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#1037| source: CNN Money by maximum3d on Fri Nov 08 2002 
Tablet PC faces uncertain future
Microsoft and several top-tier computer makers introduced the new "Tablet PC" with much fanfare Thursday, but it remains uncertain how popular the device will be. Microsoft already invested roughly $400 million in development and research for the Tablet PC. The company is expected to spend tens of millions more marketing the new devices. Even so, Tablet PCs, all of which carry price tags exceeding $2,000, are not expected to make a big mark on the industry in the near term.
#1036| source: Yahoo! by maximum3d on Fri Nov 08 2002 
Linksys router vulnerability
A security hole in some versions of the software -- called "firmware" used by the router could allow a remote user to crash the device, interrupting Internet service for any computers attached to it, according to iDefense. To cause a crash, an attacker only needs to enter the URL for a CGI script used to configure and manage the router without providing any "arguments" (input for the script to process), according to iDefense. In most situations, the attacker would already need to be on a computer connected to the network to execute an attack. However, if the router has a 'remote management' feature enabled, a malicious hacker could execute an attack from anywhere on the Internet by entering the IP address of the router along with the name of the script into his or her Web browser
#1035| source: c|net by maximum3d on Thu Nov 07 2002 
Microchips weigh heavily on environment
Researchers estimate that producing a single 2-gram chip used for memory in personal computers requires at least 3.7 pounds of fuel and chemicals. The study, funded in part by the Fulbright Foundation, will appear in the December print edition of Environmental Science & Technology, a journal of the American Chemical Society.
#1034| source: Kaspersky by maximum3d on Thu Nov 07 2002 
Your Mobile Phone Is Safe
Kaspersky Labs brings attention to the spread of a rumor among Internet users regarding a new computer virus that infects mobile telephones and renders them junk. The message being sent around looks as follows: If you receive a phone call and your mobile phone displays ACE-? on the screen DON'T ANSWER THIS CALL - END THE CALL IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU ANSWER THE CALL, YOUR PHONE WILL BE INFECTED BY THIS VIRUS.
#1033| source: Kaspersky by maximum3d on Thu Nov 07 2002 
Network Worm "Roron" - Red Alert!
"Roron" spreads using several data transfer channels: via email as an attached file, via local area networks and the KaZaA file-sharing network. Systems become infected only if a user manually launches (opens) the file containing the worm that was received via one of the aforementioned sources. When penetrating a computer, "Roron" creates a copy of itself in the Windows system directory and Program Files and then registers one of these files in the system registry's auto-run key. In this way the worm ensures its activation the each time the system is booted.
#1032| source: www.ars-technica.com by crossbow on Wed Nov 06 2002 
Bandwidth Vs. Latency
Ars does it again with a well written article on the differences between Bandwidth and Latency. A must read if you want to better understand current memory technology.
#1031| source: www.anandtech.com by crossbow on Wed Nov 06 2002 
ATI Releases IGP 320M
Anand catches an ATI press release on their new mobile accelerators.
#1030| source: www.tech-report.com by crossbow on Tue Nov 05 2002 
Geforce 4 Ti 4800?????
Anandtech takes notice of another naming scheme. The ti 4800, just a normal Ti 4600 Geforce4 with AGP 8x support. Sigh.
#1029| source: www.anandtech.com by crossbow on Tue Nov 05 2002 
52X CDRW's, So Fast it's Scary
Ever wanted to shoot a CD at around 2800 fps? Well if this CDRW breaks, it'll probably fly out that fast. Though realistically, if you need that extra 30 seconds of your life back, buy this burner to get it back.
#1028| source: The Inquirer by maximum3d on Tue Nov 05 2002 
ATI did leak Doom III demo
A deep throated source, at id software tells The Inquirer that ATI was responsible for leaking the 380MB demo version of the next installment of the gruesome classic. The company is now seeking to trace the trail to see if it can find out where the demo was first posted.

 
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