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Sunday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 15-January-2012  16:06:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The public outcry over SOPA in the USA seems to be having an effect on politicians. On Thursday we covered the news that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) was expressing second thoughts about SOPA's DNS provisions. He said he changed his mind after he "heard from a number of Vermonters" on the issue. On Friday, several Republicans started backpedaling as well. Background on SOPA here on Wikipedia.

Here's a terrifying beaver case mod from Flecktone. I have nothing further to say on that. :)

Google has pursuaded a Spanish bank to move to the cloud, to some extent. BBVA's director of innovation, Carmen Herranz, stressed that all customer data and other key banking systems would "stay in our own data centres" and be completely separate from the cloud solution. The bank would use Google applications like email, calendar, docs, chat, video conferencing and other collaboration tools to "achieve a cultural change" and get "the whole company working together" across the 26 countries where BBVA is based.

Chris sent word that the Raspberry Pi is nearing release. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. For $25-$35. There's also an expansion board which looks interesting.

A few people sent in this amusing video for a wonder cosmetics product used widely in the fashion industry.

I've seen pictures of these before, but CN found more info on the Atomic Energy Lab for kids. The set came with four types of uranium ore, a beta-alpha source (Pb-210), a pure beta source (Ru-106), a gamma source (Zn-65?), a spinthariscope, a cloud chamber with its own short-lived alpha source (Po-210), an electroscope, a geiger counter, a manual, a comic book (Dagwood Splits the Atom) and a government manual "Prospecting for Uranium. More info here.

It seems odd when Microsoft embrace the community and encourage them to modify their products, but as Matt points out, they are interested to see where Kinect can go. And now, it's about to really find out. On February 1, "developers" (time to stop mentioning the h-word) can buy a Kinect that comes packaged with a Product Development Kit (PDK), for around $250.

Apparently Telstra think that TPG might buy iiNet. The Delimiter article suggests that a merging of TPG and iiNet wouldn’t be the smoothest in the history of takeovers; the companies go about their business in different ways, with TPG’s clinical approach potentially clashing with the laid-back and jovial style of iiNet. iiNet CEO, Michael Malone, speaking with Delimiter, said any takeover would have a big enough impact on the industry that the ACCC would likely be involved.

Today's timewaster is Adventure Story from biatch. Seems a fairly standard platform game.

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