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Wednesday Night (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-September-2019  23:12:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Oracle have a new supercomputer, powered by 1060 Raspberry Pis. One Raspberry Pi can make a nice web server, but what happens if you put more than 1,000 of them together? At Oracle's OpenWorld convention on Monday, the company showed off a Raspberry Pi Supercomputer that combines 1,060 Raspberry Pis into one powerful cluster. According to ServeTheHome, which first reported the story, the supercomputer features scores of racks with 21 Raspberry Pi 3 B+ boards each. To make everything run well together, the system runs on Oracle Autonomous Linux.

Techspot have listed their Top 5 AMD X750 Motherboards. You're ready to go AMD on your next build, and we can't blame you. Third-gen Ryzen offers great options with core-rich CPUs at compelling price points. Right now for new builds we're essentially recommending the Ryzen 3600 as the best all-round value CPU and the Ryzen 9 3900X for those of you that require full-on productivity and workstation levels of performance. In-between those two, the Ryzen 3700X is the most sensible choice for getting 16 threads.

Tweaktown checked out Microsofe Azure AI, which apparently uses artificial intelligeence to balance performance and battery power. The issue with gaming notebooks is their size and weight constraints, and while people want to be able to play their beloved games on the go, battery life and cooling capacity can greatly impact performance. People want lightweight notebooks with long battery life, so you can actually play games on your plane ride or during class, but those notebooks that might last over a few hours and also play those games are heavy, thick, and often very loud. To take a swing at this dilemma, Microsoft teamed up with notebook vendors like GIGABYTE to take tackle this problem using artificial intelligence to maximize resources for certain things while reducing resources to parts of the system not in use.

If you're a vintage Intel fan (well, not THAT vintage really) and you're near Hervey Bay, there's a pretty fancy motherboard that Ken is willing to donate to a collector - details here. I have an old Gigabyte GA-EP45T-EXTREME Motherboard that I am no longer using. It was removed from a working system. I am happy to donate it to a collector rather than bin it.

Deftone2k let me know that the winners of the July Iron Photographer contest have been chosen. The theme was "Revival", and the winners were herzeg with this image:

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and Aratama_Bashi with this sequence:

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Voting is open for the August entries and there's still time to enter the September contest, which has an open theme.

PLE Computers WD_Black Special Edition Contest (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-September-2019  23:31:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCAU Sponsors PLE Computers have a contest where you can win a gaming PC worth over $4k! You do need to purchase an eligible WD storage product, but here's the details:

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Tuesday Night (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-September-2019  23:27:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

WiFi 6 is officially here. Promising a "new Wi-Fi era," the nonprofit Wi-Fi Alliance industry group launched the Wi-Fi Certified 6 program Monday. The program aims to hold devices that use next-gen 802.11ax Wi-Fi radios to an established set of standards. Manufacturers that participate get to put a little certification badge on their packaging.

NSW will be getting digital driver's licenses soon, but not as soon as expected. Stability issues with the NSW government’s prized digital driver’s licence platform forced Service NSW to push back the planned state-wide rollout last month. Fronting budget estimates on Thursday, Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello revealed the concerns had ultimately lead to the decision to delay the full launch.

IBM have a new mainframe. I didn't realise mainframes were still a thing. At the system level, IBM continues to use central processor complex (CPC) drawers which incorporate the processors, memory, and I/O interconnects. A drawer on the z15 comprises two logical CP clusters and one SC. The split cluster design is intended to improve memory traffic. This is the same design as the z14. However, the similarities stop here. On the z14, a single drawer comprises six central processors and a single system controller chip. Within a drawer, everything is fully connected via the X-Bus.

Here's another article telling us how much the NBN sucks. Accessing Telstra’s copper network for ADSL services cost around $15 a month, compared to an average wholesale cost of $44 on the NBN. “That’s around a 300-per-cent increase in wholesale costs from ADSL to NBN,” the Vocus CEO said. “And consumers don’t have an option. If they want fixed-line broadband, they have to be on the NBN.”

ArsTechnica report on a widespread mobile phone vulnerability. The attacks were “developed by a specific private company that works with governments to monitor individuals,” Thursday’s report said. The researchers didn’t identify the exploit developer but said it had “extensive access” to core networks using both the SS7 and Diameter traffic-routing protocols. In some cases, the attacker exploits widely known weaknesses in SS7 as a fall-back mechanism when Simjacker attacks don’t work. Turns out the tinfoil hat brigade were right, the Government IS tracking us all with our phones.

On a lighter note, a NZ man who was about to be fired brought an emotional support clown to the meeting. The clown mimed crying as Jack’s employers slid the redundancy paperwork across the table and created a balloon unicorn and poodle to lighten the mood. “They were getting a free service and also getting the entertainment from Joe the clown,” Jack said, but conceded the clown was a little distracting. “It was sort of noisy, him making balloon animals, so we did have to tell him to be quiet from time to time.”

