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 Tuesday, 19-June-2018  17:30:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In a win for cyborgs everywhere, Meow-Ludo Meow-Meow has had his conviction overturned regarding using an Opal card embedded in his hand instead of held in it. Mr Meow-Meow, 33, pleaded guilty to using public transport without a valid ticket and for not producing a ticket to transport officers. In March, he was fined $220 for breaching the Opal Card terms of use and was ordered to pay $1,000 in legal costs. Mr Meow-Meow appealed against the conviction in the District Court and today it was quashed.

Gamers are up in arms over the discovery of a widespread tracking program called "Red Shell", included in lots of games. The information collected includes “operating system, browser version number, IP address (anonymized through one-way hashing), screen resolution, in-game user id, and font profiles.” Red Shell promises that only “device” information is collected on your computer, with nothing personally identifiable included in their tracking. Discussion and more info in this thread.

Fifteen more websites are to be blocked in Australia, thanks Axe. On Tuesday, Federal Court justice John Nicholas agreed, ordering the sites be blocked for a period of three years, after which Foxtel can apply to have the orders extended. ISPs must take "reasonable steps to disable access" to the list of websites within 15 business days and redirect internet users to a page advising the site has been blocked because it facilitates copyright infringement. Foxtel will pay the compliance costs of blocking the websites, calculated at $50 per domain name. In his judgment, Justice Nicholas said each website appeared to be principally designed to provide copyrighted material free of charge, demonstrating a "flagrant disregard by the operators of the rights of copyright owners".

Meanwhile gaming addiction has been classified as an official mental health condition. WHO said classifying “gaming disorder” as a separate addiction will help governments, families and health care workers be more vigilant and prepared to identify the risks. The agency and other experts were quick to note that cases of the condition are still very rare, with no more than up to 3 per cent of all gamers believed to be affected.

Both these giveaways are for USA residents only, but it's an amusing bit of tit-for-tat between Intel and AMD: in short, Intel are raffling special limited edition 8086K CPUs, and AMD is offering to let you swap yours for a Threadripper instead. The first 40 U.S.-based winners of the Intel® 8th Gen Core i7-8086k Limited Edition Sweepstakes (which opened on June 7, 2018 and closed on June 8, 2018) (“Competitor Sweepstakes”) to complete certain steps will be offered the opportunity to exchange their new, in-box prize processor for a flagship 16-core AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ 1950X processor built for the gamers and creators who need a processor that can do it all.



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