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Submission + - Australian military conducts trial (

daria42 writes: It looks like Microsoft might not quite have the free reign over government desktops that it would like to. In Australia, it was revealed this week that the country's Department of Defence has recently conducted a trial involving 100 users of the productivity suite, which recently found a home at the Apache Foundation. It's not yet clear whether the department will progress with the trial to a broader rollout, but if it did, it could have significant implications for Microsoft in the Australian government.

Submission + - ShaperProbe detects ISP traffic shaping (

An anonymous reader writes: Two researchers at Georgia Tech can tell you exactly how American ISPs shape Internet traffic, and which ones do so. Bottom line: of the five largest Internet providers in the country, the three cable companies (Comcast, Time Warner, Cox) employ shaping while the telephone companies (AT&T, Verizon) do not—though that fact is less significant for the user experience than it might first sound.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long