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March 5, 2004

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'MyDoom' worm latest threat to PC users
28 January 2004

A new computer worm called MyDoom, which is spreading across the Internet via spam, can potentially allow attackers to gain unauthorised access to personal computers, security experts said. The new worm, also dubbed Novarg or Shimgapi, doesn't take advantage of any software flaws or vulnerabilities, but rather is designed to entice recipients of an e-mail to open an attached file and run programs contained in the attachment. "Mailboxes at large corporations are infected and reporting multiple infections throughout their entire organisations," said David Perry, global education director at Trend Micro Inc. The mass-mailing worm that arrives as an attachment with an .exe, .scr, .zip or .pif extension and can have a subject line of "test" or "status." Users who receive the worm and simply ignore or delete it will be able to avoid any damage.

Microsoft targets TVs in latest move off desktop
09 January 2004

Microsoft Corp unveiled products yesterday that will allow TVs anywhere in the home to access video, music and photos stored on personal computers, in its latest effort to push its software beyond the desktop. As PC makers begin to move beyond computing and into traditional electronics like televisions, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said his company was committed to the same push, with products for home entertainment and media management. In his annual address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Gates demonstrated his plan for "seamless computing" with products that connect to or synchronise with PC hardware or Microsoft software. Gates said Microsoft will unveil products later this year that will allow TV viewers to access live and recorded TV programmes, music files, digital photos and other media stored on their PC. Named Media Centre Extender, the new software package will provide up to five televisions remote access to PCs running the company's Windows XP Media Centre Edition. The software supports the copyright protection system known as digital rights management, so users can order media directly from Internet-based subscription services like Movielink via a TV, Gates said. Both Hewlett-Packard Co. and Gateway Inc. will build televisions with the software and wireless-networking hardware built in. In addition, HP, Gateway, Dell Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will offer set-top boxes running the platform.

Source: www.stuff.co.nz

Science of the Deep

Underwater living
Jaques Cousteu began building a series of habitats in the 1960s and set a record in 1965 with six men at 328 feet for 21 days. Through four decades of experiments in underwater living, there have been 3 fatalities, none caused by habitat. Aquarius is nearing the record for being the longest-running and most successful of these experiments in inner space. It is the only continuously operating undersea laboratory today.

Who goes there?
Not only does a variety of life thrive in the ocean's deep waters, but countless volcanic hydrothermal vents spew hot sulphuric gases and other energy-rich chemicals. Along the tectonic fault lines that crisscross the ocean floor are where all kinds of unknowns are waiting for scientific discovery.

Sometimes simple works
When scientists need the correct tool for the job, they sometimes they have to think outside the box. On the Aquarius mission, the experts used women's pantyhose and simple tubes with holes to catch larvae needed for study.

Need to vent?
Vents called 'cold seeps' have been found all over the world's waters. From them a natural gas (methane) is seeping out that becomes trapped in water ice crystals to create hydrates. Like hot vents, these cold hydrates are also sustaining deep-sea life via chemosythesis.

Technology, here we come
A new generation of undersea tools is becoming increasingly effective underwater robotics. They become our 'eyes in the sea' by allowing us to travel to new depths. They are easier to deploy at less cost and are capable of seafloor mapping, visual reconnaissance, sonar and magnetometer searches, and water and specimen sampling.

Source: Discovery.com



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