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Volatile times ahead, warns Mirrabooka

SMH National News - Wed, 2016-07-13 12:36
Mirrabooka Investments has lifted its annual profit by 24 per cent but expects greater volatility on markets for the foreseeable future.
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Consumers' June gloom to fade: Westpac

SMH National News - Wed, 2016-07-13 11:36
Concerns about the Brexit and the federal election dampened consumer confidence in June, but the outlook has since turned around, Westpac says.
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Sega Saturn's DRM Cracked Almost 23 Years After Launch

Slashdot - Wed, 2016-07-13 10:50
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Gamasutra: The Sega Saturn's DRM has finally been cracked after it hit store shelves nearly 23 years ago in November 1994. Engineer James Laird-Wah first set forth to break through the console's copy protection in an attempt to harness its chiptune capabilities. Laird-Wah has, however, developed a way to run games and other software from a USB stick in the process. Since disc drive failure is a common fault with the game console, his method circumvents the disc drive altogether, instead reworking the Video CD Slot so it can take games stored on a USB stick and run them directly through the Saturn's CD Block. "This is now at the point where, not only can it boot and run games, I've finished just recently putting in audio support, so it can play audio tracks," explained Laird-Wah, speaking to YouTuber debuglive. "For the time being, I possess the only Saturn in the world that's capable of writing files to a USB stick. There's actually, for developers of home-brew, the ability to read and write files on the USB stick that's attached to the device.

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Planned ADSL Outage in Corio (CORI) VIC

Internode Outages - Wed, 2016-07-13 10:48
Services: Home DSL, Business DSL Areas: VIC Start: Tue Jul 19 01:30:00 2016 End: Tue Jul 19 04:30:00 2016 Broadband customers in Corio (VIC) may be disconnected from and unable to reconnect to the internet during the outage window. Affected customers will be unable to access websites and check email. Please be aware VoIP customers may be unable to place or receive calls. Our network partner have advised they will perform planned works.
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Vulnerability Exploitable Via Printer Protocols Affects All Windows Versions

Slashdot - Wed, 2016-07-13 09:30
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Softpedia: "Microsoft patched today a critical security vulnerability in the Print Spooler service that allows attackers to take over devices," reports Softpedia. "The vulnerability affects all Windows versions ever released. [Security firm Vectra discovered the vulnerability (CVE-2016-3238), which Microsoft fixed in MS16-087.] At its core, the issue resides in how Windows handles printer driver installations and how end users connect to printers. By default, in corporate networks, network admins allow printers to deliver the necessary drivers to workstations connected to the network. These drivers are silently installed without any user interaction and run under the SYSTEM user, with all the available privileges." An attacker can hack printers and replace these files with his own. The vulnerability is exploitable from both the local network, but also from the internet, thanks to protocols like Internet Printing Protocol or the webPointNPrint. The exploit can be delivered via ads or JavaScript code inside a compromised website. The vulnerability is actually an OS design issue and affects all Windows versions ever released. Microsoft also announced today plans to make its recently renamed Windows 10 Enterprise product available as a subscription for $7 per user per month, or $84 per year.

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Downer wins $400m+ NZ contracts

SMH National News - Wed, 2016-07-13 08:58
Engineering group Downer EDI has won several contracts in New Zealand worth more than $400 million.
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FBI Has Collected 430,000 Iris Scans In 'Pilot Program'

Slashdot - Wed, 2016-07-13 08:50
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: The Verge has obtained documents that reveal the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department has been collecting iris data from at least 200,000 arrestees over the last two and a half years. The department was collecting an average of 189 iris scans each day in the early months of 2016. The activity is part of a larger pilot program organized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Since its launch in 2013, the program has stockpiled iris scans from 434,000 arrestees, an FBI spokesperson confirmed," reports The Verge. Through information-sharing agreements with various other agencies across the country, the new national biometric database stretches the traditional boundaries of a pilot program, and just barely stays out of reach of privacy mandates. The Verge reports: "A 2013 memo signed by representatives from the FBI and California Department of Justice summarizes responsibilities. At that time, according to the memo, the FBI had more than 30,000 images but did not have a way to search through them. The length of the California program was to be kept at one year, and reassessed after, but the documents show the partnership has been renewed every year since. The FBI would not comment on numbers from any particular source. However, 'operations reports' obtained by The Verge through the California Public Records Act requests the catalogue of the program's progress and suggest the state has been a major asset in the construction of the database. A document dated February of this year lists more than a quarter of a million 'enrollments' in the database from the California Department of Justice. In both 2014 and 2015, according to the document, more than 100,000 records were added to the system. Those scans are sent to the FBI by the California Justice Department, which in turn receives them from three counties: Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside. Despite its relatively small population, the documents show San Bernardino County made more than 190,000 enrollments alone since 2014, far outpacing Los Angeles and Riverside counties." The pilot program has no privacy impact assessment "because the pilot was conducted with very limited participation for a limited period of time in order to evaluate iris technology," an FBI representative told The Verge. The vast majority of the 430,000 enrollments were added after that determination was made. The bureau is reportedly in the process of creating a privacy impact assessment but there's no word as to when that will be complete. In June, the Government Accountability Office published a report that says the FBI has access to hundreds of millions of photos.

