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Censorship

Australia To Block BitTorrent 674

Kevin 7Kbps writes "Censorship Minister Stephen Conroy announced today that the Australian Internet Filters will be extended to block peer-to-peer traffic, saying, '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.' This dashes hopes that Conroy's Labor party had realised filtering could be politically costly at the next election and were about to back down. The filters were supposed to begin live trials on Christmas Eve, but two ISPs who volunteered have still not been contacted by Conroy's office, who advised, 'The department is still evaluating applications that were put forward for participation in that pilot.' Three days hardly seems enough time to reconfigure a national network."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft extends XP deadline for low-cost PCs (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Microsoft has further extended the life of Windows XP so that computer makers can include the operating system on low-cost desktop PCs, it announced at Computex today. Microsoft said it had also extended the deadline for low-cost desktops so that PC makers can now include Windows XP in those systems until 2010, the same as the deadline for low-cost laptops, said Microsoft's Rob Young. The extension applies to Nettops, a term coined by Intel to refer to low-cost desktops that have limited system configurations and are intended for simple tasks like surfing the Internet and sending e-mail. Examples include the upcoming Asus Eee Box, on show at Computex. It was unclear what limitations Microsoft may put on PC makers to prevent them from installing Windows XP on more capable machines. Young said Microsoft and PC vendors are, in general, agreement over what constitutes a Nettop and suggested that Microsoft won't specify the hardware configurations that vendors can use with XP. However, Microsoft still has not responded to InfoWorld's Save XP petition, signed by more than 200,000."
Medicine

Submission + - Miracle Fruit has protein that tricks the tongue (nytimes.com)

sckeener writes: "The miracle fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum, tricks the tongue making sour sweet. It does it by using the protein called miraculin to bind the taste buds and act as a sweetness inducer.

From the article: CARRIE DASHOW dropped a large dollop of lemon sorbet into a glass of Guinness, stirred, drank and proclaimed that it tasted like a "chocolate shake.""

Software

The Most Annoying Software Out There 885

superglaze writes "ZDNet UK has a very entertaining round-up of the most annoying software out there, and everything from RealPlayer and Adobe Reader to Java and Norton Antivirus gets a kicking. 'The internet has brought us many joys. It's rewritten the rules of business and pleasure. And pain. For it allows what may have seemed like bright ideas at the time ('let's use it to make sure our customers have the latest software', for example) to turn into a stinking pit of misery — usually, but by no means always, after marketing gets its fangs in.'"

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