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 Monday, 7-December-2015  15:05:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

PC Authority have an article about the sorry state of the NBN. It’s amazing how a once-in-a-generation plan to revolutionise Australia’s communications system by pulling out centuries old copper assets and replacing them with a long term fibre solution has been destroyed by petty ideologies and biased reviews.

However, rural users will be able to enjoy faster fixed wireless. NBN Co’s fixed wireless system uses radio signals from NBN’s ground stations, delivering ‘fast broadband by transmitting data to equipment inside and outside the home.’ Designed ‘to provide access to wholesale speeds of up to 50mbps download and 20mbps upload,’ NBN Co says this new network isn’t like a traditional mobile wireless service ‘where speeds can be affected by the number of people moving into an area.’

Meanwhile a new Cyber Security Operations centre for the NBN is being set up in Melbourne. "In coming years, millions of Australians will be reliant on the NBN so it is vital that this important infrastructure is protected at all times," Federal Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said. "Highly skilled technical specialists will be employed at the new 24-hour facility and additional roles will be created in specialised ICT and engineering as well as technical support and administration."

Samsung and Apple have reached a settlement, but I doubt even after five years that we've heard the end of their patent dispute. The South Korean electronics maker has agreed to pay Cupertino $548 million -- or a little over half the original $1 billion amount the court wanted it to pay -- as soon as December 14th to settle an almost five-year-old case. According to Foss Patents, the rivals have filed a joint case management statement shortly after the Court of Appeals denied Samsung's request for a hearing on whether Apple can ask payment for invalid patents.

Hoff spotted this article about the true cost of destroying the Death Star. In this case study we found that the Rebel Alliance would need to prepare a bailout of at least 15%, and likely at least 20%, of GGP in order to mitigate the systemic risks and the sudden and catastrophic economic collapse. Without such funds at the ready, it likely the Galactic economy would enter an economic depression of astronomical proportions.

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