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Just how far did storage and compute converge in 2013?

andro

yes, and the omission of the hybrid cloud tech in redhat enterprise linux 7 (and centos). It will does this very well, and has the ability to use rented grunt or storage across the net for short term needs when you need to crunch through a big job then back to normal on your private system. I wouldnt be buying a propriety system ahead of this.

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Department of Human Services removes Medicare from internet

andro

Im sure the recent health services budget cuts after the election have not helped. Perhaps the desk thats meant to have someone sitting in it looking after this kind of stuff is now empty?

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Crippling server 'leccy bill risks sinking OpenBSD Foundation

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why openBSD?

I looked in to this quite closely. The reason openbsd need so many machines is so they can support many different architectures. most those architectures are obsolete, but they maintain and run servers because the different processors running with different speeds and features and other subtle differences often show up security bugs such as in openssh (but also other components/apps). Once the test suites find an issue in say openssh on vax or spac it is often proven that it exists on other architectures but doesnt show up easily. So the fixes end up befitting everyone who runs openssh, including most the linux distros.

the problem is that the openbsd guys are an old school stubborn lot and you cant convince them more small donations from outsiders would work. They want to charge more for open bsd cds (which i reckon many possible donators would not even want) or some large corporate to come forth (and they arnt). They dont want to put a donation meter on their site so you know people are donating and your money is well spent and they dont want to do anything differently. If you try to politely suggest that small donations would work and suggest some more modern concepts to attack the donations it is very likely you'll get turned away by an ill considered rude answer. Good luck openBSD... I respect your code but the way your going, your going to need it.....

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NSA spies should clean up their act, says Prez Obama-picked panel

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"The government need not stop its practice of collecting bulk metadata about Americans' phone calls, the group found. But it recommended that this data be held by a private party, rather than the government itself, and that the government should only be able to request specific information when it is needed for investigations."

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ABC finally brings iView to Android

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Cool. Works just fine for me. Looks like 1000+ downloads now.

And it doesnt have any location/gps access. Not sure why it needs to know my account details, or sdcard access though, unless its going to allow download and offline streaming. Which would be pretty cool. Pull down the video via wifi at home then watch on the bus.

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Just when you were considering Red Hat Linux 6.5, here comes 7

andro

Re: Not sure...

Yeah, start testing it if you want and submit bugs to the trackers. But dont plan on using it in production in 2014.

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'Mixed tech' NBN needs a super-sized HFC net

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sucks

So, I get 5mbit ADSL now and HFC passes my house and has been there for 10 years. So because of this I will get no upgrade at all, and even if I did the best that would happen is to get connected to 10 year old HFC. And that HFC is shared bandwidth so if the majority of subscribers move on to it, the usable bandwidth will not live up to expectations. So getting connected to 10 year old tech that the private sector built is part of a plan which will now cost the taxpayer $92 billion AUD. How the hell can you call that an NBN or value for money or building infrastructure for the future?

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Junior telcos tie knot in NBN Co copper plan

andro

Re: Can Aussie pollies do anything right?

I think you'll find the liberal party are running the country like a business. Trying to spend the least amount of money on the least amount of stuff they can get away with for short term profit.

The government however should be trying to do what is best for the people. They should be prepared to spend money to keep the economy moving.

Those who I know who work in Parliament are some of the hardest working people I know - you just wouldnt know it! The media is very selective on what it reports and heaps more goes on than most people know about. Huge documents are researched and picked apart and negotiated on very limited timeframes, and they need to balance all the different groups trying to influence them different directions.

Then they need to go in to damage control mode when the media runs an unfair one sided over simplification on every subject thinking they can summerise 800 pages of complexity in 1 headline. If that was possible Im sure the results we see would be a lot better! Its horrible work/life balance.

The oversimplification of politics in the media is really unfortunate as it has a huge effect on what people think.

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Most of Dread Pirate Roberts' treasure still buried, say researchers

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So the research paper is claiming that everyone who was interested in bitcoin in the early days are all really aliases for satoshi, who then decided to transfer some coin to DPR in 2013? Sounds like people throwing names around to try and get some useless study published to me.Could the link be any weaker at all? Is it even a link?

