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This Fascinating Antarctic Water Animation Was Made On Australia's Most Powerful Supercomputer

The movement of the densest and coldest water in the world makes a big difference to the planet’s climate, but we don’t know much about it. Australia’s most powerful supercomputer, Raijin — named for the Shinto god of thunder, lightning and storms — has been used to model an incredibly detailed look at the underwater currents around the Antarctic landmass, and the flow-on effects that movement has on temperatures and eddies around Earth.

ACCC Is Cracking Down On Drip Pricing From Travel And Entertainment Websites

One day on the internet, the price you’re advertised might just end up being the price that you pay. The ACCC is part of an international crackdown on drip pricing, the practice we’re all too familiar with where a website will show you one price when you start a booking, but by the time you’re entering your credit card details, you’ll see a bunch of extra fees and charges.

Dodging Data Retention: How I Sidestep Government Spying

Australia’s new data retention laws come into effect today, and a lot of people are looking for a way to keep their personal communications private. This is what I do to keep my mobile phone data, and the data from my PC and laptop at home, secure and encrypted and safe from unwanted surveillance from government or from any other interested party.

The Government Wants To Use Mobile Broadband For Police, Fire And Ambulance Services In Australia

Australia’s main police, ambulance and fire agencies have their own dedicated radio bands, but need more rich communication between officers and dispatch to use 21st century tools like GPS, smartphones, tablets and the internet. A draft Productivity Commission report recommends using mobile broadband from commercial telcos like Telstra, Optus and Vodafone rather than cordoning off mobile spectrum and constructing a $6 billion dedicated public safety broadband network.

Australia's New Communications Minister: 'We're Technology Agnostic' About The NBN

When leadership changes, there’s always the potential for certain passion projects to be brought to the fore. In his previous role as communications minister, Australia’s current prime minister’s history as a founding face in Australia’s internet was at odds with the decision to rationalise and roll-back the rollout of high-speed fibre to the home NBN. That might change. The new Turnbull-led, Liberal goverment is being just a bit cagey about how the NBN might evolve in the coming weeks and months.

TPG Is Still Building Its Own Competitor To The NBN

The National Broadband Network is facing renewed competition, in the cities where it should theoretically be making the most money. TPG will continue to build out its potentially lucrative fibre-to-the-basement metropolitan broadband network, and might even start to offer access to it through its new acquisiton iiNet. Soon enough, you might buy an iiNet service for your apartment and be getting NBN-like speeds, despite being connected to TPG’s own fibre.

The NBN: Why It's Slow, Expensive And Obsolete

The Abbott Coalition government came to power two years ago this week with a promise to change Labor’s fibre to the premises (FTTP) National Broadband Network (NBN) to one using less-expensive fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) technologies, spruiking its network with the three-word slogan: “Fast. Affordable. Sooner.”

ACCC: TPG's iiNet Takeover Didn't 'Substantially' Muck Things Up For Broadband In Australia

TPG’s recent takeover of iiNet has left a few people out of a job and more people just annoyed. While the transition hasn’t exactly been smooth, you’ll be pleased to know that Australia’s competition watchdog thought it went OK. But it won’t be happening again.

Head Of NASA: Congress, Stop Paying Russia To Send Americans To Space

In an open letter to Congress today, ex-astronaut and current NASA head honcho Charles F. Bolden Jr shared some choice words: Quit wasting money and start sending US astronauts to space aboard US spacecraft.

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