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Thursday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-June-2013  12:53:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The US surveillance story has definitely made it to Australian shores, with a surprising number of similar requests here. Federal police are obtaining Australians' phone and internet records without warrants nearly 1000 times a week, it has emerged as controversy rages over a vast US surveillance program. Our Attorney General has ordered an enquiry into protection of digital privacy. The whistleblower has spoken to reporters in Hong Kong.

PCPro report on concerns about lack of overclocking headroom on Haswell. I think that's normal for a new architecture, and we'll see how it expands in the future. Meanwhile TechARP spoke to the men behind Haswell. Team ARP was invited to meet the Malaysian men behind the newly launched 4th Generation Intel Core "Haswell" processors. A high-powered team from Intel Penang dropped by to meet the Malaysian press.

Owen spotted this Wired article about a secret cyber-army in the USA. A four-star Army general, his authority extends across three domains: He is director of the world’s largest intelligence service, the National Security Agency; chief of the Central Security Service; and commander of the US Cyber Command. As such, he has his own secret military, presiding over the Navy’s 10th Fleet, the 24th Air Force, and the Second Army.

SilentPCReview have two 140mm fan roundups, with part 1 here and part 2 here. Last week we tested a half dozen 140 mm fans, with models from Phanteks and Noctuas floating to top and offerings from Xigmatek sinking to the bottom. This time we have five contenders from Antec, bequiet!, Corsair, and Scythe slugging it out.

Disney's ESPN are closing their 3D channel due to lack of demand. ESPN launched the 3D cable channel in 2010 and will close the channel by the end of the year, said ESPN spokeswoman Katina Arnold. It presented 3D broadcasts of college football games and the Masters golf tournament, among other offerings. Despite declining costs for 3D televisions and widespread use of 3D in movies, consumers have not rushed to bring the technology into their homes.

There's plans underway to build an even bigger particle accelerator. A five-volume report containing the blueprint for this futuristic particle physics project was published today by an international group of scientists. The designers say it will "compliment and advance beyond the physics of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN." The latest specs represent the "latest, most technologically advanced and most thoroughly scrutinised design for the ILC." The new collider will be 4 kilometers longer than Hadron, and will consist of two linear accelerators that will face each other.

Now we've even got to watch out for our printers spying on us, say the EFF. n a purported effort to identify counterfeiters the US government has succeeded in persuading some color laser printer manufacturers to encode each page with identifying information. That means that without your knowledge or consent an act you assume is private could become public. A communication tool you're using in everyday life could become a tool for government surveillance. And what's worse there are no laws to prevent abuse.

I missed this when it first came out, but if you like those Heath Robinson / Rube Goldberg contraptions, here's one using Red Bull athletes.

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