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 Monday, 17-February-2014  22:08:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Government has signalled a possible crackdown on piracy in Australia, with more info here. The Australian government looks set to overhaul the country's copyright laws with a view to force internet service providers to begin cracking down on users who download TV shows and films over BitTorrent. Discussion here and the actual report is here.

Crowdfunding site Kickstarter have been hacked, with user data compromised, thanks mpot. Though no credit card information was taken, the site said, attackers made off with usernames, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords. So, you should change your password, and change your password on other places where you used the same one (which is a bad idea). More info on their site.

I didn't realise the new joking-but-serious cryptocurrency Dogecoin is Australian. The rise of virtual currency 'Bitcoin' is changing the way we think about money. But there are plenty of other contenders with an Australian digital coin stamped with the head of a cute Japanese dog leading the pack.

Meanwhile bitcoin has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, with cyber attacks, including a major marketplace and exchange being exploited. Put simply, Mt. Gox has been suffering from a sort of hack that makes its transactions vanish, allowing aggrieved customers to come back and ask for their money again. In fact, however, these vanished transactions are properly processed and the customer is paid twice.

Also close to home, the Government is spending $4.3M on market research, including social media. Among contracts the government has commissioned from dozens of market research agencies are $38,500 to research a possible West Australian Senate election, $20,400 to monitor social media for the Department of Communications and $67,300 to track and monitor the government's ''no boat no visa'' campaign.

Tweaktown have some 3D printing tips and some essential tools for this emerging technology. If you are thinking about getting into 3D printing, I recently asked for an update on the state of things and got some useful replies. For a community printer, I'd suggest not buying a cheap printer. Great for a hobbyist that quickly learns to deal with the various quirks, but for community use it'll just be annoying. The high-end ones are great but can be very expensive to run (mostly because their abilities mean that people print horribly complex jobs on them) and obviously setup cost is high.

Currency mining is affecting video card prices, and Tech Report look into why. The problem is one of supply and demand, of course. While our sources suggest that supply is healthy, demand from crypto-currency miners seems to be very strong. This puts AMD in an awkward position. The company could order additional wafers, which would put more GPUs in the market in a few months. By then, however, the crypto-currency bubble might burst, and AMD might find itself with excess inventory as miners unload second-hand Radeons on eBay.

AOL have sold Winamp and Shoutcast, possibly extending their lives. Returning from the brink of death, music services Winamp and Shoutcast are now officially with a new owner: Digital audio business Radionomy has acquired the both media player and radio platform from AOL. We understand from a reliable source that it is a cash and share deal, worth between $5 million and $10 million, with AOL taking a 12% stake of Radionomy in the process.

Check out this amazing encrusted PC and other bits. Or the opposite, where a laptop is stripped bare for LN2 overclocking. Wytiwx from China noticed that the best performance (after overclock) in HWBOT Prime seems to be achieved by the Penryn architecture and found a solution to compete in the single core category. The processor he chose is the Intel Celeron 900, which is running at 2.2GHz default. Using a notebook motherboard, he managed to overclock the FSB to 363MHz, resulting in a CPU frequency of 4GHz.

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