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Wednesday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 14-November-2018  13:57:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you want to opt out of My Health Record, you have until tomorrow night to do so. An amendment was passed by the Senate today to extend the deadline to January 31st of next year, but I'm not sure when that actually becomes effective. Anyway, if you're wondering why you might want to opt out of receiving an automatic My Health Record account, read this article and this article, and consider the example of Singapore's equivalent being hacked earlier this year. You may have connectivity issues as there's a bit of a rush to opt out at the moment. Discussion continues in this thread.

Stan Lee, creator of many iconic superhero characters, has died aged 95. It's difficult to overstate Stan Lee's impact on popular culture. In the space of a few years, the comic author created a series of characters — Spiderman, Hulk, and the X-Men, among others — whose adventures were followed by generations of fans. More than 50 years later these creations, via the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), are driving hordes of people to movie theatres around the world. Discussion here.

TechSpot wondered about the recent Core i9-9900K reviews, particularly in regards to power ratings. So the problem we have here is motherboard makers for the most part aren’t abiding by either of these power limits, instead they are targeting the clock multiplier table. You could say motherboard makers are cheating but we don’t think that is it... we still feel Intel is cheating their own spec. There is simply no way all board makers did this on their own, what a mighty big coincidence that would be and surely Asus, MSI, Asrock and Gigabyte all work alongside Intel engineers to create their Z390 motherboards. Long story short, they have now re-reviewed it while adhering to the Intel spec.

Meanwhile the i9-9980XE has arrived, with reviews on HotHardware, Tweaktown, Tech Report and LegitReviews. Last month, Intel announced the "Basin Falls Refresh" for their Core X-Series HEDT processors. Seven new parts were announced with the flagship of the series being the Intel Core i9-9980XE 18-core, 36-thread processor that is the successor to the Intel Core i9-7980XE 18-core, 36-thread processor launched just last year. Architecturally, the Core i9-9980XE is very similar to its Core i9-7980XE predecessor, but is made on the latest 14nm++ manufacturing process. The improvements on this node along with the switch to solder thermal interface material (STIM) have allowed Intel to increase base/boost clock speeds.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 13-November-2018  17:56:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac on FunkyKit.
ASUS Maximus XI Extreme: Z390 with all the things on Bjorn3D.
Supermicro C9Z390-PGW (Intel Z390) on Tweaktown.
Raptor Talos II POWER9 Benchmarks Against AMD Threadripper & Intel Core i9 on Phoronix.
MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Plus on LanOC.

Video Cards:
ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2070 AMP Extreme 8 GB on TechPowerUp.
RTX 2080 vs. the GTX 1080 Ti in VR on BabelTechReviews.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Founders Edition on Bjorn3D.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FTW3 Ultra 11 GB on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire on Guru3D.
Corsair's K70 MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire gaming keyboard on TechReport.
ROCCAT Horde AIMO Keyboard on APHNetworks.
Glorious 3XL Extended Mouse Pad on TechPowerUp.
1St Player MK6 Bullet Hunter Keyboard on Modders-Inc.
Dream Machines DM1 FPS mouse on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
The Dell G7 15 (7588) Gaming Laptop In-Depth Review on TechARP.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Review: A Workhorse That's Got Game on HotHardware.
Realme 2 Pro Smartphone In-Depth Review on TechARP.
Razer Blade 15 (Kaby Lake-R) Laptop on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
ViewSonic PX706HD Gaming Projector on GamingNexus.
Razer Nari Wired/Wireless Gaming Headset on MadShrimps.

Silverstone Lucid LD01 on TechPoweUp.
AeroCool Quartz Pro Full Tower on NikKTech.

Asustor AS6302T 2-Bay Consumer NAS on Tweaktown.
Kingston A1000 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
iStorage diskAshur DT2 12TB Desktop Hard Drive on NikKTech.
Crucial P1 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on FunkyKit.

Party Hard 2 game on TechPowerUp.
Battlefield V PC Graphics Benchmark on TechSpot.
Battlefield V: PC graphics performance benchmarks on Guru3D.
Battlefield V Benchmark Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

Sneak Energy Drink on ThinkComputers.
Apacer Panther Rage DDR4 RGB (2x8 GB) 3200 MHz DDR4 on Guru3D.
NZXT HUE 2 RGB Lighting Kit on Vortez.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition CPU cooler on Vortez.

Monday Night (3 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 12-November-2018  23:32:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yesterday was Rememberance Day, of course. This year it was especially significant, as it marked 100 years since the end of World War I. An estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a direct result of the war, and it also contributed to later genocides and the 1918 influenza pandemic, which caused between 50 and 100 million deaths worldwide. Military losses were exacerbated by new technological and industrial developments and the tactical stalemate caused by gruelling trench warfare. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history and precipitated major political changes, including the Revolutions of 1917–1923, in many of the nations involved. The simple phrase Lest We Forget serves to remind us firstly not to forget the sacrifices of those who went before us, but also, to never again fall into such brutal and senseless conflict. We can only hope those in power are heeding the warning.

Douglas Rain, the actor who gave us the voice of HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey has died, aged 90. The Stratford Festival, which Rain, who was a dedicated Shakespearean actor, co-founded in 1952, said that Rain had died of natural causes in Stratford, Ontario, in Canada.

I had no idea that Anand Lal Shimpi from Anandtech was working for Apple, but here he is talking to ArsTechnica about the iPad Pro's A12X system-on-a-chip. After the hardware announcements last week, Ars sat down with Anand Shimpi from Hardware Technologies at Apple and Apple’s Senior VP of Marketing Phil Schiller to ask. We wanted to hear exactly what Apple is trying to accomplish by making its own chips and how the A12X is architected. It turns out that the iPad Pro's striking, console-level graphics performance and many of the other headlining features in new Apple devices (like FaceID and various augmented-reality applications) may not be possible any other way.

China has a new news-reader who never gets a break, because he's an AI. Xinhua said its newest recruits "can work 24 hours a day", allowing it to cut down on production costs. Rounding out a two-minute bulletin, the English-speaking virtual newsreader said it would improve with experience. Discussion here.

Here's a cool idea, a solar-powered website. In contrast, this website runs on an off-the-grid solar power system with its own energy storage, and will go off-line during longer periods of cloudy weather. Less than 100% reliability is essential for the sustainability of an off-the-grid solar system, because above a certain threshold the fossil fuel energy used for producing and replacing the batteries is higher than the fossil fuel energy saved by the solar panels.

Lifehacker have a roundup of the biggest NBN dramas of 2018.. so far. Unsurprisingly, this year has been filled with as much NBN-related drama as the last few, from congestion issues to dodgy advertisers to runaway cars taking out whole connection nodes. And, as always, a good number of the population still don't know when they're getting it.

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