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 Friday, 31-July-2020  13:44:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NASA have launched their Perseverence Rover to Mars. Interestingly, it was actually the commercial launch service United Launch Alliance that provided the launch vehicle and operations. Turns out they've done quite a few launches that way. Also, this is intended to be part of a mission to return samples from Mars for the first time. NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission is on its way to the Red Planet to search for signs of ancient life and collect samples to send back to Earth.

Intel's difficulties with 7nm continue. Intel announced today in its Q2 2020 earnings release that it has now delayed the rollout of its 7nm CPUs by six months relative to its previously-planned release date, undoubtedly resulting in wide-ranging delays to the company's roadmaps. Intel's press release also says that yields for its 7nm process are now twelve months behind the company's internal targets, meaning the company isn't currently on track to produce its 7nm process in an economically viable way. The company now says its 7nm CPUs will not debut on the market until late 2022 or early 2023.

NVIDIA meanwhile are breaking AI benchmark records. For the third time in a row, NVIDIA ran a clean sweep of MLPerf's set of AI and machine learning performance benchmarking suite. This time, however, the distinction of fastest GPU went to NVIDIA's A100 Tensor Core graphics solution, which is based on the company's 7-nanometer Ampere architecture that was recently introduced.

Windows 10 recently turned five years old. Windows 10 came out on this day in 2015, the same year that Uptown Funk had reached No. 1. For the first year, Microsoft officially offered the OS as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, in pursuit of reaching a billion active devices within 2-3 years. Microsoft ultimately missed its goal, but did get there earlier this year (in March).

Aussie Broadband have apparently booted the 35TB bandit. This week Aussie Broadbandís managing director Phil Britt revealed one user chugged 34TB in a month. Britt said the culprit would soon be hearing from the telco regarding its fair use policy. Itís made good on its promise too, because the banditís connection was just cancelled.

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