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Tuesday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 30-June-2020  00:33:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's 2020 and there's some flying car news, thanks von Stalhein! Like a scene straight out of Mad Max, flying cars are set to grace the South Australian outback in Coober Pedy, where the original film was shot. It may sound futuristic, but an international startup says it will host a full-scale flying car race in remote South Australia before the end of the year.

Even if I don't have my flying car yet, perhaps I can smash things with my robot arm. At ICRA this week, researchers from Université de Sherbrooke in Canada are finally giving us what we want, in the form of a waist-mounted remote controlled hydraulic arm that can help you with all kinds of tasks while also being able, should you feel the need, to smash through walls.

It's reached the point where the concept of suicide drones doesn't surprise me anymore. Have we learned nothing from Philip K. Dick stories?! The Pentagon tested a loitering munition, more commonly referred to as a suicide drone, last year that will arrive over its designated target area at hypersonic speeds. It has since turned the project over to the U.S. Army for further development. Additional details about the program, dubbed Vintage Racer, have now emerged in an official picture showing Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy discussing it, as well as other advanced weapon systems.

Back to Earth, and Guru3D look at Ryzen memory scaling. The impact of memory timings and frequency on AMD Ryzen 3000 systems in games has been a topic of discussion. In this article, we'll zoom in on specifically that. See, AMD made a change in 3rd generations Ryzen, aka "Zen 2" processors, splitting the memory controllers from the die that contains CPU cores. The DDR4 memory controller is located in the processor's 12 nm I/O controller die. What's the game performance effect with frequencies, latencies, and ranks.

Here's a fairly heavy-going article about the history of non-volatile memory. As with every significant semiconductor product development, from the transistor to the microprocessor, NVM devices evolved from the work of pioneering researchers who built on the efforts of their predecessors through intuitive insights, lucky breaks, trial and error, and a determination to ignore the doubts of naysayers. This article is a chronological presentation of some of those pioneers and their key technology developments from the first glimmerings of the idea at Fairchild in 1960 to the high-volume manufacture of Flash chips in the last decade of the 20th century.

Another interesting read comes from metamorphosis, about tracking down people who changed their name to Turok in a promotional contest years ago. But perhaps its most successful and notorious stunt was to raise awareness for Turok: Evolution. This 2002 PR campaign offered five members of the British public £500 and a free Xbox if they changed their name to Turok. The idea that people took up this offer is amazing to me. Signing for parcels, going to work, going on dates named after a fictional dinosaur hunter – what was life like as Mr or Mrs Turok? I had to know, which is why I decided to track them down and ask them myself.

Also, the Segway is officially dead. Now, less than 20 years after the first Segway’s release, Fast Company has learned that the Segway brand will retire the last Segway as we know it, the Segway PT.

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