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 Friday, 17-April-2015  00:55:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

2K Australia, the studio that made Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel among other things is shutting down. We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process for 2K Australia in order to better manage ongoing development costs while improving the working proximity of our creative teams. We are very grateful for the team’s valuable contributions to numerous 2K projects, and are working with affected staff to explore reassignment opportunities where possible.

People in hot water for downloading Dallas Buyers Club might be able to name their price. If brought to Australia, such an approach could help Dallas Buyers Club meet its legal obligations not to send aggressive letters of demand or "speculative invoices" to internet users - while maximising what the film's owners might be able to recoup. Last week's Federal Court judgment requires the film's owners to seek judicial approval on the wording of correspondence sent to up to 4726 customers of ISPs including iiNet and Dodo.

Netflix apparently regret unmetered usage deals with ISPs in Australia. "In Australia, we recently sought to protect our new members from data caps by participating in ISP programs that, while common in Australia, effectively condone discrimination among video services - some capped, some not," Mr Hastings told shareholders. "We should have avoided that and will avoid it going forward." I hadn't really thought about it before, but I guess in a way it's almost a net neutrality issue.

A chess grandmaster has been accused of cheating with a smartphone. “Nigalidze would promptly reply to my moves and then literally run to the toilet,” Armenian grandmaster Tigran Petrosian said. “I noticed that he would always visit the same toilet partition, which was strange, since two other partitions weren’t occupied.” Petrosian complained to the officials. After Nigalidze left the bathroom once more, officials inspected the interior and say they found an iPhone wrapped in toilet paper and hidden behind the toilet.

NBN supplier Alcatel-Lucent are being bought by Nokia. French technology vendor Alcatel-Lucent has long been associated with the NBN and won a contract worth up to $1.5 billion when the $41 billion project was still being run by a Labor government. It continues to play a key role and is set to supply fibre-to-the-node equipment. But most industry experts believe the merger is designed to boost the wireless communications and cloud computing divisions of both companies. This leaves the future of its Alcatel-Lucent's fixed line division, which supplies NBN Co, up in the air.

HardOCP have an article about the difficulties of benchmarking SSDs. Many of our readers embrace our "real world" approach with hardware reviews. We have not published an SSD review for almost 2 years while we have been looking to revamp our SSD evaluation program. Today we wanted to give you some insight as to how we learned to stop worrying and love the real world SSD benchmark.

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