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Submission + - Aussies attack govt plans to filter peer-to-peer (

mask.of.sanity writes: A move by the Australian government to stamp-out illegal file sharing via its national Internet content filtering scheme will be impossible, experts say, without blanket ban on peer-to-peer traffic.

Communications minister Stephen Conroy issued the furtive announcement last month in a government blog that ISPs may be required to block illegal file sharing in peer-to-peer networks — used by the likes of LimeWire, Kazaa and BitTorrent clients.

"Technology that filters peer-to-peer and BitTorrent traffic does exist and it is anticipated that the effectiveness of this will be tested in the live pilot trial," Conroy wrote in the blog.

The announcement follows criticism that Web filtering will not block the large amount of illegal material distributed across peer-to-peer networks.

Industry experts say a blanket ban on peer-to-peer will crush innovation.


Submission + - Report: Companies using MS Word "out of habit& (

An anonymous reader writes: A Forrester Research report has found that companies use Microsoft Word for word processing out of habit rather than necessity and are beginning to consider other alternatives as the Web has changed the way people create and share documents. The report, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: The Microsoft Word Love Story," by analyst Sheri McLeish, suggests that businesses may still be using Word because it is familiar to users or because they have a legacy investment in the application, not because it is the best option.

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