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Byte Into IT - 20 November 2013

November 21st, 2013

Episode 331 of 438 episodes

On this week's Byte: News: There may be hope for Net Neutrality yet, with the United States Congress considering a Bill to prevent ISPs from blocking, restricting, or favouring any particular online video providers. Happy Birthday to the Fedora Project free-software operating system, which is ten years old, and is about to release Version 20. Infromation continues to trickle from the negiotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which points to a bleak future for consumers. BitCoins continue to develop popularity - on November 13 a BitCoin would set you back $400, and by November 20, that same BitCoin was worth $555.20. Speaking of which, if you thought crime-by-BitCoin died with SilkRoad, think again: The Assassination Market allows you to crowdfund a hit (please don't). A Czech BitCoin wallet has been raided recently of 2 million Czech Krona worth US$100,000 Mike reports on the craziness surrounding the launches of the XBox One, PS4, and passes his verdict. The latest installment of Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series, entitled "Ms. Male Character" is available on her Feminist Frequency YouTube channel. Check out mor from Feminist Frequency here (and on Twitter). Guest: Dr Rikky Muller of Cortera Neurotechnologiesjoins the team to discuss her fascinating work designing devices aimed at treating incurable neurological conditions. On a similar topic, Karen Sandler of GNOME has identified the need for software on medical devices to be free. Events and Opportunities Free Software Melbourne's Games Night, November 21, Level 1, RMIT Building 91, 110 Victoria St, Carlton. Melbourne Geek Night November Meetup, November 21, Loop Bar, Meyer's Place, Melbourne. Don't forget Digital Society featuring Cory Doctorow at the State Library of Victoria, November 22-25. Link Festival - design, technology, and social change, November 25-26. Presented by Ben Finney and Mike Bantick. http://profiles.google.com/byteintoit http://twitter.com/byteintoit http://friendfeed.com/byteintoit

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