* Posts by borkbork

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Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Another solution : external adaptor

I've been using el-cheapo POE to network/5V microUSB adaptors for my Pi and usb powered mikrotik hap-lites. Just a little brick that plugs inline and converts incoming 802af to data and 5v usb, they're about $20usd for 4. Not as neat as the pihat, but no fan and they seem to be working well for what I'm doing.

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Alien sun has smashing time sucking up planets

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Planet definintion?

Slamming into one another and their star doesn't exactly scream 'stable orbit' for these celetial bodies.

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LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears

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Re: May we please stop calling them phones?

How about Mobe? People around here love that shit...

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The Notch contagion is spreading slower than phone experts thought

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Not on my phone

I just checked my phone, the status icons on the right hand side reach all the way to the middle of the screen. Good thing I have a proper rectangle one without the missing pixels.

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Who picks up their TV?

The bezel on a phone prevents fingers from accidentally touching the screen, a problem not normally encountered during normal TV use.

People choose a phone based on many factors, the most common being "does the shop have it?" and "have I heard of it?". Popularity is not a good measure of practicality.

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Great time to shift bytes: International bandwidth prices are in free fall

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Meanwhile in aus...

...NBN CVC capacity is $80000/m for 10Gb/s, down from $150000/m last year.

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How do you like them Apples? Farewell sensible sized phones, forever

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Meh

Screen size was the compromise for me

My ideal phone would be no larger than my old Nexus 5, but when I decided to replace it I couldn't find an upgrade that ticked all the boxes I wanted for screen resolution, updates, memory, processor, memory, LTE bands etc (price rules out the new pixels) . The only compromise I could make was to move to a bigger phone (Nexus 5x). Now I'm shopping for a 5x replacement and I find I have to move to a bigger and heavier phone again just to get a decent upgrade.

Maybe big phones are selling well because there just aren't any options available for people like me?

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Don't worry about those 40 Linux USB security holes. That's not a typo

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Re: Tell me now

So, cut off your nose to spite your face?

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nbn™ is installing new hybrid-fibre coax cables

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Careful what you wish for, my 25Mb HFC NBN is often only 5Mb during the evening peak times. Not sure whether it's due to CVC congestion or the shared cable medium though.

Wonder how many of Bill Morrow's low speed customers aren't bothering upgrading due to not being able to even get the speed they're paying for during peak times.

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Australian telecoms regulator watching over Telstra HFC/NBN deal

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Telstra can go hang

If not for their constant delays with pit remediation in my area I'd have had fibre by the end of last year. Instead it was cancelled and changed to HFC. Add to that the white-anting of the whole NBN project by the telstra/foxtel/newsltd axis of evil, why would I want to voluntarily give any money to any of those organisiations?

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NBN Co yet to make a single fibre to the node connection but is eyeing off G.fast

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Re: Appreciate Oz coverage

My 4Mb/s connection can stream netflix in 720p. The only issue is that nobody else in the house can do anything worthwhile with it at the same time. It's almost like the "X Mb/s is enough..." crowd all live in single person households.

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

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better yet

Built in RADIUS server with easy account creation and expiry, for WPA2 Enterprise. Want to use my WIFi? OK, here's your account, it will deactivate in 24 hours.

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Australia's data retention regime starts October 13th says A-G

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The cheapest option...

might be to tunnel all traffic through a gateway in a more friendly country. It would keep the log files nice and small. Wonder if you could get any of the grant money to fund that plan?

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OECD nations gang up on internet retailers, tax dodgers

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Re: Intangables 375 mill over 4 years ?

Exactly. Meanwhile Hockey's mates in finance (super tax concessions) and real estate (negative gearing, CGT discount) get to keep their increasingly many billions per year of tax lurks. Makes all this seem like a sideshow, just to be seen to be doing something whilst not even touching the low hanging fruit.

