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Thursday Morning (8 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 30-April-2020  00:17:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I can't decide if this is ridiculous or cool.. a Tesla car themed PC from Origin PC. Not a one-off project, an actual commercial product. "True to its name, the Ludicrous PC is a special edition PC that combines a Radio Flyer Tesla Model S with a liquid-cooled high-performance Origin PC," said Kevin Wasielewski, Origin PC CEO and co-founder. "The Ludicrous PC is a true showcase build that the Origin PC team created which was inspired by MKBHD’s high-quality content and his high-performance Tesla. For a limited time, you can order your own on OriginPC.com for $13,370."

Or maybe this Raspberry Pi Nerf RC Car is more your style. We are all doing the best we can to keep our sanity, and maybe even getting to know ourselves a bit better while in isolation. Perhaps you have an undiscovered talent that may have otherwise gone overlooked. Hey, it happens—a clever individual in Serbia found out he could build a nifty RC car that fires Nerf darts using a Raspberry Pi board (one of many neat Raspberry Pi projects to pass the time), despite not being a developer.

Another strange bit of tech to appear recently is RTX Voice, which uses your GPU to improve the audio quality when teleconferencing. Sounds like you can run it on older cards, too. The latest architecture to grace GeForce graphics cards comes with two new additions to the silicon: RT Cores and Tensor Cores. The RT Cores accelerate ray tracing workloads, while the Tensor Cores are used for AI workloads—such as DLSS or denoising ray-traced scenes. You might think the latter would be required for RTX Voice. You'd be wrong. It's not your fault, Nvidia does dance around the subject a bit. With only a small adjustment to the code RTX Voice will work on older graphics cards—simply delete the segment that says you can't run it without an RTX graphics card. More here on HotHardware and here on TechPowerUp.

TechSpot wonder how the GTX 1080 Ti stacks up in 2020. For roughly 18 months the GTX 1080 Ti was the most powerful GeForce GPU on the market, but the fondness high-end gamers seemed to have for this GPU was only magnified when Nvidia showed it the door with the GeForce RTX 20 series. These days we may have digested the GeForce RTX series as the top offering in Nvidia's lineup, but when the RTX 2080 launched in late 2018, it did so at the same $700 price point as the GTX 1080 Ti while offering no real performance advantage.

Even more retro is this Pixel Ripped 1995 performance guide from BabelTechReviews. This editor enjoyed a retro blast from the past playing Pixel Ripped 1995, the sequel to Pixel Ripped 1989, and we are going to benchmark it with 15 video cards using the Vive Pro and FCAT-VR.

Jakub also has some retro news: Not sure if this is news worthy, but an old game series that I loved as a kid in the 90s was the Escape Velocity series (Classic, Override and Nova). The company that published them went defunct last year and now one of the creators of EV - Override has started a kick starter to remake the game for PC, Mac and Linux. The engine will be open sourced as well. Link here. Downloads of the original versions here and here (along with other Ambrosia games). The first two games were Mac only and I expect a lot of old Mac users will know them and be fond of them.

Meanwhile, this from Dilbery: I noticed that in one of the latest LGR videos, OCAU is mentioned for a Windows ME Dos fix, blast from the past but I thought it was pretty cool. That is cool. :) I'm not familiar with LGR but it seems to be a retro/oddities computing channel, so there's probably lots to check out there. It also makes me realise I really should get onto updating OCAU's 20 year old main site design..

Google's head of Quantum Computing has resigned. Soon after the team had first got its quantum supremacy experiment working a few months earlier, Martinis says, he had been reassigned from a leadership position to an advisory one. Martinis tells WIRED that the change led to disagreements with Hartmut Neven, the longtime leader of Google’s quantum project. Martinis resigned from Google early this month. “Since my professional goal is for someone to build a quantum computer, I think my resignation is the best course of action for everyone,” he adds.

Today's web timewasters are lots of historic Google Doodle games. Over the years, Google has featured an impressive number of games and minigames on its homepage, all of which have been carefully preserved and archived on the Google Doodle Blog. Starting April 27 and running for two weeks, Google is launching a new series of ten Doodles, each one a callback to one of the company’s popular games.



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