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 Monday, 11-November-2013  14:30:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today is Rememberance Day. Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

Perth now has free blanket WiFi. City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi officially launched the free internet service this afternoon, which covers St Georges Terrace, the Murray and Hay Street malls, Forrest Place, Barrack Square, Stirling Gardens, and adjoining streets.

Cloud computing is all well and good, but not when there's an actual cloud. "I got a call, 'Jay, there's a cloud in the data center'," Parikh says. "'What do you mean, outside?'. 'No, inside'." There was panic. "It was raining in the datacenter," he explains.

If you're annoyed by bundled third-party offers when you download and install software (and those dodgy "DOWNLOAD" banner ads), GIMP agree with you. SourceForge, once a useful and trustworthy place to develop and host FLOSS applications, has faced a problem with the ads they allow on their sites - the green "Download here" buttons that appear on many, many adds leading to all kinds of unwanted utilities have been spotted there as well. The tipping point was the introduction of their own SourceForge Installer software, which bundles third-party offers with Free Software packages. We do not want to support this kind of behavior, and have thus decided to abandon SourceForge.

Techdirt report on a strange meeting about TPP. In other words, the Australian government refuses to release information about TPP freely, because it says that too few articles have been written about it. And then it bans journalists from attending public meetings, thus making it harder for them to write articles on the subject.

Microsoft Australia have expressed concern about the NBN. "Ultimately, if you don't get fibre to the home, the biggest impact really is the upload speeds," she told AAP at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia event. She also said Microsoft is lobbying Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other government members.

Renegade sent in this article with more info about the helium-filled HDDs from WD/HGST. At one-seventh the density of air, helium produces less drag on the moving components of a drive - the spinning disk platters and actuator arms -- which translates into less friction and lower operating temperatures. The helium-drives run at four to five degrees cooler than today's 7200rpm drives, HGST stated.

HotHardware have been doing some Ivy Bridge-E overclocking. EVGA recently took the wraps off a new high-end X79 motherboard dubbed the X79 Dark and its black PCB with red accents, as it turned out, matched quite nicely with Corsair's Vengeance Pro series memory and H90 water cooler. But we needed stable clean power too, so we enlisted an EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G2 power supply to offer up the juice. All told, with an OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPs SSD for storage, we ended up with quite a test platform to explore the out limits of clock speed with Intel's Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E six-core processor.

Here's a cool F1 car made from HDD bits. The race card drivers head is a four disk motor populated with disk spacers. The V-12 engine hood scoops above the drivers head are the full anti-disks from four disk drives and were trimmed to fit. Rob Ryan used 12 matching WD Scorpio notebook drive actuators to make the motor. The brass tube that holds the motor together with torx screws was cut, tapped and flattened for it to work.



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