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ACCC call bullsh#t on Dodo’s ‘perfect for streaming’ claims

Tags: australia, nbn, tech

Internet provider Dodo will repay 16,000 customers who signed up to the National Broadband Network after the competition watchdog bit back over claims its plans were perfect for video streaming.

Advertising 10GB/month plans that tap out at 12Mbps are hardly “perfect for streaming” as Dodo claimed.

The majority of customers whom signed up for Dodo’s low-end NBN plan were whacked with excess charges, not realising that the average Netflix show would eat away 3GB/hr nor that 12Mbps was incapable of “Ultra HD”

A$360,000 in excess fees will be refunded by the provider to Dodo’s affected subscriber base.

Source: Dodo forced to repay 16,000 NBN customers

NBN floats the idea of charging more for streaming services

Tags: australia, nbn, tech

Behind closed doors, the NBN is floating the idea of charging you extra for watching your favourite shows.

Do you remember the whole Net Neutrality thing the US was going on about? Well this is basically that, but instead of the FCC it’s the Liberal government. Their end goal is make more money in the hopes of turning their turd of a network into something literally anyone might buy. They’re putting feelers out there to ISPs in the hopes they might further gouge its B2B clients (ISPs) and in-turn the end user. ie. The Australian people.

In the NBN’s most recent wholesale pricing review a question was raised around ISPs interest/thoughts around buying streaming data, such as that used for Netflix, at a higher cost.

Unsurprisingly the ISPs weren’t too happy as not only would it mean significantly higher costs for them but also the introduction of deep-packet inspection, or other means, to determine the type of data being sent.

Whilst the current Australian government has no issue with invading their peoples’ privacy, ISPs have long stood against it and appear to be following suit in their disgust at the NBN’s latest “idea”.

Source: With the NBN? You might have to pay a ‘Netflix tax’

Victorian schools to ban mobile phones from 2020

Tags: australia, tech
Image: The Age / Joe Armao

The Victorian government has adopted one of the world’s toughest stances on mobile phone use in schools and from the start of next year, students must switch off their devices and store them in lockers during school hours.

When I was at high school I was literally the only student there with a mobile phone. Things were obviously a little different back then of course and at the age of 16 I was running a side business that afforded me the luxury of having one, but I can’t imagine the nightmare it must be to pry kids away from phone screens in the classroom today.

With that said, today I use my mobile phone to keep me alive, as it monitors and adjusts my insulin levels for Diabetes. Of course I assume there’d be exemptions for kids in similar boats but the argument from some parent groups seems to be around emergencies and immediate contact with their children and vice versa.

I’m pretty sure we all survived without that before hand and with phones in lockers they’re hardly out of kids reach, so I’m sure they’ll all survive again.

What are your thoughts? Is this a good move and a win for a better education or the medieval thinking of an outdated education system?

Source: Mobile phones to be banned in state primary and secondary schools

Canva’s user database breached with emails & passwords stolen

Tags: australia, tech

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Aussie startup darling Canva made it public that their user database had been compromised over the weekend.

The breach has resulted in the usernames, emails and passwords being compromised and the company asking users to change their password immediately via an email.

On May 24, we became aware of a security incident. As soon as we were notified, we immediately took steps to identify and remedy the cause, and have reported the situation to authorities (including the FBI)

Canva have advised the users were salted & hashed meaning they’re not immediately accessible had they been in plain-text but doesn’t make them bullet proof either.

Anyone who’s signed up for the online graphic design tool should take steps to update their details immediately.

Source: Canva Status

Victorian government recreates Melbourne CBD in Minecraft

Tags: australia, gaming

Mini Melbourne is a world-first resource brought to life for the Metro Tunnel Education Program. In partnership with the Victorian Department of Education and Training, we have created 600,000m2 of Melbourne’s city centre in Minecraft.

Apparently there’s this thing called Minecraft that people go nutso over so this is kinda a big deal for them.

The Vic government, as a part of the new Metro Tunnel project, have released Mini Melbourne as an interactive education resource for teachers.

The Minecraft recreation includes a multiplayer game called the “Metro Tunnel Archaeology Adventure” (catchy I know), where players explore the excavated areas of the Metro Tunnel in search of items of archaeological significance.

Source: Mini Melbourne | Resources for teachers | Library | Metro Tunnel

Google’s “Wing” drones start delivering products in Canberra

Tags: australia, tech

Today, we are excited to be launching our first air delivery service in North Canberra . Our service allows customers to order a range of items such as fresh food, hot coffee or over-the-counter chemist items on our mobile app, and have them delivered directly to their homes by drone in minutes.

Initially a Google X-Moonshot project like Waymo & Loom, Wing has been running trials for over 18 months and completed nearly 3000 test deliveries.

Available to residents in Grace, Palmerston & Franklin Wing drones will embark on a world first in delivering goods after receiving CASA approval today.

Initially product offerings will be slim, with launch partners including Bakers Delight, Guzman Y Gomez, Drummond Golf and Capital Chemist. More are expected and a callout to local businesses has been raised as the service continues to grow to other ACT suburbs such as Harrison and Gungahlin.

Interestingly the drones flightpath and a large part  of the approval by CASA require them to avoid major roads and aren’t allowed to cross them or get too close to people whilst flying, hence the extravagant winch system.

Customers whom sign up to use the service will also be required to undergo training on how to receive a delivery as a part of the regulatory requirements.

Source: Wing launches commercial air delivery service in Canberra

Heritage Victoria kills Apple’s Melbourne Federation Square plans

Tags: australia

Plans to build an Apple store at Federation Square will not go ahead, after heritage authorities refused an application to demolish an existing part of the square.

After a roller coaster ride of events, Apple’s plans to build a new flagship store in Melbourne’s Federation Square it have all come crashing to an end.

Apple have confirmed they will not proceed with their plans after Heritage Victoria’s refusal to allow the demolition of an existing structure.

Whilst the blocking of the build will undoubtably be a win for many who saw it as the commercialisation of a public space, it will leave many lamenting the fact Melbourne remains without a CBD based Apple store.

Source: Apple store plans shelved after heritage authorities say ‘no’

Play “The Amazon Race” – A news game about what it’s like to work at Amazon Australia

Tags: australia

You can play the role of a ‘picker’ at Amazon’s Melbourne warehouse.

The ABC (yes the Australian one) has created a game that illustrates the conditions Amazon Australia workers are put under in their Melbourne based fulfilment centre.

The interactive news piece is an incredible piece of work that highlights some of the atrocities contract workers are expected to endure.

Food for thought.

Source: The Amazon Race: A news game about what it’s like to work at Amazon Australia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Melbourne GTA Online cheat developer has home raided

Tags: australia, gaming

A gamer in Melbourne has had his assets frozen in connection with a cheat for Grand Theft Auto Online, raising questions about the reach of copyright law and the policing of online civility.

This is a cracking read & raises so many great discussion points around the reach of copyright, cheating in online games, profiting from selling cheat-enabling software and the stifling of the mod-ing community out of fear of legal action.

Spend the five minutes to read through, it’s an incredibly well written piece and well worth it.

Source: He Developed a Video Game Cheat. Then His Home Was Raided. – The New York Times