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Friday Morning (8 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-November-2021  00:58:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

SpaceX launched another 53 Starlink satellites earlier this week - you can watch the launch replay here. I wouldn't normally mention it, but this was the first launch I watched via my Starlink internet connection at home - slightly surreal. You can read my Starlink review in the forums, or the more general Starlink thread here.

Meanwhile a company called SpinLaunch is basically yeeting things into orbit, to quote my 14yo, probably. There's a video here. It feels like an April Fools prank but is apparently real. The Long Beach, California-based company is developing a launch system that uses kinetic energy as its primary method to get off the ground with a vacuum-sealed centrifuge spinning the rocket at several times the speed of sound before releasing. Only sub-orbital flights so far at 20% the max power of the centrifuge.

NSW are phasing out single-use plastic next year. The ban applies to single-use plastic straws*, stirrers and swizzle sticks, and cutlery, including forks, spoons, knives, sporks, splayds, chopsticks, and food picks. Also, The ban applies to single-use plastic cotton buds and rinse-off personal care products containing plastic microbeads, such as face and body cleansers, exfoliants and masks, shampoo, conditioner and hair dyes, and toothpaste. Wait what, cotton buds? Nooo, my precious (and very clean) ears..

OCClub have a GPU thermal trends experiment. As that implies, I have collected data across multiple GPUs, and in the case of NVIDIA, across multiple generations. While the general concept of each GPU's performance is certainly interesting, there is something else I wish to examine here, because it is something these scripts will capture; boost behavior. In the previous article with these scripts, we could see how the behavior for frequency and power both changed with time. I found it interesting to see the differences between the boosting of the RTX 2060 and RX Vega 64, and with this article we can see the differences between the GTX 770, GTX 980, GTX 1070, GTX 1080, and RTX 2080 as well as the two previously mentioned cards.

It's 2021 and people are racing flying cars, thanks von Stalhein. The large drone-like aircraft flew faster than 100 kilometres per hour 10 metres above the ground during the trial by Airspeeder near the Flinders Ranges last month. Airspeeder and aircraft manufacturer Alauda Aeronautics are hoping the vehicles will eventually be able to carry on-board pilots, but they were flown by remote control for the 400-metre drag race. Hmm, not sure what makes them cars and not drones. The (future) pilots, I guess.

Apple have announced self-service repair, which seems like a big deal. Apple today announced Self Service Repair, which will allow customers who are comfortable with completing their own repairs access to Apple genuine parts and tools. Available first for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups, and soon to be followed by Mac computers featuring M1 chips, Self Service Repair will be available early next year in the US and expand to additional countries throughout 2022. Customers join more than 5,000 Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs) and 2,800 Independent Repair Providers who have access to these parts, tools, and manuals. Discussion in this thread.

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