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Sydney Harbour Bridge in the cloud

Google switches on Sydney cloud region, with a subset of services

Google Cloud Platform's Sydney region is now open for business … but missing lots of services the company's cloud offers elsewhere. The company flicked the switch earlier this morning, and revealed the fact a few minutes ago (at the time of writing). The new region has the following services ... Launch services for google …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2017
Sydney Harbour Bridge in the cloud

Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

An alleged burglar was shot in the backside with a bow and arrow after an angry homeowner caught him trying to steal his car. The intruder managed to make off with cash, car keys and other items from the Sydney house before being caught by the 68-year-old man living in the house, according to the BBC. The aggrieved homeowner …
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AWS blames 'latent bug' for prolonging Sydney EC2 outage

Amazon Web Services has explained the extended outage its Sydney services suffered last weekend, attributing downtime to a combination of power problems and a “latent bug in our instance management software”. Sydney recorded over 150mm of rain on last weekend. On Sunday the 5th the city copped 93 mm alone, plus winds gusting …
Darren Pauli, 9 Jun 2016
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Redback sinks fangs into Oz builder's todger

An Aussie builder was the victim of a classic redback spider attack earlier his week when an eight-legged beast sank its fangs into his todger while he sat on a portaloo. The unnamed 21-year-old "tradie" (tradesman) was enjoying an early-morning squat on the mobile dunny at a site in the south of Sydney when the creature …
Lester Haines, 27 Apr 2016
E-ink parking sign in Sydney

Sydney adopts 'world's first' e-ink parking signs

The Australian city of Sydney has adopted e-ink-equipped parking signs. Slovenian vendor Visionect says the State of New South Wales' Road and Maritime Services (RMS) agency has adopted its digital signage to ease the chore of changing signs to reflect coming events. As Vulture South well knows, Sydney's sclerotic roads …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2015
The Mad Max Nux Car

BONKERS apocalyptic WAR WAGONS circle Vulture South

BONKERS The insane vehicles of Mad Max Fury Road cruised past Vulture South When the Vulture South team popped out for lunch today, members of the local constabulary directed us away from our usual haunts. The reason? A promo for the new flick Mad Max: Fury Road had rolled into the nearby Sydney Opera House. Roads were blocked …
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2015
Telstra phone booth by Ed Dunens from Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/blachswan/

Telstra builds trans-continental land bridge for data

If you want to bring data from Europe or Asia to Australia, routing it to the city of Perth on the nation's west coast is a good idea because the bits spend less time on a submarine cable. For traffic from the USA, routes to Sydney on the east coast are similarly sensible. Once you land that data you then have the chore of …
Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2015
Microsoft store opening

Microsoft to open first flagship Store beyond North America

All the fun and excitement of Microsoft's wan clone of Apple Stores will soon be available beyond the United States for the first time, after the company announced it will open its first offshore store in Sydney, Australia. Microsoft's billing the store as a flagship not just for Australia but “a center piece of the Microsoft …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2015
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Sydney Opera House to devs: build our app for peanuts, wear patent pain

Sydney Opera House has announced it will stage a “hackathon” to find its next app, with the winner to receive $AUD4,000 in prize money and a big fat contract asking them to hand over all code developed during the event. Even losers could be asked to hand over their code. The famous venue says one reason to enter the …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2013
Dr Who fans at the opening of the Sydney Dr Who store

TARDIS materialises in Sydney

A bright, early, morning, a long line of fans queued outside a soon-to-open shop, and a Reg reporter. No, dear readers, you haven't missed an iPhone release, but instead the public emergence of the Dr Who pop-up store, a merchandise outlet erected by the avaricious cunning folk at BBC Licensing, who've decided to give …

AWS lands in Sydney, at a price

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has confirmed that it now offers cloud services from data centres in Australia, albeit at higher prices than it charges in all but two of its other regions. Australians often find global vendors charge more on their shores than they do elsewhere, a practice that has come to be known as "[Insert vendor …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2012
Racetrack memory

'Spintronics' brings IBM's Racetrack Memory closer to reality

The Manager of IBM's Magnetoelectronics Almaden Research Center says ideas discussed at a Sydney conference on “Spintronics” will help to advance Big Blue's vision for “Racetrack Memory”, a technology that we've previously explained “involves sending magnetic "stripes" through nanowires, written by imparting spin to the …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2012
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Inside HP's latest global bit barn

HP has unveiled its newest global bit barn and says it will form part of the network used to deliver its converged cloud services to customers around the world. The new facility, dubbed Aurora, is located on the fringes of Sydney in a district adjacent to the major highways that surround and/or exit the city (the end of …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jun 2012
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Facebook tracking makes for non-angry birds

Sydney’s Royal Botanical Garden is using Facebook to track its population of sulphur-crested cockatoos. John Martin, Wildlife Officer at the Garden and Ph.D candidate at the University of Wollongong, explained to The Register that he hopes to study the birds, which are infamously loud and destructive, the better to understand …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2012
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Oz anti-gang law hits email, maybe torrents too

The Australian State of New South Wales has amended its Crimes Act with a new definition of ‘consorting’ that makes electronic communications evidence of participation in criminal groups. The new law is a second attempt at making it hard for motorcycle gangs to do business. Such gangs are suspected of playing a significant …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2012
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China Tel gets busy Down Under

The world's largest fixed carrier, China Telecom, has quietly opened shop in Australia. The Australian branch of China Telecom formally launched operations in Sydney in mid-June. The strategic regional expansion to Australia follows an aggressive extension of reach via new points of presence in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, …
The Register breaking news

How two failed capacitors stranded Sydney rail commuters

The railway signaling failure which crippled Sydney on April 12 (some commuters reported trips of more than three hours) was caused by a failing LAN switch and software that couldn’t cope, an engineering report has found. The switch, probably a Cisco device given that the Borg is Railcorp’s dominant LAN kit supplier, was part …
The Register breaking news

Ex-Pipe boss rolls out data centre vision

Nascent national data centre operator NextDC has secured a site for its Sydney hub with plans to open the centre in Q3 2012. The new "green" data centre will be located 12km north-west of Sydney CBD but the company says it is looking at opening an additional Sydney site in a strategic location due to customer demand. NextDC, …

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