Daily News Brief: Was Vista's UAC Designed to Annoy?


Annoyed by Vista's UAC? Mission Accomplished!

Hate getting those 'Cancel or Allow' pop-ups? Come to find out UAC may have been designed to annoy all along! During a recent presentation, David Cross, a product unit manager who helped develop UAC, admitted " The reason we put UAC into the platform was to annoy users. I'm serious. " According to Cross, Microsoft " needed to change the ecosystem " to convince ISVs to stop building applications that require administrative privileges to install and run. More here .

Do We Really Need a List for This?

MSNBC, and not a comic book or Lara Croft fan club forum, has posted who they think are the top 5 sexiest videogame characters . But before heading over to see who made the cut, do yourself a favor and first fire up the song Computer Love in the background. Ya, we just creeped ourselves out too.

Playstation 3 Gets a Makeover

We know what you're thinking: Blu-ray capabilities and modern gaming are tempting, but if only Sony's Playstation 3 console came in gunmetal grey, you'd be all over it like white on rice. Wish no more! Coinciding with Metal Gear Solid 4's June 12 release, Sony will offer the game as part of a "VERY, VERY Limited Edition bundle , which includes the console in gunmetal grey, the same one that sold out in a matter of moments in Japan. Detailed specs about the special edition console have not yet emerged.

New Minority Search Engine

Many have tried to take on Google in the search arena, and just as many have failed to topple the giant. But that hasn't stopped some from carving a niche out for themselves, and that's exactly what Barry Miller's IAC/InteractiveCorp intends to do . IAC's Rushmore Drive describes itself as "a first-of-its-kind search engine for the Black community ," returning results purportedly more likely to interest African American surfers. Johnny Taylor, chief executive of Rushmore Drive, says the results are based on years of search data from IAC's Ask.com division.

AMD CTO Steps Down

And here we thought AMD's mass exodus among top brass had come to end. Boy were we wrong. Phil Hester, AMD's CTO, becomes the latest high level exec to leave the Sunnyvale based chip maker . Hester, who according to a company spokesman will not be replaced, leaves behind a company struggling to return to profitability. AMD recently announced plans to cut 10 percent of its workforce, but said Hester's departure isn't associated with the job reductions.

Stolen Military Gear Shows Up on Ebay, Craigslist

Yowzers! According to congressional investigators, stolen and sensitive U.S. military equipment has been appearing on online sales sites. Some of the items include F-14 fighter jet parts wanted by Iran and nuclear biological protective gear. Undercover investigators were able to snatch a dozen defense related items on Ebay and Craigslist dating back to January 2007, and said such items " could have been used directly against our troops and allies, or reverse engineered to develop counter measures or equivalent technologies. " Read more here .

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