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Piracy

Submission + - Industry must cooperate to combat illegal download->

Sharky2009 writes: The film and television industry vs ISPs battle is continuing in Australia with ISP iiNet calling for a whole-of-industry discussion to make content more available online. The call follows a decision by the country's High Court to grant special leave to appeal by a film and television industry conglomerate, who are suing the ISP for copyright infringement by its customers.
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Sony

Submission + - Sony PlayStation Network (PSN) customers to pay fo->

Sharky2009 writes: Looks like it'll be Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) customers who will be the ones to pay for their own account and identity security following LulZsec's hacks. For now it's offering a 12 month trial of a range of CSIdentity's CyberAgent internet surveillance, identity restoration and secure online sign up services. But after that...?
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Open Source

Submission + - Australian stats agency goes open source->

jimboh2k writes: The Australian Bureau of Statistics will use the 2011 Census of Population and Housing as a dry run for XML-based open source standards DDI and SDMX in a bid to make for easier machine-to-machine data, allowing users to better search for and access census datasets. The census will become the first time the open standards are used by an Australian Federal Government agency.
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Open Source

Submission + - 5 open source groupware suites to watch->

swandives writes: The big names like Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes and Google Apps are generally found in organisations, but there are also viable open source alternatives. The latest in this '5 open source technologies to watch' series looks at open source Groupware, including Bongo, Citadel and Horde, for business applications.
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Programming

Submission + - Cobol skills drought amid mainframe migrations->

swandives writes: COBOL has been around for more than 50 years, but companies are struggling to fill demand for skills. Some are even recruiting developers out of retirement to fulfil demand. According to CIO in Australia, they should instead consider an application modernization program which could also pave the way for migration off the mainframe to an open system. COBOL skills remain in demand among banks and govnerment departments, but the traditional mainframe platform is under pressure from modern Unix, Windows and Linux systems.
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Wireless Networking

Submission + - Wireless broadband over TV spectrum advancing->

An anonymous reader writes: Great slideshow of the CSIRO's prototype Ngara symetrical 12mbps wireless over analogue TV spectrum technology ahead of field trials in December. The CSIRO is also seeking millions in networking vendor funding to commercialize the technology, which could help deliver Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN).
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Software

Submission + - Governments must abandon proprietary software->

Sharky2009 writes: Free software advocate, Richard Stallman, has argued that governments should be required to abandon proprietary software if they are to properly serve their citizens. According to Stallman, who launched the development of the GNU operating system in 1984, free software – in the context of the ability to run, study, change and redistribute at the user’s discretion – was essential to governments retaining control over their computing.
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Censorship

Submission + - Google weighs up closing Google.cn, China offices->

Sharky2009 writes: Google has said that the discovery of Chinese hacking attacks against itself and the Gmail accounts of human rights advocates is prompting it to consider pulling out of China altogether. This would see it close downs its Chinese operations and close Google.cn.
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Censorship

Submission + - Google “concerned” over Australian man->

Sharky2009 writes: Google has expressed its concern over the Australian Government's plans to introduce a mandatory filtering regime for ISPs, arguing that the scope of content to be filtered is too wide. The company advocates limits on freedom of speech, such as in the instance of child pornography, but says a mandatory ISP filtering regime with a scope that goes well beyond such material was heavy handed and could raise genuine questions about restrictions on access to information.
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