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 Monday, 9-September-2019  19:28:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Govt has blocked 8 websites that still host footage of the Christchurch attacks. The eSafety Commissioner has been given responsibility for directing which sites need to be blocked by the telcos, after giving them the chance to take down the offending content. These powers have now been implemented for the first time, with the eSafety Commissioner ordering Australian telcos to block eight websites still hosting video of the Christchurch attack or the attacker’s manifesto.

WD has announced some more huge HDDs for datacentres. Numerous reports claimed these drives are the first to feature WD's Microwave Assisted Magnetic Recording (MAMR) technology, but a spokesperson told us they "can not disclose specific details about which energy assist technologies are used in each drive." WD said the drives are part of its Capacity Enterprise HDDs portfolio that ranges from a six-disk 10TB drive with an air-based HDD to a nine-disk 20TB drive with a helium-based HDD. The Ultrastar DC HC550 CMR HDD will be available in 16TB and 18TB capacities, and the Ultrastar DC HC650 SMR HDD will be available in a 20TB capacity, sometime in the first half of 2020.

Maybe you could get one delivered by drone, if you live in Brisbane. Indeed, that is it’s business model, with the company – owned by a subsidiary of internet giant Google – aiming to deliver small items on demand to residents without them having to leave their homes. The company has already announced it will begin its Queensland rollout in the Logan suburbs of Crestmead and Marsden, however they’ve now confirmed it will happen by the end of the month.

Intel have been taking aim at Ryzen's heat and reliability, but TomsHardware investigated for themselves. Having reached a dead-end in our attempts to get an official explanation from AMD about the matter, the only thing left to do was to test to see if we can spot a change to the temperature thresholds in the various firmware revisions. We can't verify the impact on reliability, as CPUs don't have a wearout indicator like we see with SSDs. However, the most logical starting point is to determine if there were intentional changes to boost behavior.

Meanwhile there's a statement on Medium about the issue from Ryan Shrout. I assumed this was under his PC Perspective hat but reading the article I realise he is now the Chief Performance Strategist at Intel. I obviously haven't been refreshing LinkedIn enough. :)

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