Stories by Rohan Pearce


'Managed cloud' a return to Rackspace's roots, says CTO

The announcement earlier this year that Rackspace would stop offering commodity IaaS cloud services represents something of a return to the company's roots, according to the company's global CTO, John Engates.

By Rohan Pearce | 18 December, 2014 09:22

Tags: Cloud, cloud computing, rackspace

Data retention: It's really, really important (but we still can't give you any details)

As the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security held its first hearing of an inquiry into the government's data retention bill, key details of the proposed regime are still yet to be revealed.

By Rohan Pearce | 17 December, 2014 13:48

Tags: civil liberties, data retention, privacy

Remote management delivers for West Gippsland school

Chairo Christian School in Victoria has implemented a remote management platform for PCs as it prepares for growth in the number of devices used by students and staff on its cross-campus network.

By Rohan Pearce | 16 December, 2014 14:43

Tags: remote management, education, Case studies, Case Study, kaseya

Call for release of Trans-Pacific Partnership text

Forty-eight non-government organisations have issued a call for the release of the draft text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

By Rohan Pearce | 15 December, 2014 16:27

Tags: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Turnbull moves against cherry-picking threat to NBN

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has released the new licence condition for operators of 'superfast' broadband networks that will potentially compete with the National Broadband Network.

By Rohan Pearce | 15 December, 2014 09:55

Tags: Malcolm Turnbull, TPG, National Broadband Network (NBN), national broadband network, Telecommunications, broadband

Major milestone for NBN 2.0 as NBN Co and Telstra sign new deal

NBN Co and Telstra today announced the signing of revised definitive agreements, clearing the major hurdle for the company rolling out the National Broadband Network as it shifts to the ‘Multi-Technology Mix’ favoured by the Coalition government.

By Rohan Pearce | 14 December, 2014 16:02

Tags: National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, optus, Telstra

Microsoft adds support for Bitcoin

Microsoft has announced it will support the use of the Bitcoin crypto-currency for purchasing digital goods.

By Rohan Pearce | 12 December, 2014 09:51

Tags: digital currency, Bitcoin

Government wants NBN Co ready for potential break-up

The government has no plans to disaggregate NBN Co but will direct the company rolling out the National Broadband Network to implement a number of measures that will give future governments the ability to more easily split the organisation into independent businesses.

By Rohan Pearce | 11 December, 2014 13:36

Tags: National Broadband Network (NBN), nbn co, national broadband network

Site blocking 'unlikely to be an effective' in piracy fight: Labor

Labor's communications spokesperson, Jason Clare, claims the anti-piracy measures announced yesterday by the government have "passed the buck back to industry".

By Rohan Pearce | 11 December, 2014 09:04

Tags: copyright, piracy

Praise, criticism for government's copyright proposals

The federal government today revealed a handful of proposals aimed at quelling Internet piracy in Australia.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 December, 2014 17:22

Tags: copyright, piracy, copyright infringement

Copyright clampdown: Scheme to block pirate websites 'open to abuse'

Despite government assurances, an anti-piracy scheme that will in some circumstances force ISPs to block access to websites could potentially censor unrelated material, according to intellectual property academic Dr Matthew Rimmer.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 December, 2014 16:29

Tags: copyright, piracy

Government will force ISPs to block websites in piracy fight

As part of its crackdown on unauthorised downloading of copyright material, the government will push ahead with the introduction of a scheme that will allow rights holders to apply for court orders to force ISPs to block websites.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 December, 2014 14:30

Tags: copyright

In brief: Telstra invests in BPM software firm

Telstra has invested in software company Panviva. Panviva is a Melbourne-headquartered company that produces business process management software.

By Rohan Pearce | 10 December, 2014 08:00

Tags: Business Process Management, business process

Pirates pay for content, Choice survey finds

People who engage in regular unauthorised downloading of copyright material are also more likely to pay for online and offline content than Australians who don't engage in piracy, according to a new survey by consumer advocacy group Choice.

By Rohan Pearce | 09 December, 2014 11:04

Tags: copyright

In brief: Westpac adds fingerprint sign-in for mobile app

A new version of Westpac's 'Westpac Live' mobile app will allow customers to log in using their fingerprint on a range of Android and iOS devices, the bank announced today.

By Rohan Pearce | 05 December, 2014 12:09

Tags: Westpac, security, smartphones, mobile banking, biometrics, mobile

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