Quoteroundup Flaws in various operating systems put computer users at risk, including the U.S. military and everyone who uses a Windows-based machine.
QuoteCisco will issue common stock worth about $500 million to acquire Linksys, and it expects the deal to close in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2003, which ends in July. Cisco also expects charges for the acquisition to subtract no more than 1 cent per share from its fiscal 2004 profit. After charges, the company said it would add about 1 cent to 2004 earnings per share.
QuoteBut the limited nature of the assault, and the timing of the strike--which came late on Wednesday evening in the United States when many Americans were at home watching television rather than in front of their computers at work--meant that any fears of Internet gridlock and outages appeared to be unfounded. Yahoo's news site saw about three times more traffic than it would have in a typical hour directly after President Bush told Americans in a speech that the United States had launched a war with Iraq, according to spokeswoman Joanna Stevens.
QuoteUnder the Robotics Engineering Task Force, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker is devising reference designs for relatively small robots based around its silicon. The company's designs don't focus on the mechanical aspects of robots--such as the wheels and motors--but on the internal electronics, Jim Butler, director of the project at Intel Labs, said Wednesday during a press presentation on ongoing research efforts at the company.
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QuoteFollowing the recent launch of its K7-based KT400A chipset, VIA is planning to release one more product, the KT600, for the AMD platform in May. According to sources, the KT600 (codenamed KT400A-CE) is pin-to-pin compatible with the KT400A (codenamed KT400A-CD), but is designed to support a 400MHz FSB. The KT400A only supports a 333MHz FSB.
QuoteThe American Electronics Association (AEA), a trade group that represents 3,000 technology companies, said the U.S. high-tech industry shed about 560,000 jobs, reducing the number of jobs from a high of 5.7 million in January 2001 to 5.1 million in December 2002.
QuoteThe California researchers plan to head to Puerto Rico this month to use one of the world's most powerful telescopes to more closely investigate the signals that might be from extra terrestrials, a university spokeswoman said. "They are homing in on interesting signals," said Sarah Yang, a spokeswoman at the University of California, Berkeley where the SETI+home research project is based. "They have not said they found anything."
QuoteBefore the development of photosynthesis and the subsequent rise of oxygen, life on Earth remained single-celled. Oxygen is largely seen as necessary for the development of multi-cellular complex life in other words, higher plants and animals (including humans). The question of complex life on other worlds, therefore, is tied to the possibility of photosynthesis development. But could photosynthesis develop on worlds orbiting stars different from our sun?
QuoteThe case is likely to fuel the fire over H-1B visas, which allow skilled workers into the United States for up to six years. Some tech workers have long questioned the need for such visas, claiming skilled Americans could fill the jobs and companies are just looking for cheaper workers. Tech companies, which successfully lobbied Congress for a higher H-1B cap during boom times, argue that they still need the workers for certain tasks. Although it's not illegal to hire or retain H-1B workers in lieu of American workers in most cases, employers must pay the "prevailing" wages for specific jobs in a region and the process cannot adversely impact a specific population of workers.
Quote"The 3D monitor should be launched commercially before the end of this year," a Sharp representative said. It is expected to cost about $3,190 (3,000 euros). The prototype on display is a 15-inch flat-panel display. Sharp explained that the screen contains a "parallax barrier" thin-film transistor (TFT) panel that splits the light generated by the monitor in such a way that alternate columns of pixels are seen by each eye. Thus, each eye sees a slightly different image.
QuoteThe flaw occurs in the code that reassembles data that the software receives from the Internet, according to the advisory. By sending the server a specially crafted data packet, an attacker could overload the memory used by the Samba software and cause the application to run code of the intruder's choice.
QuoteAs it keeps both wholesale and retail prices for Internet service high, Comcast says its pretax operating profit margins are nearly 50 percent. That margin does not include any accounting for the $10 billion it will ultimately cost Comcast and AT&T to update their systems. But the main purpose of that renovation--which involved running high-capacity fiber optic cables into each neighborhood--was to offer hundreds of television channels and interactive services like pay-per-view movies. Internet service uses less than 1 percent of the capacity of these systems.
QuoteSeveral police agencies are now testing the NetDiscovery service and getting a first glimpse into whether criminals are among the approximately 10 million people using advanced wireless data services like photo-sharing or high-speed wireless Internet access, which all five wireless carriers now offer. Crime fighters suspect that criminals are among the earliest users of the technologies, having already made pagers and other earlier generations of wireless devices into tools of their trade, according to a VeriSign executive.
QuoteThe United States was the biggest market for tablet PC shipments, accounting for about half the total volume, IDC found. But Western Europe, Japan and the Asia-Pacific region also have strong potential for the product, said IDC analyst Alan Promisel. In Asia, that's partly because of the way tablet PCs make it easier to enter Asian language into a computer, he suggested. "Handwriting is a quicker input method than the keyboard for that region," Promisel said.
QuoteIBM and Hewlett-Packard will start incorporating PCI-X into their servers in 2004, according the companies' top Intel server technologists. The move will be possible through the use of new chipsets, which join processors to memory and input-output systems such as PCI, from Broadcom subsidiary ServerWorks.
QuoteTo counter the threat of the upcoming 64 bit Opteron and the Itanium family, SUN's tactic is two fold. In the Summer of 2003 we will (finally!) see the USIIIi platform which should be priced very aggressively. SUN believes the USIIIi is a much more cost effective solution than it's USIII platform. The integrated L2-cache (instead of big off die SRAM caches) and memory controller make the CPU a lot cheaper to produce. And the platform will use high volume interfaces and busses such as IDE and SCSI harddisks instead of the more expensive fibre channel harddisks. The USIIIi platform will also use standard DDR RAM. While SUN is very late with the USIIIi (low end), the USIV, their next dual core high end CPU project seems to be doing well and should be on the market at the end of this year.
QuoteWindows uses the SMB protocol to share files and printer resources with other computers. The two versions of the operating system referred to in the CERT bulletin transfer information via TCP/IP. These systems are vulnerable to attacks using tools such as W32/Deloder, GT-bot, sdbot, and W32/Slackor. Older operating systems which share SMB information differently are not vulnerable, according to CERT/CC.