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A burst of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
McKinnon – the hacker obsessed with aliens – was not alone >> Future Intelligence
"Gary McKinnon, the British hacker at the heart of an extradition battle with the US Government was not alone and was the most junior member of a hacking group largely ignored by the authorities."
Intriguing analysis by Pete Warren, an award-winning security journalist who also pointed out in 2006 that Chinese hackers had attacked the UK parliament.
Nokia trash-talks Android, gets rebuffed by analyst >> ZDNet UK
"You can go and talk to any enterprise IT analyst and none of them recommend Android for enterprise use today and that probably says it all," [Ilari] Nurmi [Nokia's head of buainess smartphones] said. "The capabilities, security and all of those areas that we have built into Symbian smartphones are clearly on a different level."
Unfortunately ZDNet then had the bright idea of calling an enterprise IT analyst. Oh dear.
Making the leap to SSD on a MacBook >> Remiel
"It used to take 28 seconds for my 13-inch MacBook Pro to load the folders on my desktop after I logged in. Now it takes five seconds.
"Large-footprint apps like Photoshop and Dreamweaver now load near-instantly."
Forecast: people will increasingly upgrade their computers by adding SSDs, rather than bigger rotating hard drives.
Statistics Competition: Stanford Stats 202 Wine Price Prediction
"Use wine vintage, varietal, country, ratings, and other information to predict price. The top 3 teams from Stats 202 will not have to take the final exam." Should now be finished: we await the results.
The Smartphone Race Heats Up >> NYTimes.com
For the US, showing what's actually being used, rather than sold. Dumbphones are 70%, smartphones 30%, of which Apple, RIM and Android are in a near dead heat at 27%; and Windows Mobile (remember that?) has a 14% share.
FBI issues warrant for Russian Mega-D botnet controller >> V3.co.uk
"A Russian man has been charged with running the Mega-D botnet, which the FBI estimates had been producing around a third of the world's spam.
"An FBI affidavit (PDF) revealed that Oleg Nikolaenko, 23, took millions of dollars from companies looking to advertise fake Rolex watches, herbal remedies and counterfeit medicines, and at one point was sending 32 per cent of the world's spam emails."
Undercut By Microsoft, Russia Drops Piracy Case >> NYTimes.com
The Russian authorities raided a troublesom environmental group claiming it had counterfeit Microsoft software. But Microsoft declined to help it. Principled stuff by Redmond.
As useful as a COBOL programmer >> The Joke Shop
What happened to the Cobol programmer who decided to have himself frozen to avoid the millennium bug in 2000? Nice payoff line.
Microsoft planning 'major overhaul' of Internet Explorer in next Windows Phone release >> WinRumors
"In a job posting, dated November 22, the software giant is looking to recruit a team member for its Windows Phone Browser, Search & Maps team. "Our team builds the IE Mobile browser in the Windows Phone organization which is one of the most used applications on the device" reads the job posting. Microsoft also explains that the browser is the most "technically challenging" application to build for a phone.
Encrypted: WikiLeaks_insurance (download torrent) >> The Pirate Bay
"You can open it (when password comes available) by downloading aescrypt. Then this will be in your program files after install. Now open the folder where your "insurance.aes256" file is. Drag and drop this file upon your aescrypt file in your program files and it will ask you for the password."
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