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Thursday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 23-April-2015  16:14:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I hope the crazy weather in Sydney hasn't affected any of you too drastically.. we got off pretty lightly and it seems to be blue skies again at the moment.

Intel have a new "Compute Stick", which aims to turn any TV into a PC. Powered by a quad-core Bay Trail processor, the Compute Stick has a surprising amount of horsepower to power multimedia playback, office applications, and typical web usages. It does not have enough performance compete with a standard notebook by today’s standards, but it doesn’t intend to with its $150 price point. Coverage on LegitReviews, HotHardware, Tweaktown, Tech Report and PC Perspective.

If you'd prefer to DIY, TechSpot have a powerful mATX PC guide. Every enthusiast dreams of building a budgetless rig with nothing but the best hardware. Thus, we're throwing caution to the wind by cramming the priciest and most powerful gaming hardware into a 32L chassis. The end result should be a ridiculously powerful mATX system ready for any and all tasks.

Fastmail have posted their take on the metadata laws and how they are affected, thanks Owen. This means that FastMail is not obligated to retain metadata relating to email sent/received by our users, nor are we required to provide Australian law enforcement agencies with access to such metadata without a warrant. That's presumably true of other overseas-hosted services, although I haven't noticed an official statement from gmail yet.

In the meantime you can download your Google search history. Google just gave Chrome users a little feature with big implications: You can now download your search history. It might seem silly—and somewhat frightening—to download a massive file containing everything you have searched for since enabling the web history setting, but the list is an interesting peek into how Google sees you.

Given we just passed the 81st anniversary of an iconic Loch Ness Monster photo, Google want you to help search for Nessie via Street View. The internet is really good at over-analysing photos, and Google is good at bringing the internet into our homes. So for armchair amateur sleuths, this should be The Dream: a chance to find the Loch Ness Monster without having to go to dampest darkest Scotland. However it's worth bearing in mind that the BBC performed a comprehensive search of the Loch in 2003 and didn't find anything..

Closer to home, it's being suggested that the NBN might give us the world's most expensive internet. "The ACCC, NBN Co and [Communications Minister] Malcolm Turnbull need to accept that the model is broken," he said. "We need to drastically reduce the [connectivity virtual circuit] charge … by 70 per cent immediately ... otherwise the NBN will be the most expensive broadband network in the world."

Netflix traffic continues to grow, with Optus apparently considering breaking net neutrality by asking Netflix to pay a fee for guaranteed delivery. Speaking at the CommsDay conference in Sydney today, Optus chief Allan Lew floated the possibility of a premium service provided to streaming services like Netflix. To ensure end-users got the best customer experience, Lew said Optus needed to make sure over-the-top providers "understand they need to work collaboratively with Optus to preserve network quality".

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