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 Thursday, 15-May-2014  19:42:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The new budget includes a Cyber Commissioner, which isn't anywhere near as cool as the Judge Dredd meets Robocop mental image it gave me at first. The government confirmed as part of the 2014-15 Federal Budget that the Children’s e-Safety Commissioner would be established from next year. The role of the government’s new Net Nanny would be to develop a system whereby bullying material “targeted at Australian children” would be taken down quickly from sites like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. The Office of the e-Safety Commissioner will also look to develop a new cyber-bullying offence (kill me now) and a civil penalty regime for offenders.

TeamAU did well on a recent foray to New Zealand, breaking some records. In addition to this the boys traveled to New Zealand to run a GIGABYTE OC workshop with PLAYTECH, AMES IT Acadamy, SteelSeries, AOC and GUNNAR and took the Aquamark 3 world record in setup day with GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC Force, Patriot PSC fronzen at 1350 CAS7 and a GTX580 with 4770K running at 6.4GHz.

The NSA has a new boss, who promises more transparency. In his first interview since taking the helm of both the NSA and US Cyber Command in April, Admiral Mike Rogers said he would be more candid with the public about much of the NSA's work after nearly a year of damaging revelations by former contractor Edward Snowden.

Meanwhile Australia's privacy commissioner is examining mobile apps. Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has begun a privacy sweep of the 50 most popular apps in Australia to see why they collect personal information and what is done with the data.

PCPerspective consider expandable watercooling systems. All-in-one liquid coolers seem to be all the rage with several companies introducing expandable systems for integration of a system chipset or graphics cooling block to the loop. We will be exploring the performance of two of our previously reviewed coolers to see just how well those liquid coolers can handle the addition of an additional in-line graphics card block. Both the Koolance EXT-440CU Liquid Cooling System and the Cooler Master Glacer 240L Liquid CPU Cooler were used with the ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 graphics card placed in-line for testing.

Tech Report look at the state of the art in lightbulbs. The Internet is a strange and wonderful place. A couple of months ago, I posted a Friday night topic on light bulbs that incited a fair amount of discussion. Not long after that, I kid you not, I started receiving press releases and phone calls from the world's light-bulb brands, as if it made perfect sense for a website with the tagline "PC hardware explored" to be writing about LEDs versus CFLs.

If you're hanging out for Google Glass (and you're in the USA), you might be able to just buy it for $1500 now. "We learned a lot when we opened our site a few weeks ago, so we’ve decided to move to a more open beta," reads the statement from the Google Glass team. "We’re still in the Explorer Program while we continue to improve our hardware and software, but starting today, anyone in the U.S. can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as we have it on hand starting today, anyone in the U.S. can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as we have it on hand."

HWAsylum have a bit of a rant about overclocking support. One thing I have noticed over the years is a distinct lack of support when it comes to overclocking. Now, don’t get me wrong, this article isn’t so much about the hardware but rather the actions hardware makers take when it comes to the end game. To help explain my points I’ll provide a little background which should not only illustrate my point but, also lay the groundwork for what needs to change.

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