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Campaign to kill CAPTCHA kicks off

"The use of CAPTCHA to combat spam bots is also blocking people with disabilities and the feature should be removed from websites, argues a group of disability organisations.

Microsoft says RIP Windows XP AutoRun

"Microsoft has finally decided to push out a Windows update that should stop attempts to exploit AutoRun - a feature of its operating system that fires up any program once a USB or CD is inserted into a computer. In recent years hackers have increasingly turned to AutoRun, which permits programmers to deliver instructions via Autorun.inf files to run programs without first gaining user permission.

Netbook processors break power efficiency

German researchers claim new world record.

Researchers have set a new record for energy efficient data sorting with a system based on netbook processors and Solid State Disks (SSD).

The system, dubbed EcoSort, was developed at Goethe University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and more than tripled the power efficiency of former record holders.

Records were defined by 'Sort Benchmark', which was created by missing Microsoft scientist Jim Gray and was now managed by representatives of companies like of Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft.

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