Last Week’s 10 Biggest Posts

You wanted the low-down on encryption, Chrome’s RAM usage, Star Trek’s data usage and the best clients for Bittorrent. Kick off your Monday by checking out the ten most popular posts from Lifehacker Australia last week:

  1. Even Learning About Encryption In Australia Will Soon Be Illegal
    You might not think that an academic computer science course could be classified as an export of military technology. But under the Defence Trade Controls Act — which passed into law in April, and will come into force next year — there is a real possibility that even seemingly innocuous educational and research activities could fall foul of Australian defence export control laws.
  2. Do This Tonight: The Flipped Missionary (Or ‘Butts Up’) [NSFW]
    This week’s instalment of Do This Tonight is a flexible sex position that works well for a diverse array of couples. The Flipped Missionary/Butts Up looks deceptively simple, but I think it’s a vastly underrated position.
  3. Why Chrome Uses So Much Freaking RAM
    Chrome may be the best browser around, but it eats up your PC’s RAM like prawns at Christmas. If you’ve ever looked at your task manager, you’ve probably flipped out at the sheer number of Chrome processes and the memory they hog. Here’s why Chrome uses so much RAM, and how to curb its gluttony.
  4. Here Are Cheat Sheets For All Those Fun, Yet Complex Board Games
    Not all board games are created equal. For every straightforward title such as Catan, there’s a depressing complex Arkham Horror. Fortunately, you don’t have to go wading through the rulebooks for these more challenging-to-learn games — you can instead grab a cheat sheet from online repository The Esoteric Order of Gamers.
  5. How Streaming Star Trek Chews Through The Data
    No, not that Data. But if you’re a serious Star Trek junkie, you can now stream every episode of the original series, Next Generation and Deep Space Nine on Stan. The costs of doing so however, could be massive.
  6. Five Best BitTorrent Clients
    BitTorrent is a great way to transfer and share large files, but it’s only as convenient and efficient as the application you use to seed and download them. This week, we’re looking at five of the best BitTorrent clients, based on your nominations.
  7. Top 10 Tips And Tools For Learning A New Language
    Knowing another language is a valuable skill — one that could boost your salary and your brain. While there are many paths to picking up a foreign language, here are ten of the most tried-and-trued ways to become bilingual or even a polyglot.
  8. The IT Skills You Need To Work At Australia’s Best Employers Right Now
    Want to use your IT skills at Australia’s best employees? LinkedIn has combed its activity logs and identified the most sought-after companies, and the tech skills they need.
  9. Telstra Says Everyone’s Broadband Data Limits Will Have Been Increased By July
    Back in March, Telstra announced that it was going to increase the data allocations for its existing fixed line broadband customers, but said the process would take “several months”. Telstra now says that those increases will all be in place by July.
  10. What Causes The ‘Dadbod’ (And How To Reverse It)
    Ah, the “dadbod”. A recently-coined term, it describes the body of a man whose belly suggests that he’s had a few thousand beers during grand final season. Now, he’s not “fat” by any means. In fact, his broad shoulders suggests that he balances his pizza intake with bench presses and curls. So how does this body occur and how do you undo a “dadbod?”

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