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Wednesday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 3-December-2014  01:25:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If your internet browsing seems slow lately, it may be due to a damaged cable. Australia's second largest DSL internet service provider iiNet is among a number of Australian providers affected by the issue that started on the SEA-ME-WE 3 cable on Sunday. "Our link between Perth and Singapore is currently not passing traffic," an iiNet spokesman told Fairfax Media. "This traffic is taking an alternate path via Sydney to Hong Kong.

NBN Co have released details of an updated rollout plan. The company today released the names of the 419 cities, suburbs and towns covering 1.9 million homes and businesses in line for the NBN by June 2016. The former ALP Government had promised to connect 4.8 million premises by the same date in its last construction plan. NBN Co declined to comment directly on why it had so dramatically reduced its targets. NBN discussion continues in this huge thread.

Steve Wozniak and Kari Byron are apparently making a technology reality show. The show will feature Woz testing futuristic gadgets hands-on. The press release says it "introduces the audience to facilities where science fiction is quickly becoming reality."

NASA will be launching their first Orion Spaceship test this week. NASA is set to launch the first test flight of its deep-space Orion capsule this week, and you can watch activities leading up to the Thursday (Dec. 4) launch live online.

Everlong sent in this video making Link's sword. Every other Monday, our team of blacksmiths and craftsman will be building some of your favorite weapons, and some weapons that you've never seen before. This week, we're recreating Link's Fierce Deity Sword (the Double Helix Sword) from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

I don't know if this counts as a timewaster, but there's an internet quiz doing the rounds. The survey—which was conducted among a nationally representative sample of 1,066 internet users—includes 17 questions on a range of issues related to technology, including: the meaning and usage of common online terms; recognition of famous tech figures; the history of some major technological advances; and the underlying structure of the internet and other technologies. More info here.



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