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 Tuesday, 13-May-2014  12:08:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Gamespy is shutting down, which is going to affect a lot of games, report PlayerAttack. The official list mentions a handful of Battlefield titles including BF2, 1942 and 2142, several Command & Conquers for PC, and a bunch of Wii and DS titles.

Tech Report have info on Adaptive-Sync on DisplayPort. PC gaming animation may soon become more fluid than ever, thanks to a development just announced by the folks at the VESA display standards organization. VESA has officially added a feature called Adaptive-Sync to the DisplayPort 1.2a specification, which means that a G-Sync-style adaptive refresh mechanism could be built into nearly every new desktop monitor in the coming months and years.

Oracle won a legal victory over Google recently. The dispute comes down to arcane code used in Google’s Android operating system, and if the courts ultimately find in favor of Oracle, the decision could reverberate across the tech industry. The situation is complicated, but it can be summed up pretty simply. Oracle owns Java. Google cloned Java in building Android. Oracle sued. And now the courts are trying to decide when it’s OK to clone someone else’s software.

A few people sent in this spurious correlations site. The charts on this site aren't meant to imply causation nor are they meant to create a distrust for research or even correlative data. Rather, I hope this projects gets people interested in statistics and research.

It's claimed that the NSA has been backdooring routers made in the USA. For years, the US government loudly warned the world that Chinese routers and other internet devices pose a "threat" because they are built with backdoor surveillance functionality that gives the Chinese government the ability to spy on anyone using them. Yet what the NSA's documents show is that Americans have been engaged in precisely the activity that the US accused the Chinese of doing.

Meanwhile in NZ, there's some tough new comms laws. As part of the new law - which requires the country's main signals intelligence agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) to play a prime role in network and systems security - providers are now dutybound to notify the state about any design and procurement decisions before implementation, according to government guidance.

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