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 Wednesday, 13-November-2013  16:41:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Internode founder Simon Hackett has been appointed to the NBN board. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announced that he had appointed three senior executives, including Simon Hackett, Internode founder and doyen of Australia’s broadband industry, to be non-executive directors sitting on the board of the National Broadband Network Company. NBN discussion continues in this thread.

An Australian bitcoin website has been robbed of $1.1M by hackers, apparently. A bitcoin user who calls himself TradeFortress says more than 4,100 bitcoins worth about $1.1 million have been robbed from his website. The stolen bitcoins are owned by the users of his website, who had trusted their bitcoins to him. More here, and in the meantime, a Chinese bitcoin site has vanished, taking $4.1M with it.

Owen spotted this article by Backblaze about how long HDDs last. For the past four years, we’ve had enough drives to provide good statistics, but 74% of the drives we buy are living longer than four years. So while 26% of drives fail in their first four years, and we have detailed information about the failure rates of drives in their first four years, we don’t yet know what will happen beyond that. So how long do drives last?

Phoronix have a Linux AMD GPU comparison. For your viewing pleasure today is a 13-way AMD Radeon graphics card comparison when testing out the open-source Radeon Gallium3D drivers on the wide spectrum of ATI/AMD GPUs while looking at the performance for Valve's Source Engine with Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2. Given the imminent arrival of Steam Machines and SteamOS to push Linux gaming into its long-awaited spotlight, is AMD's open-source Linux graphics driver capable of delivering a reasonable level of performance?

Renegade notes that Chrome extensions will be more locked down in future. According to Google, the leading cause of complaints from Chrome users on Windows is a malicious extension the user installed. To make things harder for the authors of these malicious programs, Google will, starting in January, require that all extensions installed in the stable or beta channel products come from the Chrome Web Store.

ACMA report that almost half of Australians use false identities online. Australians have admitted to providing false personal details online in order to protect themselves, according to the results of an Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) survey. The report, Digital Footprints and Identities, was conducted by Taverner Research on behalf of ACMA with 2509 Australians in March 2013. The research was carried out to find how willing Australians were to disclose personal information about themselves online. Yes, and that's not the only risk!

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