Tag: 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’


“I pushed [the Galaxy Fold] through before it was ready.” said Samsung CEO, DJ Koh.

No shit.

Despite the Fold being a giant white-elephant Koh goes on to explain in the Independent article that the Fold most definitely has not been shelved and is expected to make a return.

Samsung rushing products to market is nothing new. The ill-fated Note 7, which famously started exploding due to ill-quipped battery tests, one of their largest.

The Fold is by no means exploding but it was a woefully poor product. Most review units broke within days and cheap coating on the phone’s flagship foldable display was often removed because it looked so poor.

Source: Galaxy Fold: Inside Samsung’s struggle to deliver a foldable phone – and why the future of smartphones hinges on it | The Independent

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

I have three Raspberry Pis in my home. One runs the amazing ad blocking software Pi-hole, another serves as smarthome hub running Hass.io and the last (and oldest) I got to build a smart mirror that’s going nowhere fast.

None of those make use of the true power the Raspberry Pi now affords. Today’s announcement of the Raspberry Pi 4 (Model B) shows just how far the tiny US$35 (A$59.95) computer has come.

Available in three configurations with either 1GB, 2GB or 4GB of RAM the new RPi4 now also includes Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, BLE 5.0, 2 x USB2, 2x USB3 and dual mini HDMI ports that both push 4K!

For under US$40 you’re getting quite the little pocket-rocket. Sure it’s not going to replace your video editing suite anytime soon but for an everyday word processing & web browsing terminal an RPi could very well replace a lot of people’s ageing desktops.

Both the 1GB and 2GB models are available immediately with the 4GB shipping on July 1st.

Australian orders can be placed through RPi’s local resellers: Core Electronics & PiAustralia.

Source: Raspberry Pi 4 Model B – Raspberry Pi

“A sweatshop in America”

Facebook contractor Cognizant is tasked with moderating the deluge of inappropriate content posted to Facebook at 98% accuracy.

The company has never risen above 92% and in fear of losing its lucrative US$200m contract pushes work conditions and employees beyond their limits.

Bodily fluids & pubic hair on desks, a worker death whilst at his desk, sexual harassment cases, bathrooms covered in faecal matter and menstrual blood. The list goes on.

Facebook have committed to investigating their contractor sites as well as an increase to the end worker wage, but the psychological and emotional trauma afflicted to many employees sees the move come all too late.

This is a fascinating long-form read that paints a truly bleak picture of today’s social-media driven world.

Source: Facebook moderators break their NDAs to expose desperate working conditions – The Verge