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Tuesday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-December-2018  14:17:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The encryption-busting legislation has been passed into law without any amendments, thanks to a last-minute deal. The bill appeared to be defeated on Thursday, the last day parliament will sit this year, until Labor leader Bill Shorten offered an olive branch to his rivals that night, agreeing to allow ALP senators to pass the bill without any of its own proposed amendments in order to empower law enforcement agencies before Christmas. The international technology community is vocally opposed to the legislation. "The new Australian law is deeply flawed, overly broad, and lacking in adequate independent oversight over the new authorities," the coalition said in a statement.

Phone scammers have been making a fortune from Australian victims. Australians were conned out of more than $800,000 in November alone as a "tsunami" of scam phone calls threatened people with arrest if they did not hand over their personal details. New figures from the Australian Taxation Office reveal more than 37,000 scam attempts were reported just last month.

The game Half-Life recently turned 20 years old. It’s only the now-simple visuals that tell you Half-Life is 20 years old. Its storytelling is so clever, subtle and perfectly pitched, it can still engross you. Half-Life taught a whole generation of big-budget game developers how to tell stories in an interactive space without continually wresting control from the player. Followed by a variety of sequels and add-ons, expanding the story and exploring new perspectives, it was also a lesson in universe building. No wonder that more than a decade since the last instalment, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, fans are still yearning for another sequel. Discussion here.

Meanwhile Doom turned 25 yesterday, and co-creator John Romero has announced some new content, named Sigil. Sigil contains nine single-player and nine deathmatch levels, and will be released for free in mid-February 2019. As a megawad, you'll need the original Doom (not the remake) to play it. Discussion in recent posts to this thread.

Still on the retro kick, it was 50 years ago this month that Douglas Engelbart gave the mother of all demos. On December 9, 1968 at a computer conference in San Francisco, Engelbart showed off the first inklings of numerous technologies that we all now take for granted: video conferencing, a modern desktop-style user interface, word processing, hypertext, the mouse, collaborative editing, among many others. Even before his famous demonstration, Engelbart outlined his vision of the future more than a half-century ago in his historic 1962 paper, "Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework."

NVIDIA unveiled the Titan RTX recently, which brings a new meaning to the phrase "4k video card". We don't have a hard release date on the Titan RTX as yet, but its live on NVIDIA'a Australian website (where you can also be notified about it) and it has been pegged for release in the U.S. and Europe by the end of the year. Hopefully we won't be far behind. What we do know is that the Titan RTX will set you back a cool $3,999.

The ACCC are taking a dim view of Facebook and Google's media dominance in Australia, with recommendations to control and limit their presence here. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has indicated the need for potential new regulations to stop major tech companies from abusing their power to the detriment of Australia’s media and digital advertising industries. In a preliminary report released today, it put forth 11 recommendations to improve oversight of the tech giants and prevent them from engaging in potentially discriminatory conduct.

Andrew sent in this story of someone DDoSing a forum and going to prison for it. OKLAHOMA CITY – DAVID CHESLEY GOODYEAR, 44, of El Segundo, California, has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for directing distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) cyber attacks against two websites owned by Oklahoma telescope retailer Astronomics in August 2016, announced Robert J. Troester of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.



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