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Byte Into It – 15 August 2012

August 15th, 2012

Episode 275 of 416 episodes

On this week's Byte: Australia's financial regulator releases their guidance on crowd funding. LibreOffice 3.6 released, and people can upgrade or stay with the previous release as it's still supported. CyanogenMod 9 released as stable for dozens of smartphones and tablets. A new TV-connected game console based on Android, the Ouya has been funded with over US$8mn and will be hackable from day one. A new game, Sound Shapes, gets a soundtrack by Beck and other artists. Adobe cautiously joins the free-software font movement with Source Sans Pro released under free software terms, treading ground blazed by foundries like Arkandis and Bitstream and The League of Moveable Type. User rights online are championed by the Terms Of Service; Didn't Read and Data Protection announcements. Codecademy adds Python courses to their online training. Ben is excited leading up to this year's PyCon AU convention for Python programmers, in Hobart this weekend. Tor Books, who earlier this year participated in the Day Against DRM by going completely DRM-free, is being targeted by a book publisher who wants authors to pressure Tor to DRM-encumber their books and bends the truth of DRM in the message. We discuss how DRM is an anti-feature, that (unlike a feature) customers are willing to go to significant effort to avoid having in the product, as more people (in the USA) read e-books, more often than dead-tree books. Music and book publishers release bundles of DRM-free, pay-what-you-want works. Google announce they will make search rankings worse for sites targeted by takedown notices. Australia will have its first Internet Governance Forum in October. Monthly tech meetups in Melbourne: DrupalMel mentoring session, Melbourne Raspberry Jam, and Free Software Melbourne. An entomologist realises a new species has been discovered when he sees a photographer's Flickr gallery, and researchers may have discovered some Egyptian pyramids by trawling Google Earth's satellite images. Presented by Georgia Webster, Vanessa Toholka, and Ben Finney. http://profiles.google.com/byteintoit http://twitter.com/byteintoit http://friendfeed.com/byteintoit

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