8/13/2006

Hardware Virtualization Slower Than Software?

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Those you keeping up with the latest virtualization techniques being offered by both Intel and AMD will be interested in a new white paper by VMWare that comes to the surprising conclusion that hardware-assisted x86 virtualization oftentimes fails to outperform software-assisted virtualization.

The paper says that this counterintuitive result is often due to the fact that hardware-assisted virtualization relies on expensive traps to catch privileged instructions while software-assisted virtualization uses inexpensive software substitutions.

Symantec Beta Comes With A Painful Catch For Norton Users

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Want to check out Symantec’s preview of Norton Confidential? Beware: The beta is incompatible with other key Norton products, and you’ll have to uninstall them to preview the new add-on software.

Source: InformationWeek

IBM announces cancer project using world grid

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Global information technology giant IBM Corp has launched a non-profit project utilizing the capacity of the World Community Grid to facilitate cancer research.

The World Community Grid — a global effort that applies unused computing power of individual and business computers to help address the world’s most difficult health and societal problems — was first introduced by IBM in the US in November, 2004, along with 213 representatives of other science, educational and philanthropic organizations.

The first project of the grid, according to IBM’s Website, was the “Human Proteome Folding Pro-ject” dedicated to the study and application of systems biology. Since then, the grid has arranged research projects in several areas, including the “Smallpox Research Grid,” “FightAIDS@Home,” as well as the most recent “Help Defeat Cancer” project — which was organized by IBM, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Source: taipeitimes.com

How To Prep Laptops For Airport Security

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Security providers offer a few tips for travelers flying with electronic devices. Plus, the security landscape for travelers is changing again. Before long, you’ll see finger and face-recognition security scans, RFID luggage tags, and videophones in the many terminals.

Source: TechWeb

eBayers want Google auction site

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Hundreds of eBay customers have signed a petition that urges search giant Google to launch a rival auction site.

The eBayers are angry over recent changes to the eBay Shops/Stores service and believe an alternative auction website from Google is the ideal solution.

Called ‘Google We Need An Auction Site’, the campaign states: “We are eBay Store owners who have been “dismissed” by eBay through extreme rate hikes. We are searching everywhere for a new “home” and Google is the ONLY name on the internet which we feel would be totally trustworthy and woud actually get auction traffic and get it quickly. Let Google know!!”

Source: Web user news

Apple releases open-source Mac OS X kernel for Intel

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple Computer this week released the kernel for Mac OS X 10.4.7 to open-source developers, on the first day of its Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.

The move was announced through a posting to Apple’s Darwin developer mailing list by Ernest Prabhakar, the open-source product manager for Apple. “As of today, we are posting buildable kernel sources for Intel-based Macs alongside the usual PowerPC (and other Intel) sources, starting with Mac OS X 10.4.7. We regret the delay in readying the new kernel for release, and thank you for your patience,” the message read in part.

Source: News.com

Researchers chase goal of non-hijackable plane

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Can technology create a non-hijackable plane?

By 2008, European researchers aim to bring that vision closer to reality through an ambitious security program to combat on-board threats in an industry left reeling this week by a security scare that raised the specter of September 11.

The researchers aim to create a “last barrier to attacks” on planes in flight.

Among the non-hijackable plane’s features: computer systems designed to spot suspicious passenger behavior, and a collision avoidance system that will correct the plane’s trajectory to prevent it from being steered into a building or mountain.

The researchers are also investigating the possibility — although they say it is probably some 15 years away — of developing an on-board computer that could guide the plane automatically to the nearest airport, in the event of a hijack.

Source: Reuters

Microsoft Will Reopen Vista Test With RC1

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft will re-open Windows Vista to new testers when the next phase of the operating system — dubbed Release Candidate 1, or RC1 — appears, the company said Thursday.

Six weeks after the Redmond, Wash. developer turned off the Vista Beta 2 spigot, the operating system’s program manager, Nick White, said that RC1 would open the testing pool to new users.

“Will Microsoft open testing sign-ups again when RC1 is released?” White asked rhetorically on the Vista blog. “Yes.”

Source: InformationWeek

NSA risking electrical overload

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The demand for electricity to operate its expanding intelligence systems has left the high-tech eavesdropping agency on the verge of exceeding its power supply, the lifeblood of its sprawling 350-acre Fort Meade headquarters, according to current and former intelligence officials.

Agency officials anticipated the problem nearly a decade ago as they looked ahead at the technology needs of the agency, sources said, but it was never made a priority, and now the agency’s ability to keep its operations going is threatened. The NSA is already unable to install some costly and sophisticated new equipment, including two new supercomputers, for fear of blowing out the electrical infrastructure, they said.

At minimum, the problem could produce disruptions leading to outages and power surges at the Fort Meade headquarters, hampering the work of intelligence analysts and damaging equipment, they said. At worst, it could force a virtual shutdown of the agency, paralyzing the intelligence operation, erasing crucial intelligence data and causing irreparable damage to computer systems — all detrimental to the fight against terrorism.

Source: baltimoresun.com

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