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MSN Search: Safest Results

SiteAdvisor, which attempts to warn users of websites that are unsafe (from spyware and the like), has done a study ranking the percentage of unsafe results in the major search engines. Turns out that MSN has the least number of unsafe results, with just 3.9%. Yahoo is next, at 4.3%, followed by Google (5.3%), AOL (5.3%) and Ask (6.1%).

What I find even more interesting is that only 3.1% of actual organic search results were deemed unsafe, while a staggering 8.5% of sponsored links were unsafe. That means that the search algorithms are doing a better job detecting poor quality sites, but that if you pay enough, you can get right back on the page.

I wonder what percentage of search results for lyrics searches are malicious? I’ll bet it is over 50%.
(via TDavid)

May 12th, 2006 Posted by | AskJeeves, General, Google, MSN, Search, Yahoo | no comments

Microsoft Looks To An Xbox Wii60

Xbox Vice President Peter Moore admitted to the Washington Post on Thursday what has been obvious all week: That the best value for gamers is to buy the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii, which combined will cost as much as a Sony Playstation 3. Now, Microsoft doesn’t need to team up with Nintendo to make this succeed, but it couldn’t hurt for them to start helping the Wii platform. The comparisons match up perfectly.

Worried about money? Buy a Wii
Can afford a little more? 360
Can afford a little more than that? Buy both
Need a tilt sensor? Wii’s got that
Need high-end graphics? 360, baby
Need games for kids? Wii is the best
Need hardcore games? 360 is tops
Need to save space? Wii is smallest
Need a hard drive and Media Center? 360 is for you

Need BluRay? That’ll be $600, for the console that has absolutely nothing else that the other two already have. BluRay becomes the only selling point for the PS3, as an Xbox/Wii combo contains everything else, and a broader swath of games than Sony will ever offer. Plus, Nintendo has the better “fun” games, Microsoft has the better online service. PS3 vs. 360 is a wash, because anything the PS3 has and the 360 doesn’t, is absorbed by the higher price. But 360/Wii vs. PS3 makes the competition look like a joke.

In a perfect world, Microsoft and Nintendo team up, offering cross-platform options, adding value to people who buy both. In a more realistic world, Microsoft makes sure the price of the 360 is exactly equal to the cost of the PS3 minus the cost of the Wii.

“Tell me why you would buy a $600 PS3?” Peter Moore, a Microsoft vice president, said in an interview. “People are going to buy two (machines.) They’re going to buy an Xbox and they’re going to buy a Wii … for the price of one PS3.”

(via Joystiq)

Also, here’s what Nintendo’s president, Satoru Iwata, had to say about the affordability of the Wii vs. PS3:

First of all, all we’ve said is that we’ll have an affordable price range. We’re using ‘affordable’ in the sense that the price won’t be significantly higher than Nintendo’s prices have been historically. Compared with $600, anything is affordable, so it’s absurd to even compare our price.

May 12th, 2006 Posted by | General, Xbox, Xbox 360 | one comment

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Microsoft Gets Gas Pump

TechWeb writes that the winner of Microsoft’s 2006 OEM Embedded Patner of the Year at their Mobile & Embedded DevCon is gas pump that runs Windows CE. The Ovation iX fuel dispenser, designed by Dresser Wayne, features:

  • A 10.4″ color screen with speaker that can show advertisements
  • A printer, which can print out coupons
  • Buy items from the convenience store without leaving the pump
  • Download MP3s to your digital audio player
  • Check traffic reports

Naturally, it also includes far more advanced diagnostics and fuel level meters than most pumps, providing advantages to the gas station operator. Dresser’s website gives no indication how much it might cost, but I’m going to have to get one. Why? I’ll find a reason.

Techweb jokes:

Unfortunately, the next-generation pump is unlikely to do anything about the rising prices of gas.

(via Bink)

May 12th, 2006 Posted by | General, Humor, Windows | no comments