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Sunday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 2-May-2010  13:59:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The R18+ games petition to Australia's Attorney-Generals has broken records for the number of signatories. The previous record was set by a petition against WorkChoices in 2005 which attracted 85,000 signatures. As of yesterday, more than 89,000 people had signed the R18+ video game petition. It opened eight weeks ago.

Australia's Attorney-General has announced Australia will join an International Cybercrime Convention. The Convention promotes a coordinated approach to cybercrime by requiring countries to criminalise four types of offences, including: 1. offences against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems, including illegal access to computer systems, illegal interception, data interference, systems interference and the misuse of devices; 2. computer-related offences, including forgery and fraud; 3. content-related offences, including child pornography; and 4. offences related to the infringement of copyright and other related rights.

Wired have found and interviewed the iPhone 4 prototype's finder, who sold it on to Gizmodo. "He regrets his mistake in not doing more to return the phone," said attorney Jeffrey Bornstein in a statement. "Even though he did obtain some compensation from Gizmodo, Brian thought that it was so that they could review the phone."

Karlston spotted an Australian liquor price comparison engine incurring the wrath of Google. Groggle Pty Ltd is a startup based in Brisbane founded by Cameron Collie and Alec Doughty and is planning to offer a location-driven alcohol price comparison service online. Currently in beta, the Groggle project is over two years in the making and the founders had hoped to launch in a few months, with a look at launching a similar website in the US within the year.

The student who accessed and publicised Sarah Palin's email has been found guilty. After four days of deliberations, a federal jury found David Kernell, the 22-year-old son of a Democratic Tennessee state legislator, guilty of obstruction of justice, a felony, and unauthorized access of a computer, a misdemeanor.

Microsoft has cancelled their Courier Tablet project. It appeared from the leaked information last year that a Courier prototype was probably near to completion. The combination of both touch- and pen-based computing was compelling. Perhaps the strong launch of Apple's iPad, currently the only available "mobile tablet" from a major vendor, caused Ballmer to reassess the commitment of Microsoft in a soon-to-be-crowded market.

Kosta reports that the Australian internet filter debate has been delayed beyond June. The Australian reported earlier today that a spokeswoman for Communications Minister Stephen Conroy had said the legislation "would not be introduced [in] next month's or the June sittings of parliament." A spokeswoman for Conroy confirmed with iTnews that introduction of the legislation is "unlikely during the May sitting" - being that it is Federal Budget week.

Check out this perching drone which can hang on a wall for surveillance. "They communicate as they search for places to land, not on streets or rooftops but on the sides of buildings and under the eaves, where they can cling, bat- or insect-like, in relative safety and obscurity," they wrote.

IKT sends word that Ubuntu 10.04 LTS has been released: Announcement here, Press release here, Overview here, Forum thread here. Download: Official here, Internode Mirror here. There is also an ubuntu manual here. Getting Started with Ubuntu 10.04 is a comprehensive beginners guide for the Ubuntu operating system. It is written under an open source license and is free for you to download, read, modify and share.

Michael sent in this two part high-def video worklog of "Black Dwarf", a scratch-built machine with 14TB in RAID. Here's part 1 and Part 2. Impressive workmanship and filming. All those metal filings near the HDDs and mobo are a worry tho, hrm.



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