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 Wednesday, 10-June-2015  16:40:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Westnet, part of iiNet, have suffered a data breach. Internet provider iiNet has had a major privacy breach after more than 30,000 customer passwords were hacked. A Twitter user with the handle CyberWar_News posted a screenshot on the social network on Monday, showing an anonymous hacker was selling or trading the database of Westnet, a WA-based internet service provider that was acquired by iiNet in 2008.

Meanwhile Catch of the Day have escaped a penalty after a previous breach. While privacy commissioner Timothy Pilgrim "expressed concern about the size of the breach", he has been assured that because measures have been put in place to stop it happening again "the OAIC does not intend to take any further action in relation to the incident at this time".

The Large Hadron Collider is back online and more collidery than ever. After an almost two year shutdown and several months re-commissioning, the LHC is now providing collisions to all of its experiments at the unprecedented energy of 13 TeV, almost double the collision energy of its first run. This marks the start of season 2 at the LHC, opening the way to new discoveries. The LHC will now run round the clock for the next three years.

Apple have unveiled iOS 9. For the past few months, rumor had it that Apple was taking a gap year to focus on fixing existing features and solidifying Appleís mobile OS foundation. And itís true that many existing apps received some much-needed refinement. Still, Apple announced new features, including a few unexpected ones. Official preview info here, discussion here.

Phoronix take a look back at Socket 478 vs modern CPUs. I dug out an old Intel Socket 478 system with the i875p Canterwood chipset and Pentium 4 and Celeron CPUs that still manage to power up. I compared the Linux performance of this 11+ year old system to a variety of today's x86 and ARM systems. Beyond looking at the raw performance, the performance-per-Watt was also measured to make for a very interesting look at how CPU performance has evolved over the past decade.

One story to come out of Computex centres on some of Thermaltake's new designs, which some are calling suspiciously similar to those from other manufacturers. Thermaltake recently came out with a new case called the Suppressor F51 that featured noise-reduction features and a look that was very similar to the Define R5 that was was introduced by Fractal Design in December 2014. Many noticed that the case was damn near identical on the outside with some people saying that Thermaltake copied the design and others saying who cares as there isnít that much you can do on a PC case to make it look different. No matter what your stance in on any plagiarism taking place, you have to admit that the cases look damn similar.

Here's an odd one from Hoff: Pizza Hut providing a projector box for watching movies with their pizzas. 'I know but...PIZZA BOX PROJECTOR!' - Before you pick up the phone to order one of these bad boys, make sure you're in Hong Kong first, because that's the only place the "Blockbuster Box" is available right now.

There doesn't seem to be a worklog out there, but here's some photos of a cool RC Rock-crawler PC. Update: mad_mic3 spotted a worklog here.

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