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 Friday, 17-June-2011  13:13:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

High-profile hacking group Lulzsec are racking up scalps, now including the CIA's website. The group has also targeted the US Senate website, Nintendo, game developer Bethesda Software, FBI-affiliate Infraguard, US media company PBS and several online multiplayer games such as EVEOnline, League of Legends and Minecraft.

The Federal Government has quietly closed the mandatory internet filtering department, but says it's still on track with the filter. The reorganisation was triggered by the Governmentís scrapping of optional wider filtering programs worth $9.8 million, which was disclosed in last monthís federal budget. A spokesman for Communications Minister Senator Conroy rejected suggestions that the abolition of the branch signalled any reversal in the Governmentís desire to introduce mandatory, ISP-level filtering.

This sounds almost like an April Fools thing, but HardOCP report on some new AMD Catalyst features. Steady Video is currently an AMD exclusive feature based on AMD APP Technology. By applying advanced algorithms behind the scenes, users do not have to deal with shaky or unstable video ever again! Capabilities scale with hardware and are end user controlled. Image Stabilization brought to YouTube!

DNF reviews continue to be mixed, but a backlash against negative reviews cost a PR company the most. 2K games told Kotaku that they don't endorse the comments made by Redner and confirmed that "The Redner Group no longer represents our products."

Murdoch University has a new Linux cluster. The 9,600-core HP POD deployment is housed in a single container outside Murdochís School of Business, IT and Law. It comprises HP Blade servers and 500 terabytes of storage, can operate at 87.2 TeraFLOPS, and was ranked 87th on the Top500 supercomputer list last November.

HWHeaven have a X58 DDR3 memory roundup. We'll be using our high end X58 build to look at kits which each have their own unique selling points to find out what Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill, Kingston and Patriot have to offer in the triple channel DDR3 market.

Ole noticed that the New York Times have posted their thoughts on Chromebook. The first assumption is that youíre online everywhere you go. Thatís rather critical, because when itís not online, a Chromebook canít do much of anything. You canít peruse your e-mail, read documents or books or listen to music. With very few exceptions, when the Chromebook isnít online, itís a 3.3-pound paperweight.

Allan and Jason both pointed out that SilentPCReview is shutting down. The circumstances that made Silent PC Review a viable project for me in 2002 no longer hold sway, though I will certainly miss many aspects of it. That's a shame - they seemed to be one of the few sites to create their own niche and succeed in it. But if it's time to move on, then all the best, Mike!

If you played the "Google Guitar" which was on their homepage for Les Paul's birthday last week, you weren't alone. "During the two days that the Les Paul doodle was online, those 740 million visitors, according to analytics from RescueTime, spent 26 seconds more on the Google home page than normal," it said. If you missed it, you can still play it here. All this reminded me of the Google Pacman game, which is also still available.

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