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Friday Afternoon (12 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 9-July-2010  13:51:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The proposed internet filter has been officially delayed by the Government, pending a review. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy today clarified that the purpose of the review is to ensure that material included in the RC category "correctly reflects current community standards". "As the government's mandatory ISP filtering policy is underpinned by the strength of our classification system, the legal obligation to commence mandatory ISP filtering will not be imposed until the review is completed," Senator Conroy said. In the meantime Telstra, Optus and Primus have agreed to voluntarily block a list of URLs relating to child abuse.

The National Broadband Network company has announced 14 mainland sites which will recieve fibre to the premises. The sites include Bacchus Marsh and South Morang in Victoria; inner north Brisbane; Springfield Lakes and Toowoomba in Queensland, and Gungahlin in the ACT. Modbury and Prospect in South Australia are also included, along with Riverstone and Coffs Harbour in NSW; Victoria Park; Geraldton and Mandurah in Western Australia and Casuarina in the Northern Territory.

A few people pointed out that Brisbane's sewers may carry broadband fibre. At the launch of Macquarie Telecom's new customer service centre in Sydney today, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy wished Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman good luck with his proposal to build a fibre network through Brisbane sewers.

HWSecrets compared Athlon II X4 640 vs. Core i3 530 in the budget CPU arena. If you have between USD 115 and USD 120 to spend on a CPU, you have two choices, the Athlon II X4 640 (which is a quad-core CPU running at 3 GHz) or the Core i3 530 (which is a dual-core CPU running at 2.93 GHz).

People are up in arms over Blizzard's decision to require people to use real names when posting in their forums. The official forums have always been a great place to discuss the latest info on our games, offer ideas and suggestions, and share experiences with other players -- however, the forums have also earned a reputation as a place where flame wars, trolling, and other unpleasantness run wild. Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue will contribute to a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the Blizzard community in ways they havenít been connected before.

Tech Report wonder about SSD value. Are SSDs worth the extra scratch versus hard drives? Which one is the best value? Our scatter plots have returned to tackle the SSD value proposition.

Boingboing report from Prince that the internet is over. He explains that he decided the album will be released in CD format only in the Mirror. There'll be no downloads anywhere in the world because of his ongoing battles against internet abuses. Unlike most other rock stars, he has banned YouTube and iTunes from using any of his music and has even closed down his own official website.

XbitLabs have another set of roundups, with nine SSDs from Corsair compared, along with another ten from OCZ. Not content with that, they also have Six Coolers for Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition CPUs and compared Radeon HD 5800 3-way CrossFire vs. GeForce GTX 480 SLI.

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