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Weekend tech #2: GTX 1070 firmware update, Sleeping Dogs dev shutters, why DDR4 prices spiked

By Matthew
Oct 23, 2016
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  1. Manufacturers roll out firmware updates for GeForce GTX 1070 due to memory issue If you own a GeForce GTX 1070, you might want to pay attention to this news-item as you could be effected. There have been some problems reported with certain GeForce GTX 1070 cards. After further investigation it became apparent that the issues like flickering and poor memory overclocking results on the memory sub-system are graphics memory related. Guru3D (Evga BIOS update 86.04.50.00.70/86.04.50.01.70, Gainward: Pick your card > BIOS, Palit: Pick your card > BIOS)

    The big debit card breach: Three things card holders need to understand A total of 32 lakh debit cards across 19 banks could have been compromised on account of a purported fraud, the National Payment Corporation of India said in a statement. The issue was brought to light when State Bank of India blocked the debit cards of 6 lakh customers on October 14. This was done after the bank was alerted to a possible fraud by the National Payment Corporation of India, MasterCard and Visa... Bloomberg

    I went to Nigeria to meet the man who scammed me An internet romance scam took an unexpected turn, writes Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani. When Maria Grette first discovered that the 58-year-old Danish man with whom she had fallen in love was actually a 24-year-old Nigerian "419" internet scammer, the 62-year-old Swede was distraught. But, soon, her feelings changed. BBC

    United Front Games has closed down United Front Games, the maker of Sleeping Dogs, ModNation Racers and the now-cancelled early access title Smash + Grab, has closed its doors today. Reports about the studio shutting down hit the internet around 11:00 AM Sydney time. It was a surprise rumour given that United Front Games had just run a free weekend on Steam for their latest title, an early access third-person brawler. Kotaku

    Memo to the DOJ: Facial recognition's threat to privacy is worse than anyone thought If we don't speak up now, the days when we can walk around with our heads held high without fear of surveillance are numbered. Federal and local law enforcement across the country are adopting sophisticated facial recognition technologies to identify us on the streets and in social media by matching our faces to massive databases. We knew the threat was looming. But a brand new report from the Georgetown Law Center for Privacy and Technology indicates the problem is far worse than we could've imagined. EFF

    A window into battery life for next-gen lithium cells Dendrites, whiskers of lithium that grow inside batteries and can cause fires like those in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, are the bane of next-generation lithium batteries. While they usually spread under cover of darkness in a closed cell, a team of researchers at the University of Michigan has spied on them by cutting a window in a battery and filming the dendrites as they grew (the battery they probed was a next-generation lithium metal battery, and not the lithium ion type used in commercial cell phones and other consumer electronics). University of Michigan

    A win for the Raspberry Pi compute module News comes from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, of something of a coup for their Compute Module product. Support for it is to be integrated into NEC’s line of commercial displays, and the electronics giant has lined up a list of software partners to provide integrated signage solutions for the platform. It is interesting to note how NEC have done this, while it's being spun by the Foundation as a coup for them the compute module sits on a daughter board... Hackaday

    Here's why DDR4 RAM prices have spiked If you're in the market for some DDR4 RAM, now...is not a great time to buy. While updating our high-end PC build guide, we noticed that DDR4 prices had spiked in recent weeks, from a relatively steady $60-$70 for 2x8GB to $75+. For example, take a look at PC Part Picker's price history for G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 over the last six months: PC Gamer

    How hackers broke into John Podesta and Colin Powell's Gmail accounts On March 19 of this year, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta received an alarming email that appeared to come from Google. The email, however, didn’t come from the internet giant. It was actually an attempt to hack into his personal account. In fact, the message came from a group of hackers that security researchers, as well as the US government, believe are spies working for the Russian government. Vice

    TU Eindhoven breaks world record for nanowire solar cells Researchers at TU Eindhoven have gained a new world record for the efficiency of nanowire-based solar cells: 17.8 percent. These types of solar cell have been around for just a few years but in terms of efficiency are catching up to other types and are thus very promising for the sustainable energy supply. TU/e researcher **** van Dam will be awarded his doctorate on 17 October for his research that makes this possible. TU Eindhoven

    MobilePerf Insights: Why LTE has slowed by 50% in the US this year LTE first launched in the US on Verizon’s network almost 6 years ago. A relatively early adopter; the US was the fifth country to launch LTE services. Since that time, and as a result of concerted efforts to build out capacity and populate the network with LTE devices, LTE has progressed to the point that it now carries the majority of total mobile cellular traffic in the country. TwinPrime

    How the web became unreadable It's been getting harder for me to read things on my phone and my laptop. I've caught myself squinting and holding the screen closer to my face. I've worried that my eyesight is starting to go. These hurdles have made me grumpier over time, but what pushed me over the edge was when Google's App Engine console  --  a page that, as a developer, I use daily  --  changed its text from legible to illegible. Backchannel

    Customers accuse Comcast of using "Broadcast TV" & "Regional Sports" fees to illegally hike rates As we showed in our recent line-by-line breakdowns of charges on your cable bills, many pay-TV providers charge fees that have the effect of raising the customers’ monthly bill but without affecting the base rate the cable company advertises. Now, Comcast subscribers in seven different states are claiming that these fees are “illegal and deceptive” that have netted the cable giant billions of dollars. The Consumerist

    No Man's Sky -- procedural content No Man’s Sky is a space exploration game which uses procedural generation technology in order to create game environment and assets (textures, models, terrains etc). I was very excited since this game was announced back in 2013, not only for the game itself, but mostly for a chance to start researching the game files and find out how the game works. The game turned out as one of the most controversial games ever released, but still its inner workings are very interesting. 3D Game Dev Blog

    Robot toes, wolverine haptic hand, and more from IROS 2016 This week we continue with our selection of awesome robot videos from IROS, which took place last week in South Korea. We’re posting the vids along with the titles, authors, and abstracts of their respective papers. If you have questions about these projects, let us know and we’ll try to get more details from the researchers. IEEE Spectrum

    The impossibly complex art of designing eyes Jimmy Butler looks downright perfect. His statuesque cheekbones appear chiseled out of marble. His hair seems like it really grew from his head. Sweat trickles down his body with the tantalizing shimmer of a softcore porn video as his frame, 6'7" of pure core strength, barrels toward the hoop with Godzilla-like footfalls, while handling the ball as delicately as a glass sphere. Fast Co

    Researchers bypass ASLR protection on Intel Haswell CPUs A team of scientists from two US universities has devised a method of bypassing ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) protection by taking advantage of the BTB (Branch Target Buffer), a component included in many modern CPU architectures, including Intel Haswell CPUs, the processor they used for tests in their research. ASLR is a security feature included with all major operating systems today, being part of Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android for many years. Softpedia

    The neural network zoo With new neural network architectures popping up every now and then, it’s hard to keep track of them all. Knowing all the abbreviations being thrown around (DCIGN, BiLSTM, DCGAN, anyone?) can be a bit overwhelming at first. So I decided to compose a cheat sheet containing many of those architectures. Most of these are neural networks, some are completely different beasts. Asimove Institute

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,906   +954

    People complaining about the price of 16GB of ram? Anyone remember the prices of PC133? I bet you haven't heard that name in awhile! Regardless 8 gigs will most likely be perfectly acceptable for another 5 years. I rarely use more than 6-7 gigs and that's usually with me leaving applications open in the background.
     
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  3. asmcint

    asmcint TS Rookie

    Glad I already got the 8 gig stick I needed for my upcoming upgrade. Not that much of a price increase of course, but I'm happy to have got it before the increase anyway.
     

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