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More Evidence For Steam Games On Linux 256

SheeEttin writes "Back in November 2008, Phoronix reported that Linux libraries appeared in the Left 4 Dead demo, and then in March, Valve announced that Steam and the Source engine were coming to Mac OS X. Now, Phoronix reports that launcher scripts included with the (closed beta) Mac version of Steam include explicit support for launching a Linux version."

Submission + - More evidence for Steam games on Linux

SheeEttin writes: "Back in November 2008, Phoronix reported that Linux libraries appeared in the Left 4 Dead demo (also on Slashdot), and then in March, Valve announced that Steam and the Source engine were coming to Mac OS X
Now, Phoronix reports that launcher scripts included with the (closed beta) Mac version of Steam include explicit support for launching a Linux version."
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Submission + - Australian ACMA blacklist on Wikileaks

An anonymous reader writes: As reported in the Australian Press, the blacklist compiled by the ACMA seems to have been posted on Wikileaks.

Many Australians have been fiercely opposing the imposition of mandatory ISP level censorship for some time. Please note that many of the sites are not safe to access depending on your location. The list includes Christian sites, a dentist, a tour operator, wikileaks pages, gambling and euthenasia related sites. This follows the leaking of the blacklists from several other countries. There is no confirmation that this is the current blacklist and there is some mention that censorware vendor filter lists may have been included. The list contains 2395 sites. ACMA said its blacklist, as at November 2008 that the list included only 1370 sites.

Google Search Flagging Everything As Potentially Harmful 407

dowlingw writes "It looks like for the moment at least, all Google results are failing the malware checks and being listed with a warning 'This site may harm your computer,' including all pages from Google themselves. Users trying to visit pages at search results will only be able to proceed via manual manipulation of the search result link to remove the Google click-through (which is also broken). Until Google fixes this bug, it looks Google web search is useless." Update: 01/31 at 15:16 GMT by SS: The problem now appears to be fixed.
Update: 01/31 at 22:01 GMT by KD : Google has now posted an explanation, apologizing and taking responsibility for the "human error" that led to the problem.

Submission + - UK now censoring Wikipedia 1

badfish99 writes: As the register is reporting, ISPs in the UK are now censoring access to Wikipedia, because of the image on this page.
I've just tried to access it myself, and I get a 404 error, with no indication that the page really exists but has been censored. How many other 404 errors in the last few years have been things that the government didn't want me to read? It's a good job I've installed Tor.

Submission + - UK ISPs censor Wikipedia page, serve fake 404 1

McDutchie writes: "Suddenly, access to Wikipedia from most major UK ISPs has become painfully slow. The reason: all your connections to Wikipedia are being transparently proxied through a single IP address, and the article about the 1970s Scorpion album, Virgin Killer, is blocked, presumably because of the cover image. The proxy serves fake 404 Not Found error page, so you wouldn't know about the block unless you were familiar with Wikimedia's regular 404 page. Wikinews has more on this."
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Submission + - UK ISPs are censoring Wikipedia

Concerned Wikipedian writes: Starting December 4th, Wikipedia administrators noticed a surge of edits from certain IP addresses. These IPs turned out to be the proxies for the content filters of at least 6 major UK ISPs. After some research by Wikipedians, it appears that the image of the 1970s LP cover art of the Scorpions' "Virgin Killer" has been blocked because it was judged to be "child pornography" and all other attempts to access Wikimedia foundation sites from these ISPs are being proxied to only a few IP addresses. The latter is causing many problems for Wikipedia administrators because much of the UK vandalism now comes from a single IP that when blocked affects potentially hundreds of thousands of anonymous users who intend no harm and are utterly confused as to why they are no longer able to edit. The image was flagged by the the Internet Watch Foundation, which is funded by the EU and the UK government and has the support of many ISPs and online institutions in the UK. The filter is fairly easy to circumvent simply by viewing the article in some other languages, or by logging in on the secure version of Wikipedia. [Wikinews] and [ZDnet]

Submission + - Major UK ISPs Blacklist Wikipedia 1

Jonnty writes: "Wikipedia has been put on a blacklist of theInternet Watch Foundation, a UK body which gives ISPs lists of sites they reckon ought to be blocked. While UK users can still browse Wikipedia, they're now doing it through about 10 proxy servers, causing havoc among the community as innocent users are blocked over the actions of vandals hundreds of miles away. According to Wikinews, it's all a result of an album cover by the Scorpions featuring a naked ten year old girl, which has caused controversy in the past. However, it certainly raises questions about whether the IWF is compent enough to hold such power — it looks like they've blocked Rapidshare in the past, too."

Submission + - UK ISPs erect 'Great Firewall of Britain' (

redbu11 writes: Since yesterday, 5 December, wikipedia administrators realized strange things were going on: users of many majors UK ISPs visited wikipedia from only two IP addresses. This caused serious troubles in wikipedia operations, because all of a sudden it was impossible to filter vandals out. At first, a technical bug on wikipedia was suspected; the discussion can be seen on wikipedia here Investigation has shown that something more sinister was going on. The IWF foundation,, appeared to dislike the cover of Scorpions album named "Virgin Killer" shown here: The album cover is controversial and many feel that it's distasteful, however it is not illegal by any means; the album was sold in great numbers. Instead, IWF silently ordered several UK ISPs to reroute wikipedia traffic to a special censorship proxy (wikipedia saw IP of the proxy instead of the actual IP addresses). What is especially alarming about IWF approach is that: IWF did not notify Wikipedia that there is any legal problem with their pages; IWF did not file any legal claim (as one would expect if any law would have been broken); IWF did not notify own customers about ongoing censorship. One would expect a clear message saying that a page was blocked, who blocked it and how to request unblocking if this happened by mistake. Instead, the page presents a fake "404" error as if the page would be missing from wikipedia. The ongoing story is documented here.

Submission + - Dell shuts all 140 retail kiosks in United States (

BobB writes: Dell on Wednesday announced the shutdown of retail kiosks in malls throughout the United States as it adjusts its evolving product distribution strategy. The closings come at a time when Dell is repositioning its retail strategy to attract more customers by selling products through its Web site, retail outlets and over the phone.

Submission + - Major french ISP enables native IPv6

varcher75 writes: French "low-cost" ISP Free threw a challenge in 2005: "If there's 10,000 subscribers ready to pay 1 euro for this IPV6 'gadget', I'll do it". Before long, there were far more than 10 thousand geeks ready to throw their money down the pot, but no more was heard on the subject for a while. However, earlier last month, registration of an IPv6 prefix appeared for Proxad, the holding controlling the ISP operation.

Today, Free launched officially its native IPv6 support in a press announce. While professional-oriented ISP Nerim offered native IPv6 in France much earlier, this is one of the first large consumer-oriented ISP to start the switchover process to the next generation of Internet Protocol.

The announce appear to be a bit premature, as the mentioned IPv6 switch doesn't appear yet on the management console, but it shouldn't be long before french geeks can start typing their favorite IPv6 blog address 2001:6f8:37a:1::1 by hand...

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