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 Friday, 7-July-2017  14:23:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Gizmodo have info on the huge Tesla battery coming to Adelaide. Tesla is building the world's largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia an installation 60 per cent larger than any other large-scale battery energy storage system on the planet. In partnership with the SA government and French renewables company Neoen, alongside the third stage of the Hornsdale Wind Farm, the PowerPack battery farm will top 100 megawatts of capacity and provide 129 megawatt-hours of energy generation to the region load balancing the state's renewable energy generation and allowing emergency back-up power if a shortfall in energy production is predicted.

Meanwhile you can explore NSW placenames with Muru View. Muru View (Muru meaning path in Darug) is an interactive data visualisation drawing from the State Library of New South Wales Indigenous language collections. The data used in the interactive is over 120 years old, and is drawn from the survey forms collected by the Royal Anthropological Society of Australasia. We open this historic data to encourage dialogue and discussion around the words and meanings that have been recorded.

Tweaktown have a fan control guide for Z270 Motherboards. Our comprehensive cooling fan control guide for Intel Z270-based motherboards will have you being a fan expert in no time at all.

Tech Report look into remote starting your PC. Commercially-available remote power switches make turning a PC on and off from a distance a simple task, but our resident microcontroller enthusiast thought of a few ways such a product might be improved. Join us as we see whether those ideas could be implemented for about $10 in parts.

Phoronix have a 27-CPU comparison on Ubuntu. If you are looking to get an AMD Zen CPU on a budget, the cheapest Ryzen 5 CPU in the current line-up is the 1400 model, which for $160 USD will get you a quad-core processor plus Hyper Threading and clocks up to 3.4GHz. Here are some benchmarks of the AMD Ryzen 5 1400 on Ubuntu 17.04 compared to various other Intel and AMD CPUs over the years.

A glimpse at the future maybe from MIT, with combined CPU and RAM. Instead of relying on silicon-based devices, the chip uses carbon nanotubes, which are sheets of 2-D graphene formed into nanocylinders, and resistive random-access memory (RRAM) cells, a type of nonvolatile memory that operates by changing the resistance of a solid dielectric material. The researchers integrated over 1 million RRAM cells and 2 million carbon nanotube field-effect transistors, making the most complex nanoelectronic system ever made with emerging nanotechnologies.

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