Miscellaneous pre-release COVID-19 contact tracing app information
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa is ready for production use
Facebook won’t let you advertise pseudoscience & Google is making you put your name behind your ads
LabGopher lets you filter different specs for servers for sale on eBay
Cheap Huawei GT2 smartwatch, E.Tel Optus MVNO plans, Nokia 7.2 & 3.2 smartphones, Sennheiser HD 300 headphones, Google Nest Mini + smart switch bundle, 2nd-gen AirPods
Australia's COVID-19 contact tracing app derived from Singapore's is still being worked on, but according to the health department secretary we've "drawn on the code and used it, but we have added and changed it so that it’s unique for our circumstances". She added that the data collected will reside in an encrypted "national data store" that the Commonwealth and cops won't access - only the state health departments. It was also revealed by the ABC that Amazon Web Services will be where the data is stored - presumably only in the AU region. Finally, Apple and Google plan to make their contact tracing API public next week, but it probably won’t be used by the Australian app.
There's a new long term support release of Ubuntu - 20.04, Focal Fossa. The main new feature is a way more recent Linux kernel (5.4) that adds built-in Wireguard VPN support, exFAT read & write, way more support for various AMD & Intel CPUs, USB 3.2 and Type-C and general speed improvements. Check out the release notes for a full run-down of what's new. Phoronix has benchmarks of 20.04 versus the previous LTS release 18.04 and found that it is significantly faster. Serve the Home has a nice rundown of the new features and what they mean. Might fuck around with this on my home server over the weekend.
Up until yesterday, Facebook used to let you target ads towards people who claim (or Facebook think) are interested in pseudoscience. Apparently this would let you aim ads for bullshit remedies and therapies to people, despite Facebook's years long battle against disinformation. It's almost as if Facebook couldn't give a flying fuck about anything besides making money??? Also in internet advertising news, Google is going to make all its advertisers verify their identities and which country they're from. This used to be for political ads only but will be for all ads now. Users will then be able to see who placed the ad.
Lockdown got you in the mood for buying former enterprise computer hardware to use at home? LabGopher lets you search eBay (yep, even eBay Australia) for servers based on certain specs. It scrapes the listings and puts them in a table where you can filter out things you don't want. The most useful feature would be the CPU Passmark rankings (good for multi-user Plex servers) and filtering out servers with 2.5" or 3.5" bays. For what its worth, I wouldn't bother with any gear older than the G8 for HP stuff and the R620/720 for Dell. The CPUs are too old and suck too much electricity for the performance they provide.
Huawei GT2 smartwatch - $219 at JB Hi-Fi
E.Tel is a new Optus MVNO offering 3GB/m of data & unlimited calls/SMS for $9.95 a month
Nokia 7.2 Android One smartphone (dual SIM, 128GB storage, 4GB RAM) - $383.20 from MobileCiti’s eBay store using the code PNOK20
Nokia 3.2 Android One smartphone (16GB storage, 2GB RAM) - $190.40 from MobileCiti’s eBay store using the code PNOK20
Sennheiser HD 300 headphones - $69 from The Good Guys
Google Nest Mini + Mirabella smart switch bundle - $49 at Big W
2nd-gen Apple AirPods - $199 at Big W & Officeworks
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