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IBM reminds staff not to break customers in pre-Xmas fix-this-now rush

Bosses at IBM's Australian outpost have been forced to remind staff to do their best work during the pre-Christmas rush – that time of year when outsourced clients want a lot of stuff done in a hurry before much of the world shuts down to overeat. Internal communications seen by The Register this week state that human error by …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2017
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Australian central bank says 'speculative mania' and crime fuel Bitcoin

The governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia has opined that cryptocurrencies are most useful “to those who want to make transactions in the black or illegal economy, rather than everyday transactions” and concluded that current enthusiasm for the instruments therefore “feels more like a speculative mania than it has to do with …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2017
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Australia's new Foreign Influence laws expand phone snoop powers

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced three new laws aimed at reducing foreign influence on domestic politics and they include new snooping powers. Speaking at a press conference today at Parliament House, Turnbull said the bills are designed to prohibit foreign donations to Australian political parties and …
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Australia to probe Web giants' impact on news, ads, competition

Australia's government has fulfilled a promise to probe Web giants' impact on the media, news and advertising businesses. The land down under recently re-wrote its laws on media ownership, to allow greater concentration of ownership. That law was contentious, given that a certain R Murdoch already dominates Australian media. …

WikiLeaks is wiki-leaked. And it's still not even a proper wiki anyway

Julian Assange's WikiLeaks – that bastion of fiercely independent journalism – privately urged the Trump campaign to not concede the 2016 presidential election, to contest the result as rigged, and asked for one of Donald's tax returns so as to appear impartial and nothing whatsoever to do with Russia's meddling in the White …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2017
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Telstra drops nbn™ in it as it wears compo for broadband speed ads

Telstra has all-but-blamed nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), for having to compensate customers who can't experience broadband speeds the carrier advertised. Telstra will compensate 42,000 customers after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) took it to …

Facebook suggests mm-wave spectrum should be free in Australia

Facebook has urged the Australian government to open up millimeter-wave spectrum for licence-free applications. It's no secret that The Social Network™ has a fondness for wireless applications around the 60 GHz bands. Last year, it outlined its research into systems dubbed "Terragraph" and "Project ARIES" at its Connectivity …
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Who's to blame for the NBN? Hardly anyone remembers, or cares

NBN WEEK Welcome to NBN Week, Reg Australia's new weekly roundup of the endless news of the nation's National Broadband Network. Last week we reported the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission launched an inquiry into the NBN's wholesale services. The irony of that decision is that it came just one day after a government MP …
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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

Australia's national broadband network (NBN) is being pecked apart by birds. nbn™, the company building and operating the NBN, has revealed that “native parrots have recently been found feasting on spare power and fibre cables strung from NBN Co's near 2,000 Fixed-Wireless towers”. The company has used a picture of a sulphur- …

Vodafone's NBN plans may include voice-over-WiFi, virtual landlines

Vodafone Australia is market testing a product called “nbn extras” that will see it offer voice-over-WiFi or a virtual landline that redirects to mobile phones. Friends of The Register tell us that the company is using paid online surveys to test the ideas illustrated below. Vodafone NBN extras Vodafone's 'nbn extras' plan …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2017
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nbn™ to use in late 2018, firstly in commercial premises

nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has announced it will start using in 2018 and will eventually use it in fibre-to-the-node installations. is a successor to VDSL and can hit a gigabit per second when the stars align. Government policy means nbn™ will deploy …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2017
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nbn™'s problems were known – in 2008, a year before its birth

Australia's telecommunications ombudsman last week reported a startling and unwelcome 159.3 per cent year-on-year jump in complaints, with more than 40,000 lodged about services on the national broadband network (NBN). The usual tut-tutting took place and nbn™, the company that builds and operates the NBN, came in for …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2017
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Telstra said its 7-incher was really an 11-incher, left customers frustrated, unsatisfied

Telstra's been forced to refund users of its live Australian Rules Football streaming service, after promising a hefty 11-inch experience but delivering a less-exciting seven-inch screen. The refund's been ordered by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in response to complaints about the Official Live App …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2017
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Australian government launches review of .au domain

Australia will conduct a review of how the nation's .au top level domain is managed. Minister for communications Mitch Fifield says it's needed because current arrangements have been in place since the year 2001, when the not-for-profit .au Domain Administration (auDA) got the job of operating and managing the .au domain. …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Oct 2017
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Domino's Pizza delivers user details to spammers

Domino's Pizza's Australian outpost has blamed a partner for a security breach, after angry customers went online complaining about finding themselves on spam lists. The company owned up to the breach after Redditor “Pinchie McPinch” complained about receiving e-mails from “Sarah” and “Jess”. What tipped Pinchie that the data …
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Australia's IoT security rating might work, if done right

INTERVIEW As Vulture South reported Monday, Australia's government hopes to have consumer Internet of Things products given security “star ratings” of some kind, so consumers know what they're buying. The notion seems problematic: for example, what does a five-star security rating on a security camera mean, if it's attached to a router …

Australian senator Pauline Hanson wants devilish scam calls to flash '666'

An Australian senator has come up with a cunning plan to stop phone scammers: any call from an unregistered VoIP line should show the caller's number as “666”. Senator Pauline Hanson detailed the idea in a letter to communications minister Mitch Fifield, as part of a government review into dealing with scams. On Facebook, she …
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Review pins blame for Medicare ID breach on you. All of you

Comment The Australian government's review of an incident that saw health care customer numbers offered for sale on a Tor “darknet” site has recommended retaining the numbers as acceptable proof of identity. Australian adults are all issued a "Medicare card" entitling them to government-funded healthcare. The cards bear the unique …

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