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 Monday, 11-September-2017  13:14:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australian researchers are working on a new type of quantum computer. This might just be the final piece of puzzle in the realm of silicon-based quantum computers. “Although we only have its blueprint, the development of this device is as crucial as the 1998 seminal paper by Bruce Kane on silicon quantum computing ” stated Andrea Morello, the research team leader. “Similar to Kane’s paper, our project is a proposal and the qubit is yet to be built.” Morello explains. “Our experimental data suggests that the project is possible and hopefully we shall demonstrate this later. But I think this research is as visionary as Kane’s original paper.” Their paper is here on Nature.

On the other hand, one academic has labelled Australia's NBN a national tragedy. Professor Tucker concludes: “This situation is nothing short of a national tragedy and a classic example of failed infrastructure policy that will have long-term ramifications for Australia’s digital economy.” The news comes after reports that Australia has slower internet speeds than Kenya or Latvia – and is continuing to sink dramatically down the world rankings. The academic paper can be read here, thanks Tony_L.

HardOCP compared Threadripper waterblocks. We have reached out to every company that has sent us a press release on its new Threadripper waterblock, and asked for a sample. Some have never responded back, some have refused samples for not giving them free advertising, and others have stepped right up to have their products reviewed. And lastly we have simply purchased some Threadripper waterblocks as well.

Google upset a lot of people by announcing that Google Drive is going away, but apparently that's not quite the case. First and foremost, the Google cloud service known as Drive is going to be just fine, for now. If you log in to your Google account and utilise Drive's storage through a web browser, you probably won't notice any changes. But the Google Drive app for PC and Mac is officially being deprecated and the company's developers announced in a blog post that it will no longer be supported starting December 11. Instead, you'll need to choose from one of two new apps.

PC Perspective checked out NVIDIA WhisperMode. Attempting to address the problem of loud gaming notebooks, NVIDIA released a technology called WhisperMode. WhisperMode launched alongside NVIDIA's Max-Q design notebooks earlier this year, but it will work with any notebook enabled with an NVIDIA GTX 1060 or higher. This software solution aims to limit noise and power consumption of notebooks by restricting the frame rate of your game to a reasonable compromise of performance, noise, and power levels.

Concerns about Kaspersky continue, with Best Buy removing their products from shelves. Kaspersky Lab, which boasts it has more than 400 million users, has strongly denied any links to the Russian government. But some federal lawmakers are pressing for legislation that would ban the U.S. government from using Kaspersky's software. They are on heightened alert about Russian hackers, some suspected of being backed by its government, in the wake of their interference in the U.S. presidential election. I generally advise people just to use the in-built Microsoft antivirus nowadays, seems to do the job.

Wikimedia have a competition involving taking photos of Australian Monuments. Australia is participating in Wiki Loves Monuments for the first time in 2017. Photographs of any registered heritage places are eligible for consideration in the judging. The competition will be open for entries from 00:00(AEST) 1 September 2017 until 23:59(AWST) 30 September 2017.

LegitReviews played around with ETH mining on Radeon RX Vega 64. Over the weekend we started seeing stories that AMD Radeon Vega 64 air cooled models could get 43.5 MH/s at just 130 Watts of power when mining Ethereum using Claymore’s miner. His numbers got us interested in seeing what was going on though, so we grabbed our well known Kill A Watt P3 P4400 series power meters that we've used for over 15 years and our Vega graphics cards to see what all the hubbub is about. We'll also be trying out the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled edition for the very first time for this article.

Meanwhile, in response to my earlier question about Bitcoin ATMs in Australia, a few people sent in this link which shows where 16 of them are. Thanks!

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