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 Thursday, 15-November-2012  18:02:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia has a new emergency text alert system on the way. “In a world first, emergency text messages will be sent out to mobile phones based on where that phone is, as well as its registered address. Telstra customers will have access to the system this season and Vodafone and Optus customers next year. “After all, mobile phones are mobile. This update will help emergency services to get warnings to the right people at the right time in the right place.

There's some red faces over at the VCE exam body after a photoshopped historical picture has been used in an exam. But when students opened their exam this morning they found an altered version of the work with what appear to be a large "BattleTech Marauder" robot aiding the rising revolutionaries in the background.

Also feeling sheepish are the makers of a dictionary app which posted accusatory tweets on the accounts of people who had genuinely purchased it. More here, thanks mpot. An apology in Japanese was posted on the Japan-based Enfour's site, listing affected products including more than a dozen English dictionary and thesaurus apps, such as American Heritage, Collins, and Australian Oxford dictionaries.

An American man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for selling 6 counterfeit discs. When investigators searched King’s home and businesses, they eventually turned up 10,510 counterfeit discs and the computer equipment they believe he used to manufacture the bootlegs. The Clarion Ledger notes that authorities also uncovered a number of weapons, including an assault rifle, from King’s Hazlehurst, MS home, but it was only the six counts of piracy that will put him away until 2027.

Here's a cool article about someone who wrote Windows for C64 when he was 13. Because I didn't have PC , I have been going to internet club to see how real PC works and what commands it has. After that I started to write Windows shell on my C64. When I created desktop and start menu, I also programmed DOS, Corel Draw, Notepad, Writepad, Documents , Excel some games, .... all that programs haven't been fully functional of course , I was just creating what I saw on PC in the internet club :). Reminds me of my own early days typing in programs from a book on a friend's VIC-20 and later our Amiga 1000.

Pete sent in this cool 3d printing photo booth. Tokyo’s stylish Harajuku district will soon be home to an unusual pop-up photo booth—customers will walk away not with photos, but with 3D printed figurines of themselves. The customer is first 3D scanned in a process that requires them to stand still for 15 minutes. A 3D model of the customer is then refined on a computer before output to a 3D printer. The figurines are available in sizes ranging from 4 to 8 inches. Discussion here.

Today's timewaster is Balls of Life from biatch.

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