Episode 653- Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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The Internet Archive adds 2,500 MS-DOS games

first launched its Historical Software Archive back in October 2013 with a JavaScript emulation engine dubbed JSMESS allowing for each title to be executed directly in the visitor’s browser. Since then, the Archive has only expanded: In 2014 it added arcade games, in 2016 defanged malware samples and Amiga software, then in 2018 handheld LCD games and Commodore 64 titles.

The organisation’s MS-DOS collection has received a major boost this week with the announcement of 2,500 new titles, all of which are playable directly in the browser. ‘Since our initial announcement in 2015, we’ve added occasional new games here and there to the collection,‘ explains archivist Jason Scott, ‘but this will be our biggest update yet, ranging from tiny recent independent productions to long-forgotten big-name releases from decades ago.






Microsoft confirms 19H2 as Windows 10 November 2019 Update

Microsoft has confirmed that the next major update to its Windows 10 operating system will be based on the Windows Insider Build 18363.418, and will launch next month as the Windows 10 November 2019 Update – barring any major issues between now and then.


19H2 had been scheduled for September; we’re now in October, and following a string of issues with recent Windows patches including CPU-draining bugs and Start Menu issues the company has denied are actually issues it appears that Microsoft was pushing the release further and further back.


The Windows 10 May 2019 Update, 19H1, had its own release issues including blocking installation altogether on devices with removable storage attached, though was considerably smoother than the Windows 10 October 2018 Update which was quickly pulled following a file-deleting bug and by late November was still blocked for some users.


NBN Co claims it will take Australia to 13th in the world for broadband

 graph from the report showed Australia presently ranked 22nd out of 37 countries considered to be “comparable” to Australia.


NBN Co claims Australia could rate as high as 13th in the world post NBN rollout for broadband – ahead of New Zealand and the UK – as long as its own measure of success is used.

However, its ability to achieve a ranking of 13th is also predicated on “other countries’ average speeds remaining the same” as they are today.

“Many countries are currently upgrading their own broadband infrastructure, so Australia’s ranking may improve by a smaller amount,” the report authors AlphaBeta said. [pdf]


Russian man suing Apple for allegedly ‘turning him gay’


The man is seeking 1 million rubles (A$23,000) in damages from Apple for sending him a cryptocurrency known as GayCoin instead of the Bitcoin he had ordered.


The complaint says Razumilov downloaded a cryptocurrency app from Apple Store but received a transfer of 69 of the GayCoin instead of the Bitcoins he ordered.


“I thought, in truth, how can I judge something without trying? I decided to try same-sex relationships,” the complainant wrote.

“I decided to try single-sex relations. Two months later, I can say that I have got stuck in intimate relations with a representative of my sex and I can’t manage to get back.”

The man is suing for damages for “moral harm and mental suffering”.