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 Saturday, 18-July-2009  19:45:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Work has officially begun on the National Broadband Network in Tasmania. That means Tasmanians will be first to try out the 100 megabit-per-second network, while the construction will also serve as a learning process for the wider roll-out in mainland Australia.

A few people sent word that the Government is also going to tackle illegal file sharing. In a report unveiled at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney last night, Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, said the Government, among other promises, will "facilitate development of an appropriate solution to the issue of unauthorised file sharing".

ThePirateBay will apparently become a paid site. For years The Pirate Bay's users have been able to share files without censorship or charges, but this is all about to change. Rosso said that under the new management, the 3.7 million Pirate Bay users (or whatever userbase remains) will have to pay a monthly fee to access the site. Hrm, good luck with that.

TechWareLabs can apparently tell you how to mod your 1.5TB Seagate to Velociraptor speeds. Actually it's the old "only use the first part of the drive" trick, but it's worth re-considering nowadays. As I mentioned the drive is now a 300GB drive for all purposes. Look at it this way, the 300GB Western Digital Velociraptor is approximately ~$229 while the price of the Seagate 1.5TB drive is approximately ~$119 at the time of this writing. Now what you end up with is a drive that is higher in performance in all regards except seek times at a lower cost per GB. And when you get bored, unlock the 1.2TB again.

Another person has been stung by excess charges, with two movie downloads costing them $602. Jack downloaded the movies over 3's mobile internet using a $29 monthly plan. He had 3.5GB of included downloads, with an excess fee of 10c per MB. However, with a single high-definition movie reaching over 4GB, Jack should have used his wired home broadband - which has a much larger download limit.

If you think that's bad, Phalanx sent word of a glitch where some people's Visa cards were charged $23,148,855,308,184,500. He noticed that his debt exceeded the world GDP while making a routine balance inquiry on his online Bank of America account.

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