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Wednesday Afternoon (10 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 27-January-2010  17:29:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Federal Court has indicated it will hand down its ruling on the iiNet vs AFACT case next week. The trial has been watched closely by both the federal government and overseas observers. The group of Hollywood studios has attempted to persuade the court that iiNet can be held legally liable for alleged copyright infringement activity by its customers, so the decision is expected to have wide ramifications for internet providers.

Meanwhile Crikey have an article about a copyright outrage not getting much publicity, thanks enigma. The proposal has been debated at a series of meetings between stakeholders since 2007, and while confirmed information is fairly scant, earlier leaked documents suggest that as well as covering physical piracy, ACTA will try and enforce copyright in the digital realm, meaning the same kind of ISP-level meddling that’s associated with current internet censorship proposals in Australia.

GeoHot has now released his PS3 hack. This is the coveted PS3 exploit, gives full memory access and therefore ring 0 access from OtherOS. Enjoy your hypervisor dumps. This is known to work with version 2.4.2 only, but I imagine it works on all current versions.

Biofrog sent in this quite amazing video from Haiti showing some of the destruction. But it's interesting from a tech perspective because as the car drives down the road, you can swing the point of view around 360 degrees. Interesting.

At about 5am tomorrow morning Apple will (presumably) unveil their Apple Tablet. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Apple is supposedly set to introduce a tablet device (AKA the Apple Tablet, iSlate, etc.) at its latest event that will change the lives of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Sure, it could just be a fresh version of iLife and an 8GB iPhone 3GS, but we kinda doubt that. Discussion here.

Clone spotted this Stephen Conroy comic. Funny and a good example of what's wrong with the idea. :)

A Star Trek MMO seems like the perfect setup to get me hooked on an MMO (the Lego one sounds interesting too). Anyway, YouGamers checked out Star Trek Online to see if it's any good. Cryptic has built a track record with superhero MMOs but their latest release, Champions Online, was somewhat underwhelming. Now they attempt to go where no MMO has gone before with Star Trek Online. Game discussion here.

Enigma also spotted the amusing story that a French copyright enforcement group has proudly unveiled their new logo, before discovering it used unlicense fonts. It soon became clear, however, that there was a fundamental problem with the design. The logo, already officially registered for 2 months with the National Institute of Industrial Property, had been created with an unlicensed font called “Bienvenue.”

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