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Microsofts new monopoly June 29, 2005

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Well it looks like Richard Stallman has taken to demonizing Microsoft in his crusade to keep software patents out of Europe. He says Microsoft will go to Europe and sue Software Developers and users. What a crock of shit. Once again, the FSF trying to spread FUD against and trying to wrench up the fear factor with regards to Microsoft.

Supreme Court rules in favor of Entertainment industry June 28, 2005

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Surprise, Surprise. Some people hate the decision. But What did they expect. The United States is no longer a country where justice and common sense are dominant. All the US sees is green, the color of money, maybe we should change our american flag to look like a $20.00 bill. People who create legitimate P2P’s will be the ones who get hurt by this. Personally I expected this. The US government is and always has been the puppet boy of big business. Money will win over common sense any day. Filesharers, enjoy your fun while it lasts. My question is.. How long will it take for these people to move their networks off of American soil?

King Kong the Movie June 28, 2005

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New trailer up. Looks good, looks much better than that pathetic excuse for Godzilla that Matthew Broderick did a few years back.

Security for Longhorn 5048 June 28, 2005

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I had a problem with finding a security suite for Longhorn 5048. Zonealarm Security Suite, andAvast did not work at all. Norton went haywire and bombed. The ones I have found to work are McAfee 9 and AVG, Clamwin, and eTrust do work. The McAfee Personal Firewall does work as well. For best practice tho always utilize a hardware firewall as well.

Microsoft plays Russian Roulette with Longhorn June 27, 2005

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Softpedia has published this article on Microsoft and Longhorn. very anti-Microsoft and i will say this. Longhorn doesnt owe a fucking thing to Mac OS X Tiger, tiger is a blatant ripoff of Longhorn at PDC 2003. The Google Desktop search is shit compared to MSN or even Copernic. And to the Author, IE 7 will have RSS features built in. The only thing I think is a shame is that users of Windows 2000 are left out in the cold. I dont think Longhorn, Linux or Mac OS X really will affect Longhorn or Microsofts future. It will be Microsofts inability or unwillingness to support its older products that will shut it down. The only thing I can say to the users of Win2k is that Netscape 8 or Safari have IE 7 features today.

Microsoft embraces RSS June 25, 2005

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Microsoft has some extensive plans for RSS. Looks really cool. I like the integration of RSS and IE7 but I already have these capabilities with Netscape 8 and Safari. What Microsoft is doing is integrating it into the entiure platform and they are putting their RSS extensions and placing them under the Creative Commons Share alike ith Attributions license. Im fully expecting Richard Stallman to next week come up with some excuse as to Microsofts extensions cannot be used in GPL products and Dave Rachiver from Public Patent Foundation aka Anti-Microsoft Patent Foundation (more on that later) to tell developers and users that we dont need to comply with the license.

Microsoft pushing Spam filtering technology June 23, 2005

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This is one thing I disagree with. I think microsoft needs to get with the program choose a public standard that makes everyone happy and run with it. Forcing people to use a technology is one way to get labeled the bad guy. i do use my MSN account as my main account so I am going to be affected and no, right now I do not plan to change.

First look at Apples Intel based Macs June 23, 2005

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Think Secret has an article where some have been taking receipt of some of Apples Intel Macs. These machines are developmental versions only and you have to pay $999 dollars to get one and they have to be returned at the end of 2006 which is a bummer. thats the only thing keeping me from getting one. Oh well, i will check the Intel box in XCode and hopefully it will work when the Intel macs ship.

Microsoft Avalanche and Bram Cohen June 21, 2005

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Bram Cohen is the inventor and developer of the Bittorrent protocol. Seems like he knows what he is talking about which surprised me when I read this about Microsoft Avalanche. I think he is a victim of the Register and “free” press. I can see why he is angry, but in this particular situation Microsoft wasnt the aggressor. So lets see if we can work through some facts for Mr. Cohen.


First of all, I’d like to clarify that Avalanche is vaporware.
It isn’t a product which you can use or test with, it’s a bunch of
proposed algorithms. There isn’t even a fleshed out network protocol.
The ‘experiments’ they’ve done are simulations.

First off Avalanche is not Vaporware. Avalanche is a research project. No one from Microsoft or at Microsoft has said anything about Avalanche being a shipping product. This was The Register and other news sources that claim this to be a shipping product. Until you hear about it from Microsoft spokespeople or Robert Scoble, this is nothing but research. About the experiments being simulations: Mr. Cohen, over 90% of all research projects are done through simulations. I remember in 1995 I read a research paper about subplanting human extremities with biomechanical artificial limbs. It was really out there, Star Trek, Star Wars futuristic type of paper. It hasnt materialized and thats the thing with research projects, over 80% of them never take shape or even get seriously developed.

The rest of his post has to do with the technical side of it so I wont comment on them. his technical evaluation seems sound. But….


” As you’ve probably figured out by now, I think that paper is complete
garbage. Unfortunately it’s actually one of the better academic papers
on BitTorrent, because it makes some attempt, however feeble, to do an
apples to apples comparison. I’d comment on academic papers more, but
generally they’re so bad that evaluating them does little more than go
over epistemological problems with their methodology, and is honestly a
waste of time.”

I agree with him on the academic papers issue. Most of them are very bad or either very uninteresting. This one was one of the few I have ever read completely through. But I will say this about Microsoft Research, MSR is probably studying this to be a general corporate type use nothing wide scale or on the level that bittorrents on. Microsoft i dont think would develop and release technology that would be used in mass pirating of movies and software. before people start on this, I am not saying Bram Cohen developed Bittorrent to distribute illegal movies or pirated software, but a lot of people use it for that, it was not a cheap shot at anybody.

Firefox ported to RISC OS June 21, 2005

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Very good news for RISC OS users. Fairly interesting.