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Tuesday Night (11 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 19-May-2020  23:06:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I was saddened to learn that Atomic is going to go away next month, apparently for good. This wonderful place that has been so incredible for almost 20 years is soon to be making a final exit from the internet. June the 11th will be our last day together, here. That’s enough time to regroup in another place, if you want to do that. The closure is happening for several reasons, and I don’t think any will be a huge surprise to you all. As a brand, Atomic the magazine ceased publishing many years ago, and we stopped trying to make this a home-page-driven content site a long time before that after a few stop-start efforts that never took hold. I never sopent much time over there, but it's a shame to see any community lose its focus. All I can say is any Atomic refugees are more than welcome to come hang out on OCAU.

I can't remember where I found this, but it's a rackmount server made of Lego. Back in 2017 Silicon Mechanics reached out to me about creating a full size 2U rack server for them to display in their booth at the 2017 SC show (SuperComputing Conference). After some back and forth discussion we settled in on one of their 2U models based around a dual processor, 12 bay, Supermicro chassis. The goal was to build the entire chassis out of Lego, while having all the appropriate mounts for the hardware so that if desired the system could be powered up.

Boeing Australia has unveiled a military drone with AI. The drones will be able to engage in electronic warfare as well as intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance missions and swap quickly between those roles, according to Boeing. The aircraft delivered in Sydney on Tuesday is the first of three prototypes Boeing is producing. It's also the first aircraft "to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia in more than 50 years," Boeing said in a statement.

Also in Australian tech news, there was a quantum breakthrough in Sydney last month. Most quantum computers being developed around the world will only work at fractions of a degree above absolute zero. That requires multi-million-dollar refrigeration and as soon as you plug them into conventional electronic circuits they’ll instantly overheat. But now researchers led by Professor Andrew Dzurak at UNSW Sydney have addressed this problem. “Our new results open a path from experimental devices to affordable quantum computers for real world business and government applications,” says Professor Dzurak.

Today's timewaster is the SpaceX ISS Simulator, thanks Teddybear. This simulator will familiarize you with the controls of the actual interface used by NASA Astronauts to manually pilot the SpaceX Dragon 2 vehicle to the International Space Station.

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