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Friday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 16-June-2017  14:11:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a new law designed to protect minors online in Australia. It is known as Carly's Law after 15-year-old Carly Ryan, who was murdered 10 years ago by a 50-year-old paedophile who pretended on the internet to be 20 to lure her to a meeting. The change makes it a crime to plan to harm a child under 16 and in particular targets predators who misrepresent their age.

Also on the legal front, an amendment to the Copyright Act has passed, making access easier for the disabled and relaxing the rules under certain circumstances. The Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill contains a number of important changes that will benefit Australia’s schools, universities, libraries, galleries and museums. More info here. Perhaps most excitingly, as a result of these changes, on 1 January 2019 millions of unpublished works that have until now remained locked behind outdated and unjustifiable perpetual copyright laws will become free for all to use.

An Australian inventor has created a translating earpiece. An Australian startup revealed its flagship product, an earpiece that can interpret 8 different languages in real-time, at a United Nations event in Switzerland on Friday.

If you enjoyed my recent Getting Started with Arduino article, you might find this new Arduino Workshop useful on Core Electronics. Welcome to the Arduino Workshop, where you'll be able to follow our guided course which covers everything you'll need to know in order to create your own Arduino projects and become a leveled up maker. Arduino discussion continues in this thread.

LegitReviews have an article on ETH mining with GTX 1070. If you are looking to get started Ethereum mining chances are you'll quickly discover the prized AMD Radeon RX 480 and Radeon RX 580 video cards are sold out most everywhere and finding them used is next to impossible. So, rather than waiting on AMD Radeon RX 480/580 cards to come into stock you might want to look at some of the NVIDIA cards on the market.

FOTW noticed that GIF has turned 30. The GIF format was defined as a standard on June 15, 1987, and saw its last major update in 1989. As an image format, it was quickly replaced by other, more popular files such as JPG, but it continued to live on as GIF also allows you to create simple animations.

Here's some info on the Australian Computer Society, from Ashton: The ACS is currently running a free membership trial as part of its Empower campaign that expires at the end of the month – get full access to membership benefits of the Australian Computer Society that include 33,000 digital learning videos (covering everything from mastering Google Analytics, iOS and Android app development, to programming in Go), as well as access to networking and events nationwide held by ACS branches in each state. Head to www.acs.org.au/empower.html to sign up.

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