13th January 2013 Archive
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Updated: Buildings damaged, extent unknown
An important Australian observatory appears to have survived a firestorm that really is best told in pictures. The fire destroyed twelve properties near the outback city of Coonabarrabran. Here’s what the approaching bushfire looked like from the air, as it neared the Siding Spring Observatory at Coonabarrabran, in NSW: Fire …
Science 13 Jan 08:27
Comment Internet prodigy hounded to suicide, claims family
Aaron Swartz's death has sent shockwaves through the internet community, but among the mourning and tributes there's a growing undercurrent of anger that an enormously gifted young man may have been hounded to his death. Swartz speaking against SOPA/PIPA last year Swartz, who helped write the RSS standard at the age of 14 …
Policy 13 Jan 20:27
Will the education policy add up for Australia's Prime Minister?
Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has indicated technology-related issues will be at the core of her bid for re-election this year. In a letter penned for The Sunday Telegraph, a newspaper whose 600,000 Sunday buyers makes it Australia's biggest-selling organ, Gillard outlined her vision for re-election. The letter …
Policy 13 Jan 22:18
Have you tried turning it off and on again, suggests Oracle security wonk
Oracle has patched the latest Java nasty, suggesting users of the increasingly-flaw-prone product visit java.com pronto to download a new version of the software that addresses the flaw and stops malicious websites gaining control of compromised computers. In a blog post describing the fix, Oracle's Eric P. Maurice may just …
Security 13 Jan 23:46