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+ - Australian Spy Agency Accused Of Spying For Big Oil->

Submitted by SandmanWAIX
SandmanWAIX (674838) writes "A 40 billion dollar treaty between Australia and East Timor is going to the courts in The Hague this week with East Timor accusing the Australian spy agency ASIS of spying during the negotiations.

A former spy has turned whistleblower in the case and subsequently had his passport cancelled and his lawyers office raided. The unnamed spy (former director of technical operations) decided to come forward as the then foreign minister overseeing the treaty is now an advisor to Woodside Petroleum, Australia's largest oil and gas company."

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+ - Australian Intelligence HQ Blupeprints Hacked->

Submitted by SandmanWAIX
SandmanWAIX (674838) writes "In an embarrassing revelation today it appears as though the blueprints to the new Australian federal intelligence agency ASIO headquarters have been stolen, reportedly by a cyber attack originating from China. Several other governmental departments have been reported as being breached also.

The blueprints which have been compromised include the security system, comms network, floor plan and server locations of the new ASIO headquarters located in the Australian capital city, Canberra."

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Government

Australian Govt Holding Secretive Anti-Piracy Talks 218

Posted by timothy
from the but-pirates-are-secretive dept.
daria42 writes "Looks like Australia's Government prefers to keep its ongoing anti-piracy discussions behind closed doors. It held an initial meeting in September last year to try to get the content and ISP industries to thrash out an agreement on how to handle Internet piracy. Consumer representative groups were explicitly blocked from attending the meeting, and attendees are not allowed to reveal what was discussed behind closed doors. Now a second meeting has been held, and again, no information has been revealed about what's being discussed. Quelle conspiracy?"
Your Rights Online

+ - Australian Federal Court Ruling Has Lobbyists Scrambling-> 1

Submitted by SandmanWAIX
SandmanWAIX (674838) writes "A recent Australian Federal Court ruling found in favour of major telco Optus and determined they are not in breach of copyright with their TV Now service. This service allows mobile phone customers to record/watch free-to-air tv calling in to question the value of exclusivity deals signed with other major carriers.

“Telstra has exclusive online broadcast rights for both the AFL and NRL, and its latest online deal with the AFL for the 2012-16 seasons cost the telco $153 million.”

"What's a matter for us is considering whether or not there needs to be changes to the copyright laws in view of these circumstances," Prime Minister Gillard said."

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Comment: Re:Alright (Score 2) 765

by SandmanWAIX (#38886469) Attached to: White House Refuses To Comment On Petition To Investigate Chris Dodd
What would it take to actually get someone to actively pursue something like this?
Which department/agency is responsible for investigating claims like this?
Is it something that our slashdot group could bring to their attention?
Is it a question of money as it would require lawyers to actually do some work before it would be investigated?

What would it actually take to make something happen?
Science

Scientists Develop Super-Slippery Material 298

Posted by samzenpus
from the none-more-slick dept.
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Anyone who is partial to ketchup with their food will know how difficult it is to get the final dregs from the bottle but now the Telegraph reports that scientists have created one of the most slippery materials ever that promises to result in new self-cleaning surfaces that never get dirty, could be used to coat the inside of bottles and jars to help consumers get all of the food inside, or in the energy industry for making oil flow more efficiently through pipes. Professor Joanna Aizenberg, a materials scientists at Harvard University, was inspired by the carnivorous Nepenthes pitcher plants, which has a highly slippery surface at the top of its flute-shaped leaves so that insects tumble down into the digestive juices contained inside. The new material, known as a Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surface or SLIPS boasts a rare trait called "omniphobicity", which means it can repel both water and oily materials. "If we used substance like ours to coat the inside of bottles, it would be possible to get it all out," says Aizenberg. "The only problem may be that the sauce may come out a little too easily on to their food.""
Science

+ - SPAM: Obama says U.S. to have 80% clean energy by 2035

Submitted by renewableenergywade
renewableenergywade (1865842) writes "The United States will get 80 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2035, said President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

To do this, Mr. Obama said the administration will prioritize investments in clean energy research and technologies. The United States will also compete firmly with countries such as China which is now home to the world’s largest private solar research facility."

+ - DC Universe Online released->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "DC Universe Online has finally been released after being in development for more than two years, and after a beta testing period of just over one month. The game seems to mostly be a success with more positive points than negative. Do you think it lives up to the hype, and is the price justified? For over two years in development is the game amazing, or is it just average?"
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Games

+ - Gaming at 18 watts or less on 32mn AMD processors->

Submitted by mykos
mykos (1627575) writes "AMD's new 32nm Zacate ultra-low voltage Fusion processor, handling both graphics and CPU functions, will be heading to manufacturers at the end of 2010 destined for PCs in 2011. AMD showed off some impressive technical and practical demonstrations including video games and web browser hardware acceleration, showing off some impressive performance numbers in 3D gaming and hardware-accelerated web browsing. It looks like 2011 is shaping up to be a good year for ULV devices."
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