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NBN predicts a million premises next year

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Not all of the rest of Canberra gets to choose TransACT.

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Re: Major failure

Please tell me you're not misinterpreting those average consumption figures.

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Oz fed police in PDF redaction SNAFU

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Re: But in the end you can modify PDF's...

I cannot believe they didn't do that

I can!

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And the same AFP that seriously botched the Colin Winchester murder case

Whether or not David Eastman is guilty, his conviction has just been quashed, 19 years later, as a result of the ridiculous way the investigation and prosecution were handled.

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“one phone number and an address could, under certain circumstances, be accessed”

I absolutely love police-speak. "Under certain circumstances" speak translates to "the select text tool".

I remember when the FIA made the same mistake a few years back, accidentally publishing the salaries of some key engineers in F1 during their investigation of some "spying." That was funny though, it's a lot more scary when the AFP does it.

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NBN Co claims 96 mbps download speeds for FTTN trial

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Re: Yes.

A spherical pirated TV show in a vacuum? (This is Australia.)

We have a privately operated FTTN network covering parts of Canberra, using VDSL2. It reaches 100 Mb/s down and 60 Mb/s up for subscribers who live inside the "supernode" cabinets. They market it as a 60Mb/s service*, which works out to a radius of about 500 m on good quality copper. Which will deteriorate.

The problem with FTTN is the same as that of ADSL2+. Your connection speed is already chosen for you, and you'll pay the same whether you're getting 100, 50 or 25 Mb/s. One side of politics disagrees with this continuing inequity.

* So we have a curious situation in which, unlike ADSL2+ for which the maximum speed is advertised, some VDSL2 subscribers will get much higher speeds than those advertised. They quote "up to 60Mb/s" for the upload speed too, when asked, but at 500 m this is about 10Mb/s.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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That could also be an issue!

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Need a green traffic light all the way home? Easy with insecure street signals, say researchers

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a team led by University of Michigan computer scientist Alex Halderman has found that traffic signals and their controllers can be hijacked in minutes.

This needs to be qualified by a statement that they've taken over a particular system used in a particular location. As it's written it implies that what they've done can be used on any traffic signal site, anywhere in the world. There are many different traffic signal control systems used the world over. While they are all potentially just as insecure, the outcomes of this exercise are relevant only to the system that was tested.

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

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570 nanomoles?!

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: GIF's?

Who is posting GIF's in this day and age?

All of the soccer GIFs I've seen are of international level players falling over like they're made of porcelain and throwing tantrums. It's really quite hilarious to see how undignified an overpaid adult human can be.

And that's understandably embarrassing for the sport. They could stamp it out... or I guess they could do this.

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Help Australia's PM and attorney-general to define metadata

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Re: Fluffy Bunny

You mean we don't need an expensive light rail line to duplicate an existing bus corridor, or an expensive small stadium with no parking to duplicate an existing one?

Bah!

We definitely needed that $800k giant fibreglass penisowl though. Melbourne already had one.

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Uber alles.. NOT: Berlin bans taxi ride app over 'safety' fears

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Re: Uber banned in Berlin

Is that Berlin the city vs Berlin the seat of national government?

Awkward situation to be in.

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Re: Rent Seekers

If I were a taxi driver, owing hundreds of thousands of dollars for my taxi licence (or paying most of my earnings to a licence/vehicle owner), competing against people who paid nothing for the same privilege, I'd be pretty upset too.

But markets change, while incumbents resist in vain. It was ever thus.

The idea that ridesharing services allows users to give feedback on drivers (and, presumably, vice versa?) appeals to me. Traditional taxi services are a bit of a joke by comparison.

Anyway, bring on the fleets of self-driving cars for hire.

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Re: Germany

I like your list, a lot (not all) of what's in it seems eminently sensible.

From the outside (i.e. massive generalisations ahead), I think I prefer the way the Germans do it to, say, the way the Americans do it.