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No, it's NOT Half-Life 3 – it's Valve's lean, mean STEAM MACHINE

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Re: Destined to fail

I dont see that underpowered but consistant hardware specs is the benefit some say it is. I dusted off the old xbox 360 last night and fired up badlands. I noticed the game chunking quite a lot during the intro.

Conversely, PC games have been able to automatically benchmark the pc rig they're running on and configure to suit for years and years. Varied PC hardware is simply not the problem console gamers say it is. Its just an excuse to justify lame hardware and slow development cycles while the manufacturers milk more cash.

This will build on the success the steam platform already is.

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Re: This will either save PC gaming or kill it.

They have said you will be able to dual boot it, so there are pleanty of ways you can also use it as a media player. Performance wise this leave the 'next gen' consoles for dead. I bet they sell a lot more controllers than systems though, as plenty of people will want to supply their own hardware (or use existing hardware).

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Big Content says Pirates of the Caribbean do their worst in Australia

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Its because the Australian police consider piracy a civil offence (and it is, too).

If the MPAA want to act, then they should identify the sellers then take them to court themselves. The court system would then make a ruling.

Telling the police to do all the work at the tax payers expense is not how things work here. Hurrah for the police doing things the right and legal way.

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Cisco: We'll open-source our H.264 video code AND foot licensing bill

andro

site license

So cisco is paying a site license for unlimited use on the h264 codec for the whole world? That would have to be one hell of a license fee. Something doesnt smell right. There will have to be limitations, or else the fee will have to be so large that mpeg la are happy to never accept a cent from anyone else.

I can see the license being restricted to use in FF and/or other browsers would work. But I bet I cant write my own unrelated video conferencing application and distribute it then say "cisco will pay up for that part".

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New Oz government keeps Huawei ban after spook briefing

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i wouldnt trust huawai

After seeing what the NSA have done in the USA (and the rest of the world), breaking / backdooring crypto standards and possibly hardware (intels random number generator) I would expect that everything is backdoored. Sure the intel guy who made intels RNG says no way it is backdoored, but whos to say that one person in the right place didnt slip one on the silicon before it was produced? The same thing is surely happening in China. The regime is different, but people are people. So the question becomes whos back door do you want on your infrastructure? Im guessing China is enough of a threat to take seriously.

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DON'T BREW THAT CUPPA! Your kettle could be a SPAMBOT

andro

Or maybe the competitors of the named brand shoved a few boards in the competitors products then sold them to retailers, only to buy them again and get the story in the news. I would say this would be more likely!

Not that you couldnt put a cheap small allwinner chipset based system with wifi in an appliance.....

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Drone owners told: stay out of bushfire skies

andro

My mate has one of these. Ive used it with him to get some great footage, but have kept it away from everyone because the risks are real. Its about 50cm from side to side, made of hard plastic (not styrofoam) and quite soild. It would make a mess of a chopper stabilising rotor if it hit it, thats for sure.

Great device, but you need to respect the law and use common sense if you are going to fly one.

http://www.dji.com/

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DARPA slaps $2m on the bar for the ULTIMATE security bug SLAYER

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thats not a bug, its a feature

Other than really stupid flaws which can be detected automatically with tools like lint, if anyone chooses to run them, you cant do this automatically. How can you tell if its a bug or expected operation. I can see these tools closing holes, and breaking as much functionality, and it taking just as long for a human to create the original intended result.

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Telstra plans to keep hands on government BEEELIONS

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Re: You lack sufficient cynicism young commentard

"The "public" can get FTTP under the coalitions plan if that is what they want. It has always been an available option that you can pay for if you require it."

Can you produce a link to current documentation for this? I want fibre to the premisis, and considering what it will cost me in stamp duty to move house, I am prepared to put down the thousands and pay for it if I have to.

I heard it was an option, then I read somewhere that it wasnt, and now I can not find current facts at all. If I can buy it, I will, and I dont know what happens next. Do they run fibre from the exchange to just my house? From the node? (I read that the FTTN architecture was not upgradeable and would need to be ripped up to swap to FTTP). Do they run a single house off a shared 30 connection GPON passive fibre card like the original FTTP plan (though it would have been blocks of 30 houses installed at one, withthe fibre pulled through the ducts in one hit), or do they install a dedicated link per household?

http://nbnmyths.wordpress.com/why-not-fttn/

This is not just a pro FTTP rant... I really do want straight answers on if I can pay now and what happens. I want to take that option. Anyone?

