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 Monday, 23-September-2019  18:54:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've been on the NASA press-release mailing list since I was in high-school in the late 80's, but it's rare I get an email from them that makes me do a double-take. This time it was the news that the Australian Government is going to partner with NASA for voyages to the Moon and beyond. The statement foresees potential Australian contributions in areas of mutual interest such as robotics, automation, and remote asset management – similar to that currently used by Australia in mining operations – and builds on a unique history of space cooperation between the U.S. and Australia that dates back to the Apollo era. As part of Australia’s commitment to partner with NASA, Morrison pledged to more than triple the Australian Space Agency budget to support Artemis and Moon to Mars.

Samsung has some new big fast SSDs that will never die. Hrm, I dunno about that, but they have some in-build redundancy. "Samsung’s FIP technology marks a new milestone in the 60-year history of storage by ensuring that SSDs maintain normal operation even when errors occur at the chip level, enabling a never-dying SSD for the first time in the industry. In the past, failure in just one out of several hundred NAND chips meant having to replace an entire SSD, causing system downtime and additional drive replacement cost. SSDs integrated with Samsung’s FIP software can detect a faulty chip, scan for any damage in data, then relocate the data into working chips," Samsung explains.

Meanwhile WD have signalled their intention to exit the storage market. After closing out its storage systems business, Western Digital will continue to offer its storage servers (including JBOX, JBOD, hybrid, and specialized machines) for customers with their own software and infrastructure. Furthermore, the company will keep developing its scalable and flexible OpenFlex NVMe-over-Fabric composable architecture. Essentially, Western Digital will refocus from storage systems to storage platforms, which is a more hardware-centric business. Does this mean they're not making consumer HDDs anymore?

If you're an F1 fan, you might enjoy this Williams tour and interview from Singapore this weekend, on TechARP. As part of the Acronis CyberFit Week, we were invited to an exclusive ROKiT Williams tour of the Singapore Grand Prix 2019! We also had the opportunity to sit down and talk to ROKiT Williams CIO Graeme Hackland, who has over 20 years of F1 experience under his belt!

Borderlands 3 was recently benchmarked on TechGage, and also over on eTeknix and Tweaktown. Borderlands is back, and that means one thing: Borderlands benchmarking is also back! We’re taking a look at graphics card performance with the help of fifteen GPUs and four resolutions. Since the performance picture between AMD and NVIDIA varies quite a bit between DX12 and DX11, we’re including results for both.

Fernando Corbato, a computing pioneer, passed away aged 93 recently. Decades before the existence of concepts like cybersecurity and the cloud, Corbató led the development of one of the world’s first operating systems. His “Compatible Time-Sharing System” (CTSS) allowed multiple people to use a computer at the same time, greatly increasing the speed at which programmers could work. It’s also widely credited as the first computer system to use passwords.

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