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Offshore metadata storage fine by me, says Malcolm Turnbull

Bush_rat

Re: No compelling argument?

Unless we're talking about media. Do you know how much it costs an HD movie's worth of bits over fibre? So much that only Telstra should be able to. /s

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Paris Hilton

It's So Obvious It's Sad

If you want to know where consumers want their content, just follow the pr0n. VHS, The Internet, Blu-Ray, subscription plans, independent publishing, pr0n has been there and done that in more ways than Urban Dictionary will tell.

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First gigabit-over-COPPER chipset lands

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Megaphone

Flog that horse!

Flog it damn you! Flog it!

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Nvidia's screaming new Maxwell GPUs bring 4K gaming to notebooks

Bush_rat

Re: What about the battery?

I can't remember where I read it (Arstechnica maybe?) but NVidia did talk about battery life in relation to Battery Boost 2.0. With a 90WH battery and a 980M (about what the higher end Macbook Pros have) you will get about 45 minutes of unadulterated Tomb Raider with 1080p@70fps. If you turn Battery Boost on and set a frame cap however (30fps in the example) they were getting "2 hours or more as a conservative estimate" with the same settings and resolution doing the benchmark.

So no it's still not great, but considering that is their most powerful chip doing high end desktop-class work entirely on battery, even an hour is impressive for the same batteries we have right now.

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Re: pcie?

The full desktop 980 "only" draws 175W at full load. But I do agree, it would be nice for them to also offer their mobile chips in standard PCI-E cards. Who knows, maybe even in single-slot variants too.

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ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7

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Coincidence or by Design?

Apple's co-processors designed to handle sensor data like this one describes are also called the M7 (and M8 now), I wonder if that's just a coincidence or have ARM named it after Apple or vice versa or perhaps they are made in conjunction with Apple?

EDIT: Wikipedia to the rescue! Apple's M7 is based off of the ARM M-3 chip, likely called the M7 because it was released at the same time as the Apple A7 CPU. And gosh they are tiny chips, 0.1mm square is nothing for such a useful chip.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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But...but...

What number are they going to make bigger if they don't make the resolution bigger? Screen size is at the point of "Your hands just aren't big enough for this phone", we've already hit 2.5GHz quad-cores and even octa-cores (Yes they're ARM but still, big numbers) and the things weigh less than the sand they are made from.

What's that you say, focus on battery life? Why? Who wants all those features to last more than half an hour?

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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Regardless of Whether you like iPhones...

I wish, wish people would stop comparing silicon between Android mobes and iPhones, kudos to The Reg for using benchmarks to make a comparison instead. God, the number of times I've heard someone say "My phone has quad-core but your laptop is only dual-core (i7), why would you buy something half as powerful?"

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Apple

I imagine they want type C for their Air Ultrabooks, I'd be happy but very surprised if they dropped the Lightning connector for something they have no control over.

Personally I just hope the Oculus Rift uses this instead of the 3+ cables it currently has...

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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

Bush_rat

Re: 16GB of RAM

Yeah I aimed to build a low power draw rig for that purpose exactly, I intend to leave the thing on close to 24/7. As for data corruption, as it'll be mostly for gaming and all important data will be backed up to cloud storage, external drives and internal HDDs I'm not too concerned.

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16GB of RAM

Well I'll be using RAPID on my build then.

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Tasmania offered possible pay-to-connect for NBN fibre

Bush_rat

Re: 2 nodes are better than one

Hey! I'll have you know most of Tasmania is fine, it's just the Ancestral Breeding Ground known as Smithton that has issues. Their family trees have a lot of little, tight circles...

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The week in tech news with cracking coverage from Regina Eggbert

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Coat

Please Continue This.

By god this is fantastic, egg-celent even. I'll show myself out.

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Boffins: Behold the SILICON CHEAPNESS of our tiny, radio-signal-munching IoT sensor

Bush_rat

The real question...

Will it run Crysis?

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Payment security bods: Nice pay-by-bonk (hint: NO ONE uses it) on iPhone 6, Apple

Bush_rat

Re: NFC useful or not debate Depends where you live

Yeah Commbank in Australia have been offering all of that too. You can get PayPass NFC Credit Cards that have the chip and the mag stripe as the new standard. You can use NFC from pretty much any new phone that has NFC or get a sticker that does the same thing. You can even use the Commbank app on your phone to get cash out of any ATM now remotely.

You request to withdraw money from the app itself, it gives you a code and a temporary pass key, you take both to an ATM and it spits out the cash. Really handy for sending money to friends and family.

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'4chan may be just a sysadmin who knows his way around', claims so-called expert

Bush_rat

Security Questions

I've heard a /very/ strong case for these being treated as passwords. For example, the maiden name question about your mother is a typical one. Instead of saying "Mary" or what ever, use something only you know as the lie, like "Taco Burger".

The flaw is if you forget it you're in a pickle, but it means for each question the hacker has for all intents and purposes another whole password to crack/steal.

