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Microsoft shuts out non-IE browsers from MSN

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NewsIf you attempt to access msn.com with anything but Internet Explorer or some versions of Netscape Navigator, you are told in unambigious terms that you own a lesser browser. Even Opera, acclaimed for being standards compliant - aren't let past the browser check. The reason, according to the Redmond Circus, is "Opera does not support the latest standards, such as XHTML". What all this is good for, I leave for you to figure out. The Bald Arm-Flailer now not only have us by the balls, he have begun squeezing too.

There are articles about this on zdnet.com and (the same article) on cnet.com.

Update 27.10.2001 20:07: An article on newsforge.com says Opera users are back in! -twa
 
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Fujitsu to bring Transmeta laptop to U.S.

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NewsTransmeta got some welcome news Monday as Fujitsu announced it is bringing to the United States a notebook PC using the latest low-power Crusoe processor from the struggling chipmaker.
Full story at news.com
 
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geekinfo.net to bolster site security

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NewsThe world is on the verge of both war and Windows XP. This is our plan.
 
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MS digital rights management scheme cracked

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NewsAn anonymous coder named 'Beale Screamer' claims to have broken the Version-2 Microsoft digital rights management (DRM) scheme, and has produced the source code and a DOS utility to un-protect .WMA audio files.

The author's zipped file contains a well-written and lengthy description of the MS DRM weaknesses, a philosophical tract explaining why he thinks it necessary to crack, the source code, and the command-line utility.

The Register has the full story.
 
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.biz domains must wait two more weeks

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NewsNeuLevel, the company in charge of registering .biz top level domains, apparently have fouled up the process to such an extent that they have been ordered to get their act together by a U.S. judge.

Originally planned to start real-time registrations of .biz domains 23rd this month, the startup has been pushed to november 7. As with most other stuff happening in LaaLaa-land, NeuLevel have been sued for its handling of .biz-registrations. This comes in addition to the sorry handling of .info domains by Afilias.

More on these matters on cnet.com.
 
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Redmond Circus: No rest for the wicked

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NewsComing as no surprise to many who have followed the case, the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday declined to hear Microsoft's last-ditch appeal in its ongoing antitrust case.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will not hear Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) appeal of a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on its antitrust violations.

As is its normal practice, the Supreme Court declined further comment. Had the case been heard, it would have delayed the impending penalties faced by the Redmond, Washington-based software giant.

Full story over at osOpinion.com as well as WinInformant.
 
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Jedi Knights become official religion in UK

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NewsIn the UK Census 2001, it appears "Jedi Knights" have become an official recognized religion. Or not. That depends on how you read it. Either way, enough people have answered "Jedi Knights" on the right dotted line on the right form, so that this particular following has become - at least - listed in the Census.

Weird.

All the gory details are to be found at The Register.
 
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The Ig Nobel Prize

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NewsGoofy science has its own awards. It's the Ig Nobel Prize, and scientists look forward to this event even more than the real McCoy. Or maybe not. Or maybe.

The awards are organized by the Annals Of Improbable Research (AIR), and happened last night.

Go see.
 
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Vee haf ways...

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NewsMakers of highly annoying banner ads are starting to become even more highly annoying, a piece on CNN.com says. Why does this remind me of the Soup-Nazi on the Seinfeld show?

In the future, you can't enter sites without either turning off your AdBuster, JunkBuster Proxy or whatever, or paying a fee to watch ad-free pages. Says the ever so mongrous profit-mongers.

Doh! Get your local friendly sysadmin to block advertising domains in the proxy instead.
 
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New Top Level Domains active

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NewsNew top level domains has gone live some time ago according to an article on BBC News. Some 52000 .info and .biz domains have already been registered.
 
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