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  • EARN It Act Threatens to End End-to-End Encryption [US]

    EARN It Act Threatens to End End-to-End Encryption [US]

    Slightly old, but I don't see this anywhere else and I think its pretty important to get out there

     




    Bipartisan members of the US Senate ( Blumenthal, Graham, Feinstein, Hawley )  have introduced the EARN IT Act, ( which stands for Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technology act ) that if passed, would allow the government to force businesses to provide " Lawful access " to encrypted messages. The reasoning...
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  • Hey guys, this is the first look inside the xbox series x

    Hey guys, this is the first look inside the xbox series x





    it's no Corsair One, but interesting nonetheless










    source: Austin Evans




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    OS and software:
    • Quick Resume: Game State preservation for pausing and resuming sessions
    • DX Raytracing



    Hardware
    • Trashcan pro design with a few additions (aluminium central chassis, vapor
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  • The fastest Netbook ever known - GPD Win Max announced

    The fastest Netbook ever known - GPD Win Max announced

    The only down side is the 1280 x 800 screen but there's a thunderbolt 3 and HDMI 2.0 port if you need more graphics:














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    The full specifications for the GPD Win Max handheld computer have been published online. The gaming device features the Ice Lake Intel Core i5-1035G7 and 16 GB of LPDDR4 RAM @3733 MHz. However, it is details such as the
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  • Not as fast as it used to be: Pixel 5/5a may be using mid-range processors

    Not as fast as it used to be: Pixel 5/5a may be using mid-range processors

    Recent information taken from the google camera apps where codenames for Qualcomm's mid-range phone processors are being referred to Google's upcoming smartphones.




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    According to a teardown of the Google Camera app on a pre-release version of the Pixel 4a obtained by 9to5Google, next year's Pixel phones may not be true-blue flagships, eschewing the Snapdragon 865 in favor of a Snapdragon 765G, the top-end of
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  • Not so super - RTX 2060 to get 8GB VRAM

    Not so super - RTX 2060 to get 8GB VRAM






    The default 2060 carries 6GB and the SUPER variant gets 8, however, according to a recent listing, the mid-high graphics card may also get a memory bump like the 1060 3GB to the 1060 5/6GB.




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    It looks like Asus is planning on updating the Nvidia RTX 2060 with a full 8GB of 14Gbps GDDR6 video memory. That will push it further ahead of the latest Radeon, the AMD RX 5600 XT,
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  • Magnetic Tape Storage is making a comeback and could replace hard drives in Enterprise and business storage

    "Fujitsu has announced a new technology called Virtual Integrated File System that it says could help magnetic tape storage compete with hard disk drives as a low-cost, large capacity storage alternative... This iteration will deliver capacities up to 26.1TB (uncompressed) and raw throughput of up to 708MB/sec."




     




    It's essentially RAID for magnetic tape storage, which could be a cheaper and faster alternative to large...
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  • People stay home due to COVID-19; Twitch viewership skyrockets

    People stay home due to COVID-19; Twitch viewership skyrockets

    As schools shut down and businesses ask their employees to stay at home to limit the spread of the virus, many people are turning to online gaming to pass their time. Sam Reynolds from Wccftech reports that Twitch viewership in particular has almost doubled amid the coronavirus concerns.




     




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    According to data from Twitch, aggregated by eSports Charts, viewership for March has
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  • Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft's board of directors to focus on philanthropic work

     




    Bill Gates - Focusing My Time




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    I have made the decision to step down from both of the public boards on which I serve – Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway – to dedicate more time to philanthropic priorities including global health and development, education, and my increasing engagement in tackling climate change. The leadership at the Berkshire companies and Microsoft
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  • Gigabyte is apparently under investigation by the Bureau of Consumer Protection over RMA issues

    This was posted by a fairly reputable member of the PCMR reddit community detailing their efforts to get a warranty replacement from gigabyte for a motherboard with an exploded cap. Their efforts were met with gigabyte refusing to make a warranty replacement because they claim they had not received the motherboard after having legally signed for the package which USPS had in their manifest records.




     




    "TLDR: Gigabyte's horrible...
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  • Another day, another Intel security flaw - Load Value Injection (LVI)

    Another day, another Intel security flaw - Load Value Injection (LVI)

    According to the authors in [2] (slightly adapted):




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    We generalize injection-based methodologies to the memory hierarchy by directly injecting incorrect, attacker-controlled values into a victim’s transient execution.




    Load Value Injection(LVI) reversely exploits Meltdown-type microarchitectural data leakage by abusing that faulting or assisted loads, executed by a legitimate
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  • Time to SET It down - distributed computer project ends after 21 years
    by Dudicrous
    While everyone is focused running folding @home, another computing project has finally ended after years of running.




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    SETI@home has announced that they will no longer be distributing new work to clients starting on March 31st as they have enough data and want to focus on completing their back-end analysis of the data.




    SETI@home is a distributed computing project where
    ...
    Yesterday, 06:31 PM
  • IAM a way to abuse APIs to track users AMA - Study finds 1/3 of Top Google Play apps likely abusing the IAM API for profiling
    by Dudicrous
    Source:

    ZDNet




    Whitepaper




     




    Summary:

    APIs designed to help ensure app compatibility have been found to be used for device profiling instead. There is no current way to block this fingerprinting method, and most developers don't seem to know 3rd party code in their apps is doing it.




     




    Media (click...
    Yesterday, 08:58 AM
  • HPE warns of firmware bug that bricks SSDs after 40,000 hours
    by Dudicrous





     




    Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has warned that certain solid state drives will brick after exactly 40,000 hours (4 Years, 206 Days, and 16 Hours) of service due to a firmware bug. Assuming the products entered service soon after being bought that would place failures to start happening in October. There is a firmware update available, but If the drive fails in this manner there is no fix and the data is currently not recoverable....
    Yesterday, 05:11 AM
  • Connecting people more time than Gabe Newel - Nokia phones refreshed
    by Dudicrous
    Other than the previously mentioned expressmusic 5310 and budget C2, Nokia has further annouced new smartphones, refreshes or last year models: 8.3, 5.3, 1.3




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    To expand its portfolio, HMD Global has launched three smartphones that also includes the company's first 5G smartphone- Nokia 8.3 5G. In addition to that, Nokia 5.3, Nokia 1.3 and one feature phone Nokia 5310 are also unveiled. 


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    Yesterday, 05:03 AM
  • [Folding@Home] [Twitter] F@H has now broken the exaflop barrier!
    by Dudicrous
    From PC Master Race:













    This is absolutely incredible! Here we were a week ago at 470 PFLOPS of processing power. Now, it has nearly doubled. Though there are still issues, it is amazing at how much not only LTT has responded, but the enthusiast and gaming community! The real question is: Can the F@H team actually keep the beast fed? So far there is are still issues with getting WU and also sending...
    Yesterday, 04:50 AM
  • Youtube to Reduce Default Playback Resolution to 480p Globally
    by Dudicrous
    DVD res is making a comeback yo!









     




    TLDR :


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      • Corona quarantine increased general video streaming traffic.
      • YouTube traffic being among one of them.
      • YouTube is deciding to lower automatic playback resolution from HD to 480p to deal with ISP stress.
      • You can manually change it to HD.
      • But default Playback
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    Yesterday, 04:49 AM
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