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 Thursday, 9-May-2019  18:03:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The ACCC have formally opposed the TPG-Vodafone merger in Australia. Australia already has a very concentrated mobile services market, with the three network operators, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, having over 87 per cent share. Similarly, the fixed broadband market is concentrated, with Telstra, TPG and Optus having approximately 85 per cent share. “Broadband services are of critical importance to Australian consumers and businesses, across both fixed and mobile channels,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.

Meanwhile we have once again dropped down the broadband rankings to 62nd fastest, behind technology powerhouses Kazakhstan and Barbados. For those who used the online service, Australian households notched an average of 35.11 megabits per second for March which is considerably lower than the global average of 57.91 Mbps. Singapore topped the ranking with a super fast 199.62 Mbps average speed — more than 5.6 times faster than Australia.

Cray and AMD are planning to build the world's fastest supercomputer, for the US Government. AMD and Cray have announced that they're building "Frontier," a new supercomputer for the Department of Energy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The goal is to deliver a system that can perform 1.5 exaflops: 1.5×1018 floating point operations per second. By way of comparison, a single Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU manages about 14 teraflops of compute performance with 32-bit numbers. Frontier will achieve 100,000 times more. The fastest supercomputer in the Top 500 list weighs in at 200 petaflops, or 0.2 exaflops. As things stand, it'd take the top 160 machines on the list to match Frontier's performance.

Tech Report have an interesting article about going solar in the USA. There are a lot of reasons I decided to have a big honkin' solar array installed on my roof. I'll get to the tangible ones shortly—backed by cold, hard data. The main reason that comes to mind, though, is less concrete. It's a feeling, or an instinct; a desire to realize the expectations of my 20th-century childhood as a 21st-century adult. This is something I've wanted even before I plopped down my first solar power plant as an 11-year old SimCity 2000 mayor. My infatuation with solar arrays has grown. We have a general solar installation discussion thread here in our Lifestyle forum.

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