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There's a push to add fair use to the copyright laws in Australia. Australia’s copyright law is hopelessly out of date. Things that we all take for granted – forwarding emails; quoting; making and sharing memes; cloud storage – are often illegal in Australia. Fair use would fix this. Right now the government is considering whether to introduce fair use. Let’s tell them – we need fair use now.
Meanwhile, Net Neutrality is under fire again in the USA. The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to overturn rules that force ISPs to treat all data traffic as equal. Commissioners at the agency voted two-to-one to end a "net neutrality" order enacted in 2015. Ajit Pai, head of the FCC, said the rules demanding an open internet harmed jobs and discouraged investment. Many Americans and technology firms filed objections to the FCC's proposal prior to the vote.
AMD recently unveiled a new monster CPU, codenamed Threadripper. 16-core, 32-thread versions of AMD Ryzen CPUs codenamed Threadripper will launch this summer, the company revealed at its Financial Analyst Day yesterday. With one of the gnarliest CPU codenames we've ever seen, the Threadripper multicore monsters will go head to head with Intel's Broadwell-E and upcoming Skylake-E High-End Desktop (HEDT) CPUs alongside a new motherboard platform that promises expanded memory support and I/O bandwidth. That's likely to take the form of quad-channel RAM and more PCIe lanes, similar to Intel's X99 platform, but AMD is saving further details for its press conference at Computex at the end of May. Ryzen discussion continues in our AMD Hardware forum.
Panasonic have recalled some tablets due to a fire hazard. Panasonic has discovered that some of the hot-swappable battery packs used in some of its rugged Toughpad FZ-G1 tablets (Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3-series) can short circuit after a prolonged use in extreme temperatures. The company said it had received 16 reports of combusted battery packs between March 2017 and April 2017, including 12 from customers in North America, one from a client in Japan and one owner from Australia.
Wired report on Google's new AI chip. This new processor is a unique creation designed to both train and execute deep neural networks—machine learning systems behind the rapid evolution of everything from image and speech recognition to automated translation to robotics. Google says it will not sell the chip directly to others. Instead, through its new cloud service, set to arrive sometime before the end of the year, any business or developer can build and operate software via the internet that taps into hundreds and perhaps thousands of these processors, all packed into Google data centers.
Meanwhile they are getting closer to SkyNet. One of the more noteworthy remarks to come out of Google I/O ’17 conference this week was CEO Sundar Pichai recalling how his team had joked that they have achieved “AI inception” with AutoML. Instead of crafting layers of dreams like in the Christopher Nolan flick, however, the AutoML system layers artificial intelligence (AI), with AI systems creating better AI systems. Don't take the humans out of the loop!
Babeltech have some benchmark info using the PC game Prey. There is no built-in benchmark but we found and created one from a minute-long Fraps run that is 100% repeatable and reasonably representative of Prey gameplay’s most demanding indoor scenes. Here are our performance results using 17 video cards at 3 resolutions using the default Very High settings.
Some researchers claim to have found a way to defeat WannaCry. In Short: DO NOT REBOOT your infected machines and TRY wanakiwi ASAP*!
Apparently NBNCo spent $12M on airfares last year. If only there was some kind of high-speed network they could use for video-conferencing...
|Saturday Afternoon Reviews
Saturday, 20-May-2017 12:48:03 (GMT +10) - by booj
Motherboards & CPUs:
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 & 1600 CPU on Neoseeker.
AMD Ryzen R5 1600 Hex-Core AM4 Processor on eTeknix.
Gigabyte Z270X AORUS Gaming 7 on Madshrimps.
ASUS ROG Strix X99 Gaming on OCC.
Supermicro C7Z270-PG Pro Gaming on TweakTown.
ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1050 Ti STRIX on Legit Reviews.
Palit GTX 1050 Ti KalmX 4 GB on techPowerUp.
PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 570 4GB on Legit Reviews.
Gigabyte Aorus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Extreme Edition 11G on Funky Kit.
PowerColor Radeon RX 580 Red Devil on Guru3D.
Corsair Force Series MP500 240GB NVMe SSD on The Tech Report.
Kingston Digital Gold microSD UHS-I Flash Card on Legit Reviews.
Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSDXC Memory Card on TweakTown.
Notebooks and Systems:
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2017) on Hot Hardware.
ECS LIVA Z mini PC on OCC.
Gigabyte Aero 15 Notebook on TechSpot.
NZXT Aer F120 and F140 Cooling Fans on APH Networks.
