Dilbert shows an example of those co-workers who are cubicle vampires. I'm scared at my workplace. :)
This Reuters story is amusing to read, but provide good tips on how Christmas parties can damage one's health. Britain's Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), which joined trade unions on Friday to issue guidelines on how to host a safe and successful office party.
This CNET News.com article says online shoppers are still willing to buy products advertised in spam. It seems the problem is unlikely to desist anytime soon, a new survey shows... The problems with this kind of sale in particular are manifold. Users are encouraging the spammers to keep sending bulk mail by buying from them. They are also violating software copyrights. Furthermore, by buying software that is most likely pirated and not produced with much quality assurance they are likely exposing themselves to viruses and spyware bundled with their illegal goods.
This CNN story says video games calm kids before surgery, more effectively than tranquilizers or parental presence. Doctors found that allowing children a few minutes to play the games reduced their anxiety until the anesthesia took effect. Dr. Anu Patel conducted the study after noticing a friend's 7-year-old son was so absorbed with his Game Boy at a restaurant that he ignored the adults and the food at his table.
CNET News.com's story asks how big a deal is offshore outsourcing. It depends who you ask:
Research firm Gartner published a study Monday saying "offshore outsourcing isn't as widespread as people think," with lower-cost locales accounting for less than 3 percent of money spent on global information technology services this year.
From a Broadband Reports' security forum thread, John2g reports The Register's article on the death of the mass mailing virus. "Mass mailing viruses will go the way of macro viruses and become much rarer next year. Viruses such as Sober and MyDoom are simply not as effective as they used to be, Kevin Hogan, a Symantec Europe manager, notes. 'People know it's risky to double click on viruses. For virus writers there's no technical kudos. Also mass mailing viruses are noisy, bringing attention to themselves, and that goes against the trend of developing malware that hides its presence on infected systems,' he said."
Broadband Reports reports that cable executives waxed poetic over "Lite" broadband tiers in 2003; connections from 128kbps to 1Mbps, offered around $25, designed to appeal to stubborn dial-up converts. Most of these tiers never materialized in 2004, primarily because of a fear that existing users, often paying in excess of $40, would downgrade and cost the companies money.
/. posted a ZDNet UK story about how spammers, hackers, and virus writers are all teaming up according to some russian security researchers from Kaspersky Labs. This means that they reckon that weaknesses will be exploited in a matter of hours of being announced, rather than the weeks and months that we're seeing now.
According to TV Tome (12/8/2004 news section), ABC will be reairing all of past episodes Lost to gain new viewers. For those of you who haven't seen the entire series so far, this is your lucky time of year as the show goes on temporary hiatus. Starting December 15th 2004, the show will rerun from the Pilot (in full), and continue down the line until the target date of February 2005. From there, they'll start with Episode 11 called "Whatever The Case May Be" and finish out the season on time in May with however many episodes they decide to finish off the season with. The episodes need to be created and more time is needed for filming.