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Thursday Morning (23 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 25-September-2014  00:47:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The current security frenzy extends to the online world in Australia. Spy agency ASIO will be given the power to monitor the entire Australian internet and journalists' ability to write about national security will be curtailed when new legislation expected to pass in the Senate as early as Wednesday becomes law, academics, media organisations, lawyers, the Greens party and rights groups fear.

It seems that veteran Australian ISP connect.com.au are going away. As a result we will be closing down connect.com.au at the end of September 2014 and wanted to ensure we notified you of this in order to provide you the time to talk with us in order to identify appropriate alternative services. You can read some of their history on Wikipedia.

ArsTechnica have an interesting article about Soviets rescuing a space station in the 1980's. Meanwhile, India have successfully placed a low-cost spacecraft into orbit around Mars. The mission makes India the first country in Asia to reach Mars, after an attempt by regional rival China failed to leave Earth's orbit in 2011.

I've been away for a couple of days, and it seems the two big stories I missed are a hoax threat against Emma Watson: A threat against actress Emma Watson in response to a gender equality speech she made at the United Nations now appears to have been a viral marketing stunt.

... and iPhones bending. Just a few hours ago, we started hearing reports that a small sampling of iPhone 6 Plus owners have experienced a slight bend to their phone after putting the device in their front pockets. Also, someone in Perth dropped theirs.

Banshee sent word of another update in the Tech Report SSD endurance test. You won't believe how much data can be written to modern SSDs. No, seriously. Our ongoing SSD Endurance Experiment has demonstrated that some consumer-grade drives can withstand over a petabyte of writes before burning out. That's a hyperbole-worthy total for a class of products typically rated to survive only a few hundred terabytes at most.

NVIDIA recently hade a GAME24 event, with coverage on OCClub and Tweaktown. GAME24 is a 24 hour PC gaming event aimed at bringing gamers together to connect and share the experience of gaming. You could directly participate in the interactive livestream by judging competitions, chatting with developers and celebrities, or uploading your own content. Or better yet, you could attend one of the events in person.

A couple of people sent in this candidate for the worst "hacker" scene of all time from a new show called "Scorpion". All you need to know about the main character is that he's a genius who is "on software," which means he tells people things like "open your email and click the link." He has trouble communicating his emotions because he's a geek who only understands machines, and he has a dusty warehouse space that's shared by a tough hardware expert, a hat-wearing psychology master, and a nerdy "human calculator."

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