This is kind've a cute story, the world's oldest PM being taught to code by two 10yo girls. The world’s oldest Prime Minister – Dr. Mahathir Mohamad – at 94 years and counting, recently sat down for a coding session with two 10 year old girls. These girls, who are Microsoft Malaysia Ambassadors, are part of the new generation of children who are as comfortable coding, as they are playing with Legos.

Tuesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-September-2019  22:58:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X & Ryzen 5 3400G Performance In Linux on Techgage.

be quiet! Pure Base 500 on Guru3D.
be quiet! Pure Base 500 on TechPowerUp.
Phanteks Eclipse P360X on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone Lucid LD03 on APHNetworks.
Corsair iCUE 465X RGB on ThinkComputers.
Corsair iCUE 465X RGB on TechPowerUp.

Ubiquiti AmpliFi Gamers Edition Mesh Wi-Fi System on Tweaktown.
EnGenius ESR530 AC1300 Smart Mesh Router Set on NikKTech.
TRENDnet TUC-ET2G USB-C 3.1 to 2.5GBASE-T Ethernet Adapter on NikKTech.
Borderlands 3: PC graphics performance benchmark analysis on Guru3D.

Borderlands 3 Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.
Borderlands 3 Graphics Benchmark: 60 Nvidia and AMD GPUs Tested on TechSpot.
Siege of Centauri game on OCClub.

Video Cards:
SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 5700 XT NITRO+ OC on Tweaktown.
Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT Nitro+ on TechPowerUp.
MSI RX 5700 XT GAMING X on Vortez.
PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 5700 on eTeknix.

Ballistix Elite 16GB RAM 2x 8GB DDR4-4000 RAM on OCInside.
SilentiumPC Navis EVO ARGB 280 AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Acer Predator X35 vs Asus PG35VQ: Battle of the Ultimate HDR Monitor on TechSpot.
MSI GK30 Keyboard with GM11 Mouse Combo on OCClub.
SABRENT 1TB Rocket NVMe PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD on FunkyKit.

Sunday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 15-September-2019  17:18:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Formula (AMD X570) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
AMD Agesa ABBA with Boost Clock Fix Tested on Ryzen 3900X on TechPowerUp.
ASUS Z390 ROG Maximus XI Apex on Modders-Inc.
AMD EPYC 7402P Review 24 Cores of Performance and Value on ServeTheHome.

Deepcool Gamer Storm Castle 240EX CPU cooler on Vortez.
Swiftech H240 X3 AIO processor cooler on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
MSI VIGOR GK30 & CLUTCH GM11 Combo mouse and keyboard on Vortez.
Cooler Master MM710 mouse on LanOC.
SteelSeries Apex Pro Gaming Keyboard on FunkyKit.
Corsair IRONCLAW RGB WIRELESS Gaming Mouse on Tweaktown.
Corsair M55 RGB Pro gaming mouse on TechPowerUp.
MSI GK60 Vigor Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on OCClub.
Cooler Master SK650 White Limited Edition Mechanical Keyboard on APHNetworks.

Patriot Viper 4 Blackout Edition 3600MHz on Vortez.
Crucial Ballistix Elite 4000MHz on Vortez.
Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 16GB DDR4-3600 Memory kit on FunkyKit.

Video Cards:
XFX RX 5700 XT THICC II Ultra on Vortez.
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER GAMING X on Tweaktown.
XFX RX 5700 XT THICC II Ultra on OCClub.
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT GAMING X on Tweaktown.
MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming X on Guru3D.
Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT GAMING OC on HotHardware.

Gears of War 5: PC graphics performance benchmarks on Guru3D.
Gears 5 Review: UE4 Performance, Guts And Glory Explored on HotHardware.
GreedFall Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
Cooler Master MH710 Gaming Earbuds on OCInside.
Corsair HS35 Stereo Gaming Headset on Guru3D.
LG 27GL850 Review: Fast IPS for Gaming on TechSpot.

Corsair Force Series MP600 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen4 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Toshiba N300 10TB NAS Hard Drive on MadShrimps.
QSAN XCubeNAS XN7008RE NAS Server on NikKTech.
Viper Gaming VPN100 512GB on LanOC.
SK Hynix Gold S31 1TB SSD on Tweaktown.

Xigmatek Zest on TechPowerUp.
InWin 905 on ThinkComputers.

Asteroid 2000 QW7 Flyby (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 14-September-2019  17:57:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I know whenever I post about space launches etc on the news page they get postponed, but surely even I can't stop this one from happening. Asteroid 2000 QW7 is going to pass close to Earth tonight, at about 9:54pm Sydney time. More info here: An asteroid as wide as a skyscraper is tall will glide harmlessly past Earth tomorrow night (Sept. 14). Asteroid 2000 QW7 is between 1,000 and 2,000 feet wide (300 to 600 meters) and will fly by at a distance of 3 million miles (5 million kilometers) from our planet at 7:54 p.m. EDT, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The asteroid, moving 14,361 mph (23,100 km/h), poses no danger to Earth on this pass.

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