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Sunday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 24-June-2007  18:10:35 (GMT +10) - by Rational

New Blu-Ray discs are set to expand copy protection to bypass AACS troubles, thanks Sniper4800. With a minimum of fanfare, the licensing body for the developers of a supplemental copy protection technology exclusively for Blu-ray Disc announced its initial specification for BD+ - which supporters had hoped would be available early last year - is finally ready for licensing to developers.

Large Bitorrent sites such as Demonoid, Torrentspy and BTJunkie are at risk after a smaller Bitorrent site was forcibly taken down on the same ISP. Leaseweb, the ISP of some of the largest BitTorrent sites like Torrentspy, BTjunkie and Demonoid was forced to take down everlasting.nu, a relatively small BitTorrent site. The outcome of the lawsuit initiated by the Dutch anti-piracy outfit Brein could spell trouble for some of the key players in the BitTorrent landscape.

Bit-Tech have posted some views on episodic gaming. Part of the reason is that the majority of bigger episodic titles, such as Half-Life 2 Episodes and SiN Episodes, the first heavyweights in episodic gaming, have proven to be utterly disappointing. Not only has Half-life 2: Episode Two suffered repeated setbacks, but SiN episodes was officially cancelled after only one instalment.

A hacker has apparently revealed the ending of the next Harry Potter book because a computer at Bloomsbury publishing was exploited. An Internet security resources site has purportedly revealed details obtained by a hacker of the ending of the upcoming “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” book. The hacker claims to have obtained a full transcipt of the new Harry Potter story by hacking Bloomsbury Publishing, British publisher of the J K Rowling books.

TPG is considering a cheap 150GB ADSL2+ plan and trialling a IPTV service. There is a thread discussing this here. TPG has bucked the trend of steering away from high volume plans by announcing a 150GB ADSL2+ plan for just $70/month, and has begun trialling its IPTV solution.

LoneWolf sent in this article about an electric powered drag bike, video of it in action can be seen here. Bill owns the world’s quickest electric drag bike – and with a time of 8.168 seconds at 155.78 mph for the quarter mile, in anyone’s terms it’s not slow.

Video game spending is set to surpass music spending this year. The video gaming industry is poised to overtake the music industry in the US, with global spending on video games surpassing music spending as soon as this year, according to consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers. PwC released the data in its annual "Global Entertainment and Media Outlook" report covering 2007 through 2011, which outlines expected growth in the entertainment, film, music, and video game industries, among others.

The Pentagon has been hit by a cyber attack. The US Defence Department took as many as 1500 computers off line because of a cyber attack, Pentagon officials said on Thursday. Few details were released about the attack, which happened on Wednesday, but Defence Secretary Robert Gates said the computer systems would be working again soon.

On Tuesday more than 10,000 online radio broadcasters will participate in a day of silence in protest to new royalty rules which will put a lot of them out of business. On Tuesday, more than 10,000 U.S. web radio broadcasters will participate in a nationwide "day of silence", canceling their usual programming in protest of an impending royalty hike that threatens to put most of them out of business. Members of the SaveNetRadio coalition - including everyone from Yahoo! to WebRadioPugetSound - will either shut down their stations or broadcast public-service announcements urging listeners to support a repeal of the new royalty rates.

Thanks to Florian who sent in a whole bunch of cool automotive links including this interesting hybrid demo car and this German hybrid sports car. Basically you can buy the lightning for 220000€ next year - and if you drive 20000km a year, could save 15000€ a year, compared to a Audi RS4

And to continue the automotive theme Marc sent in this interesting video of an engine playing "We Are the Champions".

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