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 Thursday, 22-November-2018  18:17:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Amazon seem to have changed their stance and will now allow Australian shoppers on their main USA-based site. Australian consumers will again have access to products on Amazon's international sites after the online shopping giant backflipped on its decision to block local customers over laws that forced it to collect GST. Amazon stopped delivering goods bought from Amazon.com and other sites to Australian addresses in July, restricting its local customers to its Amazon Australia site, which stocked about one-tenth of the products. Discussion in this thread and if you'd like to support OCAU via Amazon's affiliate program, shop via this link. :)

The International Space Station has a 3D Printer and Recycler onboard now. Refabricator recycles waste plastic materials into high quality 3D-printer filament, providing the potential for sustainable fabrication, repair, and recycling capabilities on long-duration space missions. This hardware represents a key component of NASA's In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) technology development roadmap. Which by coincidence reminds me of one of my favourite books, set in a society where (among other things) nanotechnology allows the creation and recycling of any item from home replicators.

Another thing that sounds like a dystopian sci-fi is this plan to judge Beijing's residents on their behaviour by 2020. The capital city will pool data from several departments to reward and punish some 22 million citizens based on their actions and reputations by the end of 2020, according to a plan posted on the Beijing municipal government’s website on Monday. Those with better so-called social credit will get “green channel” benefits while those who violate laws will find life more difficult.

HardOCP (and other sites) experienced RTX 2080 Ti failures, and have some info from NVIDIA about what's going on - it seems to only affect some specific cards. As alluded to by NVIDIA, something was missed along the way and the bad components made it through quality control and into the final product. So, from our understanding of what a "test escape" is, it would seem that NVIDIA is actually owning up to putting bad RTX 2000 series cards into the market.

Google have expressed concerns about the Government's site blocking expansion. “Google is concerned the bill is being rushed forward despite no substantive evidence that the current legislation is deficient,” Google LLC’s public policy and government relations manager Derek Slater said. “Google is also concerned that there has not been a thorough, comprehensive and independent review of the extent of the alleged problems that the bill is seeking to address and the likely effectiveness of the proposed changes in addressing them.”

If you want to get really retro, check out this core memory shield for Arduino. Core Memory was the most heavily used type of RAM from the mid-1950s, all the way up until the early-1970s. Which is before even my time, if only just. So I’m not quite old enough to remember magnetic core memory in the wild. But, like a lot of other people who grew up closer to the ‘golden age’ of computing than the age the black rectangle of glass and brushed aluminium that lives in all of our pockets today, I have a soft spot for retro-computing.



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