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Monday Evening (7 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 22-May-2017  17:54:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a push to add fair use to the copyright laws in Australia. Australia’s copyright law is hopelessly out of date. Things that we all take for granted – forwarding emails; quoting; making and sharing memes; cloud storage – are often illegal in Australia. Fair use would fix this. Right now the government is considering whether to introduce fair use. Let’s tell them – we need fair use now.

Meanwhile, Net Neutrality is under fire again in the USA. The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to overturn rules that force ISPs to treat all data traffic as equal. Commissioners at the agency voted two-to-one to end a "net neutrality" order enacted in 2015. Ajit Pai, head of the FCC, said the rules demanding an open internet harmed jobs and discouraged investment. Many Americans and technology firms filed objections to the FCC's proposal prior to the vote.

AMD recently unveiled a new monster CPU, codenamed Threadripper. 16-core, 32-thread versions of AMD Ryzen CPUs codenamed Threadripper will launch this summer, the company revealed at its Financial Analyst Day yesterday. With one of the gnarliest CPU codenames we've ever seen, the Threadripper multicore monsters will go head to head with Intel's Broadwell-E and upcoming Skylake-E High-End Desktop (HEDT) CPUs alongside a new motherboard platform that promises expanded memory support and I/O bandwidth. That's likely to take the form of quad-channel RAM and more PCIe lanes, similar to Intel's X99 platform, but AMD is saving further details for its press conference at Computex at the end of May. Ryzen discussion continues in our AMD Hardware forum.

Panasonic have recalled some tablets due to a fire hazard. Panasonic has discovered that some of the hot-swappable battery packs used in some of its rugged Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets (Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3-series) can short circuit after a prolonged use in extreme temperatures. The company said it had received 16 reports of combusted battery packs between March 2017 and April 2017, including 12 from customers in North America, one from a client in Japan and one owner from Australia.

Wired report on Google's new AI chip. This new processor is a unique creation designed to both train and execute deep neural networks—machine learning systems behind the rapid evolution of everything from image and speech recognition to automated translation to robotics. Google says it will not sell the chip directly to others. Instead, through its new cloud service, set to arrive sometime before the end of the year, any business or developer can build and operate software via the internet that taps into hundreds and perhaps thousands of these processors, all packed into Google data centers.

Meanwhile they are getting closer to SkyNet. One of the more noteworthy remarks to come out of Google I/O ’17 conference this week was CEO Sundar Pichai recalling how his team had joked that they have achieved “AI inception” with AutoML. Instead of crafting layers of dreams like in the Christopher Nolan flick, however, the AutoML system layers artificial intelligence (AI), with AI systems creating better AI systems. Don't take the humans out of the loop!

Babeltech have some benchmark info using the PC game Prey. There is no built-in benchmark but we found and created one from a minute-long Fraps run that is 100% repeatable and reasonably representative of Prey gameplay’s most demanding indoor scenes. Here are our performance results using 17 video cards at 3 resolutions using the default Very High settings.

Some researchers claim to have found a way to defeat WannaCry. In Short: DO NOT REBOOT your infected machines and TRY wanakiwi ASAP*!

Apparently NBNCo spent $12M on airfares last year. If only there was some kind of high-speed network they could use for video-conferencing...



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