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New Linux patch could circumvent Microsoft FAT patents

New Linux patch could circumvent Microsoft FAT patents

Microsoft's recent lawsuit against TomTom, alleging infringement of file system patents, has left many questions unanswered about the legal implications of distributing open source implementations of Microsoft's FAT file system. A new Linux kernel patch that was published last week offers a workaround that might make it possible to continue [...]

How long before Microsoft sues pornstar Carmella Bing?

How long before Microsoft sues pornstar Carmella Bing?

I vaguely remember a number of lawsuits over the years of Microsoft vs "The Little Guy." One that I distinctly remember was Microsoft vs. MikeRoweSoft. It was a legal dispute between Microsoft and a Canadian high school student named Mike Rowe over the domain name MikeRoweSoft.com. The case received international press attention following [...]

Google mocks Bing and the stuff behind it

Google mocks Bing and the stuff behind it

Google has questioned Microsoft's entire approach to online infrastructure, while taking some wonderfully sly shots at the company's new decision engine search engine. The undeniable highlight of Thursday's cloud-happy Structure 09 conference was Vijay Gill, Google senior manager of engineering and architecture. As he described how Google's [...]

Study Suggests People Prefer Bing’s Design To Google’s, But Still Won’t Switch

Study Suggests People Prefer Bing’s Design To Google’s, But Still Won’t Switch

Brand loyalty is a powerful thing, especially when it comes to technology. Consider the battle brewing now between Google and Microsoft’s new search engine, Bing. Even if Bing proves to be just as good as Google, it might not matter because of the strength of Google’s brand. An independent usability and consumer preference study, which [...]

VirtualBox 3.0 Beta Adds “Gaming-Level” Graphics

VirtualBox 3.0 Beta Adds “Gaming-Level” Graphics

If you're a gamer or heavy graphics user of virtual machines, VirtualBox 3.0 has an early beta out that introduces OpenGL 2.0 and Direct3D support. If you have no clue what that means, the release has other goodies, too. The graphics support for Windows, Linux, and Solaris guest machines are the marquee features in the upcoming 3.0 release, but [...]

Microsoft confirms October 22nd launch for Windows 7

Microsoft confirms October 22nd launch for Windows 7

Microsoft confirmed on Tuesday that it is planning for Windows 7 to hit retail shelves and start showing up on new PCs on October 22. To reach that milestone, Microsoft plans to wrap up development of the operating system by the middle or end of next month, Senior Vice President Bill Veghte said in an interview. "The feedback from the [...]

Asus and Microsoft join forces against Linux

Asus and Microsoft join forces against Linux

The campaign has kicked off with a web page entitled "It's better with Windows" showing adverts for Windows and suggesting it is a better choice for use with Asus' range of netbooks. Asus confirmed to vnunet.com that the campaign was legitimate, saying: "As a hardware vendor we have to provide both operation systems for our [...]

Linux Unified Kernel aims to combine Linux and NT kernels

Linux Unified Kernel aims to combine Linux and NT kernels

There are several ways to run Windows programs on Linux (virtualisation, WINE) and vice-versa really isn't a problem either with Cygwin, or better yet, native ports thanks to the Windows variants of Gtk+ and Qt. Still, what if Windows support was built straight into the Linux kernel? Is something like that even possible? Sure it is, and the [...]

Has ASUS given up on Linux?

Has ASUS given up on Linux?

At today's ASUS product showcase in Sydney, a bunch of media representatives where given a taste of the company's latest and greatest notebooks, including the new range of Eee PC netbooks. The entire range was there, from ultra-portable, touch screen netbooks to high-end, quad core Lamborghinis (I'm not joking). Even Windows Vista was [...]

Linux group, Microsoft form unholy alliance against US lawyers

Linux group, Microsoft form unholy alliance against US lawyers

Microsoft and the Linux Foundation have penned a joint letter to the American Law Institute, in opposition to its proposal to create an implied warranty that software goods ship with “no material defects”. The odd coupling between the openista group and software multinational came about over a common beef the two parties had with the [...]

Windows 7 RC1 available now from Microsoft

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Let Microsoft Live Search Do Your Algebra

Let Microsoft Live Search Do Your Algebra

Students in high school, or college kids without embedded math knowledge, take note: Microsoft's Live Search can solve math equations with variables. That means everything from 3x=18 to x+(x*8)=256, and basically any equation where there's a definite answer for one (possibly two?) variables can be solved from the Live Search bar. It might not [...]

Microsoft: Rogue AV Found On 10 Million Machines

Microsoft: Rogue AV Found On 10 Million Machines

Rogue security software infections by just one family of malware jumped 66 percent in the second half of the year, according to Microsoft's new Security Intelligence Report (SIR), released today... and it's not hackers who are responsible for data breaches: It's the lost and stolen laptops, disks, and other computer equipment, according to the [...]

Microsoft warns of copycat Conficker worm

Microsoft warns of copycat Conficker worm

The 1 April Conficker scare may have come and gone, but Microsoft has uncovered a new worm that has updated itself to imitate Conficker’s characteristics. The worm ‘Neeris’ has been active for a few years, but has been updated to target the same Microsoft flaw MS08-067 – which Conficker exploited to become so successful. Other [...]

Linux Foundation says it is time to ditch Microsoft’s FAT filesystem

Linux Foundation says it is time to ditch Microsoft’s FAT filesystem

It will be time to ditch FAT when there is an alternate file system that is better than it for portable flash drives. To do this it would need: Full, out of the box Windows support. Plug and play on any Windows XP and later machine Full linux support Full mac support Safe eject - You may pull it out without much worry about data [...]

How the different “map” services hide sensitive information

How the different “map” services hide sensitive information

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Microsoft’s webbrowser Internet Explorer 8 is out

Microsoft’s webbrowser Internet Explorer 8 is out

This is the worst marketing campaign of all time. I heard about this release from Wikipedia, quoting a suspicious TechARP article that changed the date more than once. Then this morning I read it from an article from an India tech site. Microsoft didn't give a release date for an update of the most popular browser out there (no accounting for [...]

What is PIFTS.exe?

What is PIFTS.exe?

Cliff Notes: Symantec releases an update that searches your internet history, Google searches, and index dat files. The program records them and has a wait on it as in what to do with the information it has gathered. Well, /g/ found out, told /x/ and the internet was informed. Hackers opened everything up and looked at it in depth and we found out [...]

Overly Judgemental IE6 Splash Pages

Overly Judgemental IE6 Splash Pages

While working on this site, I made jokes to Mike Yuan about having really confrontational splash pages for anybody that visited the site using IE6. I swear, I’m not this much of a dick to my users, but as a former PC user/Xbox owner, I have enough pent up MS-Hate to fill a water tower. Just remember it’s completely a joke, I don’t care what [...]

Why is the DOS path character “\”?

Why is the DOS path character “\”?

Don't expect Microsoft to work consistently. Their toy OS is made of hack and fail. And "Document and Settings"? LOL. Even Bill Gates said that was insane. If they turn /usr into "Program Files" and /home into "Documents and Settings", what will they do the day they decide to add /var/log? C:\Variable Application Data Files\All Users\Program [...]

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