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Australia

+ - Princess Bride quote on T-shirt causes inflight problems on QANTAS 1

Submitted by Dexter Herbivore
Dexter Herbivore (1322345) writes ""Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

If you remember the line from Mandy Patinkin as being from the 1987 film The Princess Bride, you'd be spot on. But, apparently, the joke went over the heads of several passengers on a Qantas flight at the weekend: they felt threatened by a fellow passenger's T-shirt which had the immortal film line printed on it."
Patents

+ - Kodak exits Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Submitted by Dexter Herbivore
Dexter Herbivore (1322345) writes "Embattled company Kodak has been given approval to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy as U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Allan Gropper of the Southern District of New York has approved Kodak’s $844 million financing led by Centerbridge Partners LP. This hinged on the sale of Kodak’s massive digital imaging portfolio for more than $500 million, which went through for $525 million from a consortium of tech giants. Buyers included Microsoft, Google, Apple, RIM, Facebook, HTC, Adobe, Amazon, and Samsung, to name a few."
Australia

+ - World's oldest fossils found in the Pilbara->

Submitted by Dexter Herbivore
Dexter Herbivore (1322345) writes "Scientists analysing Australian rocks have discovered traces of bacteria that lived a record-breaking 3.49 billion years ago, a mere billion years after Earth formed.

If the find withstands the scrutiny that inevitably faces claims of fossils this old, it could move scientists one step closer to understanding the first chapters of life on Earth. The discovery could also spur the search for ancient life on other planets.

These traces of bacteria "are the oldest fossils ever described. Those are our oldest ancestors," said Nora Noffke, a biogeochemist at Old Dominion University in Norfolk who was part of the group that made the find and presented it last month at a meeting of the Geological Society of America."

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The Internet

+ - Australian online retailer is 'taxing' IE7 users

Submitted by Dexter Herbivore
Dexter Herbivore (1322345) writes "Australian online retailer Kogan has announced that it will charge 6.8% extra to users of IE7, due to the amount of time required to make pages appear correctly in IE7.

CEO and founder Ruslan Kogan said the business had been spending too much time and money making the site compatible with IE7.

"Internet Explorer 7 has long since passed its use-by date," Mr Kogan said. "It’s a constant source of frustration for our web guys and we’re sick of burning cash on a browser that hit the market nearly six years ago. It goes against everything Kogan stands for.""
Opera

+ - FTL neutrino scientist quits->

Submitted by Dexter Herbivore
Dexter Herbivore (1322345) writes "The head of an experiment that appeared to show subatomic particles travelling faster than the speed of light has resigned from his post.

Prof Antonio Ereditato oversaw results that appeared to challenge Einstein's theory that nothing could travel faster than the speed of light.
Reports said some members of his group, called Opera, had wanted him to resign."

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Australia

+ - Apple agrees to alter advertising in Australia

Submitted by Dexter Herbivore
Dexter Herbivore (1322345) writes "The Federal Court has accepted an undertaking from Apple Pty Limited in response to an urgent application filed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) earlier today.

Apple has agreed to offer refunds and change advertising in response to the challenge filed by the ACCC."
Australia

+ - Giant rats lead scientists to ancient carvings->

Submitted by Dexter Herbivore
Dexter Herbivore (1322345) writes "Ancient stone faces carved into the walls of a well-known limestone cave in East Timor have been discovered by a team searching for fossils of extinct giant rats.

“Looking up from the cave floor at a colleague sitting on a ledge, my head torch shone on what seemed to be a weathered carving,” CSIRO’s Dr Ken Aplin said."

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Piracy

+ - Aussie startup wants *IAA support->

Submitted by Dexter Herbivore
Dexter Herbivore (1322345) writes ""Aussie start-up 'TuneSecure' says it has the technology to hamper illegal downloads of pop music, but it may be too little too late for record labels.

James Erwin, technical director of TuneSecure, said his software crawled the internet for every instance of file-sharing and compiled the data to be used to take action against offenders.""

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Piracy

+ - Aussie Start-up can restrict downloading over P2P

Submitted by Dexter Herbivore
Dexter Herbivore (1322345) writes "Aussie start-up 'TuneSecure' says it has the technology to hamper illegal downloads of pop music, but it may be too little too late for record labels.

James Erwin, technical director of TuneSecure, said his software crawled the internet for every instance of file-sharing and compiled the data to be used to take action against offenders."
Australia

+ - The R18+ debate, Australian views

Submitted by Dexter Herbivore
Dexter Herbivore (1322345) writes "AUSTRALIA will not be introducing an adult rating for video games any time soon.

A recent meeting of the country's attorneys-general in Canberra failed to endorse an R18+ classification for games. The following article from news.com.au has excerpts from some of the key players following the recent announcement."
Australia

+ - Australia's R18+ Games, lobbyist submissions

Submitted by Dexter Herbivore
Dexter Herbivore (1322345) writes "AUSTRALIA will not be introducing an adult rating for video games any time soon.

A meeting of the country's attorneys-general in Canberra last week failed to endorse an R18+ classification for games. The following article from news.com.au has excerpts from some of the key players following the announcement late on Friday."
Games

+ - Minecraft creator open over sales stats

Submitted by Dexter Herbivore
Dexter Herbivore (1322345) writes "Minecraft developer Markus 'Notch' Persson has freely available sales statistics available on his website. In a chat with gamesindustry.biz(free registration required) he states "I think it's a good sign, if you're actually open with your development and you're also open about the sales, it feels like you're genuine in some sense.""

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