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Wednesday Afternoon (20 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-December-2019  16:01:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I managed to pretty much take the end off a finger at work yesterday - industrial fans are no joke, kids. So expect some one-handed, killing time in hospital waiting room news posts for the rest of the week. And probably a lot of typos..

Apple's new Mac Pro Tower is available, with the usual eye-watering price-tag. The new Mac Pro brings Apple back to the forefront of expensive, high-performance workstations for the first time in years. The company also began sales of its new Pro Display XDR, the companyís first high-end monitor in a long time. The Apple Mac Pro workstation are powered by Intelís Xeon W processors, with options ranging from eight to 28 cores. Memory options similarly span a wide range, all the way from 32 GB to 1.5 TB of DDR4-2933 memory. Meanwhile the machine's storage, which all solid-state and backed by Apple's T2 controller, is available today from 256 GB to 4 TB, and Apple has already announced that an 8TB option is coming soon.

However there's good news on the repairability front from iFixit: We love that a good portion of the modules can be swapped without tools; we love the use of (mostly) standard screws and connectors; we love the step numbers and diagrams for certain repairs right on the device; and most of all, we love the free public repair manuals and videos.

Meanwhile AnandTech report on Intel's manufacturing roadmap for the next 10 years. One of the interesting disclosures here at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) has been around new and upcoming process node technologies. Almost every session so far this week has covered 7nm, 5nm, and 3nm processes (as the industry calls them). What we didnít expect to see disclosed was an extended roadmap of Intelís upcoming manufacturing processes.

NASA have a very pointy aircraft to test low-impact supersonic transport. The X-59 is shaped to reduce the loudness of a sonic boom reaching the ground to that of a gentle thump, if it is heard at all. It will be flown above select U.S. communities to generate data from sensors and people on the ground in order to gauge public perception. That data will help regulators establish new rules to enable commercial supersonic air travel over land.

The Government is going to spend $9M to tell people that 5G is safe. The move, announced on Monday, comes amid broader government and industry concern that US-style conspiracy theories Ė which cover topics ranging from public health immunisation, water fluoridation and the electromagnetic radiation Ė are quickly taking root in some communities. The proliferation of community based opposition to the rollout of 5G, which is just starting to occur across Australia, is potentially a major headache for the government and telecommunications industry because of its potential disrupt infrastructure renewal and substantially increase costs.

For some Christmas-themed retro fun, try Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza, thanks Brains. From the very moment your bare feet scrunch the plush carpet in the restroom of your estranged wife's office, the game works hard to retell the story in-game as much as possible. This is both the game's greatest achievement and its biggest flaw. For those who've seen the film, it's a joy to participate in amped up versions of various scenes, complete with added enemies to bump up the FPS action quota. On the other hand, it limits the game's variety quite a bit. Most of the game takes place in grey corridors, often recognisable from the film, but boringly grey none-the-less.

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