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1. Editor's Note: Is Unix In Trouble? Readers Say We're Asleep At The Keyboard
2. Today's Top Story
- How To Avoid A St. Valentine's Day Malware Massacre
3. Breaking News
- FCC Starts Review Of Telephone Record Security
- U.S. Charges California Man In Botnet Case
- Intel To Ship Quad-Core Server Chip In '07
- Tiny High-Capacity HDs Coming For Mobile Phones
- Wearable Technology Can Save Lives
- VeriSign Unveils Authentication Network
- E-Payment Provider Hit With Denial-Of-Service Attack
- Test Of Net Neutrality
- A Pill, A Scalpel, A Database
- Invented In India
- Better Cell Signals Indoors Come At A Price
- Army Tries Fingerprint Matching To Catch Iraqi Insurgents
- Touch Once For Groceries
4. Grab Bag
- Company Implants RFID Chip Into Workers
- Congressman Proposes Law Keeping Servers Out Of China
- NY Team Confirms UCLA Tabletop Fusion
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- Microsoft Takes European Antitrust Case To The Public
- EU Fields Windows Vista Antitrust Concerns
- Microsoft Fixes Flag That Says Symantec Software Is Spyware
- Four Years Later, Microsoft Still Chases Trusted Computing
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- Oracle's 'All You Can Eat' Software
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1. Editor's Note: Is Unix In Trouble? Readers Say We're Asleep At The Keyboard
A lot of feedback flowed into Information Week after our
Jan. 23 cover story, "What's Left of Unix." Most of the responses
offered full-bore support for Unix, as in, "Not meaning to be
harsh, but man ... wake up, guys!!"
"Like every other Linux/Unix story, you also failed," began Ed
Taylor, an independent consultant, 30-year IT veteran and former
CIO somewhere on the coast of North Carolina. "IBM, HP, and Sun
sell and support tons of boxes... And to think this was an 'In
Depth' article..." he wrote. Ouch.
Taylor and other writers have pointed out that Unix as an
operating system is not disappearing because of Linux. Linux is
Unix. "At no point in the article did you mention that Linux is
in fact a conformant implementation of Unix... It's only the
proprietary, closed-source Unixes that are having trouble," wrote
Dan Kegel, a senior engineer at Ixia Communications in Calabasas,
An earlier version of the story referred to Linux and its "big
brother" Unixes, meant to suggest Linux' direct connection to the
more muscular and mature Unixes, but the relationship got lost in
the shuffle. It's still there later in the story, when we said,
"Solaris now shares with Linux the distinction of being the Unix
that runs best on Intel hardware." But this is a subtle statement
rather than a plain one. Mea culpa.
Then there's the writer, going simply by David, who points out we
didn't mention the new Apple Mac operating system is based on
Unix. "I think your article was a little uninformed... How, I ask
you, can you leave out OS X and Apple?"
"Not meaning to be harsh," he continued, "but man... wake up,
guys!! Trust me. I'm not a disgruntled Mac-head by any means, but
I DO know a massively growing technology base when I see it."
It's hard to argue with much of this feedback. When we asked,
"What's Left Of Unix," we were clearly addressing commercial,
data center Unix that still commands a handsome price tag.
Yes, Linux is a form of Unix that owes a great debt to its
predecessors, but Linux is something the older Unixes are not. It
is a Unix designed for common-denominator hardware. Linux is free
and the hardware on which it runs is cheap. A short while ago,
neither Unix nor the hardware on which it ran were cheap. Linux'
ability to run well on Intel hardware made it a preferred system
among developers who didn't happen to have an expensive
workstation in their basement. Linux grew from this foothold
among developers into a marketplace force and is now found in the
data center alongside the commercial Unixes.
Read the rest and leave your $0.02 on the InformationWeek Weblog.
Intel To Ship Quad-Core Server Chip In '07
The new chip, called Clovertown, bundles four processors in a
single package, allowing computers to process data more quickly
or run more applications at the same time, while using less power
than a single-core design.
Test Of Net Neutrality
Telecom companies want to change long-standing practices that
treat all network traffic equally. Businesses could face
application degradation -- or higher prices.
A Pill, A Scalpel, A Database
Health care is embracing IT to analyze a glut of medical data,
find new cures, and provide more-personalized treatment.
Invented In India
India isn't just for outsourcing. It's fast becoming a center of
strategic R&D and a growing market for tech products. Third of
three parts in the Inside India series.
Better Cell Signals Indoors Come At A Price
A range of indoor wireless communications products delivers
cell-phone coverage inside buildings, giving employees,
contractors, and guests connectivity. Venture-capital investors
are convinced, pouring money into vendors, but there's still a
sizeable technology risk for IT managers.
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4. Grab Bag: News You Need From Around The Web
Company Implants RFID Chip Into Workers (Yahoo News)
Tiny silicon chips were embedded into two workers who volunteered
to help test the tagging technology at a surveillance equipment
company. The company, CityWatcher.com, provides cameras and
Internet monitoring for high-crime areas. It says it isn't using
the chip to track employees, but rather using them in lieu of
cards to control access to secure areas.
N.Y. Team Confirms UCLA Tabletop Fusion (Science Blog)
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a
tabletop accelerator that produces nuclear fusion at room
temperature, providing confirmation of an earlier experiment
conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),
while offering substantial improvements over the original design.
"Nuclear fusion has been explored as a potential source of power,
but we are not looking at this as an energy source right now,"
says Yaron Danon, associate professor of mechanical, aerospace,
and nuclear engineering at Rensselaer. "Rather, the most
immediate application may come in the form of a battery-operated,
portable neutron generator. Such a device could be used to detect
explosives or to scan luggage at airports, and it could also be
an important tool for a wide range of laboratory experiments."
Four Years Later, Microsoft Still Chases Trusted Computing
When Bill Gates takes the stage this week at the RSA Conference,
he will outline how Microsoft will apply its magic formula of
usability and uniformity to the security functions that protect
its products. The main event: the beta of Internet Security and
Acceleration Server 2006, an edge security gateway designed to
work with Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint Servers to provide more
secure remote access to applications from PCs and mobile devices.
6. Voice Of Authority
Oracle's 'All You Can Eat' Software
Stephanie Stahl says: Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison used the
Credit Suisse Global Software Conference to pick on the analyst
community's "obsession" with licensing revenue as a measure of
company health. "Every time I read a quarterly report I [see] the
all-important license revenue numbers as some sort of leading
indicator," he said. "Oracle is a mature software company. The
way to look at a mature company is different than an
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