In Germany (and Japan, and many other countries) they seem to have a much better understanding of where minor "personal liberties" should be reasonably expected to make way the public good. In the USA every little regulation seems to be seen as a personal violation/communism/both, no matter how insignificant.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

At what temperature and pressure does an engineer sublimate? (or melt, for that matter?)

I'd have thought they just pyrolyse.

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On test: Samsung 845DC EVO 3-bit Toggle MLC and 845DC PRO 3D V-NAND SSDs

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Re: Am I missing something here

The RAID1 is presumably reading as if it's a striped set, but writes are still mirrored. I seem to remember that this is how a number of RAID controllers work.

This makes sense in my mind, but I'm not sure whether there are any particular data security implications of doing so.

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Ex-Apple man Sam Sung - for it is he - sticks namebadge on eBay

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Re: Joke, right...?

The combination of Apple and Samsung in one item.

So, most iDevices then?

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PEAK APPLE: One MILLION fewer iPads sold this quarter

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Re: Invested?

I would hazard at a guess that an Apple Toy (viz iPad) will be worth more after 2 years than the equivalen Android or Surface devices in terms of % value retention.

And yet, it's still not an investment.

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Turnbull says NBN 'most reckless commitment of Commonwealth funds in our history'

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If Labor's NBN is the most reckless

What does that make the LNP's "MTM" NBN, which may or may not cost less, may or may not take less time to build, and then once it's done requires upgrade and/or rebuilding anyway if it's to match the original plan for speed and versatility?

I wonder what Turnbull's mates might have said about the Snowy Mountains Scheme, had they been asked to audit that?

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Kiwi satellite earth station recycled – as radio telescope

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Re: If they are looking for intelligent life,

Maybe you guys can use it to beam a clue into our government?

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Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle

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Re: "Lack of hit games"

That would probably help too, at least in the short term, but I would argue that relying on the repeated rehashing of a relatively small number of franchises is a large part of the problem. Who asked for another Mario Kart?

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"Lack of hit games"

If only they hadn't been so hostile towards third party publishers...

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Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments

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Re: Aaargh 2.0

Did the "2.0" come from NASA?

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Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO

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To expand on that

The tracking station at Tidbinbilla (which is home to one of NASA's Deep Space Network stations, these days known as CDSCC, and also home to the old Honeysuckle Creek "dish") was also involved, the two referred to collectively in mission communications as "Honeybilla".

Given their rural locations, both are the end of good driving roads too, although Honeysuckle is now just a big concrete pad and a campsite.

CSIRO currently manages CDSCC on behalf of NASA, so at least the organisation isn't going to completely lose its radioastronomy expertise.

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Australia floats website blocks and ISP liability to stop copyright thieves

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Re: RealFred

No, but he's just as guilty as the others.

Definitely, but he still wasn't the first. I understand that everyone's on a hair-trigger with this kind of thing these days, but I'm not trying to turn it into a political discussion. If anything my intention was to try to maintain some balance (given this is one of those things where it's warranted, what with each major party being as bad as the other).

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Re: RealFred

Conroy wasn't the first.

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

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Re: Drop in Ipad sales / saturated market?

It has a good resale value and a good recycling value.

I got £97 at a phone recycling site for my iPad 1. Yet a Nexus 7 is worth bugger all even if it's new.

So the difference in retail price is still more than the difference in resale?

Buying consumer electronics is not an investment.

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Paracetamol works a treat

When it's got 10mg of Codeine in it too

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: Red X

Try ignoring the Red X on a road with tidal flow and see how far that gets you.

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Re: My debut single

While listening to Iron Maiden, the satnav keeps trying to take me to some prostitute's house.

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Re: Bundy bear?

Ut's a chully bun, broo.

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Boffins fill a dome with 480 cameras for 3D motion capture

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Re: Camera phones at sports events

I'm not a computer imaging expert by any stretch, but I expect that with enough images, you can build a map of all of the stationary objects, and use that to determine the location and orientation of all of the imagers in space.

