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 Tuesday, 28-November-2017  17:33:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NBNCo have put the HFC rollout on hold to address performance issues. NBN CEO Bill Morrow announced today that “effective immediately” it would delay new HFC activations until it can “calibrate a number of processes” and deliver higher quality connections using the technology. Morrow said that end users with HFC connections had encountered dropouts and that there were also issues encountered when migrating to the new network. More info here.

Popular image-hosting service Imgur was breached in 2014, with emails and passwords exposed. Image-hosting site turned meme social network, Imgur, is the latest tech service to ‘fess up to a security breach. In a blog post Friday it revealed that hackers had compromised its systems in 2014, with ~1.7M emails and passwords affected. No additional information was apparently compromised in the breach.

The Verge report on a somewhat depressing Substitute Phone. I'm pretty sure it was the UK comedian Bill Bailey who coined the term "fondleslab", which fits this perfectly. Schillinger designed five facsimile phones, made of black polyoxymethylene plastic with stone beads embedded in the surface, which allows a user to replicate familiar actions, such as scrolling, pinching, or swiping. The goal is that it could be used as a coping mechanism for someone trying to check their phone less.

An Australian man has had to pay $150,000 damages over Facebook posts. A parishioner who launched a Facebook tirade against the archbishop of his church has been ordered to pay $150,000 in damages after the religious leader sued him for defamation in the NSW Supreme Court. Mar Meelis Zaia, the Archbishop of the Assyrian Church of the East in Australia, took legal action against former parishioner Sargon Eshow after Mr Eshow waged what Justice Lucy McCallum described as a "campaign of criticism" against him online.

Phoronix have a 6-way Linux comparo. Here's our latest Linux distribution comparison with this time looking at the out-of-the-box performance of six Linux distributions while running a range of enterprise/workstation-focused benchmarks while using two systems. One system is a high-end Core i9 7980XE desktop system and the other a Tyan 1U Xeon Scalable server with dual Xeon Gold 6138 processors.

They also report on new features in Linux 4.15. The merge window is effectively over for Linux 4.15 with it being the 14th day of the process, although 4.15-rc1 might not end up coming out today due to Linus Torvalds' traveling around the US Thanksgiving holiday. But with Torvalds tending to not approve major last minute additions to new kernels, we don't anticipate any last minute surprises and therefore here is our feature overview of the changes and new features of Linux 4.15. This is arguably the most exciting and feature-packed kernel update ever.

Today's timewaster is HumanBenchmark. This is a simple tool to measure your reaction time. The average (median) reaction time is 215 milliseconds, according to the data collected so far. I got an average of 277 and a best of 228 first time around.

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