sjwt (161428) writes "In some countries your government research laboratories might be held back from performing some types of programs due to political vote buying reasons, not hear in Australia.. Full steam ahead for Dragon Research!!
It is not often I see a major story on/. before I see it in a bottom rung news feed such as news.com.au and at worst its only 1 day behind, but/. can lag by days if not weeks. We see articles that read more like paid ads, and often the "summary" that is submitted in stories is just a copy past with no effort put in, is any hope left?" top
Australian Government releases report into IT Price Fixing.
sjwt (161428) writes "It's been a long time since anyone on the web in Australia no matter how computer literate they are even bothered to question the simple statement 'Do we in Australia pay too much for Digital copies', it has always been an resounding 'Yes'. Labor MP Ed Husic's report into IT prices is out, and it does not pull punches.
From 116% for Ebooks to 184% for games, everywhere you look it has become commonplace to be charged much more for living in Australia, and now the government report issued today with a number of recommendations including removing import restrictions in the Copyright Act for private individuals, a right of resale on digital goods and even the possibility of outlawing geoblocking. This could be quite a win for Australian consumers." top
A new startup offers to halve the production costs of solar cells
sjwt (161428) writes "Using a newer self developed high powered ion cannon, Twin Creeks a new start up company promises to produce solar cells that at 20um thick, 1/10th the current stranded thickness, and also flexible. After accounting for the reduction of wast silicon and the new production techniques they state a cost of 40 cents per watt compare this to the current $1.09 per watt and this could push solar cells into a competitive place against fossil fuels."