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Tuesday Midday (14 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 6-November-2012  12:45:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apple has updated its apology, but people are saying it's now harder to see. This code essentially ensures that the iPad mini advertisement takes up the whole page. In other words, no matter your resolution, you wonít see the statement without scrolling down the page. Itís no wonder that it took Apple so long to post the second apology; the company was likely looking for loopholes.

Kim Dotcom is proposing free broadband for NZ, possibly funding it by suing Hollywood and the US Government. Dotcom last night revealed his ambitious plans to build the $400m cable - which would double New Zealand's bandwidth - set up his new Me.ga company, creating jobs and a data centre to service the rest of the world. He would provide New Zealand internet service providers such as Telecom and Vodafone with free access for individual customers and charge a fee to business and central government.

Meanwhile back in Oz some telcos are cutting mobile data allowances. Australia's three biggest mobile contractors have slashed the amount of data offered in their plans, with some cutting their offerings by up to 40 per cent on what they provided last year.

Android is 5 years old already. Five years ago, on 5 November 2007, the newly formed Open Handset Alliance unveiled Android -- an open-source operating system for mobile phones. Although Google is Android's auteur, 34 corporations including T-Mobile, HTC, Motorola and Qualcomm formed part of the Alliance. The stated goal was "fostering innovation on mobile devices and giving consumers are far better user experience than much of what is available on today's platforms".

Here's a cautionary tale about a Norco case frying 3TB HDDs. We swapped out hardware until we found the culprit: the newer drives, 3TB drives, caused serious problems. Every time they were plugged into a Norco case, the result was fire or smoke. ... Unfortunately, when MOSFETs fail, bad side-effect occur. For 6 of our drives, this means that the +5 and +12V rails were momentarily connected together, causing their electronics to die.

The debate is back on again about GST on overseas purchases, with more info here. State treasurers will this week consider calls to cut the GST-free threshold for goods bought from overseas online stores, in an attempt to bolster flagging revenues from the tax. Under current rules, products costing less than $1000 that are privately purchased from overseas are not subject to GST, sparking complaints domestic retailers face an uneven playing field.

Police-impersonating "ransomware" seems to be on the rise again. According to one malware researcher who goes by the online name Kafeine and has been tracking police ransomware across the world, the number of Australians presented with a fake AFP fine spiked dramatically at the end of October. Since early October Australian numbers in the operation heís been tracking have remained below 10 on any given day. But on October 28 that figure jumped over 1600 per cent to 160 and on October 29 it tripled again to 403.

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