The msnetobj.dll library is an ActiveX control used by Microsoft’s DRM; it is intended to prevent the owner of a computer from saving or viewing certain files except under limited circumstances, and to prevent the computer’s owner from disabling it or interfering with it.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, it is also vulnerable to three separate attacks — buffer overflow, integer overflow and denial of service — any of which can compromise your computer’s working, leaving your data vulnerable to crooks and vandals.
Apple has over 250K offerings in its iTunes App Store, and the Android Market around 80K — but a new survey has shown that only 12.4 per cent of handset users cite the number of available apps as an influence on their decision of which phone to buy.
In other words, a majority of users purchase mobile phones primarily because — mirabile dictu — they want to make phone calls.
It also notes that the unlocked Google Nexus One was “not a sales success,” and that its failure “further illustrates that the true demand for unlocked handsets is lower than many believe and relegated almost entirely to a technically savvy audience.”
Translation: expect the rising tide of junkware to continue rising — even though most users don’t care about apps.
This morning comedian Stephen Colbert testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security, where he appeared as a witness on the issue of migrant farm work. He did so in character: “a fake blowhard before a panel of real pontificators. “It’s unclear upon how many members of the committee the joke was lost.” [Video | 05:19].
For any Dutch reading this – this would be like Dik voormekaar and Meneer de Groot testifying for a parlementair onderzoek.
Apple is now the world’s second-largest company, in terms of market value.
In after-hours trading on the US’s tech-heavy NASDAQ market, Apple’s share value hovered around $293 per share. At that level, Cupertino’s market value comes in at over $267bn, surpassing the former number two, PetroChina, which is valued at a paltry $265.5bn.
Almost exactly 13 years ago, when asked what he would do to fix the then-ailing Apple Computer, Michael Dell famously told a crowd of IT execs: “What would I do? I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.”
Dell’s market capitalization is currently $24.6bn.
Oh, and before you ask: Microsoft, $214.4bn; IBM, $169.2bn; Intel, $108.1bn.