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New software ported from Windows to Mac! You'll never guess what. Yes, it's spyware

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Holmes

Bigger Question...

Is this malicious JS browser and OS specific or is it a universally available "flaw" in JavaScript that allows this?

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Re: Flash vs SD

As old fashioned as it is to swap cartridges like this I love it, but only for the Pi. I love being able to flash up 30+ SD cards for students with Minecraft, Scratch, you know, all the good stuff, and just give them to the students to use on the school Pis.

Some have partner-purchased some Pis through us (we deduct $10 off the price and absorb the cost of shipping) and they are welcome to take the SD card home with them to continue messing around. One student brought in their own SD card they'd made them self with Quake 3 and MAME on it. When he noticed me watching he got scared thinking he was going to be in trouble for using the school hardware to play games.

He got an A for that little programming unit after he showed me how he compiled MAME on his own...

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Bush_rat

The change in connector doesn't

But the switch to a switching regulator does. On the website they mention that the new B+ can handle current a lot safer than it used to which was a common cause for SD card corruption, particularly with overclocking.

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ANU boffins demo 'tractor beam' in water

Bush_rat

Automation

Once they can get the theory and formulae down pat all they need to do is just add more compute power to allow for more complicated real-time calculations.

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Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION

Bush_rat

The Big Question

Was this a "tethered" hack or can it be done wirelessly? It if requires a physical connection then it's not particularly scary...

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Microsoft's Black Thursday: XBox Live goes down as XBox Studio canned

Bush_rat
Meh

It Happens to Everyone...

But if I'm paying a premium to actually go online at all you better make your paywall rock solid...

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Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'

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Facepalm

Unified in every way

Except when it comes to naming things...

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YES, you CAN install paid-for apps on Android Wear – if devs rebuild them

Bush_rat
Paris Hilton

Well...

Maybe Google should push an update to Android Wear to allow it access to the assets/ folder?

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Bush_rat

Re: Quite an oversight...

I'm betting it was a cost cutting measure to only try free apps...

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Want a cheap iMac? TOO BAD. But you can have a slow one for $1,099

Bush_rat

You're right for the wrong reasons...

Are you seriously comparing an ARM dual core to an Intel Dual core? Even ignoring Hyper-threading, even ignoring the fact that this i5 boosts up to 2.7GHz, even ignoring that ARM is a RISC platform, even ignoring the fact that most Android phones sport that clock speed only when it's at room temp, once it heats up it starts under-clocking, the i5 would STILL run circles around that phone.

As for the GPU, the 5000 is plenty power for your bog-standard use, it even handles reasonable gaming well (see League of Legends and World of Warcraft, and the Crysis demo on 4600)

And I like that you left out that the S3 has an eighth of the RAM as this iMac...

Now don't get me wrong, this iMac is a weird product, it's not cheap enough to be a real option for the budget conscious but not powerful enough to really do well, but you clearly have no idea how much power you actually need to compute.

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How Bitcoin could become a super-sized Wayback Machine

Bush_rat

Well...

With 16Mbps down and 0.8Mbps up this is about as practical as transatlantic smoke signals.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

Bush_rat
Facepalm

Re: Uh, who'es the idiot?

""...Re: Uh, who'es the idiot?

The one who cant spell "who's"?..."

...or "can't""

... or read "plain text only, no HTML"

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'Ring of fire' eclipse to burn Australia

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Holmes

Well...

I have to say this is my first time-traveling eclipse.

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We've done it - we've gone and made LONG-LIFE BEER

Bush_rat
Pint

Of COURSE it was a bunch if us ausies that did this!

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Bill Gates offends Koreans after sticking hand down trousers

Bush_rat

That title is VERY misleading...

It should say "Republic of Korea"

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iPhone too heavy? Volkswagen brings out motorised ride-on dock

Bush_rat
Facepalm

Re: In a nod to the iPhone’s color scheme, the new iBeetle can be ordered in...

"In a nod to the iPhone’s color scheme, the new iBeetle can be ordered in “Candy White”, “Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect”, “Black Monochrome”, “Deep Black Pearl Effect”, “Platinum Grey”, or “Reflex Silver”."

So yeah, black or white.

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Australia's coalition reveals bits of broadband plan

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Facepalm

You'll Regret It

On the one hand, spend $44B for Fiber to the home at a possible 100/40 Mb or spend $30B for 25/5(?) Mb for Fiber to the node. Lets do the math, 22.6M Australians at $44B over the next 8 years is $243 per person per year. Compared to $221 per person per year over 6 years.

So as this is tax payer funded and the difference is F*ck all money wise as far as we're concerned, I vote for the Labor option of getting something 4 times better for 50% more than the price of the shite alternative.

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Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling

Bush_rat

Re: Ditch Microsoft, use Open Source in the classroom

I completely agree with your statement, however, as the perpose of IT classess in primary school all the way through to mid high school is to teach the students how to use the computer they will likely use in work/home, and sadly at the moment that computer runs windows. Moving to open source software will help the schools, but the computer illiterate will be in absolute hell trying to learn 2 different OS's, and that's not including all the different mobile OS's.

