Thursday, April 22, 2010

22-Apr-2010 PM clippings

Enjoy:

A bug in McAfee's antivirus program go into continuous reboot mode, perpetuated by automatic updates. Disruption is widespread:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/gadgets/3609889/Antivirus-software-bug-hits-NZ

The countries involved in the ACTA talks feel that perhaps now the time is right to release their hitherto secret negotiations:
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/secretive-counterfeiting-treaty-talks-open-up

ACTA Text here:
http://nzoss.org.nz/news/2010/acta-be-public

The NZ Computer Society comes out in support of the ban on software patents following a poll of its membership. So does InternetNZ:
http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/nzcs-lobbies-to-end-patent-protection-for-software http://internetnz.net.nz/news/media-releases/2010/internetnz-agrees-no-software-patents

US and UK Governments to make their funded research results available to everyone for free:
http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100407/full/464822a.html http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article7102743.ece

Adobe drops support for the iPhone after Apple decree that code must be written in "Objective-C, C++ or JavaScript":
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/21/adobe_iphone/

Fab@Home release the second generation of their personal 3D fabricating machine. Simpler and easier to assemble:
http://www.fabathome.org/?q=node/10

And finally. A new capcha system that validates humans by getting them to read a resistor's colour bands:
http://hackaday.com/2010/04/21/are-you-human-resistor-edition/

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