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Wednesday Afternoon (15 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 14-July-2010  15:50:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Gizmodo have an article about why the filter won't work from a technical standpoint, thanks mpot. So this is a fairly lengthy list of reasons why it can’t work, and we’ve only just scratched the surface. There are many more issues and many more workarounds available to both users and content providers. (And that is without even exploring non-technical issues such as censorship and freedom of speech). Even Enex Labs’ commissioned report on this issue to the government listed 37 different methods by which such a filter could be bypassed.

The NBN Co will spend about $1B on two satellites to deliver broadband to outlying households. “We will cover the whole country with satellite,” he said. “The fact is even within 40 or 50 kilometres of Sydney and Melbourne there are places you can only get to with satellite. Fibre is too difficult to get to them and the terrain is such that you just can’t get propagation of the wireless signal effectively and get a reliable service.”

But for most people, expect to see something like this on a wall near you. Like any ONT, those installed in Australian homes will be capable of feeding an external fibre connection to Ethernet points within the home and, of course, delivering speeds of at least 100 megabits per second (Mbps). However, the ONT has been made specifically for the Australian market, providing four Gigabit Ethernet ports, two telephony ports and a single ADSL2+ simulation connection... that's right - ADSL2+.

iXBTLabs have updated their i3DSpeed guide. i3DSpeed informs you about performance of popular graphics cards and the best price/performance deals in the market. This time we added test results of ATI RADEON HD 5830, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465, factory-overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470/480. On a similar note, PC Perspective have a enthusiast graphics card comparison.

HotHardware have some info on PhysX CPU optimisations, or the lack thereof. About four months ago, we covered the latest round of shin-kicking between ATI and NVIDIA, with ATI claiming that NVIDIA purposefully crippled CPU performance when running PhysX code and coerced developers to make use of it. NVIDIA denied all such claims, particularly those that implied it used its "The Way It's Meant To Be Played" program as a bludgeon to force hardware PhysX on developers or gamers. A new report has dug into how PhysX is executed on a standard x86 CPU; the analysis confirms some of AMD's earlier statements.

Apparently Windows XP is still the most popular version of Windows, thanks Dopefish. In fact, a Microsoft exec admitted today that practically three-quarters of business computers still run the nine-year-old OS on hardware averaging 4.4 years old, and Computerworld's now reporting Microsoft will extend XP's lifespan as a result.

This is easy enough to do, but it's embarrassing on this scale. In an ironic turn of events this evening, it appears that the Entertainment Software Ratings Board has revealed the entire list of email addresses belonging to people who appealed to the ESA's rating group over Blizzard's recently proposed and then retracted Real ID implementation.

PCWorld have a killer budget PC guide. For this exercise, we wanted to build a fast PC that will be used for common tasks at home: watching videos, ripping DVDs, using office software, editing high-resolution photos, running multiple browser windows simultaneously, storing and playing a large number of music and video files, compressing multimedia files — and performing a number of these tasks simultaneously. The only thing we left out is gaming capabilities, since not everyone is interested in playing the latest first-person shooter.

Space nuts might enjoy this WorldWide Telescope program from Microsoft and NASA, which has been updated recently. Now you can use WorldWide Telescope (WWT) to explore the features of Mars as never before, thanks to the addition of more than 13,000 incredibly detailed images of Mars from various NASA spacecraft. Zoom in on the Red Planet and experience the Martian surface in unbelievably lifelike 3-D rendering, and learn more about our planetary neighbor with new interactive guided tours of Mars. And the enhancements to WWT don’t stop there. Now the WWT view of the night sky is even more amazing, with a seamless, high-resolution representation that smooths out the contours between discrete images.

Errol reminds us that it's two weeks until SysAdmin Day. Let's face it, System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year. This is the day that all fellow System Administrators across the globe, will be showered with expensive sports cars and large piles of cash in appreciation of their diligent work. But seriously, we are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgement. It's the least you could do.

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