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Monday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 27-October-2014  17:11:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Woz is now a UTS professor. Apple co-founder Steve 'Woz' Wozniak has joined University of Technology Sydney as an adjunct professor, joining the university's 'Magic Lab.' The appointment marks the first time Wozniak, who is widely credited for designing the Apple I and II computers, has accepted an adjunct appointment at any university.

Senator Ludlum meanwhile is rapping about data retention.. really. The full video is here. Greens senator Scott Ludlam has appeared in a rap video taking on the Coalition's data retention laws. Guardian Australia reproduces the music without comment or judgment. Ludlam raps on what he sees as a 'fascist fuckfest of Orwellian proportions' and threatens to 'smack down their laws'.

A solar car built by Australian students has broken the speed record for electric vehicles, thanks JC. With a speed of 106.966 kilometres an hour, a solar car known as eVe is now officially the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500 kilometres in the world - and it was built entirely by undergraduate engineering students from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia.

Gunna spotted this one about plans for an internet levy in Hungary. Hungary’s Economy Minister Mihály Varga has on Tuesday submitted to Parliament a draft on changes to the tax regime to be implemented in 2015. An amendment of the telecom law is also included, according to which the telecom tax would be extended to Internet services. The tax will be proportionate to data traffic and every gigabyte started will cost 150 forints.

Google has launched a new email client, Inbox. Today, Google has launched a hybrid new email service called ‘Inbox’ that blends communication along with lifestyle integration. Think of Gmail mixed with Google Now and a dash of Siri. Accordingly, the Google Inbox is designed to focus on what really matters.

The Queen has published her first tweet, which is very exciting. Signing herself Elizabeth R., for regina or queen, she welcomed visitors to a new Information Age gallery focused on the evolution of modern communications at the Science Museum in London.

It seems the lawyers chasing people for downloading Dallas Buyers Club are not bothering with Optus and Telstra. Online pirates on the Telstra and Optus networks can breathe easy for now, while those downloading illegal copies of movies over iiNet and smaller providers may soon receive an invoice for up to $5000 if an unusual legal case in the Federal Court is successful.

Mpot sent in this response from FTDI about bricking chips last week: "The recently release driver release has now been removed from Windows Update so that on-the-fly updating cannot occur. The driver is in the process of being updated and will be released next week. This will still uphold our stance against devices that are not genuine, but do so in a non-invasive way that means that there is no risk of end user’s hardware being directly affected." More info here and here.

Tolkien fans will enjoy this new in-flight safety video from Air New Zealand, thanks AirQ.



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