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Comment: Aussie interwebs (Score 1) 1

by Naaythann (#35333524) Attached to: Optus calls to break NBN Co into baby telcos
The NBN is starting to look like it is in dire trouble. Majority of the population will have access to fibre, but the rural citizens get stuck with a mobile data solution based on the infrastructure that Telstra is replacing with 4G/LTE. It is far from economical to fibre up a country bigger than the US with only a fraction of the population. But with Telstra taking the next step i see a big influx of users jumping on the 40mbps network that is supposed to be rolled out in Capital cities by the end of the year as it is faster than what we consumers have available here as it is. The next few years of this roll out should be interesting, i know the CSIRO is working on tech that uses the standard TV signals as well as pretty much no modification to towers or homes to give internet. But i dont see it playing a part in things until our analogue networks are finally switched off. Even when that does happen the amount of competitors trying to by the soon to be available space is going to make it quite competitive and hopefully provide us with a pricing war :D
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+ - Optus calls to break NBN Co into baby telcos-> 1

Submitted by natecochrane
natecochrane (1887566) writes "The CEO of Australia's No.2 telco, Optus, has called for a "baby Bell" solution to handle what he says is a growing threat to competition in the emerging $43 billion Australian national fibre-broadband network. Paul O'Sullivan says that only by breaking up the network architect NBN Co and tendering out its services, overseen by an independent board (much like Australia's Reserve Bank the Fed), can competition be preserved. And he had a few choice words to say about Australia's "No.2" ISP, iiNet: "If you take into account we operate a cable network and not ADSL [primarily] we’re still significantly larger than iiNet.""
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Comment: Blizzfail! (Score 3, Interesting) 248

by Naaythann (#30706790) Attached to: Blizzard Authenticators May Become Mandatory
I have to admit this is quite funny, in the last few days i had my battlenet/WOW account banned for gold farming. Not played it in about a year, so i went throught the process of trying to establish what happened. Got passwords and so on reset but the git attached the said "Blizzard Activator" to my account and i'm back at square one and locked out of battlenet/WOW.
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EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios, Cuts 200 Jobs 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the say-goodnight-folks dept.
lbalbalba writes "Electronic Arts is shutting down its Westwood-based game developer Pandemic Studios just two years after acquiring it, putting nearly 200 people out of work. 'The struggling video game publisher informed employees Tuesday morning that it was closing the studio as part of a recently announced plan to eliminate 1,500 jobs, or 16% of its global workforce. Pandemic has about 220 employees, but an EA spokesman said that a core team, estimated by two people close to the studio to be about 25, will be integrated into the publisher's other Los Angeles studio, in Playa Vista.' An ex-developer for Pandemic attributed the studio's struggles to poor decisions from the management."

Comment: Re:That's bright! (Score 1) 451

by Naaythann (#29687457) Attached to: Patent Claim Could Block Import of Toyota's Hybrid Cars
It wouldn't be the first time that something from the Toyota hybrid range patent has been questioned, I know a nasty little story about a patent lawyer, University and Toyota screwing an old man out of work he had done on a electric drive system that was very similar to the original hybrid vehicles from Toyota. Needless to say, Toyota made lots of money and the old man is hardly living a life he should be able to with the amount of personal investment he did in his invention.

Comment: Re:Your question sucks (Score 1) 7

by Naaythann (#28602993) Attached to: Mass Encoding DVD to MKV
Yeah i've used various rippers before but none seem to do the compression with all the bits audio and subtitle wise. I'll have a look at this later tonight, dont mind chucking a linux distro onto the machine to do this. Its going to be a very long task with my dvd backups as they are already using about 2.4TB and i'd like my HDD space back eventually.
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Journal: Mass Encoding DVD to MKV 7

Journal by Naaythann
I am wanting to finally start encoding my DVD collection for easy playback on a media centre, after much research I decided on using the MKV format as it allows me to rip all audio channels and even subtitles into one file. The trouble is, type DVD to MKV into google and there is a giant list of options and i am pretty sure most dont allow me to do it as i want. What software do you fellow slashdotters recommend?

Comment: Step up and do the movies! (Score 2, Interesting) 273

by Naaythann (#28385837) Attached to: German Parliament Enacts Internet Censorship Law
Living in Australia I have the joy of having games censored for the localised version. Violent movies are still widely available in comparison, why is it that the games are always targeted and not the movies. There has been plenty of films i've watched over the years I wouldn't suggest to under 18's but for them it is suprisingly easy to hire said movies from the local video shop.

Comment: Re:Do. (Score 1) 317

by Naaythann (#27035463) Attached to: French President Busted For Copyright Violation
The big boys all follow that game plan, do as i say not as i do situation comes into play here. Dont be surprised at who does it, i know someone that owns an online music shop who has sent me tracks before(not from the stores selection though). Still have strong beliefs that there should be a yearly fee to allow us to access all this music none of this per song/album nonsense.

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