Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
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Microsoft has patched a potentially dangerous flaw on its www.xbox360.com website after security experts warned the software giant of a cross-site scripting vulnerability which could be exploited by hackers to launch phishing attacks.
Microsoft wants the Senate to rewrite anti-spyware legislation in order to protect companies that provide spyware removal utilities.
MARTIN Taylor, Microsoft Corp’s general manager for its platform strategy, states, "There’s only one study that I’ve seen, which was dated in 1999 done by, I think, a company called Robert Frances Group or something like that said Linux had better TCO."
A security researcher in India has discovered an uncomplicated and easy-to-exploit weakness in Windows Genuine Advantage, an anti-piracy initiative that checks whether consumer and small-business customers are running legitimately licensed copies of Windows XP.
Microsoft has until the end of May to come to terms with EU authorities over a long-running antitrust dispute, the European Commission has said.
I am not saying that Microsoft is wrong in porting over features that have made other browsers a success, but what I really want to see in Internet Explorer is security and Microsoft's determination to continue to update Internet Explorer even if there's no "real" competition.
What I remember most about the Microsoft antitrust trial that I covered for Fortune magazine was how momentous it felt - surely, the antitrust trial of the century. The rest of Washington was obsessed with Monica Lewinsky. Not us. We pored through e-mail messages suggesting that Microsoft had wanted to "cut off Netscape's air supply"- Microsoft's efforts to crush Netscape was at the heart of the case - and wondered if U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson would have the nerve to break the giant in half.
Many argue that Linux, for a variety of reasons, is a better operating system than any product from Microsoft's Windows line. However, for every Linux lover it's not too hard to find someone who will take the opposing viewpoint.
Microsoft has hired former FBI Special Agent Edward Gibson as its new chief security advisor in the UK.
A Microsoft-commissioned study has sparked heated debate by claiming that Windows software is cheaper to patch than open-source alternatives.
Microsoft Corp. illegally took technology used to link spreadsheet data between two of its programs from a Guatemalan inventor, lawyers said during opening statements at a jury trial that started on Tuesday.
After hearing all of the hype about Linux, I decided to give it a try. That was my first mistake. I soon realized that Linux has more flavors than you can shake a stick at.
I asked a computer savvy friend which was best, and he chuckled and said "Try OpenBSD." He told me that "OpenBSD is the most secure operating system that civilians can legally use," so I decided to install it and see how it compared with Windows.
Rather than remaking itself, Microsoft is using legal threats, short-term deals, and fear, uncertainty, and doubt to fortify its position. But this strategy probably won't work. The Linux operating system and the open-source model for software development are far from perfect, but they look increasingly likely to depose Microsoft.
And now for the sad part. You...Windows users, are going to follow the good shepherd Bill Gates and let him lead you to the shearing house. It's not wool he's shearing from you folks...it's your money.
Microsoft is once again locked in a battle of wills with hackers determined to find and exploit security holes in the company's software. But this time the buggy code isn't endangering users' PCs -- just their otherworldly alien fortresses.