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iiNet says metadata retention means a great big tax on everything

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Re: Meanwhile, at No. 3 Highview Crescent

$60m sounds like a bargain! and out by at least two, but more probably three, orders of magnitude by my SWAG reckoning.

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Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash

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Re: Don't Being Conned By BitCoins

Also, you can use picks for other things. A bitcoin mining ASIC, not so much.

Moron.

Maybe not so hasty with the insults next time...

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Re: Don't Being Conned By BitCoins

You mean like if picks and mattocks reliably mined gold, why would anyone sell them?

You can't use a pick to mine gold unless you find a gold deposit. All you need for a bitcoin mining box is an electricity supply and a network connection.

If I was making bitcoin mining machines, and I could make more money mining than selling them, do you think I'd be selling them?

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Re: Don't Being Conned By BitCoins

Eight billion dollars is certainly a lot of money, but as Allen Stanford and Bernard Madoff would tell you, the fact that people have $8 billion of "value" in something proves nothing.

The transaction costs aren't "almost zero". They cost nothing to the parties involved in the transaction, but they are verified by the mining network, which has very real energy costs.

The fees that financial institutions charge is a different discussion altogether.

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Re: Perpetual money machine

Is it still the same Alienware of the '90s, or has it just become another trendy over-priced Badge?

Yes

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Re: Keeping it simple.

This.

I would have thought that, El Reg being contrarian as it is, would have taken this angle instead, using the article to take the rest of the world's media to task about the misleading (at best) nature of "XYZ accepting bitcoins!" articles.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: N2

By that logic, capital punishment should have stopped any crimes it was used to punish throughout history.

Hint: It didn't. It didn't even stop theft.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Re: supercar?

Not too many but there are a few, much cheaper, mostly Japanese performance cars that come within a tenth or two out of the box. WRX STis and 370Zs and Lancer Evolutions and the like. "Supercar" territory is low 3s these days.

In the colonies we like silly V8s, and come out with some pretty high performance but relatively inexpensive cars.

None of these come nowhere near the i8's fuel economy though. Especially the V8s. I'd be surprised if the i8 wasn't considerably more refined too.

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NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015

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Re: Thanks Tony!

How dare you question Mr. Broadband.

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One of the few things that Labor hadn't managed to turn into a debacle.

Now a debacle. Nice work guys and girl!

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Amazon France routes around free shipping ban with €0.01 charge

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Re: And that's cuttin' me own throat!

I don't know about your car analogy. Observe:

According to the article:

Book A (local store): Price = X, therefore

Book A (Amazon): Price >= 0.95X

You have suggested a car analogy:

Car A: Price = X, therefore

Car B: Price >= 0.95X

Not quite the same thing, innit?

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Re: Waste of a good pint if you ask me

American beer is like making love in a canoe.

It's f*cking close to water.

Sure enough, bad beer comes from the USA. Except for the ones that are very good. Almost all of that worst beers list is American, but so is more than 80% of the top 50 list. It's the story of the USA right there.

Every country makes bad beer, but you can't say the same about good beer.

Based on my experience, the Americans also seem to be quite a bit better at making beer that survives the trip to Australia than the English.

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That 'wiped' Android phone you bought is stuffed with NAKED SELFIES – possibly

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Re: BristolBachelor

More on that story please!

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

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Re: Garmin magnetic connector

Well at least it's got a powerful magnet!

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Golf bloke to Richard Branson: Get on board the future bus, where there's 'NO WEATHER'

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Re: I think...

I've just realised that Steve Bong is now obsolete.

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WTF?

I think...

...all I would ever be able to say to this guy is "lolwut".

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Overclocking to 5GHz? We put Intel Devil’s Canyon CPU to the test

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Re: AC

Incorrect use of the word "fanboi" on The Register detected.

I doubt many iDevice users care much about closed loop liquid cooling.

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