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Submitted by BEI01
BEI01 (567185) writes "On Monday morning, Valve updated their countdown web page with the announcement of SteamOS.

Steam is coming to a new operating system
"As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself. SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.""

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Comment: Re:Anti-Piracy Warnings (Score 1) 438

by AndyGJ (#29759691) Attached to: UK Copyright Group Tells Cinemas to Ban Laptops

Yeah, I heard that too. It's time I start playing with some high brightness IR LEDs. Hell, you could even spell "idiots" and they wouldn't be able to do anything - it's not illegal to carry a battery and a bunch of LEDs.

I think having "PIRATE" spelt out across the back of my jacket would be brilliant, and it could result in a very funny conversation as you feign ignorance and they try and explain what they have seen.

Comment: Re:Do not hate me. (Score 1) 821

by AndyGJ (#28469957) Attached to: Microsoft Discloses Windows 7 Pricing

I ran into the installation size surprise when I was testing server 2008 - I was pretty surprised when the system partition was about 20gb a few days after install without me installing anything on it.

This is how they fit 20gb onto a 3gb DVD.

So its using hardlinks, but the kicker is I think every installer, and explorer report the size as multiples of the actual file size.

Id love somone to tell me that I'm wrong here, as that seems pretty crazy to me!

Comment: Re:ISPs (Score 1) 115

by AndyGJ (#27674681) Attached to: Botnet Expert Wants 'Special Ops' Security Teams
I was a ISP support chap in a previous life, during the blaster days.

A fairly common reaction when explaining to people that they had been infected, was to be shouted at for "sending my PC viruses".

Sadly I think that before any quarantine plans can be implemented a pretty major shift in user perception must occur - otherwise the level of bitching that will occur will be apocalyptic.

However, I don't work in support anymore - I say go for it ;)

Social Networks

Academics To Predict Next Twitter and Its Pitfalls 150

Posted by samzenpus
from the peer-into-my-crystal-ball dept.
An anonymous reader writes "University researchers in the UK have put together a team tasked with predicting the next big thing in terms of communication technologies, in a bid to tackle ethical pitfalls before they become a problem. This is in the wake of the rise of social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, which has led to a dramatic increase in the amount of personal information available online."
Movies

Watchmen Watched 489

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the because-i-can dept.
In a blatant attempt to make my movie-going a valid business expense, I'm putting together some notes on Watchmen, and providing a place for you all to discuss it. The first thing I want to say is that I had high hopes: If you ask any serious comic book nerd what the most important book is, they will probably give you one of two answers, and "Watchmen" is the right one. So really Snyder, the director of 300, could only do wrong. Fortunately for me, he was very true to the book: just like 300, many sequences are shot-for-shot from the comics. Some stuff didn't make it, and the new ending has a different meaning to me (one that really isn't as satisfying, but is certainly cleaner). But what I can't say is if it was a good movie or not. I sorta wish I could get an impartial opinion of someone who isn't a nutty fan of the book to tell me how it stands as a movie. I imagine a bit slow, wordy and maybe a bit confusing in parts. I'll leave full reviews to others, but I enjoyed the picture and suspect you will too.
Java

Sun Slips Firefox Extension Into Java Update 311

Posted by timothy
from the we-thought-you-wanted-it dept.
pcardno writes "It seems it's not just Microsoft that have spotted a good opportunity to distribute their software through Firefox Addons. On installing the latest annoying, sysbar bubble based Java update, my Firefox informed me that I had a wonderful new Java addon automatically. Here's the addon screenshot. Yes, I could opt out of it, but why are Sun installing Addons to my Firefox without me making specific choices in the application itself? To be clear — I have never chosen to install this Addon, yet it has been installed without my permission with the latest Java Update."
Windows

Post-Beta Windows 7 Build Leaked With New IE8 332

Posted by timothy
from the seekret-leaks-from-nowhere-in-particular dept.
CWmike writes "A post-beta version of Windows 7, Build 7022, leaked to Internet file-sharing sites also includes an updated version of IE8, according to searches at several BitTorrent trackers. With Microsoft halting new Windows 7 beta downloads on Tuesday, and blocking all downloads as of noon (EST) today, users are again turning to illegal sources to get the new operating system."
Security

Downadup Worm — When Will the Next Shoe Drop? 295

Posted by timothy
from the it-looks-like-you're-using-windows dept.
alphadogg writes "The Downadup worm — also called Conflicker — has now infected an estimated 10 million PCs worldwide, and security experts say they expect to see a dangerous second-stage payload dropped soon. 'It has the potential to infect about 30% of Windows systems online, a potential 300 to 350 million PCs,' says Don Jackson, director of threat intelligence in the counter threat unit at SecureWorks. The worm, first identified in November and suspected to have originated in the Ukraine, is quickly ramping up, and while Downadup today is not malicious in the sense of destroying files — its main trick is to block users from accessing antivirus sites to obtain updates to protect against it — the worm is capable of downloading second-stage code for darker purposes."
Government

President Signs Law Creating Copyright Czar 555

Posted by kdawson
from the ip-con dept.
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "President Bush has signed the EIPRA (AKA the PRO-IP Act) and created a cabinet-level post of 'Copyright Czar,' on par with the current 'Drug Czar,' in spite of prior misgivings about the bill. They did at least get rid of provisions that would have had the DOJ take over the RIAA's unpopular litigation campaign. Still, the final legislation (PDF) creates new classes of felony criminal copyright infringement, adds civil forfeiture provisions that incorporate by reference parts of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, and directs the Copyright Czar to lobby foreign governments to adopt stronger IP laws. At this point, our best hope would appear to be to hope that someone sensible like Laurence Lessig or William Patry gets appointed."

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