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Comment Re:Kinda right Tony. (Score 1) 258

I think it is kinda true :)
From what I have read on the Tasmanian trial roll out, they are providing an ADSL service for those that don't want full speed. The advantage is that they can continue to use their existing ADSL modem/router.
Saying that only new houses would be able to get the Ethernet service is wrong, however. Cable TV is available to older houses that don't have a cable outlet or a satellite dish; When you sign-up they come and install it for you. Installing an Ethernet socket in an existing house is no more difficult than a cable TV point - a couple of hundred dollars, or maybe nothing if you sign a minimum term contract.

Comment Re:Which typical home user needs Gigabit? (Score 1) 258

You have to remember that the NBN isn't just about home users; it will be available to the vast majority of business premises as well. Our company already uses 1GB network connections between our offices and our data centre. We are located in state capitals so we can get that bandwidth at reasonable prices, but if we had an office in a smaller town we would be out of luck. Having 1GB/s available means that smaller businesses will have access to lots of new services; hosted/cloud servers, off-site backup, HD video conferencing...
As other posters have said, most home users don't even need 100 Mb/s but there may be some who do and there will certainly be some businesses that do. The major cost component of the NBN is physically installing the fibre. Installing copper would cost about the same. Arguing against the cost of the NBN based on the speeds it supports being unnecessary is like arguing against the cost of building a suburban street because someone says it can support a 65 ton tank at its maximum design capacity. Although the maximum capacity will never be needed, a lower capacity road would cost the same.
While I am not convinced that a government can manage a project of this size without cost blow outs, at least the Labour government has a vision to provide a universal level of infrastructure. The Liberal plan will leave us with the same patchy mix of over-serviced cities and under-serviced rural areas.
As for why focusing on wireless is a bad idea, refer to the very informative posts in this thread on the relationship between speed and the spectrum required. If we can't deliver better than 20Mb/s over a few kilometres using copper. how can we expect wireless to do better when it is a much more restricted medium.

Comment Re:How does this work? (Score 1) 570

The exact method will vary depending on the OS and platform, but generally the first thing authorities will do is use a disk cloner to create an image for forensic purposes. Once they have the cloned image they can use a variety of techniques without modifying the original. This ensures that the original system can be re-cloned if the copy gets damaged. It also ensures that an original unaltered image is available to both sides in the event of a court case.

Comment Re:It was ridiculous in the first place! (Score 1) 66


I think that what they were worried about is that it encourages people to record their station with a PVR and then skip the advertising.

TIVO in Australia has ad skipping disabled. To carry the new "Freeview" logo and gain access to the enhanced Freeview EPG (when it becomes available!) an STB cannot permit ad skipping.

A non-freeview box with IceTV gives both ad skipping and a good EPG

Comment Re:Train timetables (Score 3, Informative) 66

From my reading of the decision, it looks like this would apply to the train timetable (but IANAL).

What the court has said is that although collections of facts can be copyrighted, the question is to the degree of originality in the expression of those facts.

In the case of the TV guide, the alleged infringement consisted of two pieces of information; the program title and the time of transmission. The title is supplied by the program's creator; not Channel 9 and the time can only be expressed in a standard way (Channel 9 could hardly claim copyright of "7:30 pm"); Channel 9 has therefore not exercised creativity or originality.

The train timetable is much the same. There are two pieces of information; a station name (which is much like the program name) and a departure time. Cityrail has not exercised any creativity or originality in the expression of this information.

It is the lack of originality of expression that results in the information not being copyright; it is not a fair use claim, so the amount of information copied does not matter.


Submission + - UK Skycraper generates 380-kilowatts from the sun

morpheus83 writes: "The facade of a Manchester skyscraper was originally covered with small mosaic tiles, but after 6 months they began to detach and fall. The tiles were replaced with a much greener solution — 7,244 Sharp 80 Watt solar panels to be precise. Interestingly only 4898 of these panels while the rest are dummy panels. Not only do the solar panels provide a weatherproof barrier but also provide 380-kilowatts of electricity which is enough to power 1000 PC's for a year. Additionally there are 24 wind turbines on the roof, which provide 10% of the total power used by the building."
The Internet

Submission + - MPAA: We were just trying it out

Firmafest writes: "Yesterday, slashdot ran a story about MPAA violating a software licence. Now MPAA responds with "We were only testing". Is this a fair response? The author of the software writes: "Whilst that all sounds fair enough but I doubt I'd get away with pirating a few movies providing I didn't advertise it and only used them for testing purposes. hmmm!""

