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Thursday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-June-2015  16:21:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Malcolm Turnbull says that VPN users are not the Government's concern. “This Australian could then — and this is widely done — purchase the content in the normal way with a credit card. The owner of the Australian rights to the content so acquired might well be quite unhappy about that, but they could take a remedy against the American site or the underlying owner of the rights. This bill does not apply to a site like this. It is not intended to apply to VPNs,” Turnbull confirmed.

I always like to see Amigas in the news - this time there's one controlling heating for schools. All 19 schools covered by the authority depend on a nearly 30-year-old Commodore Amiga 2000 to automate their air conditioning and heating. It communicates to the other schools using a pokey 1,200 baud modem and a wireless radio so behind the times that it occasionally interferes with maintenance workers' walkie talkies. Oh, and a high school student wrote the necessary code -- if something goes wrong, the district has to contact the now middle-aged programmer and hope that he can fix it.

Samsung's Galaxy phones are apparently vulnerable to hacking via the keyboard software. The company said it only learned of the flaw on Tuesday, via the Journal article, and claims it "is not easy to exploit." A user must be connected to a compromised network, and access is possible only if the user's keyboard is conducting a language update.

A company called MX3D are aiming to 3D print a bridge over a canal in Amsterdam. To construct the bridge, 6-axis industrial robots will be used, each equipped with 3D printing hardware with the ability to “print metals, plastics, and combinations of materials in virtually any format.” At least two of these 3D printing robots will be used, one beginning on each bank and then meeting in the middle, building the bridge in mid air.



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