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 Monday, 13-March-2017  15:25:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Elon Musk has offered to resolve South Australia's energy issues. Elon Musk, the billionaire co-founder of electric car giant Tesla, has thrown down a challenge to the South Australian and federal governments, saying he can solve the state’s energy woes within 100 days – or he’ll deliver the 100MW battery storage system for free. This has produced quite the twitter storm, which continues today. After speaking to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for an hour on Sunday, the Tesla CEO resumed his Twitter campaign on Monday morning, offering what appears to be a heart-felt thank you to Australians who have supported his clean energy agenda.

PCPerspective looked into reports of issues between AMD's Ryzen processors and the Windows 10 Scheduler. The testing you see here was a response to many days of comments and questions to our team on how and why AMD Ryzen processors are seeing performance gaps in 1080p gaming (and other scenarios) in comparison to Intel Core processors. Several outlets have posted that the culprit is the Windows 10 scheduler and its inability to properly allocate work across the logical vs. physical cores of the Zen architecture. As it turns out, we can prove that isn't the case at all.

Have you been having trouble tracking down an AM4 board? I haven't heard any complaints, but if you have, LegitReviews may have an explanation. If you’ve looked at building an AMD Ryzen 7 system you’ll find that the processors are pretty easy to find, but good luck finding a motherboard. Most of the AMD motherboards based on the X370 and B350 chipsets are out of stock and back-ordered. It doesn’t matter what brand you are looking for as ASUS, ASRock, Biostar, Gigabyte, and MSI are all selling out quickly due to the limited quantities available.

On my Windows 10 machine recently I got a strange spammy system popup when launching Chrome, trying to get me to use Microsoft's Edge browser instead. Apparently these ads now extend to File Explorer, thanks aftahours. Microsoft made a lot of changes in Windows 10 that helped it put the mistakes of Windows 8 in the rear view mirror. Not all of Microsoft’s ideas are good, though. The company has shown a tendency to get a little too casual with how it promotes its services within Windows. You might even call these “ads.” Microsoft would, of course, dispute that description. Some of these things that look very much like ads have started showing up in File Explorer. Specifically, Windows 10 has started nagging people to buy a subscription to OneDrive.

It's not too uncommon to have a media or gaming room in your house, but Phoronix set up a dedicated VR space. I had setup the HTC Vive VR system in the "basement server room" to deal with the mess of cables, but after using this VR headset for a few days I quickly realized I needed a better area for engaging with virtual reality. After making a custom-built desk and moving where I have the HTC Vive "play room" configured, the experience is much better.

On a related note, Microsoft have demonstrated their Windows Mixed Reality in a recent video. Windows Mixed Reality (previously Windows Holographic) is Microsoft’s shell for navigating content when wearing VR and AR headsets, and is expected to reach the mass market this year as part of the Creators Update and a wave of cheap Mixed Reality headsets from a wide variety of Widows OEMs such as Acer.

IBM say quantum computers are going to be here soon, so developers should get ready. Most researchers agree that the theoretical machines are still years away from actually being made, despite advances towards creating a working quantum computer. But IBM says that its work has shown enough promise to get working on programming the machines.

Optus seem to be getting a bit heavy-handed with NBN migrations, thanks Axe. Optus is ignoring the NBN's 18-month switchover commitment and threatening to cut off cable customers within weeks, using strongarm tactics to sign them up as Optus NBN customers before they can consider changing provider.



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