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Robots are starting to break the law

As part of an art exhibition in Zurich, an automated online shopping bot is tasked with buying a random item each week on the deep web to the value of $100 in bitcoins. Along the way it purchases ecstasy pills and a fake passport. If this bot was shipping to the U.S., asks Forbes contributor and University of Washington law professor contributor Ryan Calo, who would be legally responsible for...

Bill Gates interview in Rolling Stone

Hopefully you’ve already seen this wonderful interview with Bill Gates in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. If not, then it’s well worth a read. Top marks to the interviewer – a great bunch of questions (and so much better than the cringe-worthy questions Bill’s had to endure in the past). As always Bill is such a clear and useful thinker who answers so eloquently...

Virtualisation Smackdown next Wed 26 August

I’m pretty excited, I gotta say, about this month’s Sydney Business & Technology User Group meeting – we’re having a Virtualisation Smackdown! It’s this coming Wednesday, starting at 6pm. Here’s the details: Date: Wed 26 August 2009 Time: 6pm – 9pm Location: Microsoft, North Ryde (map) Web: www.sbtug.com Phone: 0413 489 388 (call me if you get there after 6pm and need to get it) RSVP on...

Microsoft iPhone Apps

As Mashable and TechCrunch report, Microsoft is testing the waters with the iPhone App market, releasing a a little app: Seadragon Mobile (here’s the official announcement on the Live Labs blog). The app (available for free on iTunes App Store, allows you to browse Deep Zoom images effortlessly. Check out the simple 42 second demo on the blog. And for more on Seadragon itself, check this out...

Parallel Computing

Boring history prologue I started playing with ‘computers’ back in the days when they came with 3K of memory (Vic 20 anyone?). And thank goodness I was too young to have experienced the punch card era… They quickly scaled up so that by the time I was at uni, 16MB of RAM was becoming standard. Fast forward to today and we can buy consumer notebooks with 16GB of RAM. Never in our wildest uni dreams...

TECHED: Lock note – Predicting the next 10 years in IT

Easily the best TechEd lock note I’ve seen (but then again I’ve only been to TechEd 4 times). Miha Kralj talked us through the technology changes we’ll be seeing over the next few years. If you get a chance to see his presentation (I’m sure it will be repeated at other events, or put up on a video site somewhere) make sure you do – it is well worth it. It’s difficult to do the session justice, so...

ISP: iiNet spreads the love

I’m not really one for writing critical posts – frankly I just don’t have the energy… But I’m also not really one for saying thank you either – and this is something I really should be doing more of. Sure, there’s heaps of minor irritations every day, but in the scheme of things I think I’ve got it pretty good. And on top of all the big good things...

OPINION: The Death of Gen Y

The whole Gen Y thing really intrigues me. On one hand I think the concept behind Gen Y is a complete myth, and on the other I think there is something compelling we can learn from. In this post I cover the following: why Gen Y is a useless categorisation why I think the IT crash is coming soon why Gen Y will be especially disadvantaged, and some suggestions for how we can all best survive...

Grand Theft Auto 4 sells $500M in first week

Yep, half a billion. Not that anyone really needed convincing, but computer games are big business. This one eclipsed the record set by Halo 3 last year. And games are only going to get better. Interestingly – but I can’t find the reference (send me the link if you know it) – I was told last week that the average age of a gamer these days is 37 (this link from 2 years ago pegs...

Important Microsoft announcement… about Mouses

I’m assuming you subscribe to Microsoft’s Press Release feed right? Well, for the one, or possibly two people world wide who don’t, I just wanted to make sure you are alerted to this highly important development. You will be overjoyed to learn that the Wireless Optical Notebook Mouse 3000 will be available in five colours as of May. And not any old colours. But...

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