Vertagear Triigger 275 Gaming Chair on techPowerUp.
TP-Link AC1900 Touch Screen Wi-Fi Router on Funky Kit.
Seasonic PRIME 1200W Gold Power Supply on PC Perspective.
Riotoro CR480 Mid-Tower Chassis on TweakTown.
1MORE Capsule Dual Driver In-ears on techPowerUp.
Thanks to BM and Simon this week!
|Thursday Morning Reviews
Thursday, 18-May-2017 01:58:43 (GMT +10) - by booj
CPUs & Motherboards:
AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Processor on Madshrimps.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz on techPowerUp.
Biostar Z270GT8 Motherboard on techPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen R5 1400 on eTeknix.
Corsair Vengeance RGB 3000 MHz DDR4 on eTeknix.
Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4-3466 on Benchmark Reviews.
ASUSTOR AS1004T NAS Server on NikKTech.
Drobo 5N2 Five-Bay NAS on TweakTown.
Lexar JumpDrive S75 USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Madshrimps.
Toshiba FlashAir Wireless SD Card on Funky Kit.
Asus ROG Strix GL502VS Gaming Laptop on Techspot.
MSI GS63VR STEALTH PRO 4K Gaming Laptop on TweakTown.
Cherry MX Board Silent on ThinkComputers.
SteelSeries Arctis 7 on Vortez.
Corsair Glaive RGB on Vortez.
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EN1070K Gaming Mini PC on Funky Kit.
Ableconn PEXM2-SSD M.2 PCIe SSD to PCIE 3.0 x4 Adapter on ModSynergy.
In Win 301 case on ocaholic.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition on TechARP.
Corsair VENGEANCE LED DDR4-3200 32GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 on Hot Hardware.
Wednesday, 17-May-2017 15:10:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Microsoft's CEO says we need to design things in such a way as to avoid a dystopian future. "What Orwell prophesied in '1984,' where technology was being used to monitor, control, dictate," Nadella said. "Or what Huxley imagined we may do just by distracting ourselves without any meaning or purpose. Neither of these futures is something that we want." So, he asked, what are we going to do?
MP3 is officially dead, kinda - thanks FOTW. Symbolically at least, the MP3 is now officially dead, after the German research institution that helped to develop the famous (and equally infamous) standard announced that all licensing for the file format had been terminated. While any MP3s in your possession will still play fine on any devices that support the audio format – no matter how you acquired them – it signals the end of the road for the ubiquitous music file, which will no longer be officially supported.
TomsHardware have an article about Windows 10 on ARM CPUs. Earlier this year, Qualcomm announced that its next-generation chips will be the first to fully support Windows 10, including all the programs built for the x86 architecture. In a recent video, Microsoft demonstrated how both x86 and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps would run on ARM chips. It also talked about the underlying technology enabling x86 apps to run on ARM chips with near-native performance.
Google have given the world a glimpse into some of the hidden hardware behind their giant brains, the Tensor Processing Unit. There’s a common thread that connects Google services such as Google Search, Street View, Google Photos and Google Translate: they all use Google’s Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU, to accelerate their neural network computations behind the scenes. We announced the TPU last year and recently followed up with a detailed study of its performance and architecture. In short, we found that the TPU delivered 15–30X higher performance and 30–80X higher performance-per-watt than contemporary CPUs and GPUs.
MadShrimps have an Intel X99 Benchers Memory Battle. The launch of Broadwell-E last summer confirmed that Intel's X99 LGA 2013-V3 is still the platform to be used for benchmarks like Vantage, Catzilla, 3DMark11 and them tough Firestrike runs; especially the Futuremark versions can benefit from a well-dialed in memory subsystem, reflecting in a better total score thanks to improved PhysX and combined scores, so time to explore what these B-Die memory kits can mean for you, besides burning another hole in your wallet :)
On a related note, PC Perspective look at memory latency on Ryzen and its effect on 1080p gaming performance. This has led me down another hole recently, wondering if we could further compartmentalize the gaming performance of the Ryzen processors using memory latency. As I showed in my Ryzen 5 review, memory frequency and throughput directly correlates to gaming performance improvements, in the order of 14% in some cases. But what about looking solely at memory latency alone?
For the newbies or those who need to brush up, here's an article about common PC building mistakes. In this post, we’ve highlighted 31 of the most common PC building mistakes that first-time builders make. Knowing these mistakes will help you be better prepared to handle any issues that might arise during your upcoming build.
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