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 Monday, 24-June-2013  23:07:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Microsoft are giving away a pile of free ebooks, thanks mpot. As with the past collections, these eBooks are completely FREE, they are not time-bombed, there is no catch, and yes, please let your friends, family, colleagues, or anyone else that you think would benefit from these know that they are available here and to come download the ones they are interested in. I’d love to give away another 1,000,000 free eBooks again this round, so spread the word and please enjoy these resources from Microsoft to you.

TheReg have an Australian section now and they're drumming up support for a clarification of some NBN details. Australia will spend at least $29bn on its National Broadband Network. But do you - or anyone - know if we're building it right? I generally stay away from political things, but the NBN is a big deal for Australian geeks, so I thought I'd pass that along.

While I'm unsuccessfully avoiding politics, here's an interesting article from Michael, about the current state of silicon valley, and its increasing involvement in politics. There are fifty or so billionaires and tens of thousands of millionaires in Silicon Valley; last year’s Facebook public stock offering alone created half a dozen more of the former and more than a thousand of the latter. There are also record numbers of poor people, and the past two years have seen a twenty-per-cent rise in homelessness, largely because of the soaring cost of housing. After decades in which the country has become less and less equal, Silicon Valley is one of the most unequal places in America.

A recent Facebook bug exposed details of 6M users. The glitch itself is a bit difficult to explain, but essentially if you chose to download a copy of your data, your Facebook archive may have included the phone number or e-mail address of a person who you are connected to but did not have those particular contact details for. The extra information was provided because of a hiccup during the friend recommendation process.

The first electronically-stored computer program ran 65 years ago, as of a few days ago. First ever practical implementation of the stored program concept took place exactly before 65 years today as the Manchester Small Scale Experimental Machine aka ‘Baby’ became the world’s first computer to run an electronically stored program on June 21, 1948.

Today's timewaster is Bounzy 2, a zombie puzzle shooter from biatch.

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