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Tuesday Morning (8 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-March-2020  00:34:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I hope you're all staying safe during these COVID-19 restrictions. If you haven't seen this video yet, please watch it! Update: not from the Government! But good info anyway. In about 8 minutes it clearly explains the current situation, how pandemics behave and why we need to self-isolate:


click for the video!

There's also a very busy discussion thread here in our Current Events forum.

In the meantime, the Folding@Home effort to research COVID-19 has resulted in the most powerful supercomputer in the world, and presumably the most powerful in history. Propelled by average enthusiasts in their shared quest to defeat COVID-19, the Folding@Home network is now pushing out 470 PetaFLOPS of raw compute power. To put that in perspective, that's twice as fast as Summit, the world's fastest supercomputer, making the network faster than any known supercomputer. It's also faster than the top seven supercomputers in the world, combined. More info here.

On that note, if you do have an idle GPU and want to get involved with Folding@Home, as mentioned earlier you can start by downloading the client, and if you want to be part of Team OCAU, simply select team 24 in the options. We've seen a lot of new active users join the team lately which is great. There's a discussion thread here if you need help setting it up.

However, make sure you only get the Folding@Home client from the official site as there is some sneaky malware doing the rounds, thanks metamorphosis.

Another way you can use your time productively is to help classify museum collections online. Online DigiVol volunteers are asked to transcribe specimen labels, notebooks, field data and even camera-trap images of Aussie animals. You can volunteer for as long (or as little) as you like. Volunteers don’t need to commit to a specific duration. “We value everybody’s contributions no matter how big or small,” says DigiVol’s Danielle Northey. Spend your newly found time at home trawling through not only the Australian Museum’s archives, but also that of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the National History Museum of Utah, to name a few.

Meanwhile the NBN might not be up to the task of entertaining everyone at home, so the Government has asked media providers to lower the bandwidth of their streaming products. Streaming companies such as Netflix and Stan have been asked by communications minister Paul Fletcher to consider reducing the amount of data required for streaming videos over the internet as the national broadband network plans for large swathes of the population working from home.

Otherwise, there's a few free games available to tide you over during isolation. The freebies span multiple platforms and storefronts, with most of the options available on PC from stores like Steam, GOG, and Itch.io. Notably, you can snag Tomb Raider (2013) and the spin-off Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris for free on Steam right now, while The Stanley Parable and Watch Dogs are currently free on Epic. On mobile, be sure to snag Alto's Adventure and Alto's Odyssey along with Kingdom Rush Frontiers. That article is a few days old but hopefully the goodies are still available.



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