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Friday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-November-2010  13:37:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Government has accepted the recommendations of a Cybercrime Committee. It agreed on the need for more public education and awareness raising of the threats along with better partnering with industry such as the forthcoming ISP Code (known as the icode) to promote monitoring of malicious botnet activity and notifying account holders with compromised systems.

The NAB have had a serious IT glitch recently. Technical issues were behind delays in the processing of some customer payments and transactions, plus delays for EFTPOS, ATM and other electronic banking facilities, NAB said. Discussion here.

Kotaku wonder why video games cost so much in Australia. At a loss with the dead silence from video game publishers on the issue, we contacted Mark, a PhD in economics, for comment on the reasons why videogames cost almost twice as much here as they do in the US, despite currency parity.

Google Street View has been launched in Germany, and people have already found some odd things. The image of the apparently naked man - which can no longer be seen on Street View - and what he was doing in the boot of a Mercedes convertible parked in the driveway of a home in Mannheim in Germany's south-west have been the subject of frenzied speculation.

Gigabyte donated 1200 motherboards for an airport art installation recently. To construct the design wall, a designer and few craftsmen had spent days just to make the 30-meter wide background with motherboards in all different sizes. The craftsmen did all cutting and shaping of the circuit boards manually just to create the collage of “MADE IN TAIWAN”. Not quite as cool as Dan's motherboard blues window somehow.

Andrew sent in a story about stupidly easy video games, which reminded me of this video, thanks Shaun. An unamused gamer has posted a video of himself playing the first mission from new game Call of Duty: Black Ops on the "hardened" skill setting. He doesn’t falter. He doesn't die. He doesn't even fire his weapon. He just walks through the mission letting the scripted action play itself out.

On the other hand, Tweaktown found Kinect a bit too difficult. Kinect Sports was the game that killed me, though. After playing it for a few hours I was just buggered and the next morning I woke up hurting in places I didn’t know you could hurt. I jokingly said to friends that I was just playing my XBOX 360 and there was this water like stuff running off my face.

EFF are happy that Microsoft are embracing modders who are tinkering with the Kinect platform. This news comes as a relief to hardware hackers and researchers who see the Kinect as an ideal, low-cost platform on which to build everything from robots that detect humans, respond to gestures and voice commands, and build 3-D maps of their surroundings, to programs that allow a users to draw and manipulate images by making gestures through the air.

GamePron have a quick story on the world's biggest LCD screen. …and that, my friends, is how Magic World Online 2 came to be played on a screen 250 metres long and 30 metres high – that’s larger than a standard football field. Due to the obvious ratio issues, the game’s display was tiled three times across the massive screen – it’s more than 820 feet long!

HotHardware have a video guide to building a PC, in case you've never done it before. We got a few requests to document the build process on video, so that’s exactly what we did. We didn’t go too in-depth, but did explain the approach we like to take to systems and talked about a few of the build decisions and tweaks we made along the way.



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