Episode 161

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Google Street View to shoot Australia again | News | News.com.au
Google Street View to shoot Australia again

GOOGLE plans to send its fleet of special cars fitted with panoramic cameras back on the road next month to update Street View Australia.

Large Hadron Collider is ‘being sabotaged from the future’ | News | News.com.au
Large Hadron Collider is ‘being sabotaged from the future’

SCIENTISTS claim the giant atom-smashing Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is being jinxed from the future to save the world.

Optus pulls a swifty with new mobile broadband plans
Optus pulls a swifty with new mobile broadband plans

Optus has revamped its 3G mobile broadband plans to offer more choice, lower prices and more data – even the USB wireless modems and excess usage fees offer more bang for your broadband buck

the data allowance is halved after 12 months, while the monthly fee remains pegged at the same level.

Windows 7 Family Pack for Australia is a “possibility”, concedes Microsoft
Windows 7 Family Pack for Australia is a “possibility”, concedes Microsoft

“There is still the possibility of Australia getting the Family Pack at some point in the future” Jeff Putt, Windows Consumer Lead for Microsoft Australia, told APC.

Microsoft’s official line is that the Family Pack is one of many special retail offers which the company is ‘test marketing’ in different countries around the world.

Putt also told APC that “there will be a special offer on Windows 7” in November, although he would not reveal what this would be.

Putt also pointed out that Australia “has the special student pricing on Windows 7 that not all other countries are getting”.

That discount is available under Microsoft Australia’s It’s Not Cheating program, under which students enrolled in approved universities and TAFE colleges can buy the Windows 7 Professional upgrade package for $50.

Acer to launch Atom-powered Windows Home Server in Australia
Acer to launch Atom-powered Windows Home Server in Australia

the second major brand to back Windows Home Server in Australia when it releases the easyStore AH340 onto the local market early next 2010

the easyStore uses a 1.6GHz Atom 230 processor (backed by 2GB of RAM) rather than HP’s Celeron-based platform.

The unit comes equipped with a single 1TB drive, while three spare bays can boost total capacity to 7TB. The chassis is also fitted with five USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port and Gigabit Ethernet. A ‘one-touch USB copy’ button allows the contents of any connected USB drive to be automatically copied onto the easyStore.

The genius brothers behind Google Wave

Lars and Jens Rasmussen were broke and jobless — with only $16 between them — when they made it big in the Web world by selling their idea for Google Maps.

Telstra to cut broadband price as customers drop off | Australian IT
Telstra to cut broadband price as customers drop off

Telstra boss David Thodey admitted that the drop in new customers coming on to its fixed broadband products was “not good”.

Fixed-line internet sales growth dropped from 20.5 per cent last year to 13.3 per cent this year.

A broadband customer after a fast ADSL2+ link with a data allowance geared to heavy use would pay $99.95 a month under current Telstra pricing for a 25GB per month data allowance.

For me on the net gives me an ADSL2+ link with a 30GB allowance for $49.99 a month.

Net role urged for polls | Australian IT
Net role urged for polls

According to an Auspoll survey commissioned for the inquiry, people between the ages of 18 and 24 overwhelmingly reject the pamphlet system

when it came to the over-65s, the story was different. A pamphlet was their preferred choice, with 77 per cent saying it would be very useful

Australian internet fails pigeon test – Oddware – Technology – News – iTnews.com.au

Australian internet fails pigeon test A pigeon has transferred a 700 megabyte file faster than a car or a Telstra ADSL internet connection in rural Australia.

was prompted by a comment by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Parliament last week whilst attacking the Liberal Party for its opposition to the bill that proposed to split Telstra.

“If the Liberals had their way Australians would be left using carrier pidgeons for the future rather than accessing an internationally competitive broadband network,” Rudd said.

ABC television’s Hungry Beast program thought they’d take Rudd up on his challenge.

The pigeon arrived first clocking in at one hour and five minutes

the internet dropped out twice and didn’t even make it at all. When the upload began on the internet connection the estimated time of upload was between four and nine hours.




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This is the story of the last few years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger. He loved what he did and could imagine little else that would make him happier. Living openly in 1930s Chicago, he had the run of the city with little fear of reprisals from the authorities. It’s there that he meets Billie Frechette with whom he falls deeply in love. In parallel we meet Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent who would eventually track Dillinger down. The FBI was is in its early days and Director J. Edgar Hoover was keen to promote the clean cut image that so dominated the organization through his lifetime. Purvis realizes that if he is going to get Dillinger, he will have to use street tactics and imports appropriate men with police training. Dillinger is eventually betrayed by an acquaintance who tells the authorities just where to find him on a given night. Written by garykmcd

The difficult 1930s is a time of robbers who knock over banks and other rich targets with alarming frequency. Of them, none is more notorious than John Dillinger, whose gang plies its trade with cunning efficiency against big businesses while leaving ordinary citizens alone. As Dillinger becomes a folk hero, FBI head J. Edger Hoover is determined to stop his ilk by assigning ace agent Melvin Purvis to hunt down Dillinger. As Purvis struggles with the manhunt’s realities, Dillinger himself faces an ominous future with the loss of friends, dwindling options and a changing world of organized crime with no room for him.

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