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Wednesday Morning (2 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 8-November-2023  00:27:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Something I missed earlier (curiously my two high-school aged children failed to mention it) is that NSW has banned mobile phones in high schools. Students in public high schools across NSW must have their mobile phones turned off and out of sight from today, as the NSW Government delivers its commitment to ban studentsí use of phones at school from the start of Term 4.

A site called "Chips and Cheese" has taken aim at the venerable CPU-Z benchmark, calling it inadequate, and going into some interesting CPU execution detail. CPU-Z is a hardware information tool from a company called CPUID, not to be confused with the CPUID instruction. Besides showing basic CPU, motherboard, and memory information, CPU-Z features a built-in benchmark. While the benchmark isnít its primary function, it has made its way into some reviews, as well as AMDís slides. Its free, accessible nature means it naturally enters online discussions. Therefore, itís worth investigating and understanding the CPU-Z benchmark.

Intel and a mob called Submer have had a cooling breakthrough in the form of a Forced Convection Heatsink which can apparently handle CPUs of up to 1000W. Intel and Submer haven't nailed down the exact happenings of its next-gen FCHS cooling system, but it will use the power of liquid cooling between two cold plates, enhancing the thermal transfer and assisting in the cooling process. This new technology was cooling an "undefined Xeon processor," which was probably just Xeon "Sapphire Rapids" at 800W+ power.

Microsoft meanwhile are working on glass plate data storage - which could last thousands of years. Magnetic storage, while widely used, is problematic, according to Microsoft. Because of their limited lifespan, they need to be recopied frequently, which increases energy consumption and operating costs over time: ďA hard disk drive might last five years. A tape, well, if youíre brave, it might last ten yearsĒ, explains Ant Rowstron, Distinguished Engineer, Project Silica.

So those terrifing robots can now do extreme parkour, also known as "pursuing human prey at high speed across varied terrain". We show our robot can perform a high jump on obstacles 2x its height, long jump across gaps 2x its length, do a handstand and run across tilted ramps, and generalize to novel obstacle courses with different physical properties.

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