets XP-ized

An new naming system seems to have emerged. It all strated with Microsoft dropping its year naming scheme for the eXperienced nomer. Well, now AMD is joining the fray according to this article.

The XP designation, sources say, is an unfortunate coincidence. In AMD’s case, the letters XP stand for extra performance. In Windows XP, the XP stands for experience. AMD apparently had been contemplating the branding scheme at the time Microsoft made its announcement.

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Apparently, Intel enjoys being screwed

Apparently, Intel enjoys being screwed

Well, just when you THOUGH that you would be rid of that horrid technology known as RDRAM, Intel goes and renews its contract with rambus.

Intel and memory chip designer Rambus renewed their licensing pact Monday, a move that will likely give the memory company a much needed shot in the arm.

The new agreement, which supercedes the 1996 Intel-Rambus licensing agreement, grants Intel access to Rambus’ entire patent portfolio for five years. In turn, Intel has agreed to grant licenses for patents Rambus needs to build memory interface technology.

Intel will pay Rambus royalties of $10 million per quarter, Rambus CFO Bob Eulau said in a conference call with reporters and analysts.

Linux world gets legal

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Linux world gets legal

The issue revolves around an FSMLabs patent for real-time interrupt handling using a software emulation layer for interrupt masking, so that interrupts can be prioritized. The Free Software Foundation claims that Victor Yodaiken, the CEO at FSMLabs, has used the patent to impose restricted terms on distribution of this program.

All zealotry aside, this is quite pathetic on FSMLabs part. IMHO you cant patent the kind of thing that they did. And of course, ZDnet HAD to quote Microsoft in saying: Microsoft executives have, in turn, repeatedly criticized the use of the GPL over the past few months. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief operating officer, recently described Linux as a “cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches. That’s the way the [GPL] license works,” he said. His comments followed similar scathing attacks by senior vice presidents Craig Mundie and Jim Allchin.

Hackers split over vigilante strikes

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Groups of online vandals and hackers are split over how to respond to this week’s terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, with some Internet vigilantes calling for an assault on perceived terrorist sites and others pleading for calm.

IMHO, I say that every US techno-guru (white hat,black hat, HaXOr, Cracker, security professional; whatever you want to call them) who has the knowledge should do whatever they possibly can to disbale all sites supporting or promoting anti-America terrorism.