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Friday Afternoon (6 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-November-2014  13:13:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Western Digital have unveiled a 10TB HDD using "shingled recording". This comes just a few weeks after Seagate announced initial availability of its 8TB air-filled hard drive, which at the time was the largest hard drive in the world. There’s no word on pricing yet but Western Digital says, somewhat unbelievably, that the 10TB drive will have the lowest cost-per-gigabyte and power consumption-per-gigabyte of any drive on the market.

Senator Brandis says the data retention laws won't be used against pirates, but it seems they may be a boon for private investigators. No law-enforcement agency was involved in obtaining the IP address information related to the blackmail. Instead, the identity of Murray was revealed by Telstra, which had been ordered to comply with a "preliminary discovery" court request by Mr Biggs' lawyer.

Meanwhile one journalist is still trying to get his own metadata. Beyond trying to prove a point - "the government can access my metadata, so why can't I?" - there are a number of important reasons for pursuing my telco for the data I generate.

Microsoft are apparently making Office free on iPad/iPhone/Android, thanks TheWedgie (not Tony_L). Starting today, you'll no longer need an Office 365 subscription to edit documents or store them in the cloud. The move comes just days after Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Dropbox to integrate the cloud storage service into Office across desktop, mobile, and the web. You can now download Office for iPad and store all your documents on Dropbox without paying Microsoft anything at all.

The EFF are looking to make resurrecting abandoned games legal. The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a petition to the Library of Congress and the United States Copyright Office this week over the modification of abandoned games, particularly those that require an online connection to prevent piracy. The EFF is seeking a change to current laws that would deem mods that strip out authentication checks as fair use of the software after developers take those servers offline.

Here's an interesting one, Amazon Echo. Seems to be Siri or Google Now for your living room. One step closer to Star Trek! Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's always on—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, "Alexa." It's also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound.

I'm not sure if this is really news, but a few people sent it in, so here's photos of CNN anchors not making any friends at Microsoft. Microsoft proudly announced last month that it would be paying CNN to use its Surface tablets for the historic Mid-Term 2014 coverage, but when it came time to actually use Microsoft’s tablet last night, CNN political commentators discovered an incredible new Surface feature: it doubles as an iPad kickstand.

It seems Zalman have gone bust under strange circumstances, thanks Tony_L. Zalman did not fall victim to recession, competition or even bad corporate management. The whole story is long, complicated, obscure and yet unconfirmed, so unfortunately we may never learn all the details of it. To summarize, Zalman apparently was part of an allegedly very well designed and planned multi-billion dollar corporate fraud. Did I mention Tony_L sent this link in? It was Tony_L. Tony_L, everyone! Gimme a T! Gimme an O! Gimme an N! Gimme a Y! Gimme an underscore! Gimme an L! Toooooooonnnnnnyyyyyy_____L!

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