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Friday Midday (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-July-2012  02:33:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Aaron reminded us that it's SysAdmin Day today! Let’s face it, System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year. This is the day that all fellow System Administrators across the globe, will be showered with expensive sports cars and large piles of cash in appreciation of their diligent work.

AAPT have confirmed that hackers have taken customer data in protest against the data retention proposals. AAPT CEO David Yuile told Fairfax Media the security incident occurred at 9:30pm on Wednesday. He says the ISP is investigating the breach and will contact affected customers. There's earlier story with some other details here.

Gabe Newell has declared Windows 8 a gaming catastrophe, driving Valve to embrace Linux. Newell is not a disinterested third party. Valve makes money from the commission it takes on Steam sales. Windows 8, with its built-in Windows Store, challenges that revenue source. Features such as Xbox LIVE integration could make the Windows Store and Windows 8 a more appealing platform for gamers and developers alike than Steam. However, the other aspect of the Store—the closed and controlled nature—also concerns him.

Oblong_Cheese sent word of a forum under legal attack. On February 24, Monster Energy Company sent a cease & desist letter to MonsterFishKeepers in regards to their use of the marks MonsterFishKeepers, and the MonsterFishKeepers “M” symbol in connection with clothing, accessories, and stickers.

Here's a cool tank-inspired PC case. Not much text info but lots of detailed pictures in the worklog.

Canon have an interesting new compact camera which can use full-size lenses. What you’re looking at is Canon’s latest golden child, the EOS M. What is it you ask? It’s essentially all the goodness of the EOS 650D crammed into a great looking compact body. I have a big old 400D and a pile of lenses, but I find myself using the tiny S100 virtually all the time now. Discussion of this new body here.

There's a new religion in Sweden, based around file sharing. Kopimism - the name comes from a Swedish spelling of the words ''copy me'' - claims more than 8000 faithful who have signed up on the church's website. It has applied for the right to perform marriages and to receive subsidies awarded to religious organisations by the state, and it has tried, thus far unsuccessfully, to buy a church building, even though most church activities are conducted online.

Supplanter noticed the Humble Music Bundle, which is like the game bundles we've seen before, but with DRM-free MP3 and FLAC music from several bands. You choose exactly how much of your purchase goes to support the musicians, as well as the Child's Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, two non-profit organziations doing great work in the world.



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