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Byte Into It – 1 August 2012

August 1st, 2012

Episode 273 of 410 episodes

On this week's Byte: OS X Mountain Lion downloaded over 2 million times in two days from Apple; Windows 8 release date announced. We talk about the move toward mobile devices replacing business workstations. The Pirate Bay was ordered by Sweden's supreme court earlier this year to pay over half a million Euro in damages; but that money will not go to any the artists supposedly damaged. The London Olympic Games honour Tim-Berners-Lee as the creator of the World Wide Web, but the USA broadcaster NBC restricts the web streaming to only those with a TV subscription. Bond University released their research on Australian computer-game demographics as the Digital Australia report. Mike has been playing games: Elder Scrolls expansions; Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends; Spec Ops: The Line; Stunt Stars: The Hollywood Years. Valve Software are working on a Steam client for Ubuntu; Ben won't be using it because DRM and non-free games are both to be avoided even for games. Gabe Newell, Valve's founder, acknowledges their success is very much due to free and open platforms, and it is evident that Valve and Intel programmers collaborating understand the need for software freedom. We discuss the benefits and barriers around these issues. Georgia introduces Ben and Mike to the "ermahgerd" fad, which now has an online translator to turn text into "ermahgerd". Ermahgerd, Ben sterll cahn't sterp gerggling ahbert it. Some Australian telecommunication corporations announce a charity to combat social ills in Australia. Freeplay will return to Melbourne in September 2012, and the Freeplay Awards submissions are now open. Monash university is having a public lecture on 2012-08-02 by Professor Brad Gibson, Building a Universe with a Computer. Presented by Georgia Webster, Mike Bantick, and Ben Finney. http://profiles.google.com/byteintoit http://twitter.com/byteintoit http://friendfeed.com/byteintoit

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