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Sunday Afternoon (20 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-February-2012  16:35:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ZGeek are under legal attack again, with someone suing them for reader-posted comments. This case is very important; if we are found liable, all webmasters in Australia will be liable for their user comments. Basically this is Australia's version of SOPA. If they win, no webmaster is going to allow free comments on Australian based sites as they could be sued. So it's important for us to find a lawyer ASAP. Or the only person going to be defending your freedom of speech online is me. I'm a person that is excellent at technology and computers, but my law skills are a little lacking.

Extreme overclocker youngpro, who has had his own brush with leukaemia, is participating in the World's Greatest Shave this year to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. I can't speak highly enough of the Leukaemia foundation, during this period of my life, they were the only ones that kept my girlfriend and myself in our house and food in our fridge. Please support me and my amazing team for this event.

Dean noticed that Exetel's CEO, John Linton, has passed away. John Linton was known in Australia’s technology community both as a successful entrepreneur as well as one of the most outspoken and controversial voices in the industry. Exetel was formed as a technology consulting company in the early 1990's but morphed into an ISP in the early years of this decade. Discussion here.

AMD have shared their plans for the next couple of years. The plans are a mix of familiar and logical extensions of the company's current products, but contained some more surprising elements: specifically, AMD opened the door to future processors that include ARM CPUs. The underlying themes to AMD's plans are faster iteration—a GPU-like 18-24 months between CPU designs, compared to the current 3 or more years—achieved by moving away from custom designs and depending more heavily on synthesized chip layouts, and lower power usage. More here.

Google have copped a fine for letting people use Google Maps for free, thanks Asher. According to Scemmama, Bottin has been arguing its case against Google for two years, claiming the search giant was engaging in anticompetitive practices by using its free service to take control over the online-mapping industry.

Digital music sales have, for the first time, overtaken CD sales. Figures released from the Australian Recording Industry Association in 2010 showed that digital unit sales were up 32.02 per cent to nearly 55.3 million - this included 49.2 million tracks sold. Physical sales were more than 36 million - 90 per cent of those being CD albums.

A gamer in Taipei died in a gaming cafe and was not noticed for hours. While playing, Mr. Chen took regular nap breaks at his desk, which meant the 30 people surrounding him in the cafe didn’t realise anything was wrong. A cafe employee tried to wake him, found his body cold, and called police.

Today's timewaster is Luftrauser, a pretty cool dogfighty thing, from Crusader.

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