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AGL trumps Tesla with batteries-and-solar-cell package

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misses the point

The number one reason to install battery banks would be to get off the grid. As more people install solar systems the power companies have found they are no longer making as much money from usage so to make up for lost revenue they are increasing the daily supply rate for the grid connection. AGL's solution doesn't seem like much more than off-peak for solar customers by proxy.

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NBN Co says TWO broadband connections are better than one

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How is this new?

Seems like a weird topology with unecessary duplication.

Triple WAN routers have been common for a few years now, I'm just waiting for a service to plug into the ethernet port on mine. Then just add APs where needed.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: usb ports

POE would be nice too...

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

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Holy whitepace, Batman!

It seems the more pixels we get on our devices, the harder the UI designers work to waste them.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Re: Hmmm

I use an old microsoft intellimouse optical i bought for $80 more than 10 years ago. Still the nicest scroll wheel I've found, and I've grown too accustomed to the size and shape to contemplate a different mouse. Pity about the awkward positions of buttons 4 and 5.

Keyboard was nicked from a Dell GX520, it's got media buttons and a volume knob, plus some internet buttons I don't use.

Mouse mat could end up a family heirloom, has to be at least 20 years old now. Probably what I should replace first, although I doubt changing any of my equipment would improve my gaming in the slightest.

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Australia's metadata debate is an utter shambles

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“I have no doubt that the civil libertarian brigade will do their best to stop this, but my responsibility as prime minister is to keep our country safe. That's my responsibility,"

Because of that sentence, the EFA just gained at least one new member.

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Stopping IT price gouging would risk SOCIALIST DYSTOPIA!

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Inflation is here, just not counted in the ABS numbers. It's in the house/land prices. For example, the reason a cup of coffee here costs $5 instead of $2 any more is because the person serving you has a $300k mortgage. Of course talking about it is off limits when the treasurer is the owner of about seven investment properties.

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Surrender your crypto keys or you're off to chokey, says Australia

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Re: WARNING

Sounds more authoritarian than libertarian.

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IBM stuffs 64Gbps of traffic down 'low quality' fibres

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What kind of MMOF?

There's pretty big difference between the crusty old OM1 a lot of us still have around, and the nice new OM3/OM4 stuff. I'm surprised the source article didn't make mention of what they used.

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Cinnamon Desktop: Breaks with GNOME, finds beefed-up Nemo

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Re: Interesting to see the separation from Gnome

I like Unity better than Cinnamon, but I install nemo ever since files/nautilus dropped compact view. Yay for having options.

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NASA: Humanity has finally reached into INTERSTELLAR SPACE

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Facepalm

Doing really well according to the news bulletin I just heard on the radio

They said it had left the galaxy. And that its onboard computer was less powerful than an iphone! Wonder which model they meant?

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Oz broadband speeds collapsed in 2012

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Meh

at this rate of decline...

...my connection will soon be above average.

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Australia's coalition reveals bits of broadband plan

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Windows

So...

30Bn for (up to?)25/? Mb, vs 45Bn for 100/40 Mb?

Half again as much for something 4 times faster, with the possibility of 1000Mb as an easy upgrade in the near future? Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

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Intel Xeon Phi battles GPUs, defends x86 in supercomputers

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Headmaster

Re: Stampede

Says 6MW over here:

http://semiaccurate.com/2012/11/12/peeking-at-the-tacc-stampede-supercomputer/

That's more than the nuclear reactor next door, unless you meant 1.1 gigawatts :)

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Asteroid belts could be key to finding intelligent life

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Re: Re Spiral?

Who says everything was moving in the same direction initially, or even on the same plane?

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Raspberry Pi served with Ice Cream Sandwich

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Joke

Re: "To see all your apps, touch the circle."

Yeah, and 2 mice for pinch-zoom...

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New Opera 12 hooks web apps to 3D graphics acceleration

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Happy

Re: I love you but...

I checked 2 sites I previously had to open in chrome (google docs (spreadsheet selection box didn't line up with cell borders) and codecademy (cursor position in editor box didn't keep up with actual character spacing)), and they both work properly under opera now. So the tally is at minus 2 pages for me so far.

