australia

  1. cageymaru

    Australian Research Finds That Opening Loot Boxes Is Equivalent to Gambling

    The Australian Environment and Communications Reference Committee (ECRC) has released the results of a survey conducted on 7,000 gamers to see if there is a connection between gambling and loot boxes. The researchers found that loot boxes are psychologically akin to gambling, although they are...
  2. DooKey

    New Solar Cells Offer the Chance to Print Out Solar Panels and Stick Them on Your Roof

    Australia is the site of the first commercial installation of solar cells that have been printed. These cells were printed using a wine label printer and 2000 square meters of them were installed by five people in one day. This is an amazing feat and this technology may be the one that brings...
  3. R

    Piracy Problem? Block the Entire App Store

    Apps that enable users to watch IPTV services are nothing new. However now BGR is reporting that two Australian media companies are looking to reduce the use of paid pirate IPTV boxes, not by going after the manufacturers or sellers, but by shutting down the app stores that they use. The stores...
  4. DooKey

    Power Plant Brought Out of Mothballs for Blockchain Usage

    Hunter Energy in Australia is bringing one of their coal-powered power plants out of mothballs to help establish a wholesale energy zone for blockchain projects/companies. Not many blockchain operations exist in Australia because of their high electricity prices, but this plant is coming back...
  5. R

    Don't Mine Cryptocurrency on Government Computers - Australian Edition

    It appears that the Australians learned nothing from the Russians that we wrote about last month. ABC News Australia is reporting that two employees from the Bureau of Meteorology are being investigated by the Australian Federal Police for allegedly running an elaborate operation to mine...
  6. DooKey

    Have I Been Pwned is Now Used by Governments to Check for Data Breaches

    I discovered Have I Been Pwned last year and I found it to be a valuable resource to check my main email accounts to see if any have been compromised. Now it appears the UK and Australian governments think it's pretty valuable and they are using it to monitor their official domains. If it's...
  7. DooKey

    Battery-Powered Plane Completes First Test Flight in Australia

    Electro.Aero is working to develop an electric plane that can be used to fly short hops to act as air-taxis in Australia. They recently completed their first test flight and it went off without a hitch. The plane features supercharging tech that allows it to charge quickly and because there's...
  8. DooKey

    Valve Must Pay $3 Million Fine For Misleading Gamers in Australia

    The full bench of the Australian Federal Court has dismissed two appeals that Valve made against a $3 million fine for misleading gamers. This dates back to 2014 when the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) filed suit against Valve for engaging in misleading or deceptive...
  9. DooKey

    Why Marking Essays by Algorithm Risks Rewarding the Writing of BS

    The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) proposes to use a program called automated essay scoring for all primary and secondary schools. According to the author of this piece, (WARNING BS spelled out in article) you will receive a grade within seconds and as long as...
  10. cageymaru

    Apple Draws the Ire of Australian Government after Bricking 3rd Party Repaired Devices

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission or (ACCC) is seeking to sue Apple for bricking iOS devices that had been repaired by third party repairers. An update for iOS 9 started the bricking of devices as it could detect third party tampering with the home button or fingerprint...
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