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 Tuesday, 2-December-2008  07:57:56 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

The internet filter is being slammed by child welfare groups. Holly Doel-Mackaway, adviser with Save the Children, the largest independent children's rights agency in the world, said educating kids and parents was the way to empower young people to be safe internet users. She said the filter scheme was "fundamentally flawed" because it failed to tackle the problem at the source and would inadvertently block legitimate resources. Furthermore there was no evidence to suggest that children were stumbling across child pornography when browsing the web. Doel-Mackaway believes the millions of dollars earmarked to implement the filters would be far better spent on teaching children how to use the internet safely and on law enforcement.

Firefox and Vista have both broken 20% market share. NetApplications has released data for November so itís time once again to dig through the trends: Note: I know that many of you distrust NetApplications data, but remember that we are only using them to look at trends. Also, letís remember that as far as Mozilla is concerned, NetApplications data is good enough.

Are you obsessed with audio quality, but still want to move your music to computer? If you're one of those people in search of the holy grail of audio fidelity, there's no doubt that using a PC as a complete front-end solution has probably crossed your mind at one time or another. Saving your entire music library to a hard drive and having all your favorite tracks just a few clicks away is certainly appealing, but what about the sound playback quality? Can it compete with dedicated disc transports costing thousands of dollars?

The internet is breeding a new generation of hypochondriacs. A team at Microsoft studied health-related Web searches on popular search engines and surveyed 515 employees about their health-related searching. Web searches had the potential to escalate fears - like a headache was caused by a brain tumour, for example. Experts said people concerned about their health should see a doctor.

Greenpeace is attacking Apple's green image. Perhaps Steve Jobs and company were tempting fate when Apple announced in a recent series of ads that the MacBooks were "the world's greenest family of notebooks", referencing their power saving use of Intel processors and their halogen and plastic free construction. Unsurprisingly, Greenpeace was there to punch a hole in Apple's dreams

Is high school actually worth it? Is the child father to the man? Or is the woman a reaction to the child she was? Maybe each of us is the result of a combination of straight lines and U-turns on our life's journey. We asked nine IT leaders to reflect on their high school selves and how their younger personas affected the adults they've become and the careers they've forged. Their insights are surprising, funny, tender and wise.

Google Street View is debuting in New Zealand. Google is expected to launch the New Zealand version of its Street View mapping application tomorrow. Street View has encountered opposition in Europe and North America, because pedestrians and vehicles can be made out in some pictures.

Microsoft is allowing DX10 to be run off the CPU. If your graphics card doesn't support DirectX 10 or 10.1, don't worry about it, Microsoft has your back. The resourceful programmers at Redmond are working on a new component called WARP10 (Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform) to be included in Windows 7, which essentially ports DX10 duties to the CPU.

The nuclear shield's laser has been fired at full power. "This test demonstrated that the Airborne Laser missile defense program has successfully integrated the entire weapon system aboard the ABL aircraft," said Scott Fancher, jumbo-blaster veep at Boeing. "The team has now completed the two major milestones it hoped to accomplish in 2008, keeping ABL on track to conduct the missile shootdown demonstration planned for next year."



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