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In what it is calling the most significant update in over five years, IBM has released a major upgrade to its Informix database. The upgrade offers users improvements in performance, administration and security. Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) Version 10 boosts query performance with better memory allocation and configurable page sizes, the company says. Version 10 also offers improved back-up and restores utilities to provide faster setup of secondary servers, and better log management tools. The enterprise replication feature, for generating copies of data at multiple sites, now supports templates, easing deployment. The database comes with a tool IBM says can cut installation time in half. Version 10 lets administrators do a point-in-time restore for an individual table, a capability already available in DB2. IDS customers currently have to restore the whole databas... (more)

Jackson Acquittal Should Stop "Suicide" Virus

A spam campaign that claims that Michael Jackson has attempted suicide in an attempt to lure innocent computer users into being infected by a Trojan horse should be far less effective now that the King of Pop has been acquitted on all counts, says a former executive with the Computer Security Institute. The original scam presented the following message, and was first reported by the UK-based security firm Sophos: The email claims that Michael Jackson has attempted to commit suicide. But clicking on the link will cause infection. Sophos has identified hundreds of the spam messages ... (more)

Bloggers Call For Immediate Resignation Of FEMA Director Michael Brown

- Announcing the "Change The Administration" March in D.C. - New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin tells what he thinks about his fellow politicians and people in Washington in this morning's radio interview. "FEMA Director Michael Brown must be removed from his job immediately and should be assigned to truck duty to drive and unload food and supplies to the New Orleans Convention Center thoughout the night and for the next 48 hours. This guy is an incomptenet political idiot who has no qualification to run this organization. It is completely unacceptable not to be able to drop one single p... (more)

Wyse Announces First Thin Computing Reference Platform for Enterprise Desktop Virtualization

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Wyse Technology, the global leader in thin computing, today announced the availability of the first in a series of Thin Computing Reference Platforms designed for major industry players looking to incorporate thin-computing technology into their product portfolios. The first Thin Computing Reference Platform from Wyse is targeted at supporting VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), called The Wyse Reference Platform for Enterprise Desktop Virtualization. Wyse also announced that NEC will be the first co-development partner leveragi... (more)

Bulletproofing the WebSocket Wire Protocol

Web Security Journal: There's been a flurry of discussion this week among Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the WebSocket (WS) protocol? John Fallows: When surfing the Web, our browsers may communicate with Web servers via HTTP proxies that deliver many benefits, such as providing previously cached Web content more efficiently than repeatedly contacting the target server. These proxies may be either ex... (more)