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Braintree-bound carriageway closed on A120 after serious crash

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 13:14
Part of the A120 has been closed amid reports of a serious crash.
Categories: Local News

Chelmsford's council tax is going up but there will also be £60m invested in the city - here's where your cash will go

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 13:12
A large proportion of the money will be going towards tackling the housing crisis
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This is the £3.4 billion vision for Essex - and it won't be involving TOWIE

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 12:56
The county council has revealed its tourism strategy
Categories: Local News

Open Source CPU Architecture RISC-V Is Gaining Momentum

Slashdot - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 12:34
The CEO of the RISC-V Foundation (a former IBM executive) touted the open-source CPU architecture at this year's HiPEAC conference, arguing there's "a growing demand for custom processors purpose-built to meet the power and performance requirements of specific applications..." As I've been travelling across the globe to promote the benefits of RISC-V at events and meet with our member companies, it's really stuck me how the level of commitment to drive the mainstream adoption of RISC-V is like nothing I've seen before. It's exhilarating to witness our community collaborate across industries and geographies with the shared goal of accelerating the RISC-V ecosystem...With more than 420 organizations, individuals and universities that are members of the RISC-V Foundation, there is a really vibrant community collaborating together to drive the progression of ratified specs, compliance suites and other technical deliverables for the RISC-V ecosystem. While RISC-V has a BSD open source license, designers are welcome to develop proprietary implementations for commercial use as they see fit. RISC-V offers a variety of commercial benefits, enabling companies to accelerate development time while also reducing strategic risk and overall costs. Thanks to these design and cost benefits, I'm confident that members will continue to actively contribute to the RISC-V ecosystem to not only drive innovation forward, but also benefit their bottom line... I don't have a favorite project, but rather I love the amazing spectrum that RISC-V is engaged in — from a wearable health monitor to scaled out cloud data centres, from universities in Pakistan to the University of Bologna in Italy or Barcelona Supercomputing Center in Spain, from design tools to foundries, from the most renowned global tech companies to entrepreneurs raising their first round of capital. Our community is broad, deep, growing and energized... The RISC-V ecosystem is poised to significantly grow over the next five years. Semico Research predicts that the market will consume a total of 62.4 billion RISC-V central processing unit (CPU) cores by 2025! By that time I look forward to seeing many new types of RISC-V implementations including innovative consumer devices, industrial applications, high performance computing applications and much more... Unlike legacy instruction set architectures (ISAs) which are decades old and are not designed to handle the latest workloads, RISC-V has a variety of advantages including its openness, simplicity, clean-slate design, modularity, extensibility and stability. Thanks to these benefits, RISC-V is ushering in a new era of silicon design and processor innovation. They also highlighted a major advantage. RISC-V "provides the flexibility to create thousands of possible custom processors. Since implementation is not defined at the ISA level, but rather by the composition of the system-on-chip and other design attributes, engineers can choose to go big, small, powerful or lightweight with their designs."

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Microsoft polishes Sphere, carts backups off to Azure – and mystery mobile claims to run Windows 10 and Android

The Register - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 12:25
Also: Beware the disconnected car

Roundup  Between fanboys swooning over new Windows icons and a cracking time being had by Surface Laptop 3 owners, over the past week, Microsoft tinkered with backups and nudged Azure Sphere closer to release.…

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Stansted Airport strikes deal with Air India over new service to Mumbai

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 12:23
AN airport has struck a deal which will see it offer direct flights to a major Indian city.
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Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

The Register - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 11:57
RIP 'Mad' Mike Hughes

The sad news that steam-rocket fan "Mad" Mike Hughes has taken his final flight reached Vulture Central over the weekend.…

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Murder 24/7: How and when you can watch BBC's new series following Essex Police investigations

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 11:48
Three Essex murder investigations will be followed from start to finish
Categories: Local News

Google gets woke on gender in Vision API, Amazon happy to sell its facial recognition code to foreigners, and more

The Register - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 11:28
Elon Musk roasts OpenAI, says should be more open

Roundup  Hello readers. If you're struggling to keep up with all the AI-related news spewed out and have already read what we've covered this week, then here's more.…

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Windows 7: Still looking after business (except when it isn't)

The Register - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 10:45
The operating system that will not die lingers on in NatWest's ATMs

Bork!Bork!Bork!  In a welcome change from burger-based BSODing, here's Windows 7 tugging at the purse strings in a NatWest ATM in the East Midlands.…

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Royal Mail to increase price of stamps

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 10:40
Royal Mail has said it will increase the price of first class and second class stamps.
Categories: Local News

Primark owners warn about long-term stock shortages due to Coronavirus

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 10:33
Latest figures show that  6,324 people have been tested for Coronavirus in the UK
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BAE Systems tosses its contractors a blanket... ban on off-payroll working under upcoming IR35 tax reforms

The Register - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 10:00
'As soon as I got the note saying I'm inside, I started chasing another role'

Ahead of IR35 private sector rules, defence firm BAE Systems has issued a blanket assessment on all its contractors and freelancers that forces them into PAYE terms regardless of their individual circumstances.…

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Football club pays tribute to fan who died after travelling to Essex for away match

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 09:58
There was also a special tribute for Lily Wythe before the match
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The Wristwatch of the Long Now: When your MTBF is two centuries

The Register - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 09:15
Face it: In 2220, your great-great-great-great-great-great grandkid will not find a compatible SoC for your tat

Column  If you've got a grand-and-a-half to splurge on rose-gold pocket tech, here are two contenders. One is a 512GB Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, which can tell the time and make phone calls. The other is an 1820 Garcerand French repeating pocket watch (see below) with verge escapement and quarter repeater, which tells the time. No phone calls, but otherwise in good condition and working well.…

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Hammered in Hamburg, Merkel's party meets on leadership crisis

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 09:13
Senior members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives gathered on Monday to decide on a leadership accession plan, after a state election drubbing in Hamburg added urgency to their search.

Fear of coronavirus pandemic grows but China eases curbs as new infections fall

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 09:07
Fears of a coronavirus pandemic grew on Monday after sharp rises in new cases reported in Iran, Italy and South Korea but China relaxed restrictions on movements in several places including Beijing as its rates of new infections eased.

South Korea coronavirus surge spurs museum closures, mask-buying spree

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 09:07
South Korea reported 231 new cases of a coronavirus, taking total infections to 833, health authorities said on Monday, a day after raising its infectious disease alert to the highest level.

Factbox: Sport-Events affected by the coronavirus epidemic

Reuters - Mon, 24/02/2020 - 09:06
The following is a list of international sports events affected by the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

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