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Rustock Botnet Reportedly Taken Down, as Spam Volumes Plummet

Krebs on Security is reporting that a huge drop in the volume of e-mail spam circulating worldwide on Wednesday was the result of a planned takedown of the Rustock botnet, which, at one point, was the most prolific purveyor of spam in the entire world. According to the Composite Spam Blocklist (CBL), which measures global spam volumes, Rustock spam (usually ads for online pharmacies and male...

Global Spam Volume on the Decline, Report Shows

Hey, here's some good news: it looks like spam is on the decline. According to Symantec's latest State of Spam and Phishing report, the volume of spam and junk mail in circulation around the world has been decreasing steadily since August, and dropped noticeably around Christmas. No one has a concrete explanation for the drop-off, but Symantec's Eric Park suggests that the demise of major botnets...

Congress Passes CALM Act, Puts Limits on Commercial Volume Levels

Don't adjust your TV sets. Democrats and Republicans really did just find a solution to one of the world's biggest problems: commercial decibel levels. After having already breezed through the Senate in October, the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act received a final stamp of approval yesterday from the House of Representatives. It's now headed to the White House, where it...

Senate Approves Bill to Limit Volume of TV Commercials

Your TV watching experience may be getting a lot calmer very soon, thanks to a newly Senate-approved bill that would put a limit on how loud advertisers can make their commercials. The appropriately titled Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) calls for the FCC to draft new regulations which would guarantee that televised commercials can't be obscenely loud, or broadcast at a...

Loud Commercials Actually Not That Loud, Just Startling

Whoa, whoa. Wait a minute. Is this report really saying that those obnoxiously loud used car commercials aren't any louder than the programs they accompany? In fact, yes. Tom Feran has taken the time to actually explain how loudness works in television here in the US, and the resulting report is pretty fascinating. In essence, a typical drama will have moments of loudness and moments of quiet,...

Survey Says Teens Don't Care About iPod-Induced Hearing Loss

If you're looking for good long-term investment, you might want to think about pumping some of your excess funds into hearing aid companies. Yes, hearing aids -- perhaps not the first thing on your list of future boom economies, but it should be after reading the results of a new study, which shows that teens not only are aware that their iPod listening habits are damaging their hearing, but...