Monday, April 30, 2012

Apple and Taxes: What the New York Times Missed

"What the Times fails to make clear is how community colleges are funded in California. The picture is much more complicated. California community colleges draw the majority of their funding from the state’s general fund — which is drawn directly from the state’s personal and corporate income taxes — and from local property taxes collected by counties. As of the 2009-2010 budget cycle, these two buckets made up about 88 percent of the system’s funding. State lottery funds, federal funds and student fees made up the remainder."

Apple and Taxes: What the New York Times Missed

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Forget Apple: Oracle to bring Java security fixes directly to Mac users

"Oracle released Java SE 7 Update 4 this week, which finally gives Mac owners the means to receive critical Java security patches at the same time they're available for users of Windows and Linux operating systems. The new release means that OS X should be receiving regular Java updates directly from the source—helping to prevent attacks like the recent Flashback infection—as well as a fully supported Java development environment."

Forget Apple: Oracle to bring Java security fixes directly to Mac users

Apple’s Tax Guys Are Better Than Yours

"Okay, so maybe G.E. still holds its own against the Cupertino-based computing giant — after all, it did earn a $3.5 billion tax credit in 2010 on over $5 billion profits — but Apple's tax accountants are clearly world-class. They managed to save the company as much as $2.4 billion in taxes last year, with the company paying just $3.3 billion on $34.2 billion in profits, according to a front-page story in today's New York Times. "

Apple’s Tax Guys Are Better Than Yours

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

What’s This? A Mac Virus? No, Actually It’s a Weakness in Java.

When a computer incident happens on Apple’s Mac OS X, it’s a headline-making event. When it happens on Windows, it’s just another day.
That remains the reality, even after a bunch of media reports on how a vulnerability in Java has led to the creation of a Mac botnet about 600,000 strong.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Russian Security Experts Analyze Backdoor.Flashback.39

Backdoor.Flashback.39, the piece of malware designed to target computers running Mac OS X, caused a lot of headaches for Mac users, especially because one of the Java vulnerabilities it exploited remained unpatched by Apple.

Security experts have found that even after Apple patched the flaw, the cybercriminals behind the operation didn't seem to be discouraged.

Researchers from Russian security firm Doctor Web analyzed the malicious element and determined that the infection begins when users are redirected to shady sites from compromised domains.

A piece of JavaScript code, placed on websites such as,,, or, loads the Java applet that contains the exploit.

The exploit then saves an executable onto the infected Mac machine. This executable file connects to a remote server from which it downloads and executes the final payload.

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