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Submission + - Microsoft: you need better AV than Security Essentials (

nk497 writes: Microsoft has admitted Windows users should install antivirus above and beyond its own Security Essentials, describing its protection as merely a "baseline" that will "always be on the bottom" of antivirus software rankings.

Microsoft Security Essentials has previously flunked antivirus tests, but that's not why Microsoft is telling users to install third-party antivirus. Instead, the company said it's now focusing on identifying emerging threats, and passing that data to third-party antivirus firms to help them do better. "We’re providing all of that data and information to our partners so they can do at least as well as we are," said Holly Stewart, senior program manager of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center. "The natural progression is that we will always be on the bottom of these tests. And honestly, if we are doing our job correctly, that’s what will happen."


Submission + - FOSS Nexuiz shooter sells out, forked as Xonotic

Xonotic writes: Xonotic came about in the wake of recent troublesome changes to the Nexuiz project, changes that have left many of the core contributors and community members feeling that the project has been mishandled. As a result, we felt the need to organize a departure to start with a clean slate.

Submission + - Australia Announces Net Censorship Legislation ( 1

Garrett Fox writes: Australia's ABC News reports that the country's Communication Minister, Stephen Conroy, is moving forward with plans for forced censorship of the Internet. He cites the recent test of ISP-level censorship as proof that it can work efficiently and effectively. "The Government believes that parents want assistance," and therefore must be forced to accept that help.

Submission + - Australian Internet Filtering Scheme Gets Green Li (

An anonymous reader writes: Yes, folks, it's true: the Australian Government, on the back of the technical trials, has declared that it will be introducing legislation to make Internet filtering mandatory for all Australian ISPs. Watch the speed of Australian 'net access slow significantly; innocent websites get blocked; and the bad guys accessing the stuff they want regardless. Sigh. Anybody have a good job going in New Zealand, by any chance?

Submission + - AT&T to allow VoIP on iPhone

Toe, The writes: Tuesday, AT&T announced it will allow Apple to enable Voice over IP applications such as Skype to run on its 3G wireless data network. Apple stated, 'We will be amending our developer agreements to get VOIP apps on the App Store and in customers' hands as soon as possible.' And Skype, while happy over the move, also stated, 'the positive actions of one company are no substitute for a government policy that protects openness and benefits consumers.'

Submission + - QEMU 0.11 released, 1400 changes made ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Open source virtualization app QEMU has reached version 0.11 and brings some 1400 changes from 90 contributors. QEMU can perform user emulation in order to launch Linux processes and system emulation to launch an operating system and can be used to run virtual desktops. In six months the developers have added more than 80,000 lines of code. New features with 0.11 include boot menu control, host network configuration, network filtering support, HTTP block device support, support for ACLs with VNC and multiple monitor support. Next up is 0.12 which may have storage live migration, a switch to SeaBIOS and guest SMP support for KVM.

Submission + - Haiku Releases Official Alpha After 8 Years of Dev ( 2

NiteMair writes: "The Haiku project has finally released an official R1 alpha after 8 years of development. This marks a significant milestone for the project, and it also debuts the first official/publicly available LiveCD ISO image that can be easily booted and used to install Haiku on x86 hardware. Haiku is a desktop operating system inspired by BeOS after Be, Inc. closed its doors in 2001. The project has remained true to the BeOS philosophy while integrating modern hardware support and features along the way."
The Internet

Submission + - Anonymous Targets Australian Government Censorship ( 1

SkiifGeek writes: "The Australian Federal Government plan to introduce national-level Internet censorship may already be floundering in the parliament, but now Anonymous have set their sights on the government and will be taking currently-unpublicised actions today to try and get their demands met, namely the resignation of current Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, and the abolition of the blacklist that forms the basis of the censorship plan. In a country famed for its laid back attitude towards life, are Anonymous' actions going to have a long term result?"

Submission + - SVG for Web Browsers using Flash (Google svgweb) (

zeuqsav writes: Google has released an alpha of svgweb [], promising to bring SVG to all browsers via Flash (including IE8):

SVG Web is a JavaScript library which provides SVG support on many browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.

Once dropped in you get partial support for SVG 1.1, SVG Animation (SMIL), Fonts, Video and Audio, DOM and style scripting through JavaScript, and more in about a 60K library. Your SVG content can be embedded directly into normal HTML 5 or through the OBJECT tag. If native SVG support is already present in the browser than that is used, though you can override this and have the SVG Web toolkit handle things instead. No downloads or plugins are necessary other than Flash which is used for the actual rendering, so its very easy to use and incorporate into an existing web site.

Please keep in mind that SVG Web is in alpha. If you find something file an Issue.


Submission + - Valve is actually releasing a Linux supported game (

ndogg writes: "There was some speculation last year about Valve possibly releasing Linux ports of Steam when some Linux libraries were found with Left 4 Dead. Some speculated that it had nothing to do with any client libraries at all, but instead perhaps with their servers. Now there's even more reason to believe that Steam is being ported to Linux since Valve is releasing a game called Dyson with Linux listed as among the requirements."
The Internet

Submission + - Comcast to bring IPv6 to residential US in 2010 ( 7

darthcamaro writes: We all know that IPv4 address space is almost gone — but we also know that no major US carrier has yet migrated its consumer base either. Comcast is no upping the ante a bit and has now said that they are seriously gearing up for IPv6 residential broadband deployment soon.

"Comcast plans to enter into broadband IPv6 technical trials later this year and into 2010," Barry Tishgart, VP of Internet Services for Comcast said. "Planning for general deployment is underway."

The Courts

French Three-Strikes Law Ruled Unconstitutional 195

An anonymous reader was one of several to write with this news: "The French 'Conseil Constitutionnel' just ruled that the recently voted 'Hadopi' law, which enforces a 'three strikes and you're out' system, is actually unconstitutional [article in French; here's an English-language article at Ars]. They mainly make two points: 1) They argue that removing Internet access is equivalent to hindering a person's freedom of speech, and as such can only be decided by appointed judges. This removes all punitive power from the administrative body supposed to enforce the three-strikes rule; all it can do now is warn you that 'they're watching you.' 2) When illegal filesharing is detected, users have to prove their innocence. This is obviously contrary to the constitutional principle of presumption of innocence."

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