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The five most-commented stories of the week - 13 May 2011

The tech issues that got you fired up

It's been a busy week in tech. While Sony's PlayStation Network remains down (and our readers are still pretty unhappy about it), there's been lots of other things going on, including the notorious illegal downloader chaser, Andrew Crossley, being fined just £1,000 for his part in a data breach and the revelation that Wi-Fi networks could be affected by climate change.

Here are the five most-commented stories on PC Advisor this week.

Sony PSN still down and out

The outage of Sony's Playstation Network has continued into this week. In fact, in a blog posted this week, Sony even backtracked on when it claimed it would restore the online gaming service. "We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and we are taking this opportunity to conduct further testing," Sony said in a blog hinting that there's no real timeframe for the service to be restored.

Billy anderson said: "So how long for the PSN to be back up, 2 weeks? A month? Sooooo board of the soaps, need PES2011 back." Meanwhile Gaz_1984_23 summed up many readers' feelings by simply stating: "What a joke!"

Lawyer chasing net pirates fined just £1,000 for data breach

The Information Commissioner's Office revealed this week it has fined Andrew Crossley - who headed up the now defunct legal firm ACS:Law and sent 'bullying' letters to Brits accused of illegal filesharing - just £1,000 for a data breach after he claimed he cannot afford the full £200,000 penalty.

Edward Baines said: "[The] ICO are having the wool pulled over their eyes. If I were a Conspiracy Theorist, I would think that there might be an element of collusion here."

First illegal downloader is convicted in Scotland

Meanwhile, a 58 year-old nurse from Ay became the first person in Scotland to be convicted of illegal filesharing. Anne Muir was caught after intelligence from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and International Federation for the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) revealed she was a "prolific" user of P2P filesharing networks.

"Wow. Instead of getting the distributors they are getting the downloaders. What has the internet came to?" asked Ben.

Wi-Fi networks could be disrupted by climate change

It came to light in a new government report that Wi-Fi networks could be disrupted by climate change. The report by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), revealed high temperatures could affect the quality and strength of Wi-Fi signals.

Allan Weaver said: "So they are saying that climate change is going to change the way radio waves propagate. Oh come on. Don't be daft. The laws of physics would have to change for that to happen.

"Heavy rain may effect signal strengths a little, particularly the higher frequency signals such as those coming a long distance like that from a satellite."

The five best apps for working on the go

These days working on the go is a regular occurrence for many of us. However, there's nothing more frustrating than finding you don't have the file you need, or your net connection has dropped so you can't view an email you desperately need to refer to in Gmail. Fear not: we rounded up five free downloads to help make working on the go a smooth process.

Chase Smith also added his own suggestion, Scrubly.

"I'd like to throw in @scrublyclean as another best app for working on the go. I use it to keep my email contacts organised and centralised online in case I am without a device."

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