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Friday Lunchtime (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-October-2017  12:21:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Just a reminder: OCAU's Forums will be unavailable for much of the weekend as I migrate us us from vBulletin to xenForo. Things will probably start to get weird from about 10pm tonight as I want to prepare to kick off some of the long-running import jobs to run overnight if possible. The main page should still be viewable so Misc Pics will still work. ;)

Bitcoin has become more attractive in Australia, thanks to a recent tax law change. Bitcoin will get the same GST treatment as foreign currency after new laws to stop double taxation cleared Parliament. Digital currencies bought by Australians will no longer be liable for GST from July 1 2018 following a change to tax law on Thursday. Under the old rules, they could effectively be taxed twice — first when they bought the electronic money, and again if they used it on items subject to the GST.

Chemist Warehouse will be trialling drone delivery in a rural area of the ACT and Queanbeyan. Commencing this week, families selected for a three month trial within the semi-rural area of Royalla (an idyllic, semi-rural area that’s a 40-minute round trip in the car away from the nearest shop) will be able to purchase from over 100 products from Chemist Warehouse, using X’s Project Wing App – and have these items delivered to their doorstep by drone in only a few minutes. I have to say I'm still very skeptical about drone delivery, not the least because of the strict laws we currently have about operating drones in Australia.

TechSpot have a list of PC games you should be playing. It’s that time of year again when we take another look at the best PC games you should be playing. Some exciting new titles are arriving over the coming weeks and months, including Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Far Cry 5, and Metro: Exodus, but there are plenty of excellent options to keep you going until they arrive.

If you lie awake wondering about the Trolley Problem, you might be interested to know that Intel is working on a solution. Mobileye, an Intel company, is a leader in automated technology and the world’s largest supplier of cameras for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). With many years of success in vehicle automation and the evolution from ADAS to full autonomy, Shashua and his colleague Shai Shalev-Shwartz developed a mathematical formula that can bring certainty to the open questions of liability and blame in the event of an accident when a vehicle has no human driver.

There's been a big surge in telecommunications complaints in Australia, and Internet Australia say something must be done. Internet Australia says the “dramatic surge” in complaints by consumers and small business about telecommunications services, particularly Internet services, is unacceptable and must be urgently addressed by the entire retail and wholesale supply chain.

Meanwhile, the undersea cable between Perth and Singapore has been repaired. Australian carriers that rely on the cable for inter-Asia connectivity reported that the repairs had been completed at 8.21am AEDT this morning. This was about five days later than first anticipated, owing to the need to repair a series of faults on the cable rather than just the initial one discovered back on August 30.

Graphics cards vendors are happy about crypto mining, unsurprisingly. Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI), TUL, Colorful and Galaxy Microsystems have all been aggressive about the cryptocurrency opportunity since the mining trend emerged, and they have seen dramatic growths in related businesses. Asustek only started to see benefits from the segmnet in the third quarter. Speaking of which, we recently opened a Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Mining forum in our Software area.

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