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Digipede Technologies, a provider of distributed computing solutions for the Microsoft Windows platform will demonstrate the first .NET-based grid-enabled computing applications in the financial services market running on the new Microsoft Windows Compute Cluster Server (CCS) at this week’s Securities Industry Association Technology Management Conference in New York, June 20 – 22, 2006. The combination of the Digipede Network, HP ProLiant Servers and Microsoft Windows CCS sets a new standard in ease of deployment and use in the grid computing market. “Our financial services customers continue to amaze us with the variety of applications they have that require a grid computing approach,” said John Powers, CEO of Digipede. “To further strengthen our offerings, we are working with HP’s Industry Standard Server team and Microsoft&rsqu... (more)

Researcher Says Windows XP SP2 Has DoS Bug

Microsoft Windows XP SP2 has a bug in its kernel that could let attackers bring down the machine with a denial-of-service (DoS) attack, vulnerability tracker Secunia said on Friday. Microsoft's spokesman said, "Microsoft is currently investigating public reports of a possible vulnerability in Windows." He continued, "We have not been made aware of attacks that try to use the reported vulnerability, or of any customer impact." The flaw in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 will permit a denial-of-service attack against systems that are up-to-date, patched, and have the Windows ... (more)

Report Concludes: ".NET's Design Benefited From Past Experience With Java"

Although .NET and Java share similar goals and their designs are similar in most respects, there appear to be significant differences in the likelihood of security vulnerabilities in the two platforms, according to a report Nathanael Paul and David Evans of the University of Virginia's Department of Computer Science, who say .NET's design "avoids vulnerabilities and limitations discovered in Java and discusses lessons learned (and missed) from experience with Java security." Both platforms share many design and implementation properties, says the report, "but there are key differ... (more)

Microsoft "Deeply Saddened," Pledges $1M In Cash and Encourages Giving at MSN.com

'Every one of us at Microsoft is deeply saddened by the destruction of property and personal lives in the wake of Hurricane Katrina,' says a statement on the Microsoft web site, 'and our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been affected by the storm and its aftermath.' As reported earlier at SYS-CON.com, Microsoft has pledged $1 million in cash to relief organizations, including the American Red Cross. Microsoft and its employees are contributing to the relief efforts in a variety of additional ways. Its business teams are working with local and state go... (more)

Microsoft Changes Vista for Google

Microsoft has cut a deal with the US government and is going modify Vista to hush Google's complaints that it discourages users from using Google's local desktop search as opposed to Vista's own desktop "Instant Search." The move comes after Google charged Microsoft with violating its 2002 consent decree with the government on the theory that the search facility is middleware and basically a controlled substance subject to the Final Judgment. Google's problem is that the Vista search can't be turned off and when the two run together the operation is as slow as molasses in January... (more)