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Tuesday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-June-2007  07:27:43 (GMT +10) - by Rational

A developer has done what courts have failed to do in that he simply asked a pirate network nicely to remove his content and they did. Organizations such as the MPAA, RIAA and IFPI spend millions of dollars enforcing copyrights by getting people fined and even jailed for file-sharing. So when a small developer sees his work pirated on the internet, what can he do about it with his tiny resources? Easy. He emails the warez group, turns on the charm and asks them nicely to leave him alone in the future - and they agree!

The Government is planning a broadband choice service consisting of a telephone line and website to help consumers choose. The Federal Government is about to launch a "one-stop shop" telephone hotline to assist consumers in choosing broadband plans. The hotline will be accompanied by a website, broadbandnow.gov.au, offering a "broadband service locator" the Government says is capable of listing the broadband options available at a given address.

Stanfords robotic car was able to pass a driving test making it one of the few robotic cars that can do so. The Stanford Racing Team's autonomous car, Junior, passed a complex driving test Thursday, making it one of the few robots in the world able to deal with the complexities of city traffic. Well, maybe small town traffic. "It drives like my grandma," exclaimed one bystander, as Junior cautiously pulled up to an intersection, turned on its blinker, waited ten seconds, and then pulled cautiously and jerkily around the curve.

Joost is working on embedded support for TV's and mobile phones. The brains behind Joost aren't content to just serve up video to PC users. The company last week began talking about their plans for world domination via embedded consumer electronics support, which would include building Joost support into televisions, if the P2P Internet TV company gets its way.

Blockbuster video has announced that it will carry Blu-Ray discs after finding that 70% of consumers preferred Blu-Ray. The next-generation DVD format favored by Sony is beating out the HD-DVD format favored by Microsoft and others. Blockbuster announced today that it will carry the Blu-ray format when it starts renting next-generation DVDs next month.

The Apple iPhone is set to have a better battery life than expected as Apple extends it only a few weeks from their planned release. Just 11 days before the official launch of the much-hyped Apple iPhone, the Mac-maker has seemingly found a way to keep the buzz machine humming with a new announcement. On Monday, Apple said its iPhone would deliver significantly longer battery life when it ships on June 29 than was originally announced when the device was unveiled in January.

With keyboards containing more bacteria than toilet seats it is interesting to know if they are dishwasher safe?. Studies show that computer keyboards have more bacteria than toilet seats. But it's hard to clean all those keys. So some people advocate an extreme solution: Throw your keyboard in your dishwasher.

NYTimes have posted an article about the life of a Chinese gold farmer in World of Warcraft. It was an hour before midnight, three hours into the night shift with nine more to go. At his workstation in a small, fluorescent-lighted office space in Nanjing, China, Li Qiwen sat shirtless and chain-smoking, gazing purposefully at the online computer game in front of him.



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