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Wednesday Morning (8 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-June-2016  10:05:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

BabelTech have an article on the (Sad) State of CrossFire and SLI. We are going to test 25 modern PC games with both SLI and CrossFire to evaluate scaling with 290X Crossfire as well as with GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti SLI. The results may surprise you as these games mostly include AAA titles from 2015 and 2106, including 3 DX12 games.

I noticed a familiar name in this article on SAGE-AU's concerns about Christopher Pyne's recent comments about internet speeds. Speaking on the ABC’s Q&A program at the end of last month, Pyne replied to an audience member saying that Australians “simply didn’t need the speeds” that Labor’s fibre-to-the-premises model for the NBN would have delivered. “Minster Pyne’s comments are based on a gross over-simplification of the issues involved, and as a result, are just wrong” said the group’s President Robert Hudson. “They’re even worse coming from a minister responsible for Innovation, Science and Industry – some of the areas in which faster Internet access are the most critical”.

It seems the NBN is a major electoral issue for 6% of voters. The National Broadband Network (NBN), although widely supported by the electorate, is far from the most important issue at the election, an exclusive ZDNet survey undertaken by Metapoll has revealed. The poll showed that overall, voters rate the economy as the most important issue, chosen by 23 percent of respondents. It was followed by health, climate change, education, asylum seekers, leadership, and, in last place, the NBN.

Apparently people hit 5.2 - 5.7GHz with Broadwell-E at Computex, thanks David. At an overclocking event at the Computex trade show in Taipei on Tuesday, large tanks of liquid nitrogen stood on the ready to help overclockers keep the processors cool. Roman Hartung, a product engineer from Berlin’s CaseKing, was pouring some of this into a container vessel on top of a Broadwell-E chip. The chip was running at around -110 degrees Celsius, which is the coldest the chip will run, he said. Any colder and it shuts down.

Google are working on an AI Kill Switch. It's why folks like Tesla mastermind Elon Musk and noted astrophysicist Stephen Hawking are so determined to warn us of the terrifying implications that could culminate in a Skynet situation where the robots and algorithms stop listening to us. Google is keen to keep this sort of thing from happening, as well, and has published a paper (PDF) detailing the work its Deep Mind team is doing to ensure there's a kill switch in place to prevent a robocalypse situation.

Netflix have an interesting technical article about the perception of video quality. At Netflix we care about video quality, and we care about measuring video quality accurately at scale. Our method, Video Multimethod Assessment Fusion (VMAF), seeks to reflect the viewer’s perception of our streaming quality. We are open-sourcing this tool and invite the research community to collaborate with us on this important project.

BlueSmurf sends word of a (somewhat Facebooky) competition to win a networking setup. This Kit is suitable for large homes on blocks up to 800sqm and includes: Ubiquiti ToughSwitch PoE 5 Port Gigabit Switch - 3 Pack Unifi UAP Wireless Access Points (2.4Ghz 300mbps 802.11n) - 4 x 20m Cat5e Tough Network Cables with removable PG9 Gland.

Here's a video showing the construction status of Apple's spaceship campus. Take an aerial tour via drone of Apple's stunning new headquarters, Apple Campus 2 for June 2016.

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