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 Friday, 29-May-2015  14:31:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Federal Government hopes to pass site-blocking legislation next month. Attorney-General George Brandis is hoping the government can push through parliament before the end of June proposed legislation that will force ISPs to block sites linked to online piracy. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull in March introduced the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 into parliament. The bill would allow representatives of copyright holders to apply for court orders that would force Internet service providers to block access to a website linked to piracy.

In a bizarre twist, it seems even teaching encryption or learning about it could be illegal in Australia soon, thanks mpot. You might not think that an academic computer science course could be classified as an export of military technology. But under the Defence Trade Controls Act which passed into law in April, and will come into force next year there is a real possibility that even seemingly innocuous educational and research activities could fall foul of Australian defence export control laws.

I hadn't heard this rumour, but Sniper let us know that Anandtech have dispelled the idea that SSDs will lose data if left unpowered. In the past week, quite a few media outlets have posted articles claiming that SSDs will lose data in a matter of days if left unpowered. While there is some (read: very, very little) truth to that, it has created a lot of chatter and confusion in forums and even I have received a few questions about the validity of the claims, so rather than responding to individual emails/tweets from people who want to know more, I thought I would explain the matter in depth to everyone at once.

TechARP report on the Intelligent Generations showcase from Intel. At the event, Intel officially launched the Intel Compute Stick, as well as exhibited various Intel Atom X3 reference designs. They also gave us a rare opportunity to talk to their Rockstars.

LegitReviews meanwhile have info on AMD's A10-7870K APU. AMD today announced that the A10-7870K Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) will be the companies flagship FM2+ processor, which helps explain why AMD lowered the pricing on their APUs earlier this month. This processor was codenamed Godavari for some reason, but it's basically just a Kaveri refresh as the microarchitecture is still the same as it was on Kaveri and it's still being by GlobalFoundaries on the 28nm manufacturing process.

YouTube are celebrating their 10th birthday with a lot of "looking back" type videos. Has it really only been 10 years?

Today's timewaster is Agar.io, thanks RnR - discussion here.

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