Submission + - Cheapest way to UK Vista is through WGA

An anonymous reader writes: Details of Windows Vista's UK prices can be found here fm?newsid=7668 According to techworld Vista Prices are significantly marked up in the UK compared to the US, as much as 80% for some versions. Ironically in the UK apart from buying abroad, and hoping customs doesnt add VAT to your order... the cheapest way to get a legal copy of Vista in the UK is to first get WGA to flag your copy of XP as illegal. Then UK users can purchase legitimate copies of XP for about £53 for the XP Home version and £92 for the XP Pro version. oft-increases-checks From Here they can download the form for an upgrade for only £10 E9D-2DCF-4552-ADE3-68C02F0938E8/unitedkingdom.pdf That means the total for Vista Home Basic = £63 Vista Bussiness = £102 Still expensive by US standards but cheaper than buying from a UK retailer.

Submission + - Journalist arrested for taking photo of CT Governo

reub2000 writes: Journalist Ken Krayeske was arrested for taking a photograph of Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell during a parade. Krayeske a pacifist, was on a list of "potential troublemakers" and his photo had been sent to cops on the parade route.
The Courts

Submission + - GPL click-through licenses?

Kuciwalker writes: It seems that every other open-source program I download includes the GPL as a click-through license during the install. What's the point of this? If the GPL is a distribution, not use license then I don't do anything by agreeing to it during installation. Are we just so acclimated to clicking "yes" to an EULA, or are there valid legal reasons it's put there?

Submission + - Microsofts Office 2007 MLK setup annoys customers

lukas84 writes: "With Office 2007, Microsoft changed the rules for OEM versions again — they're now called MLK. You no longer get media with your MLK License, you will have to order them from Microsoft together with receipts of your new PC.

Not every reseller seems to obey these new rules, as i've written in my article about this particular problem."
The Courts

Submission + - Blizzard officially files against WoW Glider

Marcus Eikenberry writes: "Blizzard and Vivendi ( ) today filed against MDY Industries ( ) and Michael Donnelly in the state of Arizona USA. Blizzard is seeking injunctive relief and money damages against MDY. What that means is they want him to stop the production of WoW Glider and they want him to pay them damages. Blizzard believes that Glider infringes on their intellectual property. They believe Glider allows players to cheat, giving them an unfair advantage and that they believe Glider encourages Blizzard customers to breach their contracts for playing the game. Last they claim that Glider is designed to circumvent copyright protections. Blizzard officially files against WoW Glider (Previous Story):WoW Glider vs. World of Warcraft in United States District Court"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - College student murders for video game money

dido writes: "The Mainichi Daily News reports that a college student has been arrested for withdrawing money from the bank account of a man found murdered last January 28. The suspect, 21-year-old Hiroshi Shimura, has further admitted to killing the man and his mother, telling investigators: "I spent the money at video game arcades. I murdered them so I could steal some money.""

Submission + - FCC report: TV violence should be regulated

tanman writes: CNN reports that a draft FCC report circulating on Capitol Hill "suggests Congress could craft a law that would let the agency regulate violent programming much like it regulates sexual content and profanity — by barring it from being aired during hours when children may be watching, for example ... 'In general, what the commission's report says is that there is strong evidence that shows violent media can have an impact on children's behavior and there are some things that can be done about it,' FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Thursday. The issue is bipartisan. Martin, a Republican, gave a joint interview to The Associated Press with Democratic Commissioner Michael Copps."
Wireless (Apple)

Submission + - 802.11n AirPort Extreme reviewed: 90 Mbps +

Glenn Fleishman writes: "In my review of the Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station over at, I note that the thing really can break 90 Mbps with real throughput using 5 GHz wide channels. Pretty impressive. The base station desperately needs gigabit Ethernet, and needs a fix to a glitch that throttles speed in limited cases between the LAN and WAN segments of the router. (A networking stack in NetBSD, the unit's OS according to documents on the CD-ROM, might be the cause.) Despite those couple of provisos, it's pretty slick to fire up a wireless router, walk halfway down a block, and still get several Mbps."

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