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Wednesday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 24-April-2013  14:21:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Last night the population of Australia officially passed 23M. There's also an interesting slidey thing showing how the population is aging.

Over the weekend the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were apprehended, and it was amazing to see the event unfolding in real-time across the internet, including on OCAU. This let people keep up to date with events in an incredible crowd-sourced way. However this also let rumours spread like wildfire, which hampered the investigation and endangered innocent people. “Those officials said Saturday that the decision on Thursday to release photos of the two men in baseball caps was meant in part to limit the damage being done to people who were wrongly being targeted as suspects in the news media and on the Internet.” Reddit posted their thoughts on their role during the crisis.

The self-proclaimed leader of LulzSec has been arrested in NSW, although his authenticity is in dispute. The AFP says the 24-year-old man from the Gosford suburb of Point Clare, who claims to be in charge of Lulz Security, or LulzSec, was arrested yesterday. The man is a senior Australian IT professional who works for the local arm of an international IT company.

There are new PSU rules in Australia. Despite the fact that the incorrect start date indicates that the fact sheet isn’t that laden with fact, there are a few things we do know about these regulations that were confirmed to us this morning. The major thing is that from October first pretty much all power supplies sold in Australia will have to sport a minimum 80+ Silver efficiency rating, thus knocking a large number of budget units off the market altogether. Discussion here.

A new cyber security bill, CISPA, has passed the US House. This is the second time Cispa has been passed by the House. Senators threw out the first draft, saying it did not do enough to protect privacy. Cispa could fail again in the Senate after threats from President Obama to veto it over privacy concerns. More info here.

Icelanders are so concerned about accidentally sleeping with a relative that there's now an app to keep things safe. In an island nation of just 300,000 people, sleeping with distant relatives may be inevitable. Sleeping with close relatives, however, remains something most would prefer to avoid. Now there’s an app for that. Or to keep it really safe, just use vibrating internet pants instead.

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