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World+dog discovers hi-res aerial maps, thanks to Google and Apple

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Holmes

Re: Well....Privacy?

It wasn't that difficult, but I did cheat and use another information source. Do I win a prize?

Not going to publish the address, but I don't think there will be any crazed fans turning up on the doorstep even if someone did :).

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WTF is... Li-Fi?

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Headmaster

Re: I've already done this

Why, yes, I do have 400Hz house wiring.

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Joke

I've already done this

Plugged a DC MR16 bulb into an AC transformer, unfortunately the only output I got was a steady stream of 'U's. 50 per second, to be precise.

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Russian satellite beams home 121-megapixel pics of Earth

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Headmaster

Re: Whose who's?

Whose what now?

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Ten... crowd-funded games from veteran devs

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Re: Multiplayer ELITE - where are you?

Maybe 0x10c? (.com). Early days though, not sure what it'll end up like.

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Boffins embiggen data storage space with 'phase-shifting' material

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Coat

Embiggen?

It's a perfectly cromulent word.

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Linux Left 4 Dead port fuels Steam for Ubuntu talk

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Trollface

didn't you hear?

HL3 will be a linux exclusive...

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Australians love mobile devices, but not mobile downloads

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Stop

Re: 3G/4G is not an alternative

How well will 4G work once 6 million users make the transition to devices that support it?

Sure it's fast now, but there's barely anyone on it.

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The best April 1 gags … or were they?

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personally...

I liked Notch's name for Mojang's new space game:

http://marseffect.net/

Especially funny given the 'scrolls' brouhaha.

Had me going for a while, till I woke up enough to realise what day it was.

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Social networks breeding spatial junk

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Trollface

boo bloody hoo

Fill all of these 'services' with junk data, I say.

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Asteroid could SMASH INTO EARTH in 2040

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Stop

Why deflect it?

Capture and mine it. Or just leave it up there for decoration. Compared to our neighbours, Earth's a bit lacking in the moon department.

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Telstra gets ready for the split

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Flame

sorry Mr Turnbull

My copper loop is stuffed and the owner has no interest in fixing it. FTTH please.

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Innovation aborted in South Australia

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Mushroom

The clue

is in the sentence "reaffirmed the organisation's on-going support". If you ever see that said about your organisation start looking for a new job. Cynical, moi?

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Damn it, where’s our NBN scandal?

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must be coming soon

Telstra have started posting leaflets saying they've rolled out bigpond cable to my area now. Obviously trying the same dirty tactics they used against the old optus cable rollout. Thanks, but I think I'll wait for the fibre.

Also, the main concern I'd heard about the NTUs was the physical size of the units. Personally, I'd let them install something as big as a fridge if it meant I could go from a flaky 3.5/0.7Mb/s to a solid 100/25.

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Mobile customers still sprout in Aus

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Facepalm

Optus are going to lose a customer...

...come contract renewal time if they don't alleviate some of their oversubscription issues. Maybe try adding bandwidth to cell sites, put towers closer together, and increase the capacity of their internet gateway(s)? Coverage isn't everything anymore, capacity is a big deal these days too.

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AON: Give us cash, we'll emit 10TB holographic cube

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Trollface

capacity growing to 9.6TB...

...so they're making a 2cm cubed one?

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Google drive cloud to rain on Apple, Dropbox parade

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Big Brother

Try spideroak

Encrypted/decrypted at the client, versioned backups and all the other features of the rest. It's the only one I'd consider paying for, and possibly necessary since the 2GB free account is a little low.

OT, but does Skydrive still only allow uploads in 50MB chunks? That's one sure way of ensuring nobody uses all 25GB.

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Huawei's Ascend P1 headed to China in March

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agree

Make it 3mm thicker and fill the space with battery.

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Rambus drops $35m for Unity Semiconductor

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Trollface

are you sure the market needs ...

...greater cost/GB. Personally, I'd rather it was lower cost/GB, but I guess we are talking about Rambus here...

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