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 Wednesday, 2-June-2010  00:43:28 (GMT +10) - by Dopefish

Hurt Locker's makers seem to be making good on their threats to sue P2P sharers. A few weeks ago the makers of the Oscar-winning movie Hurt Locker indicated that they would sue tens of thousands of U.S. BitTorrent users. In a classic ‘pay up or else’ scheme, the first 5,000 victims have now been officially reported to court. If ISPs cooperate these downloaders can expect a settlement request in their mailboxes soon.

There's some news on China's growth in the supercomputing department. China ramps up efforts to become a supercomputing superpower, as one of its machines is ranked second fastest in the world. There is also a cool graphic of the current super computing that Agg reported last night, so check if out if you haven't already.

Pakistan seems to have now removed the ban on Facebook. On Monday, a Pakistani court ordered authorities to restore access to social networking site Facebook after company officials reportedly apologized for a page deemed offensive to Muslims and removed its contents. The Lahore High Court imposed the nationwide ban almost two weeks ago amid outrage over the page, which encouraged users to post drawings of Muhammad, as many Muslims consider depictions of Islam’s Prophet to be blasphemous.

It seems that the recent suicides at Foxconn have caused the workers to receive a 20% pay rise. Faced with an escalating management crisis following a spate of worker suicides, iPhone maker Foxconn Technology Group will increase employees' wages at its China operations by 20%, according to media reports Friday. I'm not really sure that congratulations are appropriate in this instance, though, with 13 deaths required for the change.

Ofcom, the UK regulator, has unveiled the anti-piracy policy that will force ISPs to track users' download habits. Lists of Britons who infringe copyright are to be drawn up by the UK's biggest ISPs, under proposals from the regulator Ofcom. The plan is contained in a draft code of practice it hopes will curb copyright infringement.

South Korea is quite famous for its Starcraft-playing superstars, but how much do you really know about the quality of life as a South Korean super gamer? What has not yet received attention, however, is the dark side of anxiety and adverse working conditions facing many players amid this rapid growth in e-Sports. During a policy talk Thursday entitled “The Current Situation and Problems in the Gaming Industry and Game Sports,” organized by the Center for Culture & Society and the minor opposition New Progressive Party, StarCraft columnist Kim Jeong-geon made reference to a professional gamer development system he called “the chicken coop.”

Apparently Google has dumped Microsoft Windows. The directive to move to other operating systems began in earnest in January, after Google’s Chinese operations were hacked, and could effectively end the use of Windows at Google, which employs more than 10,000 workers internationally. “We’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort,” said one Google employee.

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