Microsoft teams with Google in name of privacy • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/30/microsoft_google_us_privacy_law/

good news that they’re trying. Even better news if they succeed…

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Google frets over Vietnam hacktivist botnet • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/31/vietnam_botnet/

the reassuring lesson from this story is how ‘king unintelligent the authoritarians are. By only attacking their political enemies, they expose themselves as being the attackers. But although our greater intelligence should give us an advantage, we need to harness it better than we obviously are to date…

MS sees Windows 7 leap, but XP workhorse refuses to die • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/31/windows_7_xp_forrester_report/

dunno ’bout the rest of you, but I’m using half a dozen systems on Win7 and a few dozen more still on XP. My personal experience isn’t horrendous (apart from the initial headache of learning how to get control of my own ‘king systems again) but I can’t say I’ve found any major benefit from the upgrade. I still have the same number of BSODs, shutdown failures and random system file corruptions that I got used to on XP…

Security researchers scrutinise search engine poisonings • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/31/search_poisoning_dissected/

unless they mean ISP’s when they use the phrase “network managers” I don’t see much joy in here for the ordinary home grown surfer who is a) most likely to be looking for current news items and b) most likely to be the intended target for the malware.

Hyperbole and a Half: How a Fish Almost Destroyed My Childhood

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/03/how-fish-almost-destroyed-my-childhood.html

posterity will be forever grateful that she had the presence of mind to sketch a description of the events as they happened…

Orca the dolphin killer: Families see astonishing attack as they enjoy nature trip | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1261276/Orca-dolphin-killer-Families-astonishing-attack-enjoy-nature-trip.html

raw in tooth and claw. And nose apparently…

Scientists discover moral compass in the brain which can be controlled by magnets | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1262074/Scientists-discover-moral-compass-brain-controlled-magnets.html

can of worms. I anticipate a rash of defence pleas from those living or working within a couple of hundred feet of major power lines…