These graphs show the impact Netflix is having on the Australian internet

Overall, the increase has seen the traffic IX Australia passes through its network jump 50 per cent – from 30Gbps to 45Gbps in recent days (and it’s still growing).

I guess Australians really were just waiting for Netflix.

via These graphs show the impact Netflix is having on the Australian internet.

XtremIO XIOS 3.0 Requires Destructive Upgrade

News has emerged about a potential upgrade issue with the latest version of O/S code for the EMC XtremIO all-flash platform.  As discussed in this blog post, the upgrade to XIOS 3.0 is not simply disruptive but is destructive.  According to Chris Mellor’s post, the reason for the destructive nature of the upgrade is to change the on-disk de-duplication block size from 4K to 8K in order to ensure metadata can be managed efficiently.

Oops.

via XtremIO XIOS 3.0 Requires Destructive Upgrade | Architecting IT Blog.

Customers to provide the hotspots in Telstra’s new Wi-Fi plan

Telstra’s plans to rollout Australia’s largest Wi-Fi network over the next five years involves asking existing customers to allow part of their broadband connection to be used as hotspots.

Sure, feel free to use as much of my bandwidth as you like, i have an abundance of bits.. oh wait..

via Customers to provide the hotspots in Telstra’s new Wi-Fi plan.

Data retention: iiNet slams ‘mass surveillance’

Internet service provider iiNet has again condemned the government’s proposed data retention scheme as “mass surveillance”. In a response to a government consultation paper on the scheme, the ISP also takes issue with what it describes as ambiguity regarding the data that telcos would have to retain.

iiNet continue to be the defender of Australian Internet Users. Seriously considering the switch, even if they don’t offer the same value for money (more or less) than my current ISP. Good work iiNet.

via Data retention: iiNet slams ‘mass surveillance’ – Computerworld.

Low-paid Queensland workers’ wages slipping below inflation

It comes as a record number of Queensland homes – 25,305 – were disconnected from their electricity supplier in 2013-14 because they could not pay the electricity bill.

This is more electricity disconnections than the previous record in 2010-11, when Queensland was hit by floods and natural disasters.

Sadly. this really doesn’t surprise me, things like power bills are going through the roof and wages aren’t increasing. I guess the rich will keep getting richer, so its all good?

via Low-paid Queensland workers’ wages slipping below inflation.

Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

New laws due to be passed in Australia allow intelligence agency ASIO to spy on domestic internet traffic like never before. The Sydney Morning Herald reports: “Spy agency ASIO will be given the power to monitor the entire Australian internet and journalists’ ability to write about national security will be curtailed when new legislation – expected to pass in the Senate as early as Wednesday – becomes law, academics, media organisations, lawyers, the Greens party and rights groups fear.”

Geebus

via Slashdot.

Australian digital film prices ‘cheapest in the world’

Foxtel and AHEDA blasted Choice’s research results.

and

Telstra, which owns 50 per cent of Foxtel, recently said it supported the [piracy] crackdown.

Choice don’t seem to agree – I’m sure the truth is somewhere in the middle.

I just can’t get over how the movie/tv industries are so blind to what ails them. People are pirating this stuff for a reason, especially in Australia. Surely they can’t be completely blind as to why this is happening.

Full article over at SMH