Microsoft posts record quarter but says tablets have “cannibalized” netbooks

Enterprise customers are flocking to Windows, Office, SQL Server but PC sales are weak By Julie Bort, Network World October 20, 2011 07:38 PM ET Despite weak consumer demand for PCs, Microsoft posted record first quarter revenue of $17.37 billion for the period that ended Sept. 30. This beat analysts’ reported expectations of $17.2 billion. Revenue...

Verisign wants power to shut sites down upon law enforcement request

In a request made yesterday to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Verisign outlined a new “anti-abuse” policy that would allow the company to terminate, lock, or transfer any domain under its registration jurisdiction under a number of circumstances. And one of those circumstances listed was “requests of law enforcement.” The request,...

How to become a hacker

You’ve read about the exploits of groups such as LulzSec, Anonymous and AntiSec. You’ve read my Kevin Mitnick interview with great interest. You’ve followed such famous programmers as Richard Stallman, Linus Torvalds, Marc Andreesen and Dennis Ritchie. And, now you want to become a hacker. But, how does one become a hacker? Is there some secret society with...