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Social Networks

Submission + - Launch of the 3D Web Browser (news.com.au)

GreyGoo writes: The media release claims:

INTERNET surfers will be able to walk through their favourite websites as if they are characters in a computer game with the launch of the world's first 3D browser in Australia today.

However a review from someone who has actually tested the software raises important questions about the worth of the product considering the competing social and 3D products, and that sites have to be hand-crafted in order to truly support the new browser.

Will 3D social networking revolutionise the web browser, or are people happy with their 2D sandboxes?

Operating Systems

Submission + - Torvalds: OS X is utter crap (smh.com.au)

Blaspheme writes: Speaking yesterday at the linux.conf.au conference in Melbourne, Linus Torvalds was invited to pass judgement on OS X versus Windows Vista in a wide-ranging interview.

"I don't think they're equally flawed — I think Leopard is a much better system, (But) OS X in some ways is actually worse than Windows to program for. Their file system is complete and utter crap, which is scary."

Torvalds spoke about Apple and Microsoft using the OS as a means to force users to upgrade as promoting the effect of Linux on new devices such as OLPC and Asus Eee PC.

Censorship

Submission + - Australia to censor the internet (acma.gov.au)

SenatorLuddite writes: From January 20, 2008 new content laws introduced by the Federal Government will force sites to verify the age of users before accessing content intended for mature audiences (MA15+ and R18+). The laws bring internet classification into line with Film and Book classification laws and completely prohibits X18+ and RC content from the internet.

ACMA (The Australian Communications and Media Authority) claims that adults will not be affected by the new laws, yet user-generated and even chatrooms are required to be assessed for classification and powers are granted to ACMA to send 'take down' notices to offending sites.

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