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Friday Lunchtime (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-January-2022  13:51:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few random things from the news box:

The Government released their Right to Repair report last month - and it's not just phones and laptops that are a concern. Farmers have been fighting for a change to laws with agricultural machinery manufacturers like John Deere, prohibiting individuals or independent repairers from fixing things. "The scale and complexity of machinery has increased in the last decade and will only increase more," WA farmer Sue Middleton said.

IntelInside spotted this custom USB-C iPhone which sold for a small fortune on eBay. This is it. I’ve finally built the World’s First iPhone with a USB Type-C port. It supports charging and data transfers. The first part was about getting the electronics to work. Then the next step was to reverse-engineer the Apple C94 connector and make my own PCB with a female USB C port. Then the schematics for the project were set and tested and the final was to make it fit inside the iPhone!

IntelInside also sent in this Finnish man blowing up his Tesla rather than paying a high repair bill. Tesla batteries can be expensive to replace (when out of warranty). A Finnish man was quoted $22,600 so he decided to save his money, and instead blow the car up with 30kg of dynamite. Elon Musk was there to watch, in spirit, in the form of a dummy.

Meanwhile metamorphosis noticed that Norton are including Crypto mining in their security software, presumably having run out of other ways to make it slow down your PC. Sounds like a Nicehash type solution. Norton Crypto is included as part of Norton 360 subscriptions. However, there are coin mining fees as well as transaction costs to transfer Ethereum. The coin mining fee is currently 15% of the crypto allocated to the miner.

From Ash: Not sure if its news worthy but was just speaking with my father who mentioned that Ian Peter has passed away recently. He was the founder of Pegasus Networks, a service which my father was one of the early users of. Here is one a link to a ABC 7:30 Report on Pegasus Networks back in September 1989. Ian also had a blog and net history website. More info on APC's memoriam page. Local visionary, environmental activist and a pioneering founder of Australia’s first public internet service, Pegasus Networks, Ian Peter, has died in Byron Bay aged 73 just a few weeks after a diagnosis of invasive cancer.

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