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Microsoft's Azure will bring tiers to your eyes

andro

spam

Gee, nice bit of microsoft spam. I hope they paid well for it.

For a competing system, see redhat hats offering.

http://www.redhat.com/products/storage-server/

You can have public, private or hybrid cloud where you can lease extra capacity on an as required basis adding nodes via the net to your own private cloud on an as required basis.

But really, is this even news?

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Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'

andro

Why make everything so hard to move to a failing platform that needs some love right now? They must really hate their customers. The left hand giveth and the right hand takes some more away.

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Turnbull floats e-vote, compulsory ID

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Re: undemocratic swill

We now know the NSA have been working with American security companies to weaken security systems and insert back doors. I would say its VERY likely that diebold are part of this, and the system is more open to corruption than we thought. Either turnbul is in on it, or ignorant. Eitherway we need to make sure this does not happen. We should never allow electronic voting on closed systems, or systems imported from anywhere else.

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Assange fails in bid for election to Australian Senate

andro

wikileaks lost the game the moment their preferences were announced, and the nazi party ranked high, and above the quality greens senator scott ludlam who has been doing a very good job pushing the issues wikileaks supposedly stand for. They were trying to play the preferences game but preferences were put in which were not approved by the wikileaks national council, and in doing so they became part of the problem they are trying to solve (and lost most of their supporter base). It turns out you cant say one thing and then do another when running on a platform of transparency and proper process.

More info here: http://danielmathews.info/blog/2013/08/statement-of-resignation-from-wikileaks-party-national-council/

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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Re: One wonders how stupid Nokia shareholders must be

well, option (1) building a better phone had been in development for more than 5 years. Nokia engineering had developed shedloads of drivers and IP against texus instruments OMAP chipsets, they owned QT, they had a theme that scaled desktop apps down to a small screen size very well. It was linux kernel based and it did already exist. All they had to do was stop elop from only allowing them to sell it to the wrong markets, then calling it a failure and tossing all that R&D in the bin. The N900 before it was well received http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N900 though possibly a little late but they were on the right track could have sold android along side it as another option, and had a certain amount of compatibility and shared development investment between both OS as they used a linux kernel.

So much quality work wasted to either devalue the company for microsoft and to sell win phone OS when nobody else would. This whole thing would have been like watching a train crash for the nokia engineers who understood what it could have been.

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Larry Ellison: Google is ABSOLUTELY EVIL, but NSA is ESSENTIAL

andro

So google shouldnt be able to use the java api which is not protected, but its ok for oracle to take redhat linux under its open source licenses, then f**k it up craptasticly and collect support $ while giving nothing back to red hat?

At least redhat fund a lot open source development and give back heaps to the community.

True oracle do invest in some linux development (btrfs comes to mind) but I dont think they can talk, here.

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Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

andro

For cloud hosting, host your own. Then you know what it is and where. Hire some skilled staff who can keep it running and keep the data backed up offsite. If your worried about web or email use SSL on your mail server and https in your browser.

IMHO No business should keep any private data out in the cloud. Its not a question of country.

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IBM opens up Power chips, ARM-style, to take on Chipzilla

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Re: But why?

But why? Where I work I see large corporates buying IP and making custom chips for custom applications (think engine computers, motorola cpus, and other bits of hardware baked in to make a purpose build low cost application platform.).

This is something that people will keep wanting to do, and with IBM having been a large long time supporter of linux they will not worry about not being able to get vendor support.

In these applications it doesnt matter what chip it is. It'll come down to what options you can put in the silicon, and price point, and the existence of software tools. This will make ppc hardware or ppc + linux os a viable option in this field. Sure the chips were falling behind vs x86, but were not talking ppc from 3 years ago. Were talking the next gen, and if they have done the engineering right with regards to heat and power they may remain relevant in some markets.

Just dont expect one on your desktop pc or your phone. If thats what your thinking, you have not seen the deeper picture.

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Give up your privacy so Big Data can FIX GOVERNMENT

andro

Government agencies sharing relevant data to other government agencies where relevant and under a privacy policy is a very different thing to sniffing collecting and analysing citizens communications and internet traffic. The first I think does make sense with the right protections and oversight in place to prevent abuse of the system. The latter however has no oversight as it is all secret and has no place.

