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+ - Australia to build fibre to the premises network

Submitted by candiman
candiman (629910) writes "The Australian PM, Kevin Rudd, has just announced that none of the private sector submissions to build a National Broadband Network were up to the standard so instead the Govt is going to form a private company to build a fibre to the premises network.

The network will connect to 90% of premises delivering 100Mb/s. The remaining 10% will be reached with wireless and satellite delivering up to 12Mb/s.

The network has been costed at AUD43B over the 8 years of construction — and is expected to employ 37000 people at peak. It will be wholesale only and completely open access.

As an Australian who voted for the other guys all I can say is wow."

+ - New anonymous customisation system

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candiman writes "bne1, a new anonymous customisation system, has released a public beta recently — specifically for Firefox. From the website — bne1 is not about identity management. Instead, bne1 is about making known what you are without giving away who you are. In this way, a user can specify that they are a caucasian male, aged 30-40 with 3 kids who lives in Scotland without needing to divulge that their name is John McDoe, of Smith Street, Glasgow with credit cards .... et cetera.

bne1 has no repository linking specific users to specific codes. The codes are kept on the user's computer and the bne1 database simply contains a list of codes and the actual characteristics. If two users were to answer the same questions with the same answers then they would have the same bne1 code. The final way that the user is kept in control at all times is that they can choose how much information they provide — whilst the questionnaire has several questions the user only needs to answer one to receive a bne1 code."

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928