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Wednesday: March 24, 2010

Security flaws over at the IRS could mean that your personal data might be at risk.Security flaws over at the IRS could mean that your personal data might be at risk.

The Internal Revenue Service's failure to use strong passwords, install patches quickly, and adequately control access to computer systems and information makes the system vulnerable to insider threats and attacks from outside, a new government report concludes.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:42 AM | Tags (12) | taxes | security | risk | irs | data | exposed | cnet | passwords | weak | control | systems | vulnerable |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: March 18, 2010

Disgruntled employee disables hundreds of cars from the comfort of his PC.Disgruntled employee disables hundreds of cars from the comfort of his PC.

I wouldn't call this so much of a 'hack' (or hacker according to Wired) but rather a disgruntled employee who happened to know his way around a most-likely poorl y designed online security system. If you put functionality like this online without proper security this is just an accident waiting to happen.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 9:37 AM | Tags (8) | auto | bricked | cars | disgruntled | hacker | systems | texas | wired |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: March 4, 2010

Google would like you to know that they think PageRank is a tad over-hyped.Google would like you to know that they think PageRank is a tad over-hyped.

PageRank has a catchy name and the name recognition. But we've always looked at all the things that are available when ranking search results. We look at where do things come from, what are the words used, how do they interact with each other, how do people interact with them,' he said.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 7:04 AM | Tags (7) | pagerank | register | overrated | google | search | algorithm | systems |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: October 28, 2009

A handy tutorial on how to compile software from source code.A handy tutorial on how to compile software from source code.

...thanks to the popularity of open-source software, where the source code is available for one and all to read and enjoy, the impetus has been put on the end-user to compile their own code if they want to use the software.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Tutorial @ 7:57 AM | Tags (15) | applications | apps | code | compile | development | linux | macosx | opensource | programming | software | source | systems | tutorial | windows | wired |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: August 19, 2009

Seven good reasons to switch over to Windows 7.Seven good reasons to switch over to Windows 7.

You complained, you demanded, and in response Microsoft slapped something together to ship October 22. The result? The overall presentation of Windows 7 is familiar enough to welcome XP users, but fundamentally it’s different enough to make you change the way you think of Microsoft.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 8:01 AM | Tags (7) | windows7 | microsoft | wired | switch | operating | systems | upgrade |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 23 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 2, 2009

Digitizing health records may ultimately save billions of dollars.Digitizing health records may ultimately save billions of dollars.

Analysts say an estimated $700 billion a year is wasted on unnecessary tests and mistakes that a computerized system could help avoid. Still, hospitals had been reluctant to change due to the up front costs. But industry professionals say the stimulus plan incentives are motivational factors.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 11:21 AM | Tags (8) | hospital | records | medical | database | health | industry | government | systems |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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