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Wednesday Midday (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-July-2014  12:47:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's an interesting article on TheMonthly about power prices in Australia, and a surprising reason for the recent price hikes. Since 2009, the electricity networks that own and manage our “poles and wires” have quietly spent $45 billion on the most expensive project this country has ever seen. Allowed to run virtually unchecked, they’ve spent vast sums on infrastructure we don’t need, and have charged it all to us, with an additional fee attached. The spending was approved by a federal regulator, and yet the federal government didn’t even note it until it was well underway. Discussion here.

Futurelooks have a Z97 Motherboard Roundup. Naturally, DIY users are wondering what makes the new Z97 chipset any better than the previous Z87 Lynx Point. To answer those questions, we’ve assembled the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-UD5H, MSI Z97 Gaming 7, ASUS Z97 Mark-I Sabertooth and ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer motherboards, for a fight to the finish, in this Intel Z97 Motherboard round up!

We haven't heard much about Second Life for a while, but apparently it's making a comeback as a VR social network. This week marks Second Life's 11th anniversary and Altberg says it's still turning a profit. Since its inception, $3.9 billion has passed through Second Life's marketplace, of which Linden Lab pays out "tens of millions" of dollars to in-game creators each year.

Also being dusted off is the VAIO brand. Back in February, Sony sold its Vaio brand and associated operations to a private investment fund called Japan Industrial Partners. Today, JIP relaunched Vaio as a separate company and introduced two new laptops with it. Sadly, it doesn't appear that the new products will be sold outside of Japan.

Google showed off Project Ara at the I/O 2014 conference. Paul Eremenko, the head of Project Ara showed the prototype of Project Ara at Google I/O 2014.
Though the phone failed to fully load, Audience cheered on seeing the Android bootup screen. Project Ara is the codename for an initiative by Google that aims to develop a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones.
Discussion here.

Mpot and Skymaster sent word that Microsoft have seized no-IP domains, affecting legitimate users as well as malware distributors. Microsoft's statement is here, while No-IP have responded here (but unsurprisingly it seems to be unavailable - it's quoted in the ArsTechnica link above). Millions of legitimate servers that rely on dynamic domain name services from No-IP.com suffered outages on Monday after Microsoft seized 22 domain names it said were being abused in malware-related crimes against Windows users.

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