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Microsoft is apparently teaching Best Buy employees that Windows 7 beats Linux in every category imaginable... The software giant is actually going as far as teaching employees that there are certain statements about Linux that need to be labeled as myths.


When your market share's slipping and your software's a dud,
get your OS to shipping, and then lay on the FUD!

Among the things MS claims you can't do under Linux which I've personally done are:

Hook up any MP3 player (except a Zune... wonder why)
Hook up scanners and printers that worked fine under XP, but had support *removed* from Vista.
Play World of Warcraft.
Connect to the internet.
Personalize (Linux is far more customizeable then Windows 7, which you can't even change the wallpaper in the basic version of)
Let's not get into "maximum protection". I mean, DAMN.

Among the things MS claims you'd want to do under Windows 7 but you probably don't really are:

Install their shitty Windows Live bloatware (why the hell would anyone want this?)
Get their "Authorized Support"
Pay a lot of money for an OS that, at my last test, only ran apps that I wanted to use which were already supported under Linux anyway.

For the second time today, I've gotta say... fuck you, Windows.
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
COFEE (Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor) is a tool that helps simplify the very complex problem of gathering “live” computer evidence of cybercrime.... COFEE is currently designed exclusively for use by law enforcement officials and is provided at no cost.

Specifically, MS has teamed up with INTERPOL to distribute this to armed government thugs worldwide. Hell, read it for yourself.


...and for once you understand the full implications of the above:

30 January 2009 @ 08:17 am
I don't know how legit this is, but the story is so funny it had me in tears.

The Autocamp 2000 Plays Online RPGs with the following rules:

1) Join any group that invites you
2) When in a group, follow behind the leader
3) Attack any monster you see
4) Accept all trade requests from other players, then give them a melon

Well, that takes care of 90% of online play.

27 January 2009 @ 02:33 pm
You had to know this day would come eventually -- they simply had more cash to throw at it than anybody else and apparently weren't shy about pushing an obscenely disproportionate heap of money to get their hands on it. =(

Mark Shuttleworth is looking forward to a good, clean netbook fight with Microsoft following the release of Windows 7.

24 December 2008 @ 09:06 am
Le Trung, a 33 year old Canadian inventer, who claims he has never had time to find a human girlfriend has created his own perfect robot woman.

Current Music: Social Distortion - Reach For The Sky
28 November 2008 @ 10:41 am
Italian bloggers are up in arms at a court ruling early this year that suggests almost all Italian blogs are illegal. This month, a senior Italian politician went one step further, warning that most web activity is likely to be against the law.

Ever played a game where simply thinking about winning was enough to ensure you lost? I had that experience Thursday night at a preview event for Wired NextFest in Chicago's Millennium Park. My wife Kerry and I threw down in a spirited match of Brainball (after throwing down a couple of martinis, natch).

03 September 2008 @ 01:37 pm
Google's Chrome Terms of Service take out a royalty-free license for Google of any content submitted by users over the internet.

Certain ISPs have been shown to rate limit or block BitTorrent traffic sent by their customers. While there are multiple reports of this on the web, only a few ISPs have admitted that they manipulate BitTorrent traffic. And, to date, it is hard for users without networking expertise to gain evidence about the behavior of their ISP.

This test suite creates a BitTorrent-like transfer between your machine and our server, and determines whether or not your ISP is limiting such traffic. This is a first step towards making traffic manipulation by ISPs more transparent to their customers.