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Comment: Okay Funny Guy (Score 1) 395 395

You are comparing apples to oranges. The windows OS is designed to allow third-party applications to run on it for a nominal additional cost (price of a dev kit) to the third party developer. The Xbox is not. Please, examine Microsoft's license terms carefully before you blindly assume the xbox is open.

More specifically, Why let consumers pay for their media once with a blue-ray player when Microsoft and the media distribution cartel can (and will) earn far more money passing it through the xbox?
The Internet

+ - Spy Act Only Protects Vendors and Their DRM

An anonymous reader writes: Last week a subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved H.R. 964, the Spy Act, which bans some of the more blatant forms of spyware such as those that hijack computer or log keystrokes. The bill now goes to the full committee for approval, and it's expected to move quickly as it has strong bipartisan support.

Infoworld's Ed Foster explains in his blog that "If Congress' approach on this sounds vaguely familiar, it should. It's basically the same formula Congress adopted four years to deal with spam. As we know, the dreadful Can Spam Act of 2003 proved to be the "Yes, You Can Spam Act." If wiser heads in Congress don't prevail — and who knows if there are any — I fear the Spy Act of 2007 will just prove to be the "Vendors Can Spy Act."
Security

+ - 15 bleeding-edge net research projects to watch

BobB writes: "New network research coming out of university and other labs ranges from squashing worms and keyboard loggers to conducting super stealthy messaging to enabling communication even when a corporate network is down for the count. Wireless and security are getting a particularly big share of attention and funding. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/042407-resea rch-projects.html"

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