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Friday Afternoon (13 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 8-June-2007  18:37:11 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Well here I am doing the news on dialup waiting for my ADSL2+ to be installed. Go go dialup power!

In local non tech news, a rather large coal ship has run aground off Newcastle, luckily though nobody was hurt. Check out that thread for some really cool pictures of it.

Divx pro is available for free for a limited time.

Harvard has given Bill Gates an honourary law degree all these years after he dropped out. Bill Gates, who dropped out of Harvard in his junior year before co-founding Microsoft and going on to become the world's richest person, stopped off at his former stomping grounds to collect an honorary law degree. "We recognise the most illustrious member of the Harvard College class of 1977 never to have graduated from Harvard," said Harvard University Provost Steven Hyman.

Security researching is no easy job as found out by CNet who interviewed one. Last year he made a name for himself by making public an exploit for printing airline boarding passes, much to the dismay of the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security. He then went on to expose a phishing scam at Indiana University and a man-in-the-middle attack which made use of the Bank of America key site authentication system.

Researchers have mananged to power a 60W light globe wirelessly from a power source several meters away. To do this, two copper coils are constructed so that they have the same resonant frequency—note that this requires hand-tuning one coil to match the other. The two coils couple resonantly, which means that one coil acts as energy storage for the other, and they simply pass the energy back and forth between each other. This makes the transfer quite efficient over distances of a couple of meters.

A company is showing off some wooden PC peripherals which I think is supprisingly attractive. ARUBENI INFOTEC presented a variety of wooden-made pc peripherals such as keyboard, USB memory, card reader, and USB hub.

According to sources 3 million iPhones will be available at launch later this month. BusinessWeek believes Apple will be selling $10 billion worth of iPhones a year by 2009. As a point of reference, financial analysts say sales of the iPod are expected to come in at around $11 billion for 2008. BusinessWeek cites sources saying Apple will have 3 million iPhones ready for sale on opening day.

Julie Amero, the substitute teacher who faced a jail sentence over porn popups in a classroom is getting a new trial. A new trial has been ordered in a case that became an internet cause celebre. It involves substitute teacher Julie Amero who faced a 40-year jail sentence for allegedly letting school children view pornography on a class computer. The case generated huge interest online as bloggers and security experts challenged the way the trial of Ms Amero was being handled.

Todays timewaster is from Mark with iSketch, an online sketching game.

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