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 Thursday, 7-November-2019  00:35:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This month, November 2019, is the setting of my all-time favourite film: Blade Runner, from 1982. ABC have an article looking at what the movie got right, and what it didn't. The Ridley Scott classic tells the story of Rick Deckard (Ford), a world-weary cop whose job it is to hunt down and "retire" replicants ó robots that are so human-like they've started believing they should be left alone to live their lives like everyone else. We can now officially say the fashion of Blade Runner, inspired by 1980s punkish elements and the noir films of the '40s and '50s, is not what people are wearing in 2019.

The ACCC have ruled that Fallout 76 is so bad you can get a refund, or rather, if you wanted a refund but were told you couldn't have one, it turns out you probably can. "When a consumer buys a product it comes with automatic consumer guarantees, and retailers must ensure their refunds and returns policies do not misrepresent what the Australian Consumer Law provides," Ms Court said. Accordingly, the ACCC has ordered ZeniMax to offer refunds to Fallout 76 buyers in Australia who had requested refunds but hadn't received them, between November 24, 2018 and June 1, 2019. Consumers who accept the refund will lose access to Fallout 76.

Interestingly, TechPowerUp have released a custom power plan for Ryzen 3000 series CPUs. In this article, by our resident Ryzen tweaking guru "1usmus", we present a customized power plan for AMD's new Ryzen 3000 processors. The new power plan ensures workloads run on the best cores, which not only increases boost clocks, but also stop threads from bouncing between cores too often.

Gigabyte have a 16-lane PCIe SSD. Even though itís not really a secret anymore, Gigabyte now formally announced this week the Aorus Gen4 AIC SSD 8TB. This is a PCIe add-in-card which houses four 2TB PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe SSDs, which turns it into, for lack of better words, an absolute storage monster. Add those numbers up, and youíve got an 8TB NVMe SSD that runs over the new PCIe 4.0 standard with access to 16 lanes. Gigabyte claims that it should manage a throughput (read and write) of about 15,000 MBps. The unit is rated at 430,000 random read IOPS and 440,000 random write IOPS.

TechSpot meanwhile look into NVIDIA raytracing, one year on. We'll do a recap of the entire first year of Nvidiaís ray tracing efforts. A look at the games that came out with RTX support, the games that didnít, and just how the ecosystem has evolved in the space of twelve months. Has performance improved? Have some of the visual issues been sorted out? Has Nvidia delivered on their launch day promises?

Google have a new open-source secure chip project called OpenTitan. The aim of the new coalition is to build trustworthy chip designs for use in data centers, storage and computer peripherals, which are both open and transparent, allowing anyone to inspect the hardware for security vulnerabilities and backdoors. It comes at a time when tech giants and governments alike are increasingly aware that hostile nation states are trying to infiltrate and compromise supply chains in an effort to carry out long-term surveillance or espionage.

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