porjo writes "Yahoo Eurosport article: "European football's governing body UEFA has sparked outrage after it emerged that they manipulated footage of fans during the Euro 2012 semi-finals. People across the world were touched when cameras zoomed in on a German fan in the crowd crying after Mario Balotelli put Italy two goals ahead in the first half of their match last week. There was just one problem: the woman — a fan from Dusseldorf called Andrea — hadn't started crying at all, and was stunned to receive text messages from friends back home asking why she was blubbing with so much football left to play." For some time now it's been common practice to insert adverts and other messages into a broadcast such as this, but manipulating a fan's face is not something I ever expected to see. What else is being manipulated in these supposedly live broadcasts that we don't know about?" Link to Original Source top
porjo (964384) writes "THE [Australian] Federal Government is considering awarding carbon credits for getting rid of feral camels under an initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Already considered a pest [camels] produce an average methane equivalent of one tonne of carbon dioxide a year, making them one of Australia's big emitters." Link to Original Source top
porjo (964384) writes "An Australian federal magistrate has ruled in favour of a price hike on copyright fees for music played to patrons of gyms & fitness classes. The action was sought by the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia representing labels including Sony Music, EMEI, Universal & Warner. Under the new ruling, fees would rise from 96.8 cents to $15 a class. Stephen Peach representing PPCA had this to say in response to protests from the fitness industry "We feel confident in our position that one of the reasons for the hysteria on the other side is because they know how important music is in a gym. I mean, who wants to exercise in silence? Music is so central to what they're doing, but it would seem to be valuable to them in every way except financial.'' Lauretta Stace of Fitness Australia responded with "The music industry is in trouble, nobody's buying CDs and the PPCA wants to plug the hole left in their pockets by passing the burden on to our clients"" Link to Original Source top
porjo (964384) writes "The Australian Federal Government will introduce compulsory internet filtering to block overseas sites which contain criminal content, including child sex abuse and sexual violence. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy announced the changes today following a controversial trial to filter the internet which was conducted earlier this year." Link to Original Source top
porjo (964384) writes "The Sydney Morning Herald reports that: "A Perth man has been charged with stealing a sea container full of premium Belgian beer worth $35,000, West Australian police say.
Police allege two men stole a shipping container holding 1,349 cartons of Hoegaarden beer from a storage yard in Welshpool, in Perth's east on August 20.
"It will be alleged that at 6.05pm two men using a side-loading container trailer, stole a sea container containing 1,349 cartons of Hoegaarden beer," police spokeswoman Susan Usher said.
The incident was captured on security footage and police identified two people of interest, police spokesman Samuel Dinnison said."" top
porjo (964384) writes "APC quotes Gordon Kerr, group product manager for system products at ASUS, at a recent Sydney product launch saying "Linux accounts for about five per cent of our sales". While the Eee PC clearly has had great success with Linux to-date it appears that ASUS have teamed with Redmond both practically and philosophically. ASUS has come under fire this week for the It's Better With Windows web site, which features a video explaining why the Eee with Windows is a better choice since it doesn't involve "an unfamiliar environment"." Link to Original Source top
porjo (964384) writes "Slated for release mid-day Friday but delayed due to 'overwhelming demand', Windows 7 Beta 1 is now available for download from Microsoft or Bittorrent: 2.44GB for the 32-bit version, 3.15Gb for the 64-bit version. Some initial comments: 'It strikes users as faster and lighter than Windows Vista, and has improved on important consumer areas like home networking and media sharing.' & 'The interface has some interesting new features but it may take a while — and perhaps some tweaking — to get used to them.'. Screenshots here." Link to Original Source top
porjo (964384) writes "InfoWorld is reporting on the upcoming Tuesday deadline in which several leading open-source PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) projects plan to stop supporting older versions of PHP in upcoming releases.
The Go PHP 5 campaign, sponsored by several PHP proponents, is intended to move the PHP developer community fully onto the PHP version 5 platform. Among the projects backing the effort are Symfony, Typo3, phpMyAdmin, Drupal, Propel, and Doctrine. These vendors are committing to use PHP 5.2 in releases developed after Tuesday."