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 Monday, 2-July-2018  17:45:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apparently the top NBN user in Australia downloads 23.59 terabytes a month. The figures show that the top 14 percent of users on the NBN are driving half of all traffic downloads on the network. In addition, the top user on the network is managing to download 23.59 terabytes of data a month. To put that into perspective, the average user pulls down 190GB of data and the median usage is even lower at 108GB a month.

They've also outlined a possible view of the future of the NBN, including upgrading almost all last-mile technologies. The roadmap shows where NBN Co’s chief technology office’s thinking is around different upgrade paths, both immediately and for “2023 and beyond”. Given the network is meant to be built - and potentially sold - before the roadmap expires, it provides a glimpse of how the NBN could evolve beyond its anticipated completion in 2020. For that reason, the roadmap is not presented as a definitive evolutionary path for the network, but rather a series of directions that it could move in.

Expect bigger and faster SD cards soon, with an update from the SD Association allowing for up to 128TB. One is called “SD Ultra Capacity” and expands the maximum capacity of SD cards to 128 terabytes, well up on the current 2TB. The other is “SD Express” which, by adding PCIe and NVMe interfaces , means the Association claims the cards can now hit 985 MB/sec data transfer speeds.

Something different from OCClub: an investigation into RX Vega 64 power efficiency. I thought this was an interesting discovery, so I wanted to investigate further by measuring the performance and power consumption of my RX Vega 64 at different performance targets. So often I see the Vega 10 GPU described as 'power hungry' or 'inefficient,' but I would not consider a GPU able to provide 60-90 FPS in a modern game at max settings for around 75 W inefficient.

iFixit have shown how fragile and unrepairable the current MacBook Pro keyboards are. The basic flaw is that these ultra-thin keys are easily paralyzed by particulate matter. Dust can block the keycap from pressing the switch, or disable the return mechanism. I’ll show you how in a minute. The heroine at the center of this story is Casey Johnston, an editor for The Outline who has reported extensively on this issue since her computer came down with the affliction last year. Her research found that “while some keys can be very delicately removed, the spacebar breaks every single time anyone, including a professional, tries to remove it.”

Meanwhile Apple and Samsung have finally settled their patent dispute. Apple and Samsung have settled an ongoing legal battle that has spanned seven years, according to court documents filed with the Northern District Court of California this morning. In the document, Apple and Samsung said they have agreed to drop and settle the remaining claims and counter claims in the design patent legal battle that saw them back in court in May.

If you had fun with cryptocurrencies during the last financial year, remember you may have tax obligations now it's a new year. Cryptocurrency use has grown exponentially in the last two years and Australians have embraced cryptocurrencies as a way to spend, send and trade money from anywhere in the world. Today Australia is the world’s 11th biggest market for bitcoin volume.

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