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iiNet to buy Adam Internet

andro

This is a good thing. Adam has been my ISP for nearly 10 years, and in that time ive been very happy with the local support from knowledgeable and helpful people, and with usually no wait to speak to them on the phone.

When telstra where looking to buy Adam, I figured that if they closed down the local office then I would move to iinet as a backup plan. Apparently the Adam owners were looking to cash in, so if they had to go somewhere Im happy that it is iinet. From all reports they look after their customers too, and I have a lot of respect for them taking the battle against AFACT to the high court, and winning at every level[1].

[1] but also thanks to the other ISPs that backed iinets efforts too.

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andro

Nah, thats not true. Adam have signed an agreement for wholesale NBN access and already offer it.

https://www.adam.com.au/products/adamnbn

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Microsoft cuts Surface Pro price by $100

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Re: How, Now?

I dunno, there is a lot of x86 windows software out there. Intel have demonstrated x86 processors sucking less juice than arm. But windows 8 and surface dont have a reputation to justify the cost. They need to have a loss leader, sell them under priced and get them in to the market as quickly as possible. Once people have them they'll demand software suited to the platform (desktop apps will be there, but surface pro apps designed for touch with the right gui will help, and start to sell). Microsoft are not making anyone want these products. I dont know what adds the rest of the world are seeing, but the only one ive seen is a bunch of corporates sitting around a table where everyone has a surface pro, and then they all dance around. It looks stupid! a) nobody in business has a pro and there is no reason to get one. b) nobody in business dances in synchronisation at meetings c) its not different and cool, its apple 3 years ago and while apple have lost a lot of cool lately they still have a lot more than microsoft!

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Arrr! Comcast working on new tech to nudge PIRATES to go straight

andro

There are problems here with net neutrality. It is not the ISPs place to send their customers to specific stores. They say it'll be industry wide and send you to alternate sources "when" it is not available from the main ones - but this comment should set off alarm bells.

I do see this hurting the smaller and more new world content distributors who offer a fairer deal and have less money to hand to comcast. This is the beginning of comcast funnelling customers to clients who pay big and that is a very dangerous thing. Whats more its also one of those slipery slopes, there are sales and therefore money in it and once this begins nobody will be able to pull it back. It'll only get larger and more wide spread.

This should definitely be rejected by consumers. Unfortunately, few understand the larger picture.

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Internode's Simon Hackett offers re-engineered NBN plan

andro

Simon Hackett knows what hes talking about. Hes built internode (now owned by iinet) and the agile wholesale network and speaks from what hes learnt. Is there any chance we can get him in to a top job at the NBN co. I dont doubt that hes right on all accounts and his advise would be beneficial if followed.

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Apple's new data center to be solar powered, 100% green

andro

Good on em! It'll save them money in the medium/long term, and provide yet another reference site to prove it is possible and does work. Since we cant wait for the whole world to be powered by one single epic 24x7 renewable power installation, every bit built and emissions saved is good - and a 1 megawatt hour plant is nothing to be sneezed at. Keep it up apple, and anyone whos in a position to do the same go for it. And im not even an apple fanboi, I have zero apple products and avoid itunes like the plague.

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Oz's 2013 heatwave was man made

andro

Re: Speculation

Nah, not speculation for funding if the CSIRO are involved. They have a very good track record of releasing good and impartial information, including on the climate. Much more on their site. http://www.csiro.au/science/Changing-Climate

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PlayStation 4 is FreeBSD inside

andro

why no, the ps3 dev kits ran on linux and windows, apple ios is bsd, the license is right for sony. the question is, does it run games, or just compile them? dev environment, or dev console....?

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Reg to Australia: Here's your chance to find NBN answers

andro

Also what we need should be better defined. We dont need the internet at all, but it sure has benefits to the economy and quality of life. Perhaps what can we use, or what we need to compete with europe/asia and the usa in the cloud based services market.

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Im happy to put up $100au (and have). Will make sure I put forward some good logic to those that do the study. If this kind of thing can gain traction im sure there will be good benefit for the NBN debate, and something those of us who want it can reference in our discussions. No doubt for the register will also benifit for organising it, and that is fair.

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That Microsoft-Nokia merger you've been predicting? It's no go

andro

Re: why would MS buy now?

