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Thursday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 10-December-2015  12:58:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The PM has called for an ideas boom, pitching Australia as a startup and innovation hub. Mr Turnbull said the changes would help Australia transition away from the mining boom. "What is going to drive Australian prosperity in the years ahead? How does our economy transition?" Mr Turnbull said at the launch of the plan inside the CSIRO in Canberra. "Our innovation agenda is going to help create the modern, dynamic 21st century economy Australia needs." That would have been easier if the NBN hadn't been hamstrung and largely derailed by politics, surely.

Meanwhile WIRED have claimed that bitcoin's mysterious founder may be this Australian guy, who in an apparently unrelated incident was immediately raided by the Police. Curiously, a statement from the Australian federal police said that the raids were not related to the recent Bitcoin revelation. "The AFP can confirm it has conducted search warrants to assist the Australian Taxation Office at a residence in Gordon and a business premises in Ryde, Sydney. This matter is unrelated to recent media reporting regarding the digital currency bitcoin."

Phoronix compare the new Raspberry Pi to old NetBurst CPUs, on a performance per watt basis. After starting to run some Raspberry Pi Zero benchmarks this weekend, I'm back today with more benchmarks. In this article is also an interesting comparison showing the performance of the Raspberry Pi Zero and Raspberry Pi 2 against old "Northwood" Pentium 4 and Celeron processors from the Socket 478 NetBurst days. The many results in this article also include power consumption and performance-per-Watt metrics for this $5 ARM single board computer.

AMD recently held a tech summit, revealing future support for HDR, UHD and FreeSync over HDMI. Coverage on Tech Report, HotHardware, PCPerspective, LegitReviews and Tweaktown. In 2016, AMD wants to make FreeSync better and more broadly available. First, it's bringing FreeSync to HDMI ports on compatible laptops and desktops. Second, it's building support for DisplayPort 1.3 (with the High Bit Rate 3 link option) into its next-generation graphics processors. DP 1.3 with HBR3 offers a major increase in potential bandwidth, and AMD will put that extra throughput to use in some exciting ways. Third, FreeSync is coming to gaming notebooks.

Google say their quantum computer is 100 million times faster than a conventional supercomputer. For very specific things. The company has presented findings conclusively demonstrating the D-Wave does perform quantum annealing, and is capable of solving certain types of problems up to 100 million times faster than conventional systems. Over the past two years, D-Wave and Google have worked together to test the types of solutions that the quantum computer could create and measure its performance against traditional CPU and GPU compute clusters.

Here's an interview with Australia's only professional Lego builder. Ryan McNaught is showcasing the biggest exhibition of his internationally awarded Lego models in Brisbane, following sell-out tours in Melbourne and Sydney. In an exhibit of over 60 models made up of more than 5 million Lego bricks, his works include the world's largest Lego flower, a Qantas A380, a Star Wars X-Wing fighter and a quarter-scale 1961 Ferrari 250 GT.

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