On Anzac Day, former cybermoat conjurer and secretary of the Department of Home Affairs Mike Pezzullo issued a provocative missive on the beating of the drums of war . A nanosecond of thought is all that is needed to reveal the target of the missive -- China -- and as if to hammer the point home, this week saw Beijing cut off China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue talks. Then the Australian prime minister, in a revealing feat of geopolitical misspeaking, used the words "one country, two systems" when talking about Taiwan. One country, two systems is the way Beijing handles its special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. This is the backdrop upon which two Vocus executives spoke this week at CommsDay Summit, with both reinforcing the company's pitch as being able to provide sovereignty to its customers. "Sovereignty is a factor which Vocus increasingly sees as a competitive advantage in a market where security is critical to success," Vocus general … [Read more...] about Vocus turning to sovereignty as its competitive advantage
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Why it matters: In what could be more bad news for those hoping to see an end to the chip shortage crisis, crypto mining giant Bitmain has reportedly tapped TSMC to create an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) using the Taiwanese firm’s 5nm fabrication process. According to a report from DigiTimes (via Tom’s Hardware ), Bitmain’s 5nm chip orders with TSMC will begin at the start of the third quarter before ramping up substantially in Q1 2022. The improved power-efficiency of the foundry’s N5 process would be well suited for mining, and with Bitcoin and Ethereum prices reaching record highs, demand is likely to remain high for a while. The concern here is that Bitmain’s order could put pressure on other 5nm-based products. Right now, the biggest N5 customer is Apple, which uses the process for its A14 Bionic (iPhone 12, iPad Air) and M1 system-on-chips in the latest Macs and iPad Pros. AMD’s Zen 4 architecture is set to be fabricated on the 5nm process node and is … [Read more...] about Bitmain places orders for 5nm mining chips with TSMC
For decades, cosmologists have wondered if the large-scale structure of the universe is a fractal — that is, if it looks the same no matter how large the scale. After completing massive surveys of galaxies, scientists finally have an answer: No, but kind of, in a way. In the early 20th century, astronomers — beginning with Edwin Hubble and his discovery of the enormous distance to Andromeda , the closest galaxy to our own Milky Way — started to realize that the universe is almost unimaginably vast. They also learned that we can see galaxies scattered about, both near and far. And so, naturally, a question arose: Is there any sort of pattern to the arrangement of those galaxies, or is it totally random? The universe: Big Bang to now in 10 easy steps At first, it looked random. Astronomers saw giant galaxy clusters , each containing a thousand or more galaxies. And there were also much smaller groups of galaxies, and galaxies hanging out by themselves. … [Read more...] about Is there a pattern to the universe?
Network security and content delivery network provider Cloudflare this afternoon reported Q1 revenue that topped expectations, and profit in line with Wall Street's forecast, and an outlook for this quarter's, and the full year's revenue that was higher as well. The report sent Cloudflare shares up by 6% in late trading. CEO and co-founder Matthew Prince noted the company had a "record-setting start to the year, citing revenue growth but also the company's retention rate among its customers of 123%. "We crossed 4 million total customers, and our large customer count was up 70% year-over-year, accounting for more than half of our total revenue," said Prince. Added Prince, "We delivered terrific financial results while also investing in innovation, the fuel our engine runs on. "Firing on all cylinders, we've already announced or delivered more than 100 products and capabilities this year. There's no slowing down as we continue to deliver business-critical offerings and … [Read more...] about Cloudflare surges as Q1 revenue tops expectations, outlook higher as well
The Department of Finance has claimed its Shared Services program has saved just over AU$89 million in four years, and that it will produce ongoing savings of AU$16.8 million per year, starting from the 2019-20 financial year. Australian Budget 2021 Budget 2021: Bushfire-prone urban fringes to get AU$16.4m in mobile network grants Budget 2021: Square Kilometre Array scores AU$387 million Budget 2021: Regional Connectivity Program gets second round and extra AU$130m pot Budget 2021: Digital economy strategy gets nearly AU$1 billion Budget 2021: myGov to undergo a multimillion-dollar makeover and get a chatbot The program is led by Finance and is part of the federal government's Modernisation Fund, which, unveiled as part of the 2017 Budget , aimed to support the transition of agencies to more "modern and sustainable operating models". Finance received AU$89.5 million across three years to consolidate and streamline back-office corporate functions in … [Read more...] about Finance claims savings of nearly AU$17m per year under Shared Services program