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 Monday, 20-May-2013  02:55:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Australian Institute of Criminology have released their Australian Crime Facts & Figures report. The Australian Institute of Criminology’s annual compendium of crime statistics shows a continuing decrease in crime levels around Australia with some concerning trends in certain crime types. Facts & figures provides government and justice agencies, the media and the Australian public with accurate, easy to access crime statistics in a single, centralised location. Discussion here.

The latest large-scale data theft victim seems to be Yahoo Japan, thanks mpot. Yahoo Japan Corp. suspects that up to 22 million user IDs may have been stolen during an unauthorized attempt to access the administrative system of its Yahoo! Japan portal. More here. Yahoo is the top most search provider when it comes to Japan with over 50 per cent market share. Google holds 40 per cent market share in comparison.

An American university has made a Raspberry Pi Beowulf cluster. In spite of the obvious benefits, Kiepert’s approach is not ideal for every application. Perhaps the biggest downside is that an RPi is nowhere near as powerful as a desktop PC. Also, because of the limited processing capability, the RPiCluster will not reliably support multiple users simultaneously. However, Kiepert believes these drawbacks do not have a negative impact on his current research.

Popular Mechanics have weighed into the IP law debate. Ownership ought to mean something. When you buy a smartphone or an automobile, it should be yours, and companies shouldn't be able to leverage their intellectual property rights in software to keep you from unlocking, repairing, modifying, or reselling it as you see fit. Intellectual property is a good thing, all right. But it turns out that too much of it isn't wonderful at all.

An update to Google Maps will add Google Earth functionality in the browser, instead of needing the stand-alone app or a plugin. The Google Earth Plugin has been an amazing tool to help bring Google Earth into the browser, but with the upcoming release of Google Maps you’ll be able to view Google Earth in your web browser without needing a plugin at all!

Meanwhile on other worlds, there's a list of driving records by interplanetary rovers. The champion for driving on another surface still goes to the Soviet Lunokhod 2 rover, which travelled 37 kilometres across the moon in 1973.~



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