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Submission + - Sony doesn't learn. Another rootkit. (

An anonymous reader writes: Hi All, Apparently Sony cannot learn from their past and have introduced another rootkit with another of their devices. This time it is their Microvault USB drive that has fingerprint security. Have a read of ersion-2.html for my "WHAT!?!?!? You're kidding?" on it and also 2007.html#00001263 for the original report from F-Secure.

Microsoft Invents Split Screen PC 348

An anonymous reader writes "New technology from Microsoft Research India in Bangalore could end the waiting game in offices with limited computers. Researchers are developing software that splits a computer screen in two halves, each side with its own operating system, desktop, applications, cursor and keyboard." Mom! Timmy is on my side of the screen again!

Bill Gates' Management Style 362

replicant108 wrote in to give us Tom Evslin's fascinating account of working for Microsoft in the early 90s. "So you're in there presenting your product plan to billg, steveb, and mikemap. Billg typically has his eyes closed and he's rocking back and forth. He could be asleep; he could be thinking about something else; he could be listening intently to everything you're saying. The trouble is all are possible and you don't know which. Obviously, you have to present as if he were listening intently even though you know he isn't looking at the PowerPoint slides you spent so much time on. At some point in your presentation billg will say "that's the dumbest fucking idea I've heard since I've been at Microsoft." He looks like he means it. However, since you knew he was going to say this, you can't really let it faze you. Moreover, you can't afford to look fazed; remember: he's a bully."

Submission + - Ariane breaks commercial launch record

Tsalg writes: From the beeb we learn that "Europe's Ariane 5 rocket has set a new benchmark for a commercial launch — lifting into orbit a two-satellite payload weighing 9.4 tonnes." Nasa's chief came to have a look at how it's done.

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