Like it or not, the de facto HTML standard for web pages in recent years has been Microsoft's anything-but-standard dialect of HTML. Now that Redmond's browser is under attack from Firefox, Opera, and Safari, the next version of Internet Explorer will run in W3C standards mode by default. Sounds great - except that it's going to take a while to get all those billions of web pages to be redesigned to meet W3C standards instead of existing Microsoft 'standards.'
Now there are two workarounds:
PC World reports that Vista's User Account Control is good for much more than reminding you of your nagging relatives - it blocked the installation of every rootkit used in two tests of Windows XP and Vista-compatible security programs and online scanners.
Rootkit installation on the Vista boxes could be performed on the Vista systems only after UAC was disabled. Unfortunately, detecting rootkits after installation continues to be a major problem for the tested applications. See the article summarizing the results (PDF format) here .
So, if you're a Vista user, pay attention to those UAC prompts - and if you've disabled UAC, think twice, especially if your system's getting infected.
You've probably heard the public service announcements that tell how an airline pilot flying for the Air Force Reserve can direct an MQ-1 Predator drone from 7,000 miles away. Now, the MQ-1 has a big brother, the MQ-9 Reaper. The Reaper cruises at three times the speed of its predecessor and carries 15 times the armament.
Soon, the MQ-9 will also carry even smarter weapons: a recent test of new GPS versus laser-guided weapons fired by the Reaper showed the GPS-guided weapons achieved direct hits , while the laser-guided weapon got close, but didn't get a direct hit.
Many thanks to those who guide these weapons and those who also fight in the air, on land and on the sea to keep PC geeks (and everyone else) safe this Memorial Day.
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