NZ gets 10gbit FTTP while our NBN struggles to connect premises and deliver advertised speeds
Australian Computer Society taken to Federal Court over restructuring process irregularities
The Mustang Mach E is Ford’s first proper mass produced electric car
Nice website comparing the video transcoding capabilities of Nvidia GPUs
Cheap 3rd-gen Chromecast, DS918+ NAS, Samsung 82" TV, Adobe Creative Cloud, TP-Link smart wi-fi switch, GL.inet travel router, Gigabyte & Seagate bonus SSDs, Netgear LTE modem
New Zealand's been kicking our arse when it comes to internet speeds for a while now, but Chorus (who is kinda like their Telstra) has taken it to the next level with the announcement of XGS-PON 10gbit services going live to 87% of the country starting in Feb 2020. Meanwhile, Telstra is accusing the NBN of forgetting to hook up thousands of premises. They reckon there's over 8,000 customers who have been left without a service for other 36 months due to their install being complicated and NBN not being fucked to put any effort into fixing it. Vodafone is also having a go at NBN for under provisioning connections and wants NBN to add a "buffer" so that if you pay for 50mbit for example, you actually get 50mbit, not 46.4mbit or whatever.
I don't know if anyone cares, but the Australian Computer Society is going through some shit right now. A group of "senior members" are suing the ACS in Federal Court, arguing that the decision and process to restructure the ACS into a member-run organisation into a corporate contains "significant irregularities". Apparently a vote on the issue gathered only 747 votes from the total 43,000 members and of those 747 votes, only 561 supported the change - 0.1% more votes than the 75% required to restructure the ACS. Literally one vote determined this change. According to the members taking the changes to court, the ACS will turn into a "marketing corporation", instead of being the industry association it's supposed to be.
Ford has joined the EV party, announcing their first mass production (i.e: not a compliance car to meet a certain country regulations) electric car. The Mustang Mach E is a crossover style vehicle (lifted hatchback really) that'll start appearing in people's driveways late 2020. Base model will cost US$43,895 and have roughly 370km range. Alex on Autos has a good video explaining the details of the Mustang Mach E and Electric Revs has a nice article with more detail on the Mach E's drive-train (batteries, motor etc.). That's as close you'll probably get to one though, as Ford isn't bothering to sell the Mach E in Australia because we are a bad country that deserves all the ill fortune it gets.
Building a Plex server and wondering which GPU to install to take advantage of its hardware video transcoding feature? Elpamsoft has a very handy website comparing the video transcoding capabilities of each of the Nvidia GPUs along with their retail name. Some GPUs only support H.264 (not the newer H.265/HEVC), some GPUs need more VRAM than others and each have limits on how many concurrent transcoding streams they can handle. I put a GTX1650 in my Plex server, which after patching the drivers, handles over 6 hardware transcodes at once without breaking a sweat. If you're wondering why you might need a GPU at all in your Plex server, I have one to ease the load when playing back HEVC content on device that don't support it and for remote viewing when a direct stream won't work (e.g: connection too slow).
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Synology DS918+ NAS - $615.20 from Computer Alliance’s eBay store
Samsung 82" UA82RU8000 4K TV - $2680 + delivery ($200-ish) from Appliance Central on eBay
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GL.inet GL-MT300N-V2 travel router - $25.51 on Amazon AU
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