Global spam email levels suddenly fall
. The volume of email spam has been dropping for 5 months, but during the holidays fell below 25% of August 2010 levels
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Putting his money where his mouth is
regarding the recent Symantec (Norton Utilities
, Anti-Virus etc.) Mac OS X virus claims
...? Seems not to be
, but the fellow who was sponsoring the $25,000 reward has a, shall we say, checkered past
. Mac users are still waiting
for the first real attack. I could live without it, but this particular religious war
insane and inane it can get) does liven up our computing experience
. If the pop-unders at MacDailyNews
get around your browser's pop-up blocker, go here
These guys are pretty upset.
Symantec's new Internet Security suite combines a firewall, anti-virus utility, and content-filtering parental controls in one package. And guess what? When a user sets the filter to block "Weapons" sites, it blocks NRA pages!
Internet Security 2004 isn't really the issue, however. It's a (large) "community" once again overreacting, spreading FUD
about rights being taken away, political brainwashing, and the world coming to an end.
Or, this is just the best. troll. ever. You decide.
Another way around sneaky agreements
: A Californian is suing
(PDF) Microsoft and Symantec over shrink-wrapped agreements and EULAs that are only readable when you first install the software, making a return or refund absolutely impossible. Many courts have upheld shrinkwrap licenses
. Conversely, reverse engineering has been determined to constitute fair use
. If this case sets a precedent, could we see abridged legalese on the side of future boxes or a rethinking of software licensing trends
? Or will the cluttered tower of consumer rights, protection for software companies and code evolution and innovation topple over?
The bastards at Symantec
are now charging for virus updates.
They've just lost a customer, a hopefully many more. The feedback form is here
if you feel the need to bitch at them.