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 Thursday, 28-May-2009  20:52:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apparently the National Broadband Network Mk 2 might only cost the taxpayer $11B. NBN mark 1, which was based on the premise that fibre to the node would be used to deliver broadband at up to 12Mbps to 98 percent of the population, was slated to cost about $8 billion of which the government promised to provide $4.7b.

Europe has a new fastest supercomputer. With 294,912 CPUs, it's not surprising! “The new Jülich supercomputer will be able to perform a trillion arithmetic operations per second, known as a petaflop/s for short,” explained the Director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Lippert. Photos here and here.

TheReg report on a strange inclusion in a product from WD. Warwick Uni's Jaroslaw Zachwieja describes himself as "surprised" to discover that, on unpacking his shiny new Western Digital "1TB MyBook _Essential_ edition", instead of a power supply someone had thrown in five USB cables "and a little note".

A study has shown that one in 12 Australian gamers are addicts. Starcevic said these people also tended to prefer playing open-ended and community-based online computer games such as World of Warcraft. Alternatively, Starcevic pointed to the 92% of gamers who he said had a healthy enjoyment of video games.

Skype have opened an Australian online store. Items available so far include call credit and accessories like headsets, webcams and phone handsets – allowing you to use a traditional-looking handset without tying up your computer.

HotHardware visited an AMD Phenom II hardcore overclocking event in Texas. Armed with AMD's latest Black Edition processor, the Phenom II X4 955, a steady flow of liquid nitrogen (LN2), and several vats of liquid helium (LHe), the stage was set for one of the most impressive overclocking exhibitions of recent memory.

Akamai have released their State of the Internet report for 4th Quarter 2008. Each quarter, Akamai publishes a quarterly "State of the Internet" report. This report includes data gathered across Akamai's global server network about attack traffic, connection speeds, Internet penetration and broadband adoption, as well as trends seen in this data over time.

Tech Report look in more detail at the fresh vs used SSD performance issue. We believe that testing SSDs in this used state is the best way to evaluate their performance. A solid-state drive may post impressive benchmark scores when it's fresh from the factory, but it's more important for SSD controllers to deal gracefully with a lack of empty pages. As we discovered, some do a much better job than others.

Some contests: win a chassis and other bits on Guru3D, a mini NAS from Thecus, an 850W PSU or a SilverStone chassis on DriverHeaven.

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