Because they have the cash to float the company. If nokia dies and their windows phones leave the market, then there are very few windows phone options left. Microsoft want to keep pushing windows 8 and windows phone with the same UI, thinking that some day people will start wanting it.... I guess what they are doing (destroying nokias value, and then trying to buy them for cheap) might have insulted too many and pushed too many too far so that talks fell apart though.

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CSIRO scales up solar cell printing

andro

It looks like they are heading in the right direction decent chances of success. Lets hope they can keep improving the tech, to the point we can buy a roll of cheap solar panel to lay with worthwhile output.

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Streaming music works for us, say US and UK indie labels

andro

The question is not "is streaming worth it?" its "whats in the contracts?". Like anything you can have good and bad business contracts, and if you are an artist, then hearing "streaming" and saying "yes" or "no" based on that alone is a huge mistake, as big as you can make anywhere contracts are involved. If anyones wants to stream your music for free, read the fine print even more closely.

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Australia downloads a limping 13 Mbps, says Ookla

andro

These stats do seem a bit out of line.

Akamai reports average 4.5mbit (and due to their network they have fat pipes in all capital cities) and so does the other one a quick google found - zdnet

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Pirate Bay cofounder to run for European Parliament

andro

pirate party?

This article makes it sounds like he'll be running as an independent. I just did a little more research and see that he has joined the Finnish pirate party.

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Google tells Microsoft to yank its new WinPhone YouTube app

andro

Any other company and i'd agree and say give them the access they need.... But Microsoft.... after being such asses since their early days locking in companies with buggy proprietary apps and doing everything they can to not support public APIs properly, keep all their information secret, spread FUD about competitors (linux) I say, suck it up Microsoft, how does it feel now?

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The NBN questions Malcolm Turnbull won't answer

andro

this is surely going to be controversial, but this county needs fibre to the premises for the future. if the libs get from protest vote against labor they will do a lot of bad things.. waste $billions on a rubbish nbn that will set the country and companies technology investment back a long long way. Then they will damage or sell medicare, they wont invest in schools even though the education system needs some help. If you dont want to vote labor DO vote for one of the smaller parties instead. There are enough around to pick from, personally im thinking pirate party australia - worth searching them out if you think you might be interested.

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Outback geothermal plant goes live

andro

future

Well, im happy to see some of my tax money go on it. Someones gotta do it first, and most tech improves as its developed and tested. Im also happy to see australia developing such tech. Lets hope its proven successful and keep an eye out for the next generation. Solar is good and getting better but as said above large scale geothermal runs at night. I also wouldnt worry about cooling the rock down. Our planet has a core of molten rock, theres a lot of heat down there.

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Picture this: Kodak could get out of bankruptcy as early as July

andro

I did wonder how kodak failed after inventing the first digital camera. But this article spells it out - too slow to improve it, and once behind not rich enough to catch up. Sad to see, but you cant undo poor choices by management.

As for solar, it is making quite a difference where I live. Details here:

http://reneweconomy.com.au/2013/rooftop-solar-reshapes-energy-market-in-south-australia-18272

Have a look with google maps around the suburbs near the citys in australia (eg: adelaide south australia ) to see just how much there is here. You wont have to look far to see it. My house has generated 3.5megawatt hours off a little 1.5kw system in the last 3 years. About half my energy needs. I just forget about it and it keeps ticking over. The tech keeps improving and becoming cheaper too.

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Smug Red Hat buoyed by UK gov's open-source three-line-whip

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This is very good. Not forcing people to use open source out of principal, but to evaluate it and choose it if its the best. Redhat's enterprise linux provides great API stability for the long term, and if paying to use it meets the requirements, does the job without lock in and still wins on the cost front, then its the great win I wish more IT contracts were made of.

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Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP

andro
Megaphone

Its legal, clearly the law needs changing to prevent this.

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NBN Co still on budget, CEO claims

andro

At least hes quoting real numbers, and hes got experience in private large scale telco business. He knows his stuff. We dont get the same details from the media that would cross his desk. I do hope we see the rollout start to speed in the next 12 months though. http://www.nbnco.com.au/about-us/our-people/executives.html

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Sounds a lot more realistic that a lot of whats been thrown around lately. Why cant we hold (other) media to the truth?

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