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Comment Re:No TV (Score 4, Insightful) 234

Nope. Even ignoring all the "Smart TV" features. No TVs these days are "monitors". Monitors, weather you're talking about screens or speakers, are built with the expressed purpose of accurately rendering the signal you feed into them. TVs these days do all sorts of video processing to make the picture look "good" not "accurate". They intentionally increase (distort) the contrast and color saturation. They apply additional sharpening, predictive motion smoothing, and who knows what else. You have to dig into the settings and try to find and disable all those setting to get an accurate picture that looks like it was intended to. Computer monitors don't do any of that. They have a few settings to adjust contrast, brightness, and color; but those are only there to fine tune for better accuracy. I want my TV to be a monitor, not a video filter processor.

Comment Re:Oh well (Score 1) 532

That was the first thing I though of when I read it. Microsoft's unreleased next gen browser is faster than current generations of it's competition's browsers.

That would be the minimum bar of acceptable speed improvement in my mind. If it was faster than the others in-development versions I would be impressed.

Comment Nothing to see here... Move along (Score 2, Informative) 417

This is not news at all. This is the same thing they did with the Vista launch. This plan was rumored months ago.

During a period before the next OS release anyone who buys a computer with the old OS will be able to upgrade to the new OS for free, via their OEM.

The are NOT giving all the Vista users a free upgrade.


IE8 Breaking Microsoft's Web Standards Promise? 329

An anonymous reader points out a story in The Register by Opera Software CTO Hakon Lie which tells the story of how Microsoft's interoperability promise for IE8 seems to have been broken in less than six months. Quoting: "In March, Microsoft announced that their upcoming Internet Explorer 8 would: use its most standards compliant mode, IE8 Standards, as the default. Note the last word: default. Microsoft argued that, in light of their newly published interoperability principles, it was the right thing to do. This declaration heralded an about-face and was widely praised by the web standards community; people were stunned and delighted by Microsoft's promise. This week, the promise was broken."

Microsoft's Biggest Threat - Google or Open Source? 240

Glyn Moody writes "Google always plays down suggestions that there's any looming clash of the titans between itself and Microsoft. Meanwhile, the search giant is pushing open source in every way it can. They're contributing directly by contributing code to projects and employing top hackers like Andrew Morton, Jeremy Allison and Guido van Rossum, and indirectly through the $60 million fees it pays Mozilla, its Summer of Code scheme and various open source summits held at its offices. Google+OSS: could this be the killer combination that finally breaks Microsoft?"

Office 2003 Service Pack Disables Older File Formats 555

time961 writes "In Service Pack 3 for Office 2003, Microsoft disabled support for many older file formats. If you have old Word, Excel, 1-2-3, Quattro, or Corel Draw documents, watch out! They did this because the old formats are 'less secure', which actually makes some sense, but only if you got the files from some untrustworthy source. Naturally, they did this by default, and then documented a mind-bogglingly complex workaround (KB 938810) rather than providing a user interface for adjusting it, or even a set of awkward 'Do you really want to do this?' dialog boxes to click through. And of course because these are, after all, old file formats ... many users will encounter the problem only months or years after the software change, while groping around in dusty and now-inaccessible archives."

Submission + - YouTube censoring atheists. (

Metaleks writes: 'Tis the season to be jolly. But all is not well. It would seem that YouTube is censoring those who lack Christmas spirit. One after another, atheists on YouTube are being removed from Top 100 lists, and having their channels stripped of any honours. To prove this wasn't some sort of YouTube glitch, one atheist went as far as creating another account. As soon as he was "discovered" of being an atheist his videos were stripped of any honours and his name taken off of the Top 100 lists. Why is YouTube censoring atheists?
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Submission + - Radical New 64-bit PC Operating System (

losethos writes: "LoseThos V3.12 has been released. It's a 64-bit, open source, free, PC operating system. It's designed for programming as entertainment. There is no user mode, just kernel, so you have free access to everything. The command line, editor, help system, start menu, all use a document format that allows links, graphics, trees, and more. Your source code can have graphics and links. You can output links or graphics to the command line. Unlike Linux, this operating system can be understood by average people and you can tinker with it. It's ideal for amateurs wishing to write their own video games because it's far simpler... like the old days, except on modern hardware with multicore support."

Submission + - Girl's heart regenerates due to artificial assist ( 1

Socguy writes: "A 15-year-old girl has become the first Canadian to have an artificial heart removed after her own heart healed itself.
Doctors at the Stollery Children's hospital implanted the Berlin Heart, a portable mechanical device that keeps blood pumping in an ailing heart, so she could survive until a transplant became available.
But over the next few months, Melissa's overall condition improved dramatically, and her heart muscle regained much of its strength. After 146 days on the Berlin Heart, Melissa underwent surgery to have the device removed. artificial-heart.html"


Submission + - Air pollution creates troubles for Bejing Olympics

morpheus83 writes: The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday gave a statement that some of the events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics could be postponed due to air pollution. He said, "Sports with short durations would not be a problem, but endurance sports like cycling are examples of competitions that might be postponed or delayed." Billions of dollars have been spent to reduce the pollution but to no effect. Even extreme steps such as shifting of factories out-of-town to even shutting some down have been taken, but non-stop construction and heavy car sales are just increasing air pollution by the day.

Submission + - New AACS Processing Key Discovered

An anonymous reader writes: The movie studios recently released new HD-DVDs that can no longer be circumvented using the infamous 09 F9... AACS processing key that floated around the Net last month, but today a new key has surfaced. Like hundreds of other readers of Freedom-To-Tinker's "Own Your Own Integer" story, someone named BtCB posted his "randomly generated" number in the comments, asking, "What are the odds that this is the new processing key?" As it turns out, BtCB's key was not so random, and, a week after he posted it, the hackers over at doom9 realized that it really is the new processing key. With this kind of hacker "luck," it doesn't look like AACS will last for long.

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