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Thursday Afternoon (10 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 15-December-2016  15:45:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australia's Federal Court has ordered that five websites be blocked from access in Australia. The Federal Court has ordered internet companies to block five copyright-infringing websites, including torrent website The Pirate Bay. Internet companies now have 15 business days to implement the blocks. The Federal Court has allowed internet service providers (ISPs) to choose the method of blocking.

The ATO has suffered a major data storage failure, although early reports of 1PB of lost data have been rebuffed. The ATO started experiencing problems on Monday, after both its primary and back-up storage systems crashed. As a result, data was corrupted and — after lengthy troubleshooting — had to be restored from other back-up sources.

Yahoo meanwhile have disclosed that one billion user accounts have had their details leaked in August 2013. “The stolen user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers,” Lord added.

Tweaktown have a quick guide to upgrading the storage in an Xbox One. I have always loved hacking, not the hacking that gets you into people's systems undetected to play spy games, but the kind that has you modifying things like game consoles to accept copies of game discs you backed up or in the case of the original Xbox, taking the internal 10GB HDD and replacing that with a 300GB drive and then taking things further by installing every game you own on that drive, so you never need the discs again.

I am still very skeptical about the practicalities of drone deliveries, and it's surely not coincidental that Amazon have a new drone delivery breakthrough or announcement in the leadup to Christmas each year, but here we are again: they've completed their first drone delivery to a customer. It's already been three years since Amazon first revealed its somewhat audacious plan to make deliveries by drone. But the company is quite serious about this, and today it is announcing that it complete the first Amazon Prime Air drone-powered delivery. The company recently launched a trial in Cambridge, England -- and on December 7th, Amazon completed its first drone-powered delivery. It took 13 minutes from order to delivery, with the drone departing a custom-built fulfillment center nearby.

Here's a gallery of old IT equipment from the Commonwealth Bank.

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