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Friday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 18-December-2009  14:11:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby has described Australia's internet filtering plans as the thin edge of the wedge. Most experts agree that Conroy's policy will not result in any meaningful dent in the availability of harmful internet content, will create significant freedom of speech issues and will be prone to abuse by politicians.

Meanwhile Paul spotted a guide to writing to Ministers effectively. Most of all, get your friends, acquaintances, family members, work colleagues, passing strangers, all writing. The bureaucratic capacity to handle ministerial correspondence is a lot like the net filters trialled earlier this year. At low levels of traffic they work OK, but once the traffic picks up, things start to choke up.

Iraqi insurgents have hacked the USA's Predator drones, thanks looktall. Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need to evade or monitor U.S. military operations. Discussion here.

A blogger is reporting her laptop was shot by Israeli immigration security. An announcement played over the sound system, interrupting my break in the sunshine. First in Hebrew, then Arabic, then in English. It was something along the lines of, ” do not to be alarmed by gunshots because the Israeli security needs to blow up suspicious passanger luggage.” More info here.

XbitLabs have a 2.5" SAS HDD roundup. For a few years we have been putting aside an absolutely new type of hard disk drives: server solutions in 2.5-inch form-factor. We realized it was a big omission on our part and today we are ready to rehabilitate ourselves at least partially by introducing to you six solutions like that.

There's a new Battlefield: Bad Company 2 video. No dialogue, no cut-scenes, no garbage. This is Battlefield: Bad Company 2’s multi in the (mostly) raw -- the explosions, vehicle mayhem, blood, gore, and flags.

Tech-Report say that the high-end Radeon drought may be coming to an end. These cards became so hard to find that, in our Christmas system guide, we were forced to recommend older, DirectX 10 GPUs in our primary configs and relegate the DX11 Radeons to the alternatives. After checking availability at major North American online retailers this week, however, we can say the drought is now over—or at least in its last throes.

Today's timewaster is Miami Shark. Daryl also spotted this animated jigsaw puzzle.



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