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Friday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 27-July-2018  14:37:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today is System Administrator Appreciation Day, so buy a nerd a pizza. Or eat the pizza your marketroids hopefully bought you. :)

Speaking of sysadminny things, Chrome will now display a warning for webpages which are served without HTTPS. Not entirely by coincidence, we now have HTTPS enabled across the site, with the forums having had it for nearly a year and the main site for a few days. The short ocau.com domain isn't quite sorted out yet but will be soon, so don't panic if you get a warning on there.

Techspot wondered how a high-end CPU from 2010 would compare with cheap CPUS of today. Today we're going to have a bit of benchmark fun as we test out a processor we reviewed in 2010. The Core i7-980X was a hexacore beast, but how does it stack up 8 years later? To find out I'm going to compare it with a whole heap of modern processors, including the dinky little $100 Ryzen 3 2200G.

Intel will be using GPUs to fight malware. The first solution -- Accelerated Memory Scanning -- will allow delegating the task of detecting memory-based attacks to an integrated GPU. This tends to be done at the expense of CPU productivity at this point, which deteriorates the overall system performance. The technique in question will dramatically reduce CPU load -- according to Intel, CPU utilization dropped from 20 percent down to 2 percent in their tests. As a result, the system will perform better and consume less power.

Another small town has given up on the NBN and is building their own internet solution. With the help of friend and resident Peter Botsman, a crowd funding campaign began in June, with the aim of creating the Kangaroo Valley Broadband Network. The campaign had a dollar target of $120,000 and subscriber target of 120. On Tuesday afternoon, the target was met, and the Kangaroo Valley Broadband Network (KVBN) finally became a reality.

We may be in for cheaper memory next year. While the global DRAM market still remains robust currently, the recent capacity ramps by Micron Technology and the planned kick-off of commercial production by China-based Fujian Jin Hua Integrated Circuit and Innotron Memory (previously known as Hefei ChangXin) could lead to oversupply for the memory in 2019, according to industry sources.

The current "Retro Let's Play" is Super Smash Bros. Melee from 2001. Characters span a huge amount of game franchises, including Super Mario Bros and Yoshi, Pokemon, Metroid, Mother/Earthbound, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Fire Emblem, Kirby, Ice Climber, Star Fox, F-Zero and Game and Watch. One criticism of the game is that only 14 characters are available initially, and the rest must be unlocked. However once unlocked, the variety of characters is quite enormous, and caters to all tastes.

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