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Wednesday Morning (29 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-December-2009  03:01:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Top story today would have to be the Federal Goverment announcing that mandatory internet filtering will go ahead in Australia. That sound you just heard was several million internet users smacking their foreheads simultaneously. The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, said today he would introduce legislation just before next year's elections to force ISPs to block a blacklist of "refused classification" (RC) websites for all Australian internet users.

Thunderbird 3, the latest version of Mozilla's email client, was released recently, thanks metamorphosis. If you like Firefoxís tabbed browsing, youíre going to love tabbed email. Thunderbird 3ís tabbed email lets you load emails in separate tabs so you can quickly jump between them.

On a related note the French military have gone with open source over closed source for a military-grade email program, thanks IntelInside. France's military chose open source software after an internal government debate that began in 2003 and culminated in a November 6, 2007, directive requiring state agencies "Seek maximum technological and commercial independence."

If you're one of the 32 million people with a RockYou account, you might want to change your password, thanks Iain. Itís no secret that most people use the same password over and over again for most of the services they sign up for. While itís obviously convenient, this becomes a major problem if one of those services is compromised. RockYou make apps for Facebook etc, it seems.

Claims that piracy is killing the movie industry are a little shaky given the record numbers being reported by the industry. In 2009, the leading Hollywood studios made more films and generated more revenue than ever before, and for the first time in history the domestic box office grosses will surpass $10 billion.

DVHardware report on a cheap GPU-powered supercomputer at the University of Antwerp. For under 6000 euro, the ASTRA research group managed to create a new personal desktop supercomputer that can do their tomography reconstruction calculations four times faster than a four-year old 3.5 million euro supercomputer.

Overclockers.com, as well as having had a big facelift since I last visited, have a Windows Showdown posted, comparing 8 operating systems in 6 benchmarks. Since its debut, Windows Vista has taken nothing but flak from almost every demographic one could think of. Windows 7 on the other hand has been hailed as being noticeably better performing, and supposedly as light as XP. And what about XP? How do they really stack up to one another?

If you have an i7 or i5 you might like this Turbo Boost Technology Monitor, thanks Timbot. Intelģ Turbo Boost Technology Monitor is a Windows Sidebar gadget which provides simple display of increase in processor frequency when applications request and Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers more performance.

Panasonic are apparently blocking aftermarket batteries from being used in their Lumix cameras. A Panasonic Australia spokesperson defended the policy change vigorously, stating that the decision was made "first and foremost to protect the customer's safety and their investment in their LUMIX camera." They continued, "We permit the use of only genuine quality-assured Panasonic batteries with our products, as there have been reported instances of third-party batteries damaging the camera's electronics, overheating or even exploding."

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