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Wednesday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 3-August-2016  15:14:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The ACCC is looking into broadband speed claims, thanks leftarc. And it has called on the industry to explain why it cannot always deliver promised speeds, whether industry prepared for the popularity of subscription video streaming, and what performance promises they could make about mobile broadband speeds. More info on the ACCC website here where you can make a submission if you have something to say on the topic.

Meanwhile there are now more than one million homes on the NBN, thanks Simon. The news comes as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission decided to declare superfast broadband networks as regulated infrastructure. This means Telstra will be forced to let its competitors buy access to the fibre network around the South Brisbane Exchange, and TPG will have to let other telcos access its fibre to the building network, which covers about 1000 apartment buildings in capital cities.

BabelTech have been overclocking video cards. At stock, the GTX 980 won decisively in performance over the stock reference RX 480, and marginally over the new stock GTX 1060. This time, we will overclock the GTX 980 and the RX 480 as far as they will go with a maxed out fan profile and with added voltage to see where they stand in relation to each other fully overclocked. We are using reference versions of all 3 cards.

NVIDIA have settled their false advertising class action, thanks Rob. Nvidia says it will pay each buyer of the graphics card $30 and will pay an additional $1.3 million in attorneys’ fees, according to settlement documents. The overall settlement amount was not publicly disclosed within court papers, however Nvidia agreed to pay all consumers who purchased the GTX 970 graphics card and indicated there would not be a cap on the total amount it would pay consumers. Not sure if it applies to Australia.

If you've caught the Pokemon Go bug (*cough* level 12 here) you might wish you lived in Malaysia, where you could catch a ride in a PokeMobile. These are special Grab cars that have been decked out in Pokémon livery. Each PokeMobile also comes with refreshments, Grab goodie bags, Hotlink PokeChargers and even a PokeMonitor, with Hotlink 4G connectivity.

Backblaze have published their latest hard drive stats report. I know some people don't like their data but I always find it an interesting read. Q2 2016 saw Backblaze: introduce 8TB drives into our drive mix, kickoff a pod-to-vault migration of over 6.5 Petabytes of data, cross over 250 Petabytes of data stored, and deploy another 7,290 drives into the data center for a total of 68,813 spinning hard drives under management. With all the ins-and-outs let’s take a look at how our hard drives fared in Q2 2016.

Police have apparently 3D printed a murder victim's finger in order to unlock his phone, thanks t1mbot. According to a new report from Flash Forward creator Rose Eveleth, law enforcement officers approached a professor at Michigan State earlier this year to reproduce a murder victim’s fingerprint from a prerecorded scan. Once created, the 3D model would be used to create a false fingerprint, which could be used to unlock the phone.

If you use Classic Shell (which gives you back the Start Menu etc on Windows 8/10), you might want to read this reddit thread and not update/reboot until the reports of it containing malware are confirmed or clarified.

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