PlayStation Network Service Restored
the internal clock functionality in the PS3 units other than the slim model, recognized the year 2010 as a leap year. Having the internal clock date change from February 29 to March 1 (both GMT), we have verified that the symptoms are now resolved and that users are able to use their PS3 normally. If the time displayed on the XMB is still incorrect, users are able to adjust time settings manually or via the internet.
Angie Jackson describes abortion on Twitter, YouTube
27-year-old woman who gave a running commentary of her abortion on Twitter and YouTube
discovered her pregnancy in time to take the abortion pill RU-486, which works by blocking the hormone progesterone.
Using the username antitheistangieshe began tweeting the results.
Ms Jackson also defended her decision while having her abortion on YouTube.
Watch her YouTube post here
Ms Jackson, who lives in Tampa, Florida, with her boyfriend, already has a four-year-old son with special needs.
After a life-threatening first pregnancy, she was advised by doctors not to have any more children. When her contraception failed, she says she had to make a choice.
Web developer asks Conroy to remove script
Mr Bochniak is the original author of a script on Senator Conroy’s official website that was modified to remove mention of the words “ISP Filtering”.
The script first came to light last week. Since then, details of who wrote it, who modified it and when it was modified have been removed from the site.
ASIO launches Facebook recruitment drive
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
We have used demographic filters on the site, simply because these roles are based in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.”
The Facebook ad shows an ASIO logo accompanied by the caption: “What would it take for you to click on this ad? A snap decision? An inquisitive mind? Click for info on becoming a Surveillance Officer.”
ASIO said the ads started appearing on February 12 and will run until March 5
Bishops slam pay-to-confess hotline
French Roman Catholics to confess their sins has drawn criticism from bishops
“For advice on confessing, press one. To confess, press two. To listen to some confessions, press three,” says a soothing male voice, welcoming the caller to “Le Fil du Seigneur”, or “The Line of the Lord” service.
“In case of serious or mortal sins – that is, sins that have cut you off from Christ our Lord, it is indispensable to confide in a priest,” warns the service, which charges 0.34 euros a minute.
The Conference of French Bishops warn in a statement that the line has “no approval from the Catholic Church in France.”
The creator, known only as Camille, says it does not offer absolution for sins, which only a priest can provide.
She asked for her second name not be cited because she had received threats about the service.
Callers do not talk to a person but are offered an “atmosphere of piety and reflection,” where they can listen to prayers, music and other people’s confessions and can opt to record their own.
NBN First Release SITES
The selected sites
The sites are:
- A part of the suburb of Brunswick in Melbourne
- An area of Towsnville covering parts of the suburbs of Aitkenvale and Mundingburra
- The coastal communities of Minnamurra and Kiama Downs south of Wollongong
- An area of west Armidale, NSW, including the University of New England
- The rural town of Willunga in South Australia
EB Games army makes 46,000 R18+ submissions
EB Games this week revealed it had received over 46,000 submissions from customers in support of a new R18+ Australian classification category for games.
30,000 of the submissions were hand-signed in EB Games’ stores over the past two weeks, with another 16,000 collected online in conjunction with Grow Up Australia, an organisation also pushing for a R18+ rating.
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Fake Microsoft partners launch PC fix scam
scammers were posing as local Microsoft partners offering to purge “infections” from users’ computers.
the scam went under several names, including Support on Click, ITEZY.com and System Recure.
Customers typically received a call from someone claiming to be working for Microsoft or “your ISP”.
The phone number ID showed up as originating from Australia, although Microsoft said the caller was “from India or overseas”.
They tell you they can help you with this and direct you to a website that then allows them to take remote control of your PC (in doing this they could download spyware to your machine)
Microsoft said customers who received the calls should hang up immediately.
Cricket Australia among sports losing cash to net piracy
Cricket Australia general manager of media rights Stephanie Beltrame said a broadcaster pulled out of the sporting body’s most recent negotiations in the US market, saying widely available pirated or illegal feeds on the internet had devalued the rights.
