In This Issue


China busted using Twitter & Facebook to spread bullshit about HK protests

Twitter and Facebook have shut down Chinese government disinformation campaigns regarding Hong Kong protests running on their platform. According to Twitter, 936 accounts "were deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement on the ground" and almost 200,000 accounts were doing similar things, but on a smaller scale and shut down by Twitter as part of their usual anti-spam procedures. Facebook was tipped off by Twitter about the Chinese disinformation campaign and closed down "5 Facebook accounts, 7 Pages and 3 Groups".

Disney+ to launch in Australia on November 19th

Australia has ended up in the first group of countries to get Disney+, Disney's new streaming media service. It'll cost $8.99/m or $89.99/yr, which isn't too bad considering the mega cache of content Disney owns (20th Century Fox, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, ESPN, National Geographic, ABC TV and obviously Disney itself). You'll be able to give Mickey your credit card on November 19th. Americans will be able to hand over a bit more cash and get Hulu and ESPN bundled in with Disney, but no word if Australians will be able to do the same. Also not sure what it means for all the Disney stuff on Stan.

Reddit starts allowing users to live stream video of themselves

Reddit's getting in on the live video streaming game, creating the "Reddit Public Access Network" - a new place to metaphorically drop your pants to the entire world for pennies. According to the article, Reddit is being "incredibly judicious with the rollout of RPAN" with policies like getting "quarantined" if you do stuff that "average redditors may find highly offensive or upsetting, or which promotes hoaxes" and employing dedicated moderators to oversee streams, which are only allowed during 9AM to 5PM California time and limiting the number of “slots” available to stream. You can find out more about RPAN at /r/pan.

Not News

Domestic batteries to store excess solar power still aren’t worth it

Solar Quotes has a useful article and video comparing the financial return of solar panels on your roof compared to the same solar panels attached to a battery. Unfortunately a battery hooked up to your house is just way too expensive right now to ever pay itself back - a Tesla Powerwall 2 for example, is about $16,000 installed and has a warranty for 10 years. There's basically no way you'll save $16,000 worth of electricity during that battery's lifetime. By all means buy one if you think it's cool and you want to reduce your reliance on the dirty grid (particularly in VIC, NSW & QLD), but it won't save you money.


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