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 Wednesday, 25-April-2018  00:52:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Valve have officially lost their ACCC case and must pay a $3M fine. In 2016, the trial judge had found that Valve had engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and made false or misleading representations to Australian customers about their rights under consumer guarantees.

Intel are planning to use GPU grunt for virus scanning. Intel is planning to allow virus scanners to use its integrated graphics chipsets to scan for malicious attacks. The change could see performance and battery life improve on some systems. “With Accelerated Memory Scanning, the scanning is handled by Intel’s integrated graphics processor, enabling more scanning, while reducing the impact on performance and power consumption,” explains Rick Echevarria, Intel’s platform security division VP. “Early benchmarking on Intel test systems show CPU utilization dropped from 20 percent to as little as 2 percent.”

The CSIRO have taken a look at deep fakes and the future of video manipulation. Can you remember that helpless feeling when someone has misinterpreted something you’ve said and quoted it out of context? Having words put in your mouth can not only be humiliating, but profoundly destructive. Imagine then, instead of your words being taken out of context, someone went through and scanned every photo and video you’ve ever uploaded to Facebook and created a programmable 3D model of your face to make it look like you’ve said something which in reality, you’ve never uttered.

On a related note, here's some borderline witchcraft photo editing from NVIDIA. Researchers from NVIDIA, led by Guilin Liu, introduced a state-of-the-art deep learning method that can edit images or reconstruct a corrupted image, one that has holes or is missing pixels. The method can also be used to edit images by removing content and filling in the resulting holes.

NASA have released a 4K tour of the Moon. Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. As the visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, we highlight interesting features, sites, and information gathered on the lunar terrain.

Once you've built your PC and now have nothing to do, maybe you could simulate building a PC on your PC in PC Building Simulator. And I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but I think PC Building Simulator might be one of the most important enthusiast tools since the advent of PCPartPicker. It’s one part tutorial, one part visualizer, and one part wish fulfillment—a perfect blend. Hrm, that might not actually be as silly as it sounds.

If you have Telstra Cable, it may have just become faster. If you’re on our standard cable speed tier your maximum download speeds will rise from 30Mbps to a maximum of 50Mbps, while your upload speeds will lift from up to 1Mbps to a maximum of 5Mbps. And, if you are a customer with a cable speed boost, you will also see your upload speeds lift from 2Mbps to 5Mbps. Just turn your modem off for a few minutes, apparently.

IT News have figured out the list of suburbs switched to FTTC NBN. Around 160 suburbs that had been designated HFC have been switched over to FTTC instead. Most are in NSW (41 percent), followed by Victoria (29 percent), Queensland (17.5 percent) and South Australia (12.5 percent).

Meanwhile a few people sent in this video about connecting to the NBN which would be hilarious if I could hear it over the screaming inside my head as my ADSL slows to a crawl every evening...

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