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Thursday Afternoon (10 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 7-March-2019  17:58:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Praise Jebus, after a 16-day outage I have internet back in the AggCave. Sadly we're only connecting at 26/9Mbps, but it's better than nothing, and better than our previous ADSL2+. I guess we're not part of the 90% though. NSW, Victoria and the Northern Territory are anticipated to be the only states and territories that are expected to have over 90 percent of fixed line premises capable of at least 50Mbps peak speeds by the time the network is built and the co-existence period - where some NBN services are speed-limited to avoid impacting ADSL services - ends.

USB 4 has been announced. A new industry standard for the popular cable specification has just been announced by the USB Promoter Group and it's going to change the way we hook up devices and transfer data. Here's everything you need to know about the USB4 specification - including speed, release date and how it's going to affect your existing gadgets.

However, you might want to exercise caution when plugging in USB-C devices, warns Skymaster. Security researchers have unearthed a set of severe vulnerabilities involving the Intel and Apple-developed Thunderbolt peripheral and charging connector interface that allow attackers to fully take over computers.

Until recently, there were only two Blockbuster video shops left in the entire world, but now the one in Perth is closing. Thatís because, at the same time, the staff of the last Blockbuster in Australia will be winding down the business and shuttering the store ó leaving just one final location of the venerable franchise left on Earth. According to the Australian Associated Press, the Blockbuster located in the Perth suburb of Morley has finally succumbed to the tide of competition from video streaming services and notified customers that it will be closing its doors by the end of the month.

Simon reminded me that March 31st is World Backup Day - the day before April Fool's Day. World Backup Day is a day for people to learn about the increasing role of data in our lives and the importance of regular backups.

I'm not sure if this counts as a timewaster or not, but here's a cool site that colourises black and white photos. Our deep learning model performs best on higher resolution images that prominently feature human subjects and natural scenery. We do not store images that you upload for colourisation.

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