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Sunday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 5-July-2009  16:14:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's been three new dinosaurs discovered in Australia recently. The skeletons of Matilda & Banjo were found together at bottom of an ancient billabong. For some reason that reads in Steve Irwin's voice for me.

The future head of MI6 is in hot water thanks to his wife's facebook postings. In what the Mail on Sunday called an "extraordinary lapse", the new spy chief's wife, Lady Shelley Sawers, posted family pictures and exposed details of where the couple live and take their holidays and who their friends and relatives are.

NASA's Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter has sent back photos of the moon. The spacecraft's two cameras, collectively known as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, were activated June 30. The cameras are working well and have returned images of a region in the lunar highlands south of Mare Nubium (Sea of Clouds).

Dell have been ordered by Taiwan's consumer regulators to honour an online pricing mistake, thanks mysrh. News of the supposed bargain spread quickly over the internet when it was posted June 25 at 11pm. Within the eight hours before it was removed, more than 26,000 customers placed orders for nearly 140,000 monitors, according to Taiwan's Consumer Protection Commission. Ouch. But why are similar screwups never enforced here?

Danny sends word that Windows 7 will be sent to manufacturers on 13th July, according to the latest rumours, but it won't be on shelves until late October. After a year of furious beta testing and continuous leaks every other week, Microsoft is finally ready to give Windows 7 the green light to hit the market. Currently the Windows 7 team is working on polishing off the RTM build so that no show-stopper bugs are present in Windows 7. The date, July 13, also coincides with the kickoff of the Worldwide Partner Conference that is taking place in New Orleans.

An Easter Egg has been found in Donkey Kong, 26 years after release. That is a set of conditions so specific I can't imagine anyone discovering the egg without prying apart the code, much less knowing how to repeat it. Hodges shows how he found it in the code, using an emulator.

The ever-popular mandatory internet filter may be extended to online games. That means browser-based or downloaded games, or online roleplaying games such as the popular World of Warcraft, will be blocked in Australia if it contains content deemed inappropriate for anyone under the age of 15. Can't really see how that's going to work, apart from a wholesale ban of the game, which is mental.

Queensland's Health Commission has nearly completed virtualising their IT infrastructure. When information systems manager Steven Moskwa joined the commission in 2007 the impending desktop and server refresh became the main impetus for an integrated virtual server and desktop environment which would also enable better remote access. Hrm, that name seems familiar. ;)



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