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Talking pills. Your agency probably employs a few of these, but we're talking about the kind that come with a prescription label speechified by MediavoxRX, a subsidiary of Wizzard Software Corp. of Pittsburgh, or iVoice Inc. of Matawan, N.J. Just touch the label to convert the physician's scribble into spoken instructions. We can hear it now: 'Take one every two hours, you fool.'

The worm turns. What's the diff between Bagle, MyDoom and NetSky versus Bliss, Lindose and Ramen? Answer: The first three infest 32-bit Microsoft Windows, whereas the others attack Linux. There are enough Linux creepy-crawlers around that Finnish vendor F-Secure Corp. is waging a Linux antivirus campaign similar to those of hard-pressed Windows worm wranglers Network Associates Inc. and Symantec Corp.

Don't click that ZIP. Mi2g Ltd. of London this month announced a growing Net pestilence: decompression bombs. They're zipped files that decompress into bigger files, defeating antivirus products by filling all disk space with bogus content. For example, the string aaaaaaaaaa would be sent compressed as a10. A file containing a1000000000 would explode a decompression engine, mi2g said.

Where am I? Outdoors, a geospatially challenged user can consult a Global Positioning System receiver. Indoors? Well, we now have GPS, too. Arc Second Inc. of Dulles, Va., claims its Indoor GPS receiver, based on infrared and laser beams, can calculate locations to within 0.1 mm. You already know where we are: [email protected].


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