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Sunday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 22-April-2007  12:54:54 (GMT +10) - by Rational

It seems that adult content is losing out to internet communities on the web. Maybe if OCAU opened a porn store we could capture both market segments. WHEN the Internet took off in the 1990s, it was demonised as a steaming cauldron of porn. It has certainly made pornography more widely and easily available than ever before. The online porn industry is difficult to measure, but was valued at $1 billion in 2002 by America's National Research Council.

A company is offering to install a bigger hard drive in your MP3 player including the Zune which currently only comes in a 30GB model. The folks at iPodMods have already managed to cram a 40GB hard drive into a Zune (among other mods), but that apparently wasn't enough to whet their appetite for storage, with 'em now taking things even further by stuffing 100GB drives into both Zunes and iPods.

Peter spotted this article about a court case against prominent video game criticizer Jack Thompson. Though Jack Thompson is always in and out of the public eye, he's been quite active in the last little while. The restless attorney has battled corporate evils relentlessly, stopping only to diagnose the world's violent ways as the result of video games.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center have released a report on internet crime for 2006. The full report can be found in PDF format here (2.3MB). The top offenses being Auction Fraud and Non Delivery of Goods. In 2006, IC3 processed more than 200,481 complaints that support Internet crime investigations by law enforcement and regulatory agencies nationwide. These complaints were composed of many different fraud types such as auction fraud, non-delivery, and credit/debit card fraud, as well as non-fraudulent complaints, such as computer intrusions, spam/unsolicited e-mail, and child pornography.

The BBC are set to open up their video archives on the internet as a video on demand service after trying it out in a beta program. The BBC is to open up its vast archive of video and audio in an on-demand trial involving more than 20,000 people in the UK. Full-length programmes, as well as scripts and notes, will be available for download from the BBC's website.

Free software magazine has looked at the perfect home server for use as a file server, print server, intranet, mail server and more using free software. Proprietary servers are expensive to buy and licence. Free software has for some time offered a choice of alternatives in this field and this article aims to discuss those options and explain how you might deploy a free software LAN server, which will allow you to start small but which can grow with you with minimal extra outlay.

Check out this list of awesome gadgets which have been either banned or not marketed in the US (probably Australia too) for various reasons including trade laws, patents and the style of the American market. Today, with many countries like Japan, Taiwan and the UK catching up the technological boom the United States has had to wait for many of the innovations and newly released devices from these foreign manufacturers. Surprisingly, it seems like there are a handful of cool new devices that do not even make it to the country.

The oldest known meteor shower, Lyrid is said to peak tonight and it will be visible from the Southern hemisphere (although the Northerners get the better view). The meteor shower actually consists of pieces of material from the comet Thatcher that glow when they hit and disintegrate within the Earth’s atmosphere. Comet Thatcher takes about 415 years to orbit the Sun, with an orbit that takes it further than the orbit of Neptune and closer to the Sun than the Earth’s orbit.

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