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Japanese supercomputer Fugaku crowned the world’s most powerful

Japan remains a relatively small player in supercomputing. China placed 226 systems in the latest Top500 list; the US total was 114, although they accounted for a greater share of aggregate computing power. But Japan has a long history of pushing the state of the art in computing. A prominent …

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Apple previews new iPhone software, switches to ‘game changer’ Mac chips

Upgraded software for the Apple Watch will also detect when wearers wash their hands. Apple CEO Tim Cook’s presentation on Monday revolved around an array of new features that, for instance, could help iPhone users manage their apps better, find new ones, and use their phones to unlock and start …

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I am eternally grateful for my humble arts degree

Q. What did the Arts graduate say on his first day at work, after earning his degree. A. Would you like fries with that? But I come to praise Caesar, not decry his degree. So allow me to give something of the stump speech I make to arts graduates. An …

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Community is not set by bureaucratic boundaries

I work from home, I have continued social distancing restrictions and I have no symptoms, but I live in Hume and the whole area is targeted, I expect incorrectly, as one. We want to comply, but lazy restrictions do not work. Give us the specific details and target correctly. Keith …

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Defence lawyer floats ‘human shield’ theory to discredit MH17 investigation

Pulatov’s lawyer, Boudewijn van Eijck, told the court on Monday that a lengthy international investigation – of which the Australian Federal Police played a leading role – was flawed and failed to properly examine how else the plane may have been destroyed. “Objective fact-finding has very much been put on …

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‘Like when the asteroid is heading for Earth’: Why Scott Morrison sounded the cyber alarm

The Chinese Communist Party responded with three elements of pressure. First, political. It imposed a ban on top-level political contact. Second, economic. It applied a customs “go slow” on Australian thermal coal, which proved ineffective because exporters were able readily to divert shipments to other markets. Third, it began a …

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Scott Morrison’s crusade on super is the biggest attack on working Australians since WorkChoices

But yesterday’s public intervention by 10 Liberal MPs on the front page of this newspaper dispelled any doubt as to the strategy. You simply do not get one-in-five backbenchers speaking in unison like that unless it has been authorised by the leader, especially when the group includes a gaggle of …

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Courses cut, syllabuses rewritten in NSW curriculum overhaul

“The NSW Government will be taking a back to basics approach to the curriculum. Literacy and numeracy will remain the focus throughout a student’s school experience,” she said. The new curriculum will start across all years by 2024, beginning with English and maths for kindergarten to year 2 by 2022. …

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Government renewable energy investment program swamped by support

The projects in the Central West are expected to bring 450 construction jobs to the region and generate enough electricity to power 1.3 million homes when completed. The state government identified the Central West region as one of its three priority areas for luring clean energy investments. All three – …

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The Brisbane suburbs most reliant on JobKeeper payments

“Firstly, postcodes with a high proportion of their residents in the workforce, that is, not retired or unemployed, are more likely to have a higher proportion of its residents covered by the payment,” he said. “Secondly, what we’re seeing is the impact of eligibility for JobSeeker. Some industries have been …

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