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Friday Afternoon (7 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-October-2018  13:41:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Federal Government are continuing to target piracy sites with new legislation. Communications minister Senator Mitch Fifield today revealed the government would introduce into parliament the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018. The government said that the bill would allow more online services to be targeted by the site-blocking scheme as well as make it harder for the operators of services to circumvent the blocks. More here and here.

You can now find out everything Apple knows about you. Apple today is extending its full-featured Data and Privacy portal to the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Apple customers in those four countries will now have the option to download a copy of any data associated with their Apple ID account that Apple maintains, such as calendars, reminders, photos, and documents stored in iCloud, purchase histories, Game Center activity, and AppleCare support history.

Crucial have entered the NVMe SSD arena with their new P1 NVMe SSD. Available in capacities up to 1TB and backed by a five-year limited warranty — or 200TB total write, whichever comes first — the Crucial P1 SSD makes use of Micron quad-level cell (QLC) NAND technology. By storing four bits in each NAND cell, QLC NAND narrows the affordability gap between hard drives and flash storage, enabling increased speeds and capacities at a more affordable price point. I believe there's a review unit winging its way to me, but in the meantime, check out some reviews on TechPowerUp, Vortez and Guru3D.

I haven't heard about Cray for a while, but they are still going, and now helping make faster F1 cars. The Cray CS500 supercomputer, equipped with a Cray® ClusterStor™ L300 storage system and AMD EPYC processors, is planned for delivery to Haas F1 in December 2018. The combination of the system’s design and ability to handle the most demanding simulation and analytics workloads and the high-performance computing expertise of Cray helps the Haas F1 team optimize aerodynamics and more accurately predict and reduce drag, downforce and flow patterns around its race cars.

Microsoft have an interesting blog detailing the Windows Kernel. In this blog post, I will talk about the evolution of the core pieces of the Windows kernel that allows it to transparently scale across a low power NVidia Tegra chip on the Surface RT from 2012, to the giant behemoths that power Azure data centers today.

Update: I nearly forgot to mention, the PM's IT drones forgot to renew his domain name and now his website just plays Scotty Doesn't Know by Lustra. More info here. :)

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