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Psystar still selling Mac clones

Psystar, the plucky little Mac clone company, is still selling its wares despite the Apple lawsuit. They've hired some pretty heavy hitters themselves, so I'm not quite convinced they're really doing this on their own.

Regardless, I wish them luck. If they can force Apple to accept commoditized hardware it will be a big win for the whole industry, Apple included.

Well, except for Microsoft.

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AVG sending fake web traffic from its customers

The Register reports that anti-virus company AVG is sending out fake web traffic from its customer's IPs as they surf the web. They're identifying their bot as Internet Explorer 6. AVG claims they're doing this because they malware pages would just block or spoof their bot if it used a proper user agent.

There's a bit of outrage in some sectors, because this is driving up traffic and skewing people's logging and analysis. Some are outright blocking IE6, or redirecting the traffic to AVG's site. Of course, anyone who actually uses IE6 is being caught up in this along with the bot.

I think this might be the actual goal, and if so, I tip my hat to you grisoft, you sneaky bastards.

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What I've been reading

Intel has announced they won't be using Vista, ever. I'm not the least bit surprised, I mean who would use Vista voluntarily, but I'm impressed they had the balls to so publicly poke Microsoft in the eye.

There a couple of important petitions floating around. The first, at ruinediphone.com is about the absurd pricing structure Rogers is proposing for the iPhone in Canada. The second is for Bill C-555 which very tamely gives some legislative guidelines to some of the rather arbitrary surcharges commonly put on cell phone bills, like the nonsensical "system access fee".

I'd prefer the telecom business be as unregulated as possible, but the government must step in when the market fails as it so blatantly has in this case. Hell, we've fallen well behind the Americans, not to mention the rest of the world.

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