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Submission + - Google warns Australia over 'Net filters (

Tyler Too writes: A day after redirecting to Hong Kong servers, Google has come out in opposition to Australia's Internet filtering system. 'Google is unlikely to come right out and compare Australia to China, but the implication is obvious—and has been made explicit by other groups. Reporters Without Borders said recently that Australia would "be joining an Internet censors' club that includes such countries as China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia."'

Submission + - Microsoft: Don't Cry For Linux Lawsuit, Argentina (

judgecorp writes: Microsoft is facing a legal challenge in Argentina from an open source company which alleges the software giant used its cut-down Windows XP Starter Edition to unfairly dominate the country’s operating system market. Microsoft, which has been accused of dominating software markets in Switzerland, Hungary and other countries, is dismissive: "We believe the complaint is baseless. We offer Windows at competitive prices and the complainant, Pixart, is upset about this competition on the merits and wants an order that requires Microsoft to set its prices higher in order to help their sales.”

Submission + - Does This Headline Know You're Reading It? ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: "Not yet, but it could." German artificial intelligence researchers are combining JavaScript with eye-tracking hardware to create "text 2.0," which "infers user intentions." Unimportant words also fade out while you're skimming the text, and a bookmark automatically appears if you glance away. It can pronounce the words you're reading, and reading certain words can trigger the appearance of footnotes or even translations, biographies, definitions, and sound effects or animations, almost like the truly interactive books in Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age. "With the help of an eye tracker, Text 2.0 follows your progress and presents effects just in time," the researchers explain in a video. Meanwhile, DFKI has already created a free "Processing Easy Eye Tracker plugin" (or PEEP) to manipulate windows with what they call "gaze-controlled tab expose," while there's speculation similar technology may be adopted by Apple. Apple has already purchased Tobii's eye-tracking hardware, and "Whether these are for internal research only or for a future product, Apple is characteristically not saying.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Pop. of Virtualization a reflection of poor OS's? 1

gooneybird writes: It occurred to me to ask a question underlying the popularity of virtualization:

Virtualization seems to deliver on its promise of better utilization of hardware resources, which equates to better overall efficiency. I can't help but wonder why — at least for Enterprise/IT users. (This wouldn't necessarily apply to developers).

Are the majority of operating systems so inefficient in their use of hardware resources that the resulting increased efficiency justifies the cost?

Or is this just another indication that the OS and application developers just don't know how to take advantage of the increase in the number of CPU/cores now available.

Is this one of the very rare cases where adding an extra layer of code (i.e. the hypervisor) results in improved overall performance?

Personally, as a developer, I love virtualization. I run everything in a vm, including my corporate desktop/apps and my many development environments. I don't know how anybody gets along without doing so. I think we live in the golden age, right now, where technology (hardware and software) supports pretty darn good virtualization and the applications are not so advanced that they detect/prevent operation in a vm (I predict this is coming soon, unfortunately).

Submission + - Seven patent lawsuits you should know about (

jfruhlinger writes: They may not be as high profile as Apple vs. Android, but all of these lawsuits reveal something about our weird and broken tech patent system. From a case squabbling over damages for a patent that expired years ago to a move to use patents the way the Feds used tax evasion against Capone, here are seven patent lawsuits of interest.

Submission + - Rating the Final Fantasy series' battle mechanics (

John Master Lee writes: Square has developed a reputation over the years for dramatically changing how the battle mechanic works with each new iteration of the Final Fantasy series. The Kartel highlights how battling has evolved over the years, and pick out the ones that worked best.

Submission + - Mozilla Rips Off Metalab Design For Jetpack (

An anonymous reader writes: In a very controversial move, Mozilla announces their new Jetpack design, shamelessly stolen from Metalab as pointed out in their blog. The irony? Metalab sent a proposal to Mozilla for a design job, which was promptly rejected. This happens just after they admitted borrowing code from Webkit for their new Javascript engine. Is Mozilla turning into a new Microsoft?

Submission + - Amazon 1-Click Patent Survives Almost Unscathed (

Zordak writes: Amazon's infamous "1-click" patent has been in reexamination at the USPTO for almost four years. Patently-O now reports that "the USPTO confirmed the patentability of original claims 6-10 and amended claims 1-5 and 11-26. The approved-of amendment adds the seeming trivial limitation that the one-click system operates as part of a 'shopping cart model.' Thus, to infringe the new version of the patent, an eCommerce retailer must use a shopping cart model (presumably non-1-click) alongside of the 1-click version. Because most retail eCommerce sites still use the shopping cart model, the added limitation appears to have no practical impact on the patent scope."

Submission + - Previews of Civilization V (

c0mpliant writes: IGN and Gamespot have released a preview of the recently announced and eagerly awaited Civilization V. Apart from the obvious new hexagon shape of tiles and improved graphics, the article goes on to outline some of the major changes in the game, such as updated AI, new "flavors" to world leaders and a potentially game changing, one unit per tile system. No more will the stack of doom come to your cities doorsteps.

Some features which will not be making a returning will be religion and espionage. The removal of these two have sparked a frenzy of discussion on fan related forums.

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