People use Microsoft because everything they want (games, commercial software) is made for Microsoft and everything is made for Microsoft because everybody uses Microsoft.

The Windows Paradox

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Bush_rat
Megaphone

Re: And for the Gamers out There:

No, I personally didn't pay $90 for that game, I found it funny because I have several friends who did, I've always maintained that Battlefield was a better series, especially considering its "only" $50 for BF3.

If the Call Of Duty series was priced fairly I'd happily by their games, they're fun, but at $90 it's ridiculous. It's like paying $25 for Infinity Blade on IOS, still a fun game, but not at that price.

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Megaphone

And for the Gamers out There:

Modern Warfare 2 is 365% more expensive in AUS compared to the US, $20 compared to $90. That's pretty bold for a game barely worth $20.

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HEAVILY ARMED SEX CRAZED DOLPHINS on RAMPAGE in Black Sea

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Mushroom

<- My Mind

Blown.

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MakerBot demos 3D object scanner that fits on your desk

Bush_rat
Mushroom

Re: Never Give Up...

Whoever wrote this script should die!

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Cheeky Boston fires up x86-to-ARM porting cloud for server apps

Bush_rat
Joke

Could you give me a hand porting this?

How bout a cluster of ARMs!

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Mark Shuttleworth: Canonical leads Ubuntu, not 'your whims'

Bush_rat

Gosh, I'm gonna have tip-toe with comment, ahh screw it, as much as community based amaze me with the abillity to truly craft your experience, I think Mark COULD be onto something. If he can wrangle the community into submission, I see a great OS.

Please don't hurt me! </cower>

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Reg readers brew up the ultimate cuppa

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Thumb Up

Brilliant

Exhibits A through Z of why I love the Reg

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Sony lifts skirt on Firefox OS with developer ROM for Xperia E

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Thumb Down

Re: LOL

"b) you are stupid enough to believe that a phone that only supports HTML applets is going to somehow rock your world. (despite the fact it's trivial to make HTML5 apps already in iOS and Android by wrapping a webkit control in a app container)."

I dont know about Android, but iOS has 2 JS engines, one for Safari and apple apps, and another for HTML web apps and third party apps that runs at half the speed, and as you can't use another rendering engine this limits we apps to being just websites.

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Bush_rat
Holmes

Re: Hmm

I could be mistaken, but there are only a handful of different cameras in the Xperia E series, where as there are many different carriers to sort out, wifi and bluetooth definitely should've been sorted out thou, but cellular networks are a whole different ball game.

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Hands-on with Ubuntu's rudimentary phone and tablet OS

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Re: High Hopes

I also hope, and believe, that mozilla's OS will go well. I know I mentioned C, but my mother tounge is HTML. And I would love to have an OS that is as tinker friendly as Mozilla is suggesting.

P.S Have an up vote for not being a dick and replying with a real argument, not the usual commentard crap.

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Linux

High Hopes

I have high hopes for this endeavour, I really do. This preview is most definitely nowhere near finished as a preview, let alone a phone! But if and when an Ubuntu phone/tablet makes its way to Oz, I'll happily buy it. Why? Because, as I'm sure many people have noticed, iOS adds about $5 to anything you could do for free on Linux, and I mean everything, for example there is no way to program in C locally on iOS, I know that very few people may ever want to do that, but its nice to be able to pick up any old device and just say "Gosh darned it, how do I use C#?" And get right into it.

Perhaps my hopes are misplaced and my dreams folly, but gosh darned if I'm going to let Apple makes it 30% on something that should be free.

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Samsung under fire over copy-paste bricking

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Facepalm

Re: Wow

@Obviously you either misread my post or are very technically narrow minded.

"Mines the one NOT made by Samsung"

You see, I believe you've mistaken "Samsung" for android. In fact, I believe you've mistaken Samsung for EVERY PHONE other than iOS. If I may point out to you, Samsung is but one of many android OEM's. Heck, we could sit here and spend quite some time rattling off a list of all the different manufacturers, but I can't be bothered. Suffice to say, you've made a massive assumption that I use an iPhone. And that's a bit silly.

I am in no way stating android is inferior to iOS (let's just not go there) or any other OS, I'm simply stating I'm not going to picking up the shit Samsung's flinging.

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Coat

Wow

That's a pretty big issue...

Mines the one NOT made by Samsung

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Boffins FREEZE PHONES to crack Android on-device crypto

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Trollface

Does it only work with ICE-cream sandwich?

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Kiwi Coroner says Coca-Cola helped kill woman

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Facepalm

9 Litres a Day?

"She was also a 30-a-day smoker."

For f*ck sake, did she want to die?

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Boffins find 17,425,170-digit prime number

Bush_rat
Meh

Re: Here's a fun question for you

@stranger I believe you'll find 2 is the only even prime, and its the second number in your equation there. So I'd say 3 is out.

I think I might be taking this a but too seriously... 3 posts already

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