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Friday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 30-June-2017  14:52:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMD have unveiled their Ryzen PRO workstation CPUs, and in doing so, revealed some info about the Ryzen 3. If you were paying close attention to this morning’s announcement of AMD’s new Ryzen Pro SKUs, then you likely noticed something interesting: the non-X PRO chips all have the same performance specifications as their standard consumer counterparts. Specifically, both of the non-X PRO SKUs with existing Ryzen 5 & 7 counterparts have the same core counts, clockspeeds, and TDPs. And for the final 2 Ryzen PRO 3 SKUS? Well, AMD has inadvertently shown their hand here when it comes to forthcoming Ryzen 3. More here on TechReport, while Ryzen discussion continues here.

GoodGearGuide have more info on the crypto-mining cards from AMD and nVIDIA. It’s damned near impossible to buy a reasonably priced graphics card right now. First AMD’s Radeon cards disappeared, then GeForce cards began to dry up too. The culprit? Cryptocurrency miners chasing price bubbles in Etherium, Zcash, et cetera. But new mining-dedicated graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia’s hardware partners might help ease the dearth of gaming hardware. TechSpot have an ETH mining benchmark article, and there's a very active crypto-mining thread here on OCAU.

There's more under-the-hood info on the current ransomware issue here, thanks mpot. Given the circumstances of this attack, Talos assesses with high confidence that the intent of the actor behind Nyetya was destructive in nature and not economically motivated. Talos strongly recommends users and organizations decline to pay the ransom. Any attempts to obtain a decryption key will be fruitless as the associated mailbox used for payment verification and decryption key sharing has been shut down by the posteo.de. More worryingly, it seems like the program was always going to destroy the data, not allow it to be recovered. Discussion continues here.

If I say WTF, what do you think of? Probably not the World Taekwondo Federation, which is why they're changing their name. Adaptation to the digital age has not been easy for the World Taekwondo Federation. On the eve of the World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea, federation president Chungwon Choue announced it would be changing its name due to “negative connotations” with its acronym.

Google have been slapped with a $2.7B fine relating to anti-trust behaviour in the EU. The European Commission found that the U.S. tech giant denied "consumers a genuine choice" by using its search engine to unfairly steer them to its own shopping platform. Regulators said that Google must change its behavior within 90 days or face additional penalties.

There's a quite neat breakdown of the census data on the ABC website. If Australia were just 100 people, what would it look like? New census data gives us an opportunity to find out, and provides some surprising insights into the state of the nation.

Today's timewaster is InspiroBot, which randomly generates inspirational quote pictures not much more silly than the real ones.

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