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Sunday Midday (3 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 20-December-2009  12:40:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's been another high-profile hacking, with Twitter apparently suffering the wrath of the "Iranian Cyber Army", thanks Stygian. Certainly, there is a contentious history between Twitter and Iran. In the wake of supposed results of that nation's presidential election in June, protesters in Iran used Twitter to skirt government filters to report events, express outrage, and get people out to opposition rallies. Twitter even rescheduled some planned downtime in order to stay accessible for Iranian users in the midst of political upheaval at the request of the U.S. Department of State.

An SMH blog has an amusing take on the internet filtering plan. In an ambitious plan to protect Australia's children, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has announced plans to install speed humps every 100 metres on all Australian freeways. Discussion here. Meanwhile Mr Conroy seems to have lost his website, with it being initially replaced by a parody page, but now offline.

VR-Zone compared some low-profile CPU coolers. Building a mini computer these days means going small on casing, motherboard, and even coolers. But which low profile coolers should you go for?

Meanwhile Frostytech have updated their comparison and now have 252 heatsinks included. This is the most up to date copy of Frostytech's invaluable thermal and acoustic Heatsink Test Charts for Intel and AMD processors, containing data for over a dozen as yet unpublished heatsink reviews, for a total 252 different heatsinks compared. Given the mass of email requests FrostyTech has received in the last week for definitive answers on A-heatsink vs. B-heatsink, we're publishing these charts here so you have the most current comparisons going into the Holiday shopping and Boxing Day sales.

IBM have listed five innovations that will change cities in the next five years. An estimated 60 million people are moving to cities and urban areas each year – more than one million every week. The fourth-annual “IBM Next 5 in 5” focuses on cities because the world is experiencing unprecedented urbanization. I thought all our electronic interconnectedness meant the trend was moving away from all cramming into cities?

SAAB is the latest automotive brand to quietly die off. General Motors Co. said it will shut the money-losing Saab unit after talks collapsed on a sale to Spyker Cars NV, the second failure in less than a month to keep the 72-year-old Swedish brand alive.

This Australian blogger has an interesting idea to hopefully get your camera back after you lose it. All you have to do is take some photos – which you never delete from your camera – so when someone finds your camera at the bottom of the gorilla pit they are able to locate you and return the lost property to its rightful owner.

A single-digit typo made for a major aircraft malfunction recently, thanks IntelInside. The Airbus A340's first officer mistakenly entered the plane's take-off weight as 262.9 tonnes, when in fact it weighed 362.9 tonnes, the latest report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has found. Makes me wonder why the plane can't measure its own weight through the suspension.

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