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Tuesday Evening (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 10-December-2019  18:58:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Fast Company have an article about Intel's transformation in the age of AI. Moore’s Law also implied a promise that Intel would continue figuring out, year after year, how to deliver the expected gain in computing power in its chips. For most of its history, Intel fulfilled that promise by finding ways to wedge more transistors onto pieces of silicon, but it’s gotten harder. “We’re running out of gas in the chip factories,” says Moor Insights & Strategy principal analyst Patrick Moorhead. “It’s getting harder and harder to make these massive chips, and make them economically.”

However, Intel say that Moore's Law is still holding true. Since 1965, this technological growth estimate has brought us from large computing mainframes to sophisticated smartphones. Thus, the “death” of Moore’s Law has the potential to lead to the stagnation of technology itself, but Keller suggests that this perspective fails to acknowledge much of the complexity of Moore’s Law.

There's talk of a broadband tax in Australia, essentially punishing people for not moving from terrible old ADSL to terrible new NBN. Brilliant. I say this as someone who only moved over within the last year or so, had a 19-day outage because of the move and who sees barely any difference in experience now I'm on the NBN.

In fact, Australia continues to serve as an example of what not to do with broadband policy. Critics in the UK immediately referred to the NBN disaster in Australia and ridiculed the plan. However, the plan in the UK is rather different.

Meanwhile, the Government is looking into social media and its influence on Australian politics. A probe into the rampant spread of "fake news" fuelled by foreign actors on social media has been established after federal Labor won the support of the Morrison government on Thursday to set up an inquiry. The new Senate select committee will inquire into and report on the risk posed to Australia's democracy by foreign interference through sites such as Facebook, Twitter and WeChat.

Wired have an interesting article about PlayStation-based supercomputers. Dozens of PlayStation 3s sit in a refrigerated shipping container on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s campus, sucking up energy and investigating astrophysics. It’s a popular stop for tours trying to sell the school to prospective first-year students and their parents, and it’s one of the few living legacies of a weird science chapter in PlayStation’s history.

Back to Intel again, and their recent focus on Quantum Computing. Chipmaker Intel has announced a new chip codenamed “Horse Ridge", which is meant to make quantum computing commercially viable. The company claims the chip will allow companies to control multiple qubits and “set a clear path toward scaling future systems to larger qubit counts".

Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 8-December-2019  23:41:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
300+ Benchmarks With AMD Threadripper 3960X vs. Intel Core i9 10980XE on Phoronix.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X Performance Analysis on TRX40 Motherboard on FunkyKit.
BIOSTAR Racing X570GTA Motherboard on FunkyKit.
AMD Athlon 3000G - that 49 USD processor with Vega3 GPU on Guru3D.
ASRock TRX40 Creator on Vortez.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact on TechPowerUp.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Black Shark 2 PRO smartphone on TechARP.
Razer Blade Stealth 13 (Whiskey Lake) Laptop on Tweaktown.

HyperX Fury RGB DDR4-3200 16GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Team Group T-Force Dark Z DDR4-3600 MHz CL18 2x8 GB on TechPowerUp.

Arris SURFboard mAX Pro Mesh Wi-Fi System on Tweaktown.
ASUS AX58BT Wi-Fi 6 AX3000 Dual Band PCIe Adapter on Tweaktown.

The Outer Worlds Review: Out of this World on Tweaktown.
Ski Jumping Pro VR Review on BabelTechReviews.
Offworld Trading Company on OCClub.

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless headset on TechPowerUp.
Logitech C922 Pro Stream HD Webcam on Tweaktown.
Creative Outlier Air Wireless Sweatproof In-Ear Headphones on MadShrimps.
Sennheiser GSP 300 headset on GamingNexus.
MSI Immerse GH30 Gaming Headset on OCClub.

Video Cards:
Zotac GTX 1650 SUPER Twin Fan on LanOC.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 Super SC Ultra on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte GTX 1660 SUPER Gaming OC 6G on LanOC.
Blender 2.81 Benchmarks On 19 NVIDIA Graphics Cards on Phoronix.

Corsair QL120 and QL140 RGB fans on Guru3D.
SilverStone Permafrost PF240-ARGB Closed Loop Water Cooler on APHNetworks.
Scythe Big Shuriken 3 CPU Cooler video review by OCClub.
Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280 AIO cooler on Vortez.
ThermalTake Water 3.0 240 ARGB All In One CPU Cooling Solution on Modders-Inc.
CyberPowerPC Hydro-X Ultra on Vortez.

Crucial X8 Portable NVMe SSD 1 TB on TechPowerUp.
Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen4 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
Asustor Nimbustor 4 (AS5304T) 4-bay NAS on TechPowerUp.
Icy Dock MB830SP-B and MB882SP-1S-3B HDD converters on OCInside.
Sabrent Rocket 1TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.
Galax HOF Pro 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen4 M.2 SSD on Tweaktown.
ADATA XPG Spectrix S40G RGB M.2 PCI-E Gen3x4 512GB SSD on FunkyKit.

Corsair Crystal 680X Mid-Tower Chassis on Tweaktown.
Antec DA601 Dark Avenger on Modders-Inc.
Antec P120 Crystal Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.

Anda Seat E Series Gaming Chair video review by OCClub.
Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk on NikKTech.

Solarity Technology ArrRGB DAC RGB Expander on TechPowerUp.
Razer Viper Ultimate mouse on TechPowerUp.
DJI Osmo Mobile 3 phone gimbal on HotHardware.

Misc Pics (22 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-December-2019  14:09:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Dave and wifey this week!

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