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Honda Unveils First Hybrid Motor Without Heavy Rare Earth Metals

Slashdot - Wed, 2016-07-13 08:05
An anonymous reader writes: Honda has unveiled its new hybrid motor this week that doesn't use heavy rare earth metals like dysprosium and terbium -- though it still does contain neodymium. The motor was co-developed alongside Daido Steel and will use their magnets in replace of the rare earth metals because they cost 10 percent less and weigh 8 percent less. Honda is the first automaker to develop a hybrid motor that doesn't use heavy rare earth metals. The company says the new engines will reduce its reliance on the metals that are primarily supplied by China. They're expected to make their debut in the compact Freed minivan this fall, a vehicle that is already on the road in Asia.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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International markets roundup

SMH National News - Wed, 2016-07-13 07:28
News from the world's major stock markets
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IBM caps '20 years' of deep MS love with Surface deal

El Reg - Wed, 2016-07-13 03:02
As Seattle surfaces surface as a service service. Serious....

IBM has become the latest sometime hardware giant to agree to push software giant Microsoft’s client hardware - years after selling off its own client devices business.…

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Microsoft Announces Surface as a Service, Windows 10 Enterprise E3 for $7 Per User Per Month

Slashdot - Wed, 2016-07-13 02:00
Mary Jo Foley, reporting for ZDNet: Microsoft plans to make its recently renamed Windows 10 Enterprise product available as a subscription for $7 per user per month, or $84 per year. Microsoft took the wraps off the pricing of one of the two renamed versions of Windows 10 Enterprise at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto on July 12. Windows 10 Enterprise E3 is the name of the lower-end of two different versions of Windows 10 Enterprise. Windows 10 Enterprise E5 is the new name of the Windows 10 Enterprise version that also will include Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, a new Microsoft service for detecting and responding to attacks. Microsoft announced the renaming of Windows 10 Enterprise last week, and said the E3 and E5 versions will also be available as part of "Secure Productive Enterprise" bundles.Microsoft also announced a subscription service for Surface tablet. The company says that its Cloud Solution Providers and Surface Authorized Distributors can now sell Surface as a Service.

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Police did not take abuse claim seriously: Royal Commission

SMH National News - Wed, 2016-07-13 01:36

The mother of a young man with autism believes her son was denied justice.
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PC Shipments Return To Growth In the US

Slashdot - Wed, 2016-07-13 00:40
PC shipments are seeing a welcome growth in the United States. The industry, which has seen a continual decline in the sales in the past few consecutive quarters, is now seemingly gaining some momentum in the United States, according to independent findings by marketing research firms IDC and Gartner. According to IDC, the PC shipments have increased by 4.9%, whereas Gartner says it has observed a 1.4% growth. From a report on The Verge: The estimates differ because Gartner does not count Chromebooks as part of its figures, while IDC cites Google's laptops as a key reason for US growth. [...] Worldwide, PC shipments are still on a decline. Gartner estimates a 5.2 percent drop, and IDC calculates around a 4.5 percent decrease in shipments. Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade comes to an end on July 29th, and IDC believes it may prompt some PC users into buying new machines. Gartner also forecasts a Windows 10 hardware refresh for businesses, that it expects to see "more toward the end of 2016 to the beginning of 2017."

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Yogurberry faces legal action for alleged short-changing of workers

SMH National News - Wed, 2016-07-13 00:15

Four young Korean backpackers were allegedly paid as little as $8 an hour at a Yogurberry frozen yoghurt outlet in Sydney.
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The Bra Boy, the cop and the Middle Eastern crime gang

SMH National News - Wed, 2016-07-13 00:15

Sitting in the NSW district court dock last week, Nathan Rogers appeared a shadow of the peace-preaching member of the Bra Boys surf gang.
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Stocks to watch

SMH National News - Tue, 2016-07-12 18:34
Stocks of interest on the Australian Securities Exchange
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Mirvac changes reporting structure

SMH National News - Tue, 2016-07-12 17:58
Mirvac says a new reporting structure for its business will be simpler and increase transparency.
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Ex-trader drops legal action against ANZ

SMH National News - Tue, 2016-07-12 17:56
Former ANZ trader Etienne Alexiou has withdrawn a $30 million law suit against the bank over his dismissal.
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Aust dollar close to US76c mark

SMH National News - Tue, 2016-07-12 17:34
An upbeat business confidence report and gains in Asian equities have fuelled investor enthusiasm for the Aussie dollar.
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Australian stocks close higher

SMH National News - Tue, 2016-07-12 17:08
Financial companies and mining giant BHP Billiton led the Australian share market higher following a record close on Wall Street.
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