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Internet Explorer The Best At Blocking Malware?

That's the report coming out of NSS Labs' latest showdown. According to the site:

In Q2 2011, NSS Labs performed the first test of web browser protection against socially-engineered malware targeting European users. Socially Engineered Malware remains the most common security threat facing Internet users today and European users have found themselves particular targets of malware authors over the last 12 months. According to the EU’s statistics office, Eurostat, almost one third of internet users in the European Union were victims of malware infections in 2010 despite the majority having security software installed.

Several different types of malware was tudied over the period from Q2 2010 to  Q2 2011. Browsers tested included:

Apple Safari 5, Google Chrome 10, Internet Explorer 8 Internet Explorer 9, FIrefox 4, Opera11

From the report:

According to the EU’s statistics office, Eurostat, almost one third of internet users in the European Union  were victims of malware infections in 2010 despite the majority having security software installed. Of the 27 EU countries surveyed (totaling over 200,000 users), those with the highest malware infections include Bulgaria (58%), Slovakia (47%), Hungary (46%), Italy (45%) and Estonia (43%.)

The SmartScreen Filter protection offered by Windows Internet Explorer 9 has two components: URL Reputation, which is included in IE8 and Application Reputation, which is new to IE9.  IE9 caught an exceptional  92% of the live threats with SmartScreen  URL  reputation, and an additional 8% with Application Reputation.   IE9 with SmartScreen offers the best protection of any browser against socially engineered malware.  Protection against malware targeting European users matched our broader findings from the Q3 2010 global test.Windows  Internet Explorer 8  caught 90% of the live threats, an exceptional score that also matched our broader findings from the Q3 2010 global test.Apple Safari 5 caught 13% of the live threats.  Protection offered was near identical to that of Chrome and Firefox.Mozilla Firefox 4 caught 13% of  the  live threats,  far fewer than Internet Explorer 8 or Internet Explorer 9.  Results were 6% less than the 19% protection rate observed in our Q3 2010 global test, indicating either an overall drop in protection for Firefox or regional weakness in Europe.Google Chrome 10 caught 13% of the live threats, considerably more than the 3% observed during the Q3 2010 global test and a welcome improvement.Opera 11 caught 5% of the live threats, providing a measurable amount protection against sociallyengineered malware for the first time.

 

So according to this report, MS didn't stop with the desktop when they began to overhaul Windows security. But then when Bil Gates is said to get millions of spammails everyday, you do have a lot of opportunity to test many different "strains." It would seem as though education would solve even more of these issues. If more peopel were aware of malware and how it's spread there would much less opportunity for users and corporatiosn to be burdened by the existence of such malware and exploits.

 

Click here for the Full Report (PDF)

Adobe Releases 64-bit Flash with 7.1

After nearly a year, Adobe has released it's first 64 bit version of the popular Flash software and tools. This release supports Windows, Mac and Linux distros. New features in the software include

  • 64-bit OS support
  • 7.1 Surround sound
  • Stage3D for rue GPU accelereated models
  • G.711 audio compression for telephony
  • H.264/AVC SW Encoding
  • Socket Progress Events for creating FTP like applications with buffer support
  • Asynchronous bitmap decoding which enables faster page loading

There are also many updates to the AIR runtime to enable a more seamless experience across devices, operating systems.

Click here to download the Beta

I Just Cancelled My Clear 4G

Well I just cancled my Clear 4G account.  It started off great.  I was getting 20mb download speeds on my mobile device, and although my home Motorola modem was flaky after first it started working fine.  Well then the fun comes.  As 4G devices get more popular it was clear that in Central Austin, North Central or Allendale to be more precise, there was too many users, and not enough bandwidth.  If I wanted to stream Netflix forget about it.  If I wanted to stream my security cameras from Tek Republik, well, forget that too.  Then the heat of the Summer came, and in addition to Clear throttling Netflix, or anything, it became obvious that the towers were going down, and it has been widely theorized that this was due to the heat.  What was a great deal for two devices at $55 a month for unlimited bandwidth is no longer the case.  

I'm trying Time Warner again 35MB down, and 5MB up for $49.99 in the hopes it works right.  It is going to take them a whopping 11 days to get the install done, and I can not do it apparently.  I don't like that at all.

