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 Monday, 22-June-2015  12:50:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A draft legal letter about Dallas Buyer's Club downloading has been uncovered. Check your mailboxes, pirates. You might be seeing something like this in there very soon if you pirated Dallas Buyer’s Club. In case you’ve been living under a rock: the studio behind Dallas Buyers Club is on the warpath against Aussie pirates. After iiNet challenged Dallas Buyers Club’s discovery process in court and lost, the court stipulated that the studio had to draft a copy of its letter of demand before a judge before it was sent out. More info here.

Telstra are killing off dialup for good. Telstra will retire its dial-up internet plans and migrate the last of its remaining customers by December this year. The telco's director of fixed broadband Stuart Bird today said customers still on a dial-up account would be contacted about migrating their services over the coming months, and would be able to keep their existing email addresses as part of the migration.

PC Perspective have been modding an EVGA GTX 970. The measure of a true modder is not in how powerful he can make his system by throwing money at it, but in how well he can innovate to make his components run better with what he or she has on hand. Some make artistic statements with their truly awe-inspiring cases, while others take the dremel and clamps to their beloved video cards in an attempt to eek out that last bit of performance. This article serves the later of the two. Don't get me wrong, the card will look nice once we're done with it, but the point here is to re-use components on hand where possible to minimize the cost while maximizing the performance (and sound) benefits.

A few people sent in this mind-bending article about neural networks and images. Artificial Neural Networks have spurred remarkable recent progress in image classification and speech recognition. But even though these are very useful tools based on well-known mathematical methods, we actually understand surprisingly little of why certain models work and others don’t. So let’s take a look at some simple techniques for peeking inside these networks.

Also impressive is this holographic Minecraft demo from Microsoft at E3. You can play Minecraft right on your wall, and then transfer it to another surface. You can manipulate the world using your voice and your hands. And of course, you can walk around and change your viewpoint whenever you’d like. You can zoom in, out, and around using your voice.

There's some concern about OS X and iOS flaws. The malicious proof-of-concept apps were approved by the Apple Store, which requires all qualifying submissions to treat every other app as untrusted. Despite the supposed vetting by Apple engineers, the researchers' apps were able to bypass sandboxing protections that are supposed to prevent one app from accessing the credentials, contacts, and other resources belonging to another app. Apple seem to have addressed the issues according to an update on that article.

Here's a funny video of Arnold Schwarzenegger pranking people at a waxworks museum. There's a few other good videos on Arnie's channel too.

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