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Microsoft

Submission + - Mouse Without Borders: a free software KM (no V) (extremetech.com) 3

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft‘s Mouse without Borders is a free application that lets people use a single mouse across multiple computers. That means the cursor will go from one computer to the next as if they were simply multiple displays hooked up to the same system. Files can be dragged and dropped from one machine to the next, and up to four computers can be connected at once. What’s more, the software removes the borders from your keyboard as well — so it too can be used on up to four systems — and it allows for copying and pasting across machines.
Windows

Submission + - Why Microsoft is innocent with Internet Explorer (tomshardware.com)

Crazzaper writes: "With the EU breathing down Microsoft's back in regards to including Internet Explorer with Windows 7, Tom's Hardware took an interesting point of view on the subject and says that Microsoft is the victim. The article made draws up some interesting points about users who install their OS find that there's no browser. What's also interesting is that comments are comparing the EU's move to McDonald's selling KFC or Coke bundling one can of Pepsi with every six-pack of Coke. The article argues that the EU's restriction on Windows will ultimately be an inconvenience for the user."
Music

Submission + - Can we stop illegal sharing without DRM?

hrensgory writes: "It's clear that the DRM is more a plague than a solution. However, illegal copying of digital content is also a real problem. Other day I was thinking about if there are some ways of decreasing initiative of illegal sharing, without hindering any legal use of digital content. As result, I've put some of my thought in this blog post: http://www.harper.no/valery/PermaLink,guid,55481ae 6-1850-46e4-a9cb-8a72e6ea4ecf.aspx. May be it is a naïve or stupid idea... but I just thought that it could also be something interesting in there."
Movies

Will Hybrid Players End the Format War? 279

flyhalf writes "A new report says that hybrid players will force an early end to the HD DVD/Blu-ray format wars. Some of the projections seem optimistic: $200 hybrid players by 2009 and several manufacturers cranking them out. But reality will likely be different: 'standalone units of any format aren't selling terribly well. Recent research determined that 695,000 consumers owned either a Blu-ray or HD DVD player, but most of those are tied to a console — 400,000 of the 425,000 Blu-ray players sold by the end of 2007 were PlayStation 3s and 150,000 of the 270,000 HD DVD players were Xbox 360 add-ons.' Most importantly, consumers aren't early adopters: 'DVD players needed over a decade to supersede the VCR in the living rooms of the United States and there is little reason to believe that HD DVD and Blu-ray player adoption will outpace that of the DVD.'"
Science

Does Sprawl Make Us Fat? 659

Ant writes "A Science News article talks about the relationship between city design and health. New cross-disciplinary research is exploring whether urban sprawl makes us soft, or whether people who don't like to exercise move to the sprawling suburbs, or some combination of both." From the article: "So far, the dozen strong studies that have probed the relationships among the urban environment, people's activity, and obesity have all agreed, says Ewing. 'Sprawling places have heavier people... There is evidence of an association between the built environment and obesity.' ... However, University of Toronto economist Matthew Turner charges that 'a lot of people out there don't like urban sprawl, and those people are trying to hijack the obesity epidemic to further the smart-growth agenda [and] change how cities look.' ... 'We're the only ones that have tried to distinguish between causation and sorting... and we find that it's sorting,' [says Turner]. 'The available facts do not support the conclusion that sprawling neighborhoods cause weight gain.'"

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