Willow.tv, paid less than expected to show Australian matches in the US, which is Cricket Australia’s third most lucrative overseas market.
Sports piracy consultant Clinton Free, from Copyright Integrity International, says the number of pirated sports feeds is “growing exponentially” on consumer-generated websites, peer-to-peer websites and illegal commercial operations, often hosted in overseas markets such as China and India.
Soccer, cricket, basketball, wrestling, tennis and the combat sports such as boxing are among those most affected.
“Unique viewer counts at sites where live streams of sport are commonly available have increased spectacularly in the past 12 to 18 months,” Mr Free said. “The online viewing population for sport is certainly now measured in the millions across the globe and all sports have observed an increase in unauthorised live streaming.”
Rugby union last month agreed on a five-year broadcasting rights deal understood to be worth more than $156m
The AFL and rugby league negotiators are both understood to be seeking close to $1 billion for their next five-year deals.
About 50 sports have banded together in the Sports Rights Owners Coalition, based in Europe, to combat problems such as piracy.
Two working days a week spent on the internet
Nielsen’s 2010 Internet and Technology Report.
Australians showed internet use jumped nine per cent from last year, or an extra 90 minutes each week, and the average Australian internet user now spent 17.6 hours online every week, or 19.7 hours if they had broadband internet access.
Men spent more time online than women, by an average of 3.1 hours, and those aged between 16 and 29 were the biggest internet users at 22 hours per week.
EMI appeals against Down Under ruling
EMI said the trial judge had erred in contending that Down Under had taken a substantial part of the Kookaburra tune and that had placed insufficient weight on the fact that the similarities between the two had gone unnoticed for many years.
The company also argued that the judge was wrong in finding that Ms Sinclair had not assigned the copyright to Kookaburra to the Girl Guides Association of Victoria in 1934 in the course of entering the song competition.
The appeal will be heard on a date to be fixed.
Studios lodge appeal in iiNet copyright case
They had sought to prove that iiNet failed to take steps to stop illegal file-sharing and breached copyright by storing the data and transmitting it through its system.
But Justice Dennis Cowdroy ruled it was impossible to hold iiNet responsible for what its customers did online.
Representing the group, the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft has lodged an appeal in the Federal Court in Sydney, arguing it erred on 15 grounds.
iiNet chief executive Michael Malone says the decision to prolong legal action is disappointing.
“It is more than disappointing and frustrating that the studios have chosen this unproductive path,” Mr Malone said.
“This legal case has not stopped one illegal download, and further legal appeals will not stop piracy.”
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU data protection authorities have urged Internet search giant Google to shorten the period it stores images from its controversial Street View Web service because of privacy concerns.
Launched in San Francisco in 2007, Street View allows users to navigate around a 360-degree view of city streets, buildings, traffic and people, using pictures taken by Google’s camera vehicles.
Now available in many countries, critics of the service accuse Google of failing to obscure sensitive images and setting its cameras in a way that allows them to peer over fences, hedges and walls into private property.
Google, which now keeps the images for a year should halve this period, privacy authorities wrote in a letter to the company’s global counsel, Peter Fleischer.
“The Working Party believes that a maximum retention of six months for the unblurred copies of the images would strike the right balance between the protection of privacy and the ability to eliminate false positives,” the letter, which has a February 11 dateline, said. The Working Party, which is made up of privacy supervisors from European Union countries, advises the European Commission on data protection rules.
European Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said she would monitor data protection issues closely.
“In Europe, we have high standards for data protection. I expect that all companies play according to the rules of the game,” she said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon announced on Friday it has authorized the use Twitter, Facebook and other so-called “Web 2.0” sites across the U.S. military, saying the benefits of social media outweighed security concerns.
The decision, which comes at a time of growing concern over cyber-security, applies only to the military’s non-classified network.
