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 Monday, 12-November-2018  23:32:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yesterday was Rememberance Day, of course. This year it was especially significant, as it marked 100 years since the end of World War I. An estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilians died as a direct result of the war, and it also contributed to later genocides and the 1918 influenza pandemic, which caused between 50 and 100 million deaths worldwide. Military losses were exacerbated by new technological and industrial developments and the tactical stalemate caused by gruelling trench warfare. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history and precipitated major political changes, including the Revolutions of 1917–1923, in many of the nations involved. The simple phrase Lest We Forget serves to remind us firstly not to forget the sacrifices of those who went before us, but also, to never again fall into such brutal and senseless conflict. We can only hope those in power are heeding the warning.

Douglas Rain, the actor who gave us the voice of HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey has died, aged 90. The Stratford Festival, which Rain, who was a dedicated Shakespearean actor, co-founded in 1952, said that Rain had died of natural causes in Stratford, Ontario, in Canada.

I had no idea that Anand Lal Shimpi from Anandtech was working for Apple, but here he is talking to ArsTechnica about the iPad Pro's A12X system-on-a-chip. After the hardware announcements last week, Ars sat down with Anand Shimpi from Hardware Technologies at Apple and Apple’s Senior VP of Marketing Phil Schiller to ask. We wanted to hear exactly what Apple is trying to accomplish by making its own chips and how the A12X is architected. It turns out that the iPad Pro's striking, console-level graphics performance and many of the other headlining features in new Apple devices (like FaceID and various augmented-reality applications) may not be possible any other way.

China has a new news-reader who never gets a break, because he's an AI. Xinhua said its newest recruits "can work 24 hours a day", allowing it to cut down on production costs. Rounding out a two-minute bulletin, the English-speaking virtual newsreader said it would improve with experience. Discussion here.

Here's a cool idea, a solar-powered website. In contrast, this website runs on an off-the-grid solar power system with its own energy storage, and will go off-line during longer periods of cloudy weather. Less than 100% reliability is essential for the sustainability of an off-the-grid solar system, because above a certain threshold the fossil fuel energy used for producing and replacing the batteries is higher than the fossil fuel energy saved by the solar panels.

Lifehacker have a roundup of the biggest NBN dramas of 2018.. so far. Unsurprisingly, this year has been filled with as much NBN-related drama as the last few, from congestion issues to dodgy advertisers to runaway cars taking out whole connection nodes. And, as always, a good number of the population still don't know when they're getting it.

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