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Apple has been dealing with a dangerous rise in malware on its security-free products by telling staff to deny that it exists.
For years, Apple has managed to get away with limited security features on its expensive products because no hacker could be bothered learning OSX to infect half a dozen users to steal their Coldplay collection. The outfit could claim that viruses were a result of bad Microsoft programming which Jobs’ Mob did not suffer and its token virus checker only needed to look for two flavours of malware.
Now it seems that the long awaited Apple malware has started to arrive and customers are finding that their machines really can get infected, the company’s reality distortion field is still in operation.
Zdnet said that Apple is conducting an internal investigation into the Mac Defender malware attack but according to an internal memo has told its staff to neither confirm nor deny whether the customer’s Mac is infected or not.
Apparently, Applecare does not provide support for virus removal so staff should not attempt to take it off the machine.
Phronix.com published a nice benchmark comparing Mac OSX 10.6 vs Windows 7 on a Mac-Mini. Once again Windows 7 beats Mac OSX even though it was tested on Mac-Hardware.
Software for comparison: Urban Terror, Open Arena, Nexuiz, Warsow, X-Plane.
Hardware specifications listed at the end.
CPU: Intel Xeon Quad-Core 2.93GHz
RAM: 6GB (3x2GB)
HDD: 1x 640GB, 7200-rpm ,Serial ATA, 3Gb/s
GPU: 1x ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
Optical Drive: 18x SuperDrive
Apple Mighty Mouse
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) and User’s Guide
= 3349 usd
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7 975 Processor Extreme Edition 4x 3.33GHz
Memory: 6 GB (2x 3GB)
GPU: 2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 PCI-Express x16 – 1792MB – SLI Mode
HDD: 2x 1.5 TB, 7200-rpm, Serial ATA, 3Gb/s
Optical Drive: 5X Blu-Ray, Sony Optiarc BC-5100S BLU-RAY Reader & DVD±R/±RW Burner Combo Drive
Motherboard: Asus P6T Intel X58 Chipset CrossFire and SLI Supported w/7.1 Sound, Triple-Channel DDR3, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, 3-Way SLI PCI-E MB – 3-Way SLI
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 922 Mid Tower Gaming Case
= 3240 USD
Get a PC with twice as much power as a Mac for the same price.