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Friday Afternoon (10 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-May-2010  14:06:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has given a speech outlining his concerns about Australia's internet filter. The Greens support the rights of Australian children to a safe online experience and we support the effective resourcing of law enforcement agencies to intercept and prosecute traffickers of online child pornography and other illegal material on the internet. We do not, however, support the mandatory filtering of the internet in Australia. This afternoon I would like to sketch the broad reasons for taking this position and then to propose to the government some ways forward.

Tony sent word that Team Immunity, an Australian eSports team, have been selected as a candidate to attend the eStars Electronics Sports tournament in South Korea. They're asking people to vote for them - and maybe win a SteelSeries Xai Mouse in the process.

Somebody has made a model of Helsinki using old motherboards. Actually I gave away a heap of my old motherboards to a mate of mine recently - he's chopping them up and using them in artworks. These were some old classic boards I'd had lying around forever, such as NF-S 2.0, VP6, P3V4X, GA-7DXR etc. I'll never use them again and it seemed a bit pointlessly sentimental to have them collecting dust on a shelf after all these years. But I couldn't bring myself to give up my trusty old BP6. :)

There's a zombie satellite causing some concerns in orbit, thanks Kosta. An attempt to shut down the electronics payload of the out-of-control communications satellite Galaxy 15 has failed, leaving the satellite - which ceased responding to ground commands last month - still in its uncontrolled "zombiesat" drift toward orbits occupied by other spacecraft, the satellite's fleet operator Intelsat said Tuesday.

Queensland driver licenses will use biometrics soon. Produced by plastic card manufacturer Placard, the cards integrate facial recognition technology from Unisys and Dutch digital security company Gemalto's electronic driving license solution, Sealys.

HWHeaven have a GeForce GT 240 roundup. However the release of the high end cards does not mean that NVIDIA lost interest in the mainstream market where the majority of gamers and users wants to combine performance with value. Today we are going to test the performance of three NVIDIA GT 240 GFX cards, which even though they are all based on the same GT 215 core, are very different from each other.

Did I mention that Portal is free for the next week or so? I played it for the first time last night and really enjoyed it, I can completely understand all the hype and cultural references about it over the last couple of years. If you like clever, funny, puzzle-based FPSs, you'd be mad not to grab it while it's free.

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