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 Thursday, 21-November-2013  01:34:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you're tired of negative Bitcoin headlines, here's some good news - the US Government has declared it a legal means of exchange. While not an official seal of approval, the hearing has given some legitimacy to a payment mechanism that has been associated with illegal activities even as it gains acceptance by the general public and investment community.

Oxford's word of 2013 is selfie, beating twerk - and as Australians we've only ourselves to blame. Oxford Dictionaries has named "selfie" - which had its humble beginnings in a post on ABC Online more than a decade ago - as its word of the year.

However, our copyright laws could use some work. DO you know that sharing a meme in this country makes you a criminal? That's right. Condescending Wonka, Li'll Bub and Ryan Gosling's hey girl are all crimes under Australian copyright law. In fact by sharing a YouTube video you could face five years in jail and a fine of $93,500.

AMD has a new supercomputer graphics card. With full support for PCI Express® 3.0 and optimized for use with the OpenCL™ compute programming language, the AMD FirePro S10000 12GB Edition GPU features ECC memory plus DirectGMA support allowing developers working with large models and assemblies to take advantage of the massively parallel processing capabilities of AMD GPUs based on the latest AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. AMD FirePro S10000 12GB Edition GPU is slated for availability in Spring 2014.

Bill Gates has written a lengthy piece on Wired about how you can help improve the world. But if you take the long view, by almost any measure of progress we are living in history’s greatest era. Wars are becoming less frequent. Life expectancy has more than doubled in the past century. More children than ever are going to primary school. The world is better than it has ever been. But it is still not as good as we wish.

DDsD sent in this interesting development after the recent Adobe breach Facebook and other companies are using the leaked data to compare against their own password hashes and warn their own customers if their password was leaked by the other services. As I proffered in a follow-up comment on this story, Facebook and any other company can take any of the Adobe passwords that have already been guessed or figured out and simply hash those passwords with whatever one-way hashing mechanism(s) they use internally. After that, it’s just a matter of finding any overlapping email addresses that use the same password.

The surviving members of Monty Python are set to reunite in a new stage show. The group, whose work has been living on in the musical Spamalot (penned by Idle), was set to announce their comeback Thursday. But news was already circulating, with Idle tweeting Monday that fans should look out for a "big forthcoming news event." And The Sun newspaper splashed the news Tuesday with a front-page headline proclaiming "Monty Python Flies Again."

Callan noticed this LG TV which reports back to home base even when you ask it not to. How very 1984! It was at this point, I made an even more disturbing find within the packet data dumps. I noticed filenames were being posted to LG's servers and that these filenames were ones stored on my external USB hard drive. To demonstrate this, I created a mock avi file and copied it to a USB stick.

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