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Thursday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-July-2016  15:39:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Pokemon Go mania continues, with some businesses cashing in by making their premises more poke-friendly. It has been announced that sponsored Pokestops (landmarks where users can go to stock up on supplies) are coming and there’s strong speculation that McDonald's is set to be one of the first major Pokestop sponsors. However, until that day comes, marketers around the globe are using the game to their business’ advantage. In this post we give you a little bit of inspiration and take a look at four ways savvy brands are embracing the trend.

However one Sydney local council wants less Pokestops in one of their parks. Thousands of players on the hunt for Pokémon have been flocking to Peg Paterson Park over the past two weeks, causing traffic chaos in the quiet waterside suburb and difficulty for emergency services. “There have been a number of concerning instances already including an emergency services vehicle having difficulty reaching an apartment fire due to traffic congestion, traffic accidents, and reports of motorcycles using cycle and footpaths to get around traffic congestion,” City of Canada Bay General Manager Gary Sawyer told Domain.

If you're having trouble tracking things down with your GPS, maybe it's not your fault, but that Australia has moved. A team of scientists is about to recalculate the nation's latitude and longitude coordinates, which are currently out by more than 1.5 metres. It will improve the accuracy of all spatial information across the nation for a myriad of services including transportation, personal navigation and surveying. The framework currently in use, known as the Geocentric Datum of Australia, was last updated in 1994. Because Australia sits on the fastest moving continental tectonic plate in the world, coordinates measured in the past continue changing over time.

AMD have unveiled a video card with SSDs onboard. After all, VFX studios like MPC often create scenes that require upwards of 64GB per frame to render. The trouble is, even the most capacious graphics card—AMD's FirePro S9170 server GPU—tops out at 32GB GDDR5, and there are steep cost and design issues with adding more. AMD has come up with another solution. Instead of adding more expensive graphics memory, why not let users add their own in the form of M.2 solid state storage? That's the pitch behind the all new Radeon Pro SSG (solid state graphics), which was revealed at the Siggraph computer graphics conference on Monday. More info here.

It's been 10 years since Intel's 64-bit Core architecture launched - Anandtech look back, and forward to see what's on the way. As part of this piece we will also look at some of the predictions for the future, from the latest (and possibly last) International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors report, which predicts the stalling of smaller silicon manufacturing nodes over the next 10-15 years.

ArsTechnica report on the future of Moore's Law. Transistors will stop shrinking after 2021, but Moore's law will probably continue, according to the final International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). The ITRS—which has been produced almost annually by a collaboration of most of the world's major semiconductor companies since 1993—is about as authoritative as it gets when it comes to predicting the future of computing. The 2015 roadmap will however be its last. There's a related and in-depth interview here.

A few people sent in this cautionary tale about how bad code bankrupted a trader, losing them about $400M in 45 minutes. This story is true – this really happened. This is my telling of the story based on what I have read (I was not involved in this). This is the story of how a company with nearly $400 million in assets went bankrupt in 45-minutes because of a failed deployment.

Here's some network monitoring info from RFLAN, thanks mpot. About a year ago I joined up with the Infrastructure Team at RFLAN to assist in running what we believe is the largest LAN Party in Australia. With this brought many technical and logistical challenges I have really enjoyed. Below is an overview of the monitoring infrastructure the team and I created for the last RFLAN event.

If you use LastPass, you need to update to patch a security issue, thanks again mpot.



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