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Thursday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 21-October-2010  03:07:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Telstra have backed NBN legislation. The government says the bill will allow NBN Co to access Telstra's pits, ducts and other infrastructure and lead to a more “efficient and cost effective rollout of the NBN”. The government has said the passing of the bill will “cut billions of dollars from the cost of rolling out the NBN”. In a statement, Telstra chief executive David Thodey said: “On balance we support the passage of the bill.

Delimiter meanwhile report that the Internet Filter project is not being worked on by Federal Government staff currently. According to a departmental official who took questions on the matter in a Senate Estimates Committee hearing in Canberra today, the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy is not working directly on the filter project at the moment.

Facebook and eBay have shared some tips for datacentre efficiency. Facebook was able to reduce its costs by $230,000 a year at a 56,000-square-foot data center in Santa Clara, California, largely through better air flow management, Park said. It also got a $294,000 rebate from its electric utility, Silicon Valley Power, to offset the cost of investments it made in energy efficiency.

Wired's Gadget Lab take us inside a clean room. To get inside, you must suit up in a bunny suit, with a face mask and goggles, two pairs of gloves, and shoe-covering footies. We couldn't even take a reporter's notebook inside: Instead, Applied's staff gave us a shrink-wrapped, specially sanitized clean-room notebook and clean-room pen to use.

Issue 11 of The Overclocker is now out, with discussion here.

Microsoft have announced Office 365, a "cloud productivity" suite. I guess it's competing with Google Apps? Dasuperham noticed they've also released Windows Live Essentials 2011. Do more with Windows on your PC with free programs from Microsoft for photos, movies, instant messaging, email, social networking, and more. Get it all in one simple download.

A Swedish professor was the victim of a somewhat kind thief, who sent him the data from his stolen computer on a USB stick. About a week after the theft, the professor returned home to find an envelope containing a USB memory stick which had been taken along with the computer. The professor was shocked to discover the thief had copied all the documents and personal files from his laptop to the memory storage device, a process which likely took hours.

JC sent in this Cracked article about multiplayer games to destroy your marriage, from a girl's perspective. With games spreading into every niche these days, even couples that found Pac-Man "too technical" might find themselves picking up a Wii, popping in a goofy innocent-looking game they can play together, like Super Mario Bros. Wii, and transforming into another divorce statistic within the evening. I am oversimplifying, of course. There are some rare exceptions that end in murder-suicide instead.

AOLNews have an interview with Hank Keirsey, the real soldier behind Call of Duty. But six years ago, the retired lieutenant colonel found himself an unlikely addition to the gaming community. He's been the military adviser on all six of the "Call of Duty" games, including "Modern Warfare 2," which set the record for the highest grossing entertainment launch ever. If the defensive perimeter is set up properly or if the soldiers move and sound as they should, he's why.

Book piracy may be about to take off, claims Adrian Hon. I don’t need to learn how to use Bittorrent, because I already use that for TV shows. And Apple has made it very easy for me to add ePub files to my iPad and iPhone. So really, there is nothing stopping me from downloading several hundred books other than the fact that I already have too much to read and I think authors should be paid.

Those who think the whole Twitter thing is pointless - it can be used to predict the stock market, at least. Measurements of the collective public mood derived from millions of tweets can predict the rise and fall of the Dow Jones Industrial Average up to a week in advance with an accuracy approaching 90 percent, Indiana University information scientists have found.

Today's timewaster is Thomas Was Alone from SilverSilence - which has a back story, too.

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