Why South Australia had a state wide blackout

Two things happened in South Australia yesterday. Firstly, there was a big storm. An absolutely massive storm. A yuuuuge storm, as Donald Trump would say. The biggest storm in 52 years. Then that storm knocked down a bunch of massive electricity transmission towers. Twenty-two of them, to be precise.

Two things are really surprising about this to me:

  1. A Junkee article is the voice of reason and not a recounting of the latest Bachelor episode.
  2. Politicians are that stupid to believe or worse perpetuate that renewable energy is to blame and something we should move away from! Are you freakin’ serious?!!!

Source: The SA Blackout Had Nothing To Do With Renewable Energy, So Politicians Should Stop Blaming It

Victorian free public Wi-Fi pilot launches in Melbourne CBD today

Free public WiFi is now at all Melbourne CBD train stations, Bourke St Mall, Queen Victoria Market, and South Wharf Promenade at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, with more locations to be available by the end of 2016.

It is also in two key regional Victorian cities, in central Ballarat and central Bendigo.

The VicFreeWiFi pilot is managed and maintained by telecommunications company TPG and allows for up to 250 MB per device, per day and does not require personal information or feature pop-up advertising.

I’m literally in the middle of the CBD and there’s no coverage in my office. It seems to be quite focused on shopping centres and major train stations during the pilot phase.

Great to see there’s no advertising or data collection involved! Sad, but understandable, to see it’s limited to only 250MB.

I’m interested to see the speed if anyone gets on. With TPG providing the backhaul from their fibre pits you’d imagine it should be half decent.

Source: Victorian free public Wi-Fi pilot | Victorian Government

The Liberals wasted A$800m on Optus fibre purchase in huge NBN backflip

The National Broadband Network has dumped its plan to use Optus cables to deliver high-speed broadband less than a year after rubbishing reports the $800 million network it purchased from the telco was in a dire state and may be unusable.

Leaked internal NBN documents, published by Fairfax Media last year, revealed the company was considering moving to a “Plan B” for the Optus Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) network, rather than upgrading it as had originally been planned.

Turns out those bullshit raids were to cover their own ass after all. This just proves the SMH and Labor right after today’s announcement to abandon the fibre network they so ludicrously bought in favour of FTTdp technology.

Optus on the other hand are laughing all the way to the bank courtesy of the tax-payer. Nice one Turn-bot.

Source: ‘A lemon’: NBN backflips, abandons plan to use Optus cables it purchased for $800 million

Elon Musk talked a lot about moving to Mars today

Have a spare $200,000 and a need to leave this planet? SpaceX founder Elon Musk says he has you covered. Today he revealed his plan for establishing a colony on Mars — using the spaceship it gets there in.

That’s right, if this plan works, it will be cheaper to move to Mars than buy a house in Sydney. What a time to be alive.

In what’s being reported on more than Apple unveiling the first iPhone, Telsa & SpaceX godfather Elon Musk revealed his plans on how the human race can move forward and colonise Mars (and beyond).

It’s an interesting (albeit lengthy) presentation – The Verge have a 5 minute cut down version of the 1.5hr+ original – and Musk’s vision is one I think many people share. He may be a slightly eccentric, kind of terrible presenter, but his plans and the fact he actually does instead of just talks is encouraging this may one day, not too far away, be reality.

Source: This Is Elon Musk’s Plan To Colonise Mars | Gizmodo Australia

DJI announce new portable 4K Mavic Pro drone

The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvas easily andwithout worry, helping you make every moment an aerial moment. Its compact size hides a high degree of complexity thatmakes it one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever. 24 high-performance computing cores, an all-new transmission system with a 4.3mi (7km) range, 5 vision sensors, and a 4K camera stabilized by a 3-axis mechanical gimbal,are at your command with just a push of your thumb or a tap of your finger.

Sorry GoPro DJI have your number.

The DJI Mavic Pro is available for preorder direct from DJI for US$999 and will begin shipping Oct. 15. Apple stores will begin selling the drone from November.

Source: Mavic – Wherever you go

Amazon may expand to Australia, bad news for JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman

A major shake-up is looming in the retail sector as the giant online retailer, Amazon, has its sights set on the Australia market with JB Hi-Fi and Gerry Harvey the ones with the most to fear.

Amazon, called one of the largest “disruptors” for retailers, could generate sales of up to $4 billion in Australia with a focus on electrical items, which would be a direct hit on JB Hi-FI and Gerry Harvey’s Harvey Norman business.

OK so the article is essentially nothing more than stockbrokers Citi predicting a Nostradamus like end of days for JB Hi-Fi and Hardly Normal. Earnings could fall up to 23% for JB and could fall 19% for old-mate Gerry but then Amazon could choose not to open Australian warehouses too.

Interestingly they make no mention of Kogan and the impact to Australia’s current largest online marketplace. I feel sites such as his and others like Peters of Kensington are more likely to be drastically affected should this eventuate.

Whether or not this is turns out to be true or nothing more than an analyst’s wet dream it time will tell but if it means we’d get full support for Amazon’s Echo lineup sooner. Sorry Gerry I’m all for it!

Source: Amazon Australia expansion set to shake up JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey apologises in attempt to not appear a shit-bloke

Palmer Luckey

Palmer Luckey on Facebook:

I am deeply sorry that my actions are negatively impacting the perception of Oculus and its partners. […]

I am committed to the principles of fair play and equal treatment. I did not write the “NimbleRichMan” posts, nor did I delete the account. Reports that I am a founder or employee of Nimble America are false. I don’t have any plans to donate beyond what I have already given to Nimble America.

In case you missed it Luckey, according to a report by The Daily Beast, donated to a group creating work to shit-can Hillary Clinton. It was also reported he was douche-posting under the name “NimbleRichMan” on Reddit.

Since the report Oculus developers have withdrawn support for the platform resulting in the above apology and Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe post to his own Facebook to distance the company from the individual.

Source: Palmer Luckey: ‘I am deeply sorry that my actions’ hurt Oculus | VentureBeat | AR/VR | by Jeff Grubb