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It’s a little over a week later than we all thought it would be but the Amazon store is finally in full swing for Australia.

I haven’t had a huge opportunity to go scouring through it for any bargains but I can tell you that shipping to capital cities is free once you spend a pineapple ($50).

Source: Amazon.com.au: Shop online for Electronics, Apparel, Toys, Books, DVDs & more

Cryptocurrency is all the rage and when thoughts turn to mining it, the conundrum, for Australians at least, is the cost of electricity required to power any sort of crypto mining setup. Once you get on to that train of thought, the mind turns to solar power. Free energy from the sky! But how much would a small off-grid solar power setup large enough to power a mining rig cost to set up? That’s what I’m going to try and bumble my way through in this post.

I love how he says “bumble my way through”, Anthony is a full on crypto/solar nerd and his bumbling looks to me like some pretty damn solid detail and costings.

Price wise it comes out a hell of a lot cheaper than I would’ve thought too! Could be time to set up the old Bitcoin/Litecoin/Etherium/[insert current cryptocurrency du jour here] mining rig!

Source: Cost summary of running a cryptocurrency mining rig off-grid | The Sizzle

THE general manager of Big Bash League side Sydney Sixers has been poached to head up a new esports league.

Dominic Remond has been appointed the chief executive of Gfinity Australia, who are set to kick off the Elite Series, an esports competition with city-based professional franchises.

Dude’s had an interesting career path that’s for sure. From Sony Pictures to Big Bash Cricket and now esports CEO.

The new league kicks off in January launching its “Challenger Series” which invites amateurs to compete for a spot to play against state based pros in its “Elite Series”.

It should be noted that the Gfinity competition is NOT the same one that the Adelaide Crows recently bought into. The Crows instead buying the Sydney based Legacy team competing in League of Legends based Oceanic Pro League (OPL).

Source: Sydney Sixers general manager Dominic Remond appointed CEO of Gfinity Australia esports | Fox Sports

National Broadband Network (NBN) CEO Bill Morrow has said the company will delay the rollout of its hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) network until it can repair various customer experience issues.

With 3.1 million premises in the HFC footprint, Morrow told ZDNet that 370,000 are already connected and an additional 50,000 are queued to be connected. All remaining premises slated to be connected by HFC will see delays of between six and nine months.

Allow me to tell you the cause of your issue: An ageing, poorly maintained and over capacity HFC network that’s being crammed into a multi-technology mixture of hell.

How much did we fork out for that unusable Optus’ network again? Just $800m, not too bad.

Source: NBN delays HFC rollout until customer experience issues fixed | ZDNet

Join James Croft and Raj Deut as we rubberneck Amazon launching in Australia, Uber spilling out all our data like so much goop from a Nickelodeon game show, Apple delays their HomePod because of reasons that I will speculate on, and EA have created a perfect god machine of evil and death which will descend from the heavens and consume us all into its open craggy maw. Can renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon crack the code of Battlefront 2’s monetisation strategy before time runs out?

Amazon Australia opens tomorrow 

Uber pays off hackers to conceal data breach of 57 million users

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker delayed until 2018

EA removes all in-game purchases from Star Wars Battlefront II on the eve of its launch

We’ve just received word via an Amazon Marketplace seller that Amazon will start an internal testing phase with a small number of customers from 2PM AEDT Thursday, November 23.

I love how the email says “Please remember all information you receive is confidential”. Not sure this particular seller read that part as it’s probably the most shared screenshot of the past 24 hours. In Australia anyway.

Soft launching at 2pm Thursday November 23rd. Expect a smattering of products with most likely Amazon’s own to be available.

No idea if we’ll see things like Amazon Prime shipping be available but it would be great if they introduced their Alexa service locally, which they’ve just done for Canada.

Source: It’s Official: Amazon Australia Will Start Selling Products On Thursday | Lifehacker Australia

Amazon expects to launch down under within two weeks.

The world’s biggest online retailer is contacting sellers advising them to get their products online and ready to sell by “mid-November,”…

The plan is to be live for America’s “Black Friday” weekend. Not that Australians really know what the post Thanksgiving holiday sale is I’m sure they will soon!

Source: Amazon Australia plans to launch in November by Black Friday – CNET

Optus has bowed to pressure and announced refunds to customers for not delivering on promises of high speed internet.

Vocus has also confirmed it is working the the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission and will also compensate customers once a review is complete.

Vocus includes such consumer brands as iPrimus and Dodo.

The ABC who filed the source article also reached out to TPG who did not respond to their request for comment. I’d expect they’ll follow suit now that everyone’s jumping on board the “good guy” train. If they don’t they’ll have a slew of angry iiNet, Internode and their self-branded TPG customers to deal with.

Source: Optus, Vocus join Telstra in compensating customers for slow NBN – The World Today – ABC Radio

Telstra is offering compensation to 42,000 customers after the telco promoted and offered NBN speeds that couldn’t actually be achieved in the real world.

  • 26,497 (56 per cent) of FTTN customers on the 100/40 Mbps plan could not receive 100/40 Mbps.
  • 6,352 (45 per cent) of FTTN customers on a 50/20 Mbps plan could not receive 50/20 Mbps.

Is anyone genuinely surprised that this is the case? Ask anyone who’s connected to the NBN via FTTN and not had a speed issue.

The surprising factor here, Telstra brought it forward first. Likely to avoid what was going to come out anyway, but still, good on them?

ACCC Chairman Rod Sims had this to say in conjunction with the compensation announcement “…if you advertise a particular speed and customers cannot get that speed, you will risk breaching the Australian Consumer Law.”

The ACCC is asking that all ISPs begin advertising “typical” speeds, during the busiest period of their day (7pm-11pm) instead of theoretical maximums. They expect ISPs to begin doing this over the next month.

Source: Telstra Couldn’t Hit Advertised NBN Speeds, Is Compensating Thousands Of Customers | Gizmodo Australia