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Byte into IT - 19 February 2014

February 19th, 2014

Episode 336 of 438 episodes

Byte's back for 2014! This week: Guests: Dan Groch, Jacob Lindsay and Chris D'Aloisio of Code for Australia join the team to discuss their work, and this weekend's worldwide CodeAcross 2014 event - check out what's planned for Melbourne. George Hedon, founder and director of PauseFest, and Madeleine Preece, whose Project:Roam is lighting up Federation Square until this Friday, come into studio to debrief the festival. News: The Federal Government's claims that the previous government's NBN will cost upwards of $90 billion appears to have been somewhat exaggerated. By about $34 billion. But in good news for people with no access to fixed services, the NBN will be fast-tracked out to 700,000 homes in Tasmania and the Mornington Peninsula. The personal details of 10,000 asylum seekers have been inadvertently released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, prompting the Department to announce an investigation into the breach by the privacy commissioner, and Guardian Australia to respond that the information was freely available on a public ares of the Department's website. In the latest PRISM news, the Australian Defence Signals Directorate has been conducting full surveillance of an American law firm representing Indonesian companies in trade negotiations with Australia, and providing that information to the NSA. In heartwarming-yet-misguided news, De La Soul have offered their entire back catalogue as a free download. Which would be fine, except that they grossly underestimated the bandwidth it would need, and inadvertently uploaded pirated versions of the albums. Oops... Eve Online has hosted its largest ever war, lasting 22 hours and costing gamers $300,000, all because someone forgot to pay the rent on their planet... MIT Technology Review have released their annual 50 Smartest Companies, with Illumina topping the list. Events and Opportunities: Code For Australia's "Code Across Australia - Beyond Transparency", 5:00pm, Friday February 21, RMIT Design Hub, 150 Swanston St, Carlton It's not too late to appreciate some of the digital creative culture brought into the heart of the city by Pause Fest, together with Fed Square's creative program, Constell-action is an interactive light installation running from 8.30pm-11.30pm every night at Federation Square until this Friday February 21. Are you ready for a formidable trio of events? CSSConf 2014 is happening at Melbourne Arts Hub, North Melbourne, Wednesday April 9. Talk proposals close this Friday, February 21. The next day, JSConf will be celebrating all things Javascript - Melbourne Arts Hub, Thursday April 10 And finally, Decompress is a community day for designers and developers - Melbourne Arts Hub, April 11 - entry is $10, or free if you have a ticket to CSSConf or JSConf. Oracle Cloudworld, discussing modern business in the cloud, will be held in cities around the world, including Melbourne. Tuesday, March 4. Presented by Vanessa Toholka, Warren Davies, and Lachlan Simpson. http://profiles.google.com/byteintoit http://twitter.com/byteintoit

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