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Friday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 4-June-2010  14:07:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Exetel are cutting some leeches loose. The ISP will also advise "500 or so" customers that it is "unable to continue to provide internet services to them and we are asking them to move to another provider". This is due to Exetel attracting "too many customers who download very, very large amounts of data using the '12 hour period'". This has allegedly resulted in the ISP losing money on a number of accounts, including "one single user costing Exetel a loss of over $600.00 in a single month and more that 300 users costing us between $30 and well over $200.00 each in the Month of April and then repeating that sort of usage in May".

Optus meanwhile are in some hot water over their unlimited call plans. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted legal proceedings against Optus for wrongly advertising "unlimited" calls. The commission has labelled some of Optus' advertising "misleading or deceptive", as the telco failed to inform consumers of the numerous limitations and restrictions attached to its recently advertised $70 prepaid "Turbo Max" plan.

Plans are underway to get Concorde back into the air. Mr Lord said: "After today, we will know exactly what needs to be done with those four engines in order to take this to the next stage of engine test runs with an objective to hopefully perform a ground taxi." It is hoped the jet will be able to fly as part of the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

Speaking of interesting aircraft, check out the flying telescope. Very cool news: the flying infrared observatory, SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) — which has been in the works for many years — has seen first light. What’s remarkable about this observatory is that it’s mounted in a hole in the side of a 747! I can't really get my head around how they could stabilise something like that.

TomsHardware compared five 890FX AM3 motherboards. Adding SATA 6 Gb/s and two more USB 2.0 ports, AMD’s flagship northbridge has evolved into the 890FX. Just as important are the evolutionary steps several manufacturers have taken in motherboard design. Today we examine five examples.

XbitLabs meanwhile have an interview about Intel's 48-core CPU. Intel’s 48-core single chip cloud computer (SCC) unveiled just about half a year ago has quickly gained a lot of attention to itself as not only the world’s first x86 processor with 48 processing engines, but also as a potential successor of the infamous Larrabee. Today we are speaking with one of the co-designers of the SCC in order to find out more about the ambitious project that is not supposed to come alive. In addition, we have an independent expert Jon Peddie to tell us about the future of CPUs and GPUs.

Possibly related to Google's recent move away from Windows is the impending arrival of their own Google Chrome OS. While Microsoft has previously dismissed Google’s open-source OS ambitions, Pinchai reckons their reasoning – that developers would need to create new versions of apps, and may be reluctant to do so – is unfounded since Chrome OS has at its core a standards-compliant browser. ”You don’t need to redesign Gmail for it to work on Chrome. Facebook does not need to write a new app for Chrome” he suggested.

From Grug: Just letting you know there has (finally) been an update about the SpaceX Falcon 9 initial test launch. It is now set for Friday 4 June, at 15:00 UTC with a launch window of 4 hours. There is a second launch window at the same time on the following day (Saturday). More info here. Live webcast (starting 20 minutes before the opening of the launch window) here.

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