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 Sunday, 13-December-2009  20:29:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Pretty much this entire news post comes from Oh Smeg, so thanks for that!

This article on OSNews follows up on the recent Microsoft/Danger data loss issue and considers more widely the issue of storing your data on the internet. In the Microsoft/Danger disaster, it turned out to be not as bad as everyone (including the involved parties themselves) had thought; Microsoft was still able to recover the lost data, meaning that users still got their stuff back. Still, I'm sure Sidekick owners were less than pleased.

Computerworld cover 802.11n's long road to standardisation. The result: it took five drama-packed years for the standard to come to fruition. The delay was never over the technology. In fact, the technical tricks that give 802.11n its steady connection speeds of 100Mbps to 140Mbps have been well-known for years.

Germany are setting up a centre to fight botnets. Germany has the third highest number of infected computers in the world. According to the BSI, the objective of the project, which is unique in Europe, is to get Germany out of the top ten originating countries for cybercriminality.

Here's a blog article about the instruction set war. There is an almost invisible war going on between Intel and AMD. It's the game of who is defining the new additions to the x86 instruction set. This war has been going on behind the scenes for years without being noticed by the majority IT professionals. Most programmers don't care what is going on at the machine code level, so they can't see all the ridiculous consequences that this war has.

Apparently this conference was attended by our own Senator Conroy recently. This is the official Web site of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), run by the IGF Secretariat. Its purpose is to support the United Nations Secretary-General in carrying out the mandate from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) with regard to convening a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue - the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

The UN are also pondering Ten Net Commandments, report ArsTechnica. As the UN-backed Internet Governance Forum 2009 met last week just a stone's throw from Mount Sinai, some wondered whether it wasn't time to draft a "10 commandments" for the Internet. And everyone had ideas about what should be on it.

The first programmable quantum computer has been created, according to ScienceNews. Using a few ultracold ions, intense lasers and some electrodes, researchers have built the first programmable quantum computer. The new system, described in a paper to be published in Nature Physics, flexed its versatility by performing 160 randomly chosen processing routines.

For something of a timewaster, here's one person's list of the 50 most interesting articles on Wikipedia. Feel free to suggest others. :)

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