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 Monday, 4-September-2017  16:45:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If your internet seems slow, it may be because of the continuing cable issues between Sydney and HK. Internet service providers iiNet and Internode today issued an alert to their customers advising of the damage. The main cable breakage that will impact Australian customers occurred an estimated 54 kilometres off the coast of Hong Kong, it said. “We have temporarily routed via the US and redirected peering while the issue is outstanding,” the advisory from the companies said.

Or it could just be the continuing NBN dramas. There's nothing wrong with fibre-to-the-node (FTTN), nothing at all – but nbn™, the company building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has decided to move more than a million premises onto other technologies.

One way to get NBN access would be to fly Qantas in future. “The rollout of wi-fi on the Qantas domestic network (A330 and 737 aircraft) is expected to accelerate in late September 2017, once the current trial is complete and final regulatory approval for the new service is confirmed,” the airline said in a statement. The trial uses ViaSat equipment and internet services from NBN Co’s Sky Muster satellites on specified flight routes.

AMD recently unveiled the third Threadripper CPU, the 8-core, 16-thread 1900X. Tweaktown have more info. AMD's X399 platform has just become significantly more affordable. With confirmed pricing of $549 USD SEP (suggested price), the 1900X is slightly more expensive than the 1800X, which chimes in with 8-cores and 16 threads as well, but they are not the same CPU. The 1900X also offers a 4.2GHz XFR, which is the highest for an 8-core AMD part. The CPU offers a 3.8GHz base clock and up to 4.0GHz boost clock. Discussion continues in this thread in our AMD Hardware forum.

SanDisk have a new MicroSD card - apparently the largest ever at 400GB. The 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card was unveiled on Thursday morning at the IFA 2017 conference, offering 144GB more storage than any other microSD card on the market. The new card also supports 100MB read speed, A1 app performance, and UHS Speed Class 1 for the best performance available.

There's a new version of ReactOS, which is a good prompt to admit this is the first I've heard of it. Turns out it's a free open-source Windows-compatible operating system. Imagine running your favorite Windows applications and drivers in an open-source environment you can trust. That's ReactOS. Not just an Open but also a Free operating system. They go on to say: In order to track ReactOS compatibility with Windows behavior, 1,088,893 unit test cases have been added since 0.4.5. This new release has been tested through 14,238,159 unit test cases, failing just 18,419 (a 0,129% ratio failure). Still, ReactOS is marked as Alpha for the moment. Discussion here.

Huawei have a new mobile CPU, taking aim at Samsung and Apple. Yu believes the new Kirin 970 chip’s speed and low power can translate into features that will give its phones an edge over the Apple iPhone 8 series, set to be unveiled on Sept. 12, and Samsung’s range of top-line phones announced this year. Huawei is the world’s No. 3 smartphone maker behind Samsung and Apple.

Meanwhile it seems Sun Microsystems has finally been killed off. The news from the ex-Sun community jungle drums is that the January rumours were true and Oracle laid off the core talent of the Solaris and SPARC teams on Friday (perhaps hoping to get the news lost in the Labor Day weekend). That surely has to mean a maintenance-only future for the product range, especially with Solaris 12 cancelled. A classic Oracle “silent EOL”, no matter what they claim as they satisfy their contractual commitments to Fujitsu and others.

The current "Retro Let's Play" is Snatcher from 1988. "Snatcher" is noted for being a very early example of the visual novel video game. Set in a cyberpunk world, you follow protagonist Gillian Seed who has joined the organisation JUNKER in search of mysterious androids called "Snatchers" who are murdering people and replacing them with robotic clones.

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