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Thursday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 12-April-2018  17:31:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NBNCo are planning to shift some future installs to Fibre to the Curb. The FTTC connections (previously called fibre-to-the-distribution point) run fibre closer to the home and therefore uses less old copper wiring to make the final connection. As a result, the connection performs better than those more reliant on copper such as FTTN connections which have, for some users, failed to achieve the top speeds they were theoretically designed to deliver.

Australia's Hunter Valley could become a hotbed for blockchain. An Australian first energy and blockchain deal could help make the NSW Hunter Valley the next Silicon Valley. IOT Group has signed an agreement with Hunter Energy to build a blockchain centre inside the Redbank coal-fired power station to provide cheap electricity for blockchain applications.

LegitReviews looked at game load times. Solid-State Drive (SSD) prices are continuing to drop and capacities are increasing, so more and more gamers are looking to install games on an SSD over a traditional spinning hard drive. One of the first things that a gamer will notice when moving from a hard drive to an SSD are reduced loading time in games between menus and cut scenes. Read on to see what happens when we take a look at game load times on seven drives!

AMD CPU users can now get Spectre protection thanks to some Windows updates. AMD announced that it has made mitigations available for Spectre Variant 2 through a combination of microcode and software updates. The new patches will protect all of AMD's products dating back to Bulldozer, provided they are paired with the latest version of the Windows 10 operating system. AMD has already addressed Spectre Variant 1 with operating system patches that it distributed via Windows updates. AMD had no exposure to Variant 3 (otherwise known as Meltdown) due to its processor architecture, so no patches are needed.



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