Grande and Uverse are available across 2222 from me at my sisters house.  Grande has 110MB down for $110 a month.  Yeah, I'm not joking.  I've been trying to get Grande for 5 and half years, as long as I've had their fiber at Tek Republik.  They have not moved past 2222 in that amount of time.  Literally a few hundred feet.  So why are we stuck with Time Warner, or ATT DSL in Allendale?  Why after 5 years is there still no fiber.  Why can't they cross the road?  After spending hours on the phone yesterday with ATT, and Grande, I have no answers.

What I do have though is a lawyer and a porn video company claiming we torrented a racy video over Clear, and distributed it, and we owe them $50.  I don't use torrent.  Sorry, it is full of viruses.  What I do is stream video.  In fact I never downloaded MP3s, and I couldn't care less about watching movies.  I don't have the spare time to manage data. I have two businesses to run.  I have a daughter to raise, and a child on the way.  I want to stream.  Of course I think my extensive DVD, CD, and Blu Ray collection attests to that.  As does my Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, Amazon Video, and Last.FM.  

So who pulled this video down?  Is it someone who hacked my network?  Is it a past roomate?  Its not my 6 year old daughter.  It is not my wife.  It is not me.  My laptop at home is used for email, Netflix, and for my daughter to play games.  In fact since I've gotten a Roku it has mostly been used for email, and web browsing.  Not that I'm ever home.  I'm usually at work or onsite somewhere.  Anyway, if you get a call from 786-879-7449 its probably them.  Some anonymous lawyer aid with no real proof you did anything.  I'm going to fight it.  

GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nm Design Ecosystem

As reported by SemiWiki GF is set to present their new 28nm HKMG process and ecosystem at DAC in San Diego next week.

 

“We have been in production of real HKMG products for months,” said Mojy Chian, senior vice president of design enablement at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “We have been leveraging this experience by collaborating with ecosystem partners to build this knowledge into the design infrastructure and tools we provide to customers at 28nm. This focus on early design-technology co-optimization and silicon validation will translate to accelerated time-to-market for the next generation of power-sensitive consumer electronics and mobile devices.”

 

Opteron Powers nearly Half Of The Top 25 SuperComputers

According to John Fruehe of AMD in his latest blog.

 

  • AMD Opteron processors:             11 (44%)
  • Intel Xeon processors:                    8 (32%)
  • IBM PowerPC processors:             4 (16%)
  • Fujitsu SPARC processors:             1 (4%)
  • AMD Opteron + IBM Cell:             1 (4)

In the CPU-only realm only Sun SPARC has scored higher on the industry standard LinPack benchmark.

 

From the site:

LINPACK is a collection of Fortran subroutines that analyze and solve linear equations and linear least-squares problems. The package solves linear systems whose matrices are general, banded, symmetric indefinite, symmetric positive definite, triangular, and tridiagonal square. In addition, the package computes the QR and singular value decompositions of rectangular matrices and applies them to least-squares problems. LINPACK uses column-oriented algorithms to increase efficiency by preserving locality of reference.

LINPACK was designed for supercomputers in use in the 1970s and early 1980s. LINPACK has been largely superceded by LAPACK, which has been designed to run efficiently on shared-memory, vector supercomputers.

 

AMD has been a staple of the Top500 since Opteron was released in 2003. Cray has created the most scalable HPC architecture including the Gemini interconnect that is said to scale out to HALF A MILLION CPU cores.

Upcoming versions of AMD Cray SCs are the XK6, their first truly hybrid SC made by combining AMDs Opteron 6200 (Codenamed Bulldozer) processors and NVidia’s Tesla X2090 (Codename Fermi) GPUs. Cray estimates this to provide up to 50PF (PetaFlops) of LinPack performance.

 

Users of the Cray systems include the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the Lawrence Livermore Labs; the Oak Ridge National Lab; the Finnish Meteorological Institute and many others as these installations lease out “rack space” too many universities around the world.

The 6200 Opterons look to continue this trend as the NOAA reported the latest upgrades to their XE6 system will take it from 260TFlops to 386 TFlops using Interlagos 16 core CPUs. A new XE6 will be added natively based on Opteron 6200 processors and will achieve a theoretical 720TFlops. Cray’s current champ, the Jaguar achieves 1.7PetaFlops of performance, slightly behind the 2.4PF of the Tianhe GPU Hybrid but well behind the new leader, the SPARC based K Computer in Japan’s Riken Institute, which scores 8.1PF, though it does so with 2X the cores and power.

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