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 Monday, 15-October-2018  17:45:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Assistant Treasurer has been required to pay back nearly $40k in excess internet data usage costs. "I‘ve immediately [repaid] a full amount of $37,975 that reflects excess usage charges under the Finance Department’s approved plan," Mr Robert said in a post on Twitter on Friday afternoon. Special Minister of State Alex Hawke said the excessive charges were not covered by Mr Robert's department-approved plan and did not meet community expectations.

Meanwhile, the Government's anti-encryption laws continue to draw criticism. Apple have called it dangerous, while Cisco warn it will create backdoors. Telcos warn it will cause significant harm. Telcos and software providers have warned the government's 'anti-encryption' bill is too vague and could have unintended consequences for service provision both in Australia and overseas. The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, whose office would be charged with overseeing how ASIO and ASIS would use new powers according to the legislation, has also outlined areas where more detail is required.

Microsoft are moving to help protect Linux by open-sourcing 60,000 patents. The move will see the Redmond giant pledge its valuable and deep portfolio of over 60,000 issued patents open-source and available to other OIN members. Microsoft is positioning its move to show that it has no intention to use patents as a weapon against any free software, beyond just that free software which is part of OIN’s specific list.

In a Deja-Vu moment, the Government is saying they want to block overseas gambling websites in Australia. Communications Alliance — an industry group that counts Australia’s biggest telecommunications providers among its members — has given the idea in-principle support. The Interactive Gambling Act (IGA) bans the provision of overseas-based interactive gambling services to Australians. However, the act has been largely toothless.

Here's some coverage from Intel's Fall 2018 desktop launch event, on Tweaktown and OCClub. On Monday, October 8, 2018, Intel hosted an event in New York City to unveil a slew of new desktop processors. Way up above the city on the 68th floor of 3 World Trade Center; it was a fitting setting to take the CPU market to new heights.

Finally, here's a video about using your dishwasher to clean PC hardware. Righto then.

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