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 Friday, 14-September-2018  15:07:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a leak on the International Space Station, and the rumour-mill is foaming about it being sabotage, but it's probably nothing quite so sinister. In fact, the rumors have gotten so bad that ISS commander Drew Feustel actually had to flat-out deny that anyone on board the station was involved in some way. “I can unequivocally say that the crew had nothing to do with this on orbit, without a doubt, and I think it’s actually a shame and somewhat embarrassing that anybody is wasting any time talking about something that the crew was involved in,” Feustel said in an interview from space with ABC News, as reported by CBS.

LegitReviews talked to Lisa Pearce from Intel about their graphics future. Legit Reviews was recently able to get a Lisa Pearce, Intel Vice President, Platform Engineering Group Director, Visual and Parallel Computing Group Software Engineering, to sit down and talk about iGPU and dGPU graphics drivers. Intel recently announced that they will be bringing a discrete graphics card solution to market in 2020. This is the first Intel graphics interview by anyone since they announced that they were entering the dGPU market.

In a move that seems destined to attract yet another anti-competitive investigation, Windows 10 now warns you against installing Chrome or Firefox, thanks FOTW. Microsoft is testing a warning for Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox. The software giant is in the final stages of testing its Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and testers have spotted a new change that appears when you try to install a rival web browser. “You already have Microsoft Edge – the safer, faster browser for Windows 10” says a prompt that appears when you run the Chrome or Firefox installers on the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

Telstra are concerned about the range of 5G when applied to Australian-sized distances. While 5G offers faster download speeds by using higher frequencies, the trade-off is signals can't reach as far. Previous mobile standards were designed for more densely populated regions like Europe and the US, but when applied to Australia they can mean sparse coverage for our far-flung population.

Meanwhile, UNSW researchers say that FTTP would have been better after all. Well, yes. However, this is a purely economic measure; the UNSW researchers argue there is a social multiplier effect to the investment that is much harder to calculate, but that should be pursued to show the real value that government investments can have. In the case of the NBN, the researchers found that a majority fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) network would achieve a “social IRR” of 15.2 percent, whereas a majority FTTP network would bring a social IRR of 21.1 percent on the government’s investment.

NSW driver's licenses are jumping on the blockchain bandwagon, in a way I don't quite understand. Secure Logic CEO Santosh Devaraj said that the use of a blockchain-based platform for digital licences “will help put a stop to sophisticated fraudsters who can conjure up fake identities with relative ease”. “Too often licence details are only checked superficially and this can now be replaced with cryptographic mechanisms,” the CEO said.

Today's timewaster is the simple platform game Shirtless Bear-Fighter, based on the hilarious comic of the same name (a real printed comic, not online) I stumbled across recently.

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