But it could mean big changes for large portions of the armed forces, including the Marines, which had selectively banned social media on work computers.
The Department of Defense also had bans in place since 2007 on accessing certain bandwidth-gobbling Web sites like YouTube on its network.
“The purpose of the policy is to recognize that we need to take advantage of these Internet-based capabilities. These Web 2.0 tools need to be part of what we use,” David Wennergren, a deputy assistant secretary of defense, told Reuters.
“And what we had were inconsistent approaches. Some websites were blocked and some commands were blocking things.”
Social media are increasingly important for the U.S. military. Admiral Mike Mullen, who as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the top U.S. military officer, has a Twitter feed with more than 16,000 followers.
U.S. Southern Command offered operational updates via Twitter on relief activities in Haiti.
REACHING OUT TO YOUNG SOLDIERS
Defense Secretary Robert Gates, 66, has said that he wants to use social networking to help the Pentagon interact with U.S. military members, many of whom are in their early 20s.
But opponents have cited the risks of information leaks, of opening gateways to hackers, along with a potential overload of precious bandwidth on the Defense Department’s network.
The new policy says commanders will still need to defend against cyber-attacks and block access to online pornography, gambling and sites promoting “hate-crime related activities.”
It also allows commanders to temporarily limit Internet access if the bandwidth is overwhelmed, a key caveat for U.S. forces fighting the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, or stationed in remote, rugged places around the globe.
Wennergren said commanders still had authority to limit access to safeguard missions, perhaps banning use of social media ahead of a major offensive. The Defense Department will also be monitoring use of its network.
“There are two imperatives. One is the ability to share information. The other is about security — we need to be good at both,” he said.
Training people so they know what can and cannot be disclosed on the Internet is a more effective policy than simply banning use of social media on work computers, he said.
“You can’t just have the policy be that you’re going to block access to MySpace. Because there are 10,000 ways people could still compromise a mission — by making a phone call, or sending an email,” Wennergren said.
“So part of this is about having a trained workforce that is savvy in how you operate in the information age.”
Apple MacBook computers used in the School Student Spying Scandal in the USA.
Sony has said that a millennium-style bug that prevented thousands of PlayStation 3 owners from using its online games network has been resolved.
The firm said that the fault had been caused by machines that had “recognised the year 2010 as a leap year”.
The problem did not affect the newer “slim” models of the PS3, Sony said.
The Japanese electronics giant had previously advised gamers to stop using their games console until the problem was fixed.
“We are aware that the internal clock functionality in the PlayStation (PS3) units other than the slim model, recognized the year 2010 as a leap year,” said Patrick Seybold of the firm in a blog post.
PS3 players have been caught up in a rather old-fashioned computer comedy rather than a futuristic disaster movieRory Cellan-Jones
“Having the internal clock date change from 29 February to 1 March (both GMT), we have verified that the symptoms are now resolved and that users are able to use their PS3 normally.”
The problem meant that PS3 owners were unable to connect to the PlayStation Network, used by millions around the world to play online games and download movies.
It said that if gamers still experienced problems, they should adjust the date settings manually or via the internet.
Some have liked the problem to the millennium bug.
The problem, also known as the Y2K bug, was predicted to cause a global computer meltdown when computer clocks changed at the end of the millennium. In the end, few problems were experienced.
Playstation 3 owners should ‘stop gaming’
Sony has told owners of older models of its PlayStation 3 console to stop using the machine because of a problem with the PlayStation Network.
The problem is affecting people using the older versions of the PlayStation 3, called the “Fat” model.
The problem isn’t affecting the newer PS3 Slim systems that have been on sale since September last year.
Sony have also said they are aiming to have the problem fixed shortly but is advising some users to avoid using their console for the time being.
“We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours,” a statement reads. “In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data.
“We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.”
The PlayStation Network is used by millions of people around the world.
It allows users to play their friends at games like Fifa over the internet and also do things like download software or visit online stores.