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Friday Morning (8 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-December-2011  02:32:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Federal Government has released an emergency phone app. The DisasterWatch app can be downloaded for free and contains the latest public information via a direct feed from emergency response teams in each state and territory. Attorney-General Robert McClelland says the tool is designed to reduce unnecessary calls to the triple-0 network.

NASA's next-generation telescope is back on track, they say. In February, NASA inspector general Paul Martin told lawmakers that the telescope had gone way over its initial budget of $3.5 billion and was likely to come in at around $6.5 billion. NASA has also pushed back its scheduled launch -- initially set for 2013 -- numerous times. It is now set for October 2018. Speaking of which, CN sent in these best space photos of 2011 on NationalGeographic.

Khalil spotted a smartphone watch. There's a new version of the hacker-friendly inPulse Smartwatch, a wrist-computer that pairs with (most) BlackBerry and (some) Android phones. This time around, you'll find beefier construction and any number of watchapps that include different watch faces and a presenter app that lets you control PowerPoint presentations as you pretend you're Bob from ReBoot.

I'm not entirely sure of the details, but there's some kind of mass artwork installation on Cockatoo Island. The OUTPOST PROJECT is all set to transform the gritty industrial spaces of Cockatoo Island into an explosion of urban art. An impossible outcome, without the talent, commitment and energy of more than 150 artists, all willing to come on a journey with curators Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and aMBUSH Gallery, in a first for the Southern Hemisphere. Seems to end on 11th December.

Timbot spotted this future-predicting supercomputer. The Living Earth Simulator is funded by the European Union and its costs rise up to 900 million pounds. In theory, the program could be able to predict a long range of events, including the spread of disease, financial crisis and other negative or favorable incidents. If proven accurate, LES could replace the traditional economic models that are used in the present, making it easier to predict economic events.

Koopz sends word that Playclaw is free for today only. Seems to be a non-crippled FRAPS type thing. This proggy is awesome for making vids / taking screenies / monitoring vid card and CPU temps / loads while in game.

HWSecrets continue their thermal compound roundup. We added five new thermal compounds to our previous roundup, for a total of 55 different thermal compounds from major brands. We also tried another alternative thermal compound: Philadelphia Cream Cheese. I bet that smelled lovely.

A few people sent in this bizarre story about the Red Cross considering if gamers could be war criminals. Eh? A spokesperson for ICRC Australia told news.com.au the workshop looked at how games “represented International Humanitarian Law”, which regulates the legal conduct of warfare. "The aim for the ICRC is that they send the right signals to their hundreds of millions of players by rewarding respect for IHL and penalising violations," the spokesperson said.

SiliconAngel noticed CNET bundling malware with downloads, enraging Fyodor, author of nmap. C|Net's Download.Com site has started wrapping their Nmap downloads (as well as other free software like VLC) in a trojan installer which does things like installing a sketchy "StartNow" toolbar, changing the user's default search engine to Microsoft Bing, and changing their home page to Microsoft's MSN. More info here.



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