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Silverlight On the Way To Linux 475

Posted by timothy
from the howl-at-the-moonlight dept.
Afforess writes "For the past two years Microsoft and Novell have been working on the 'Moonlight' project. It is a runtime library for websites that run Silverlight. It should allow PCs running Linux to view sites that use Siverlight. Betanews reports 'In the next stage of what has turned out to be a more successful project than even its creators envisioned, the public beta of Moonlight — a runtime library for Linux supporting sites that expect Silverlight — is expected within days.' Moonlight 2.0 is already in the works."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Left 4 Dead Demo Dated, Cinematic Released 30

Posted by Soulskill
from the spry-zombies dept.
Valve has announced that their upcoming horror game Left 4 Dead will have a demo available for play on November 11th. They've also released an impressive four-minute cinematic to show off the game's theme. Left 4 Dead is set to launch on November 18th, and if pre-order numbers are any indication, it will be even more popular than the Orange Box. CVG put together a short survival guide for dealing with those troublesome Infected, and Firing Squad did an interview with Turtle Rock Studios' Michael Booth, in which he mentioned that they want to be able to track stats through Steam so players are able to build a "reputation."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft says iPhone as irrelevant to business

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Microsoft exec has turned attack dog, lashing out at Apple's iPhone by saying the device isn't good for business. Why? Because the iPhone won't come preloaded with MS Office! What a joke! Apple's response to this was gold — "I'm not interested in commenting on this," an Apple spokersperson said. Nice!"
Windows

+ - Windows Vista restricts GNU GCC apps to 32 MB

Submitted by Neil Watson
Neil Watson (60859) writes "A developer named Thomas R. Nicely claims that... Executable images created for the DOS/Wintel environment (but not employing the Win32 API), using the GNU GCC compilers and language standards, are subject to failure (or performance degradation) when executed in Microsoft Windows Vista, because Vista arbitrarily restricts the memory space for the GCC executable to 32 MB (33,554,432 bytes) Read more."
GNU is Not Unix

+ - Torvals "pretty pleased" With Latest GPL v

Submitted by
Novus Ordo Seclorum
Novus Ordo Seclorum writes "According to c|net, Linus Torvalds is "pretty pleased" with the current GPL v3 draft. After his earlier criticism, some had questioned whether such controversies would lead to rifts in the community, especially if the kernel ended up under a different license than the GNU tools. But now, thanks to the latest revisions, Linus will entertain moving the kernel over to the GPL v3."
The Internet

+ - Websites that require a specific OS?!?!

Submitted by zastard
zastard (316106) writes "I hate dealing with web hosting companies. Occasionally, though, I'll make an exception for the purposes of helping out my mom. Her site is hosted by Homestead.com. She wanted me to add another email address for her, right? No problem. So I go to this site, attempt to log in and I receive the following error message:

Please Use a Compatible Computer. You are using a computer that is not compatible with Homestead. To access the Homestead website, please return to www.homestead.com with a computer running:
  • * Windows 98, 2000, Me, NT, or XP.
  • * Mac OS X running Firefox 1.0 and above
My questions: What year is it, 1997? How do people get away with this still? What other sites are out there (besides MSFT) that REQUIRE a particular OS? I thought we invented W3C Standards for a reason."
Books

+ - The Complete FreeBSD

Submitted by mylogic
mylogic (177145) writes "Greg "Groggy" Lehey former member of the FreeBSD core team posts his 10th anniversary edition (Feb 2006). The following message taken from FreeBSD-questions@freebsd.org "The trouble with books is that you can't update them the way you can a web page or any other online documentation. The result is that most leading edge computer books are out of date almost before they are printed. Unfortunately, The Complete FreeBSD, published by O'Reilly, is no exception. Inevitably, a number of bugs and changes have surfaced. "The Complete FreeBSD" has been through a total of five editions, including its predecessor "Installing and Running FreeBSD". Two of these have been reprinted with corrections. I maintain a series of errata pages. Start at http://www.lemis.com/errata-4.html to find out how to get the errata information. Note also that the book has now been released for free download in PDF form. Instead of downloading the changed pages, you may prefer to download the entire book. See http://www.lemis.com/grog/Documentation/CFBSD/ for more information. Have you found a problem with the book, or maybe something confusing? Please let me know: I'm no longer constantly updating it, but I may be able to help""
User Journal

