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Tuesday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 12-December-2017  15:15:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA recently announced the Titan V, a new ultra-high-end video card with a $3000 USD price tag. NVIDIA TITAN V is the most powerful graphics card ever created for the PC, driven by the world’s most advanced architecture—NVIDIA Volta. NVIDIA’s supercomputing GPU architecture is now here for your PC, and fueling breakthroughs in every industry. More info on Anandtech and HotHardware, with discussion here in the forums.

Meanwhile Intel have new Pentium Silver and Celeron CPUs. The new Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors are based on Intel’s architecture codenamed Gemini Lake, and are engineered for a great balance of performance and connectivity for the things people do every day – working on office documents and spreadsheets, browsing online, enjoying favorite shows and movies, and editing photos – with great battery life. Discussion here.

We're still waiting for the Government's report on the game development industry in Australia - but it will apparently be tabled before the end of the year. The federal government will finally deliver its response to the “zombie” report on the Australian games development industry by the end of the year, more than 20 months after it was received.

Bitcoin continues to dominate the headlines, but one new aspect is concern about the amount of power it consumes. At present, the most widely used estimate of the energy required to "mine" Bitcoins is comparable to the electricity usage of New Zealand, but this is probably an underestimate. If allowed to continue unchecked in our current energy-constrained, climate-threatened world, Bitcoin mining will become an environmental disaster.

If you have an HP laptop, you might want to check for keyloggers. Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work. HP said more than 460 models of laptop were affected by the "potential security vulnerability". It has issued a software patch for its customers to remove the keylogger. The issue affects laptops in the EliteBook, ProBook, Pavilion and Envy ranges, among others. HP has issued a full list of affected devices, dating back to 2012.

Microsoft have a new Quantum Development Kit. Thank you for your interest in Microsoft's Quantum Development Kit preview. The development kit contains the tools you'll need to build your own quantum computing programs and experiments. Assuming some experience with Microsoft Visual Studio, beginners can write their first quantum program, and experienced researchers can quickly and efficiently develop new quantum algorithms. Discussion here.

Optus joins Telstra in having to compensate NBN customers over slow speeds. Optus will compensate more than 8,700 customers who were misled about the speed of their plans. The telco also admitted it is likely to have breached the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) by providing speeds slower than what it advertised between September 2015 and June 2017. These slower speeds were due to "technical limitations" on the customers' fibre to the node (FTTN) or fibre to the building (FTTB) NBN connections, said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

President Trump has signed a new space policy directive, instructing NASA to return humans to the Moon, and then onward to Mars. “The directive I am signing today will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery,” said President Trump. “It marks a first step in returning American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972, for long-term exploration and use. This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprints -- we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, to many worlds beyond.”



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