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 Friday, 19-July-2019  14:49:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Axe and Simon this week!

Friday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-July-2019  14:48:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A fake telco technician scam syndicate has been smashed by the Police. Acting on intelligence from the Fintel Alliance - which is run by AUSTRAC and has members including the Big 4 banks - NSW authorities arrested the alleged head of the syndicate, a 25-year-old man from South Wentworthville, and shut down the operation. The Fintel Alliance said it was “able to provide NSW Police with financial intelligence about a 79-year-old [banking] customer who had $20,000 stolen from him”. Hopefully that's why "Nicole from the National Broadband Network" has stopped robo-calling me five times a day recently.

An informal Australian study has shown that moderate video gaming is unlikely to cause depression and loneliness in teens. "We got the idea that we should prove it to him, one way or the other — I think we expected to win the argument," Professor Garbarino said. So the family surveyed 250 people aged between 18 and 25 — seeking responses about gaming habits in high school, types of games played, current gambling habits and emotional wellbeing. Zach also helped formulate the questions and identify the difference between skill-based and luck-based games.

This link comes via The Sizzle - a blog about how many different types of USB-C cables there are. For the end user, this meant that as long as they have a cable that would physically connect to both the host and the device, the system would function properly, as there is only ever one kind of cable that goes from one A plug to a particular flavor of B plug. Does the same hold for USB-C? Sadly, the answer is no. Turns out the answer is 6, with pretty much no way of knowing what type you have or need.

Intel have apparently admitted they were too aggressive with 10nm. Originally, 10nm was intended to ship by 2016, following delays to the company’s 14nm process. Intel has since been forced to push the date back multiple times, though the company has repeatedly stated that it will not miss its own promise to have Ice Lake on store shelves by the holiday season of 2019. According to Intel CEO Bob Swan, that delay was caused by the company’s overly aggressive strategy for moving to its next node. The delay, Swan said at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference, was “somewhat a function of what we’ve been able to do in the past, which in essence was defying the odds. At a time when it was getting harder and harder, we set a more and more aggressive goal. From that, it just took us longer.”

Meanwhile UNSW have improved quantum communications. Simmons, a former Australian of the Year, and her team at the University of New South Wales announced in a paper published in Nature journal on Thursday that they have been able to achieve the first two-qubit gate between atom qubits in silicon, allowing them to communicate with each other at a 200 times faster rate than previously achieved at 0.8 nanoseconds.

Not to be outdone, RMIT has a new brain-inspired chip. Researchers at RMIT University have used an emerging light-based tool in biotechnology to develop a chip that replicates the way brains store and lose information – paving the way for more efficient computing. Optogenetics is a biological technique that allows neuroscientists to manipulate neurons with light, allowing them to be turned on or off very precisely.

Or just go straight to the source, as Elon Musk is trying to do with his new Neuralink startup. The goal is to drill four 8mm holes into paralyzed patients’ skulls and insert implants that will give them the ability to control computers and smartphones using their thoughts. Yes, really. “A lot of people have written this off like it’s impossible,” says Hodak. “There will be great things to come in this field in the next decade, and they should take it seriously.” Anyone else remember the movie Brainstorm? Anyway, discussion here.

Thursday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-July-2019  00:20:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and AMD Ryzen 9 3900X CPUs on Modders-Inc, OCAU review here.
Ryzen 9 3900X vs. Core i9-9900K: 36 Game Benchmark on TechSpot.
Gigabyte X570 AORUS Pro WiFi on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII HERO (Wi-fi) on Guru3D.
GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Master (AMD X570) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X Motherboard on FunkyKit.
MSI MEG X570 Godlike Ryzen Series 3000 motherboard on Guru3D.
Ryzen 7 3700X vs Core i7 9700K: Can AMD Challenge Intel in Gaming? (video) by DigitalFoundry.
Ryzen 5 3400G APU (video) by Hardware Unboxed.
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X Review: Core i7 Has a New Challenger on TomsHardware.

Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER on TechARP.
MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X on LanOC.
Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 Super AMP Extreme on TechARP.
ZOTAC RTX 2070 SUPER Twin Fan on Vortez.
Palit GeForce RTX 2070 Super GameRock Premium on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA RTX 2060 SUPER Vulkan Performance Examined on TechARP.
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT benchmarked at 3440x1440 on Tweaktown.
Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 Super AMP Extreme on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
MXL Tempo Microphone on ThinkComputers.
Logitech G935 Wireless 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset on Vortez.
Yeskamo Floodlight Smart Home Security Camera (video) by OCClub.
Cooler Master GS750 Desktop Hub headset stand on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master GS750 Headphone Stand on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master GS750 Wireless Charging Headset Stand on OCClub.

Scythe Choten and Kotetsu Mark II TUF Gaming Alliance CPU coolers on OCInside.
Cooler Master Masterliquid ML240P Mirage AIO CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Cooler Master Masterliquid ML240P Mirage AIO Cooler on Modders-Inc.
Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240P Mirage Closed Loop Water Cooler on APHNetworks.
Innovation Cooling Graphite Thermal Pad vs Arctic MX-4 Thermal Paste (video) by PhilsComputerLab.

Team Group T-Force 4133 MHz 16GB DDR4 on Guru3D.
Team Group T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4-3200 MHz CL16 2x8 GB on TechPowerUp.
Ballistix Elite 32GB DDR4-3600 Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

ORICO TCM2-C3 & PCM2-C3 NVMe M.2 SSD Enclosures on NikKTech.
Kingston DC500 SSD Review: High Capacity Enterprise Storage on HotHardware.
Terra Master F2-210 NAS (video) on OCClub.

Corsair VS Series 650 W PSU on TechPowerUp.
NZXT H500i Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
CORSAIR NIGHTSWORD RGB Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night game on Tweaktown.

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