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 Saturday, 2-June-2007  18:34:57 (GMT +10) - by Rational

One of the world's most prolific spammers has been arrested. Robert Alan Soloway, 27, is accused of using networks of compromised "zombie" computers to send out millions of spam emails. "He's one of the top 10 spammers in the world," said Tim Cranton, a Microsoft Corp lawyer who is senior director of the company's Worldwide internet Safety Programs. "He's a huge problem for our customers. This is a very good day."

Apple has been criticized for embedding names and emails of the buyer in purchased tracks unencrypted in new un DRM'd tracks. In these songs, names and e-mail addresses were unencrypted, according to Fred von Lohmann, an EFF attorney. He pointed out that data could easily be compromised if an iPod is lost or stolen. "It's not as bad as losing a credit card number," von Lohmann said, "but it's still information that people wouldn't want floating around out there--especially without them knowing about it."

Google has bought Feedburner, a RSS management tool. Google has blogged about it also. THOSE TWO EVIL BOYS at Google have gone and bought Feedburner, which disseminates so called "spodcasts" and "bogs" all over the world wide wibble. The buy out was rumoured a week ago.

Some companies are taking advantage of Xbox 360 cooling isses by releasing aftermarket cooling products for the console. If you're still deathly afraid of your Xbox 360 overheating, then we have a brand new solution for you. Introducing the Titan XFan, a device bulky enough that it's likely to make your power brick jealous.

Analysis of the Nintento Wii controller have revealed that it can be used as a microphone which could be used for player to player VoIP. One description is extremely interesting however. The Audio Translator manufactured and designed in the Philippines and Japan by Rohm. The description reads; Converts analog data such as human speech into a digital data stream. This feature is unused now but will probably be employed in future games.

AACS is confident that it can still protect HD and Blu-Ray discs despite all of the rumours of numerous possible cracks. The uncovering of the Processing Key to HD DVD and Blu-ray happened in February, leaving some to wonder why it wasn’t until months later until the appearance for a new MKB. Doherty provides the answer, “AACS of course has the technical means to revoke overnight. But the current license agreement generally provides for 90 days. This is to allow time for the manufacturer to repair the product and presumably fix the vulnerability, and time to rollout the patches to the affected users.”

Justin sent in this page about a comparison of computer productivity between a 1987 Mac Plus with a modern dual core PC. According to this article the old machine is actually more productive in some areas. Bloat. If you think that Americans are getting fatter, take one good look at the operating system (OS) your computer is running right now. It gets larger and more weighed down with every update. We are in the third decade of global personal computing, and have we really progressed that far?

Official Fedora Core 7 torrents have been released for those interesting in trying it out. Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that showcases the latest in free and open source software. Fedora is always free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute. It is built by people across the globe who work together as a community: the Fedora Project. The Fedora Project is open and anyone is welcome to join.

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