Journal: Time for a laptop. Recommendations? 4

Journal by Engineer-Poet

I have been thinking about getting a laptop computer to go with my desktop for a while now. Years, in fact. But I've never done it, because I've never really needed one and my nature is to spend money on long-term value rather than short-term gratification. Laptops depreciate so fast they feel almost disposable, thus my reluctance.

Music

+ - DMCA Creator Admits Failure, Blames RIAA

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "DMCA architect Bruce Lehman has admitted that "our Clinton administration policies didn't work out very well" and "our attempts at copyright control have not been successful". Speaking at conference in Montreal (video at 11:00), Lehman lay much of the blame at the feet of the recording industry for their failure to adapt to the online marketplace in the mid-1990s."
The Courts

+ - Hans Reiser stands trial for murder, no bail money

Submitted by
mtaht
mtaht writes "Announced today: Hans Reiser to stand trial for murder. He's too broke to make bail, so will remain in jail (hopefully doing something productive) until the jury trial starts May 7th.

To me, the evidence — with one notable exception — seems far more flimsy than in the OJ Simpson case. Trace samples of blood in the home? How many times have you bled in your house over the last 4 years? If your wife had gone missing, and you knew from watching hundreds of tv shows who was usually investigated — wouldn't a normal person (geek) that otherwise had had no encounter with the law previously — buy a book or two on the subject? (admittedly, pre-patriot act, I'd have got mine from the library). If innocent, would you get annoyed at being trailed everywhere and start playing games with the cops? Since when did washing your car "frequently" become evidence of a crime?

Still... what did you do with the damn car seat, Hans?"
Wii

+ - Wii bowling over U.S. retirees

Submitted by
murdock238
murdock238 writes ""That bet paid off. The Wii outsold the new Microsoft and Sony consoles in January and February and is generating its own buzz with everyone from nuns to cancer patients to toddlers. There are Wii parties and Wii bowling contests. Players, who often look quite silly and occasionally injure themselves in fits of overzealous play, upload video of their Wii antics to a variety of technology Web sites like GameTrailers.com and Google's YouTube. "I thought it was tremendous," said Ted Campbell, 77. Last week he played the Wii for the first time at Springfield, Virginia's Greenspring Retirement Community, where Ebert is also a resident.""
Operating Systems

+ - Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) Beta released

Submitted by G-Licious!
G-Licious! (822746) writes "The Beta of Ubuntu 7.04, codenamed "Feisty Fawn", is now available. From the mailinglist announcement:

Ubuntu 7.04 is the most user-friendly Ubuntu to date and includes a ground-breaking Windows migration assistant, excellent wireless networking support and improved multimedia support. Ubuntu 7.04 server edition adds support for hardware facilities that speed up the use of virtual machines as well as other improved hardware support, making it an excellent choice as a web, database, file and print server, the fastest growing area of Linux server use.


This is still a beta, with the final release coming up in April. But I find it to be very stable and nice to use already (biased opinion)."
Windows

+ - Surprise, Microsoft Listed as Most Secure OS

Submitted by david_g17
david_g17 (976842) writes "According to a Symantec study reported by Information Week, Microsoft has the most secure operating system amongst its commercial competitors. The report only covered the last 6 months of vulnerabilities and patch releases, but the results place Microsoft operating systems above Mac OS X and Red Hat. According to the article,

The report found that Microsoft Windows had the fewest number of patches and the shortest average patch development time of the five operating systems it monitored in the last six months of 2006.
The article continues to mention the metrics used in the study (quantity and severity of vulnerabilities as well as the amount of time one must wait for the patch to be released)."

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