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Friday Morning (20 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 22-January-2010  03:00:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

eTeknix have a somewhat bizarre AMD advertisement showing a monkey upgrading a video card. ATI are on a mission to make installing or upgrading your graphics card as simple and as painless as possible, and this advert shows exactly that. ATI brought in a monkey that had been fully trained to take apart a case and install a graphics card, as well as its drivers.

CCTV footage has caught someone installing malware in South Australia. South Australian Police are hunting a male who broke into a recruitment firm and spent three hours installing remote access software on one of its computers. Three hours?!

More worrying is this huge EFTPOS scam which seems to be Australia-wide. Every Australian capital city and some regional centres have been hit by the scam, believed to involve a 50-strong gang operating out of Asia. Police yesterday took the extraordinary step of urging people to change their PIN numbers. They claimed many more accounts would be fleeced in weeks to come unless acount holders took steps to protect themselves.

If you're a train-spotter, a travel buff or simply have an otherwise idle high definition display, perhaps this movie will be of interest, thanks Lemming. The longest documentary ever? At least the longest we have made, almost 7 1/2 hours, showing every minute of the scenic train ride between Bergen on the Norwegian west coast, crossing the mountains to the capital of Oslo.

Chris sent in this article about GSM security. This week brought some bad news for mobile phone users. German security expert Karsten Nohl showed how easy it is to eavesdrop on GSM-based (Global System for Mobile Communications) cell phones, including those used by AT&T and T-Mobile customers in the U.S.

EFA are claiming one hundred signatures per hour for the Internet Filtering petition they intend to submit to parliament, thanks Jay. “The most important thing about the petition is that it is valid for parliament [as] it has been worded in compliance with Senate Standing Orders… it is not just clicking a button,” Guy said.

Dink spotted this amusing book piracy article. Apparently, over 2 billion books were "loaned" last year by a cabal of organizations found in nearly every American city and town. Using the same advanced projective mathematics used in the study cited by Publishers Weekly, Go To Hellman has computed that publishers could be losing sales opportunities totaling over $100 Billion per year, losses which extend back to at least the year 2000.

AusGamers have posted part 2 of their DIY PVR article. They're also celebrating their 10th birthday and have taken a look back at a decade of gaming. As 2010 kicks off, we reflect over the last 10 years of gaming history as we take a nostalgic trip through the years.

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