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Weekend tech reading: Mt. Gox CEO arrested, new Tor attack revealed, 3D XPoint memory explained

By Matthew
Aug 2, 2015
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  1. Japanese police arrest Mark Karpelès of collapsed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox Japanese police on Saturday arrested Mark Karpelès, the head of collapsed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, alleging that he manipulated the company's computer system to increase the balance in an account. Tokyo-based Mt. Gox was once the world's largest exchange platform for the virtual currency by trading volume. The WSJ (also, I'm Ashley Barr, A.K.A "Adam Turner", the first Mt.Gox employee, and alleged DPR (:/). AMA)

    The audiophile's dilemma: strangers can't identify $340 cables, either "Vegas again," I thought, as the noisy A320 plonked down onto the runway at McCarran. I was in the front, thanks to a plethora of reward miles on United, and across the row through the portal I could see the Vegas Strip -- hungry, pulsing. It was only a few months since I'd last been here for CES, and coming back to the city felt a lot like putting back on that dirty, comfortable sweater you just can't seem to bring yourself to throw away. Ars Technica

    China's island factory The boat pitches up and down and rolls from side to side in the heavy swell. The noise of the big diesel motor, just below the floor, is hammering at my head. My nose is filled with the smell of dried fish and diesel fumes, my T-shirt glued to my chest with sweat. Proper sleep is impossible. For more than 40 hours it has been like this. Our wooden fishing boat has tossed its way across the South China Sea. BBC (separately, The factory of the world -- Hackaday documentary on the Shenzhen ecosystem)

    Shoring up Tor With 2.5 million daily users, the Tor network is the world's most popular system for protecting Internet users' anonymity. For more than a decade, people living under repressive regimes have used Tor to conceal their Web-browsing habits from electronic surveillance, and websites hosting content that’s been deemed subversive have used it to hide the locations of their servers. Researchers at MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) have now demonstrated a vulnerability in Tor's design. MIT

    History of Dragon Age with Bioware lead writer David Gaider: Dragon Age 2 retrospective The business of making games often seems like a petty and illusive beast to the general gaming public but every once in a while an enshrouded member of that cabal breaks their silence to illuminate on how these pretty *** things are made. Bioware writer, and former lead writer on the Dragon Age franchise David Gaider was kind enough to share several hours of his life with us to opine on Dragon Age. Edge

    Analyzing Intel-Micron 3D XPoint: The next generation non-volatile memory The current mainstream memory technologies, namely DRAM (quick memory accessed by the processor) and NAND (solid-state storage), have been around for decades. While the cell designs have evolved over the years to allow scaling to 20nm and below, the fundamental physics behind DRAM and NAND operation haven't changed a bit and both technologies have their unique technological limitations. AnandTech

    The story of Windows 10 from inside Microsoft Windows 10 has a lot to live up to. Microsoft has made a lot of promises about it. And oddly enough, we’ve heard most of them before, with Windows 8. Both were designed to acknowledge and embrace mobile and mobile apps, work well on touchscreens as well as laptops, and form the basis of a new phone platform. But there's a big difference between them: Windows 10 actually does all those things. The Verge

    Why you should (or shouldn't) root your Android device Android is based on the Linux kernel, so right from the start, tinkerers and power users were interested in gaining root access to make changes and graft on new features. In the early days, this was a fairly simple procedure on most devices. There were several apps and tools that could root almost any Android phone or tablet, and you'd be ready to truly master your device in mere minutes. ExtremeTech

    Kim Dotcom: 'I don't think your data is safe on Mega anymore' In a Q&A session with Slashdot users this week, Kim Dotcom, the infamousformer millionaire at the center of a US court case against Megaupload, has told all about what happened to his new site. Mega was created by Dotcom two years ago as a secure, encrypted alternative to his former service. It launched at a lavish party to much fanfare and has proved relatively popular since. The Next Web

    The electric car The electric car is going to take over the world. Soon. Let me explain. 75% of US consumers and over 85% of US millennials own smartphones. Perhaps more amazing is that 1/4 of people in the world use a smartphone today. Ten years ago a prediction that this would be the future would have been met with scorn or laughter. Geoff Ralston (also, Victory Motorcycles introducing all-electric addition to its lineup)

    Just Cause 3 dev diary: Who is Rico? Episode 1: 'Who Is Rico' of the Just Cause 3 Dev Diary series explores the story behind one of gaming's most explosive action heroes ever. Learn what it takes to build such an extraordinary and complex character directly from the Just Cause 3 team at Avalanche Studios. YouTube

    Google Glass isn't dead -- but it's all about the enterprise for now A new Google Glass is coming, possibly by the end of this year -- but it will look pretty familiar. Re/code has learned that a version of the second edition of Google's wearable, which was erroneously assumed dead when the search giant obfuscated about its future earlier this year, has already been distributed to the company's Glass at Work enterprise partners. Recode

    A brief history of Metal Gear Solid Metal Gear Solid is one of video gaming’s longest-running, most critically acclaimed and commercially successful series. Hailed by fans as the greatest games ever, scorned by detractors for narrative indulgences, and leaving many in the middle baffled either way, Metal Gear Solid is also notable for its indelible link to creator/director Hideo Kojima. IGN

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  2. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,169   +577

    Thanks for the links.

    The XPoint article went really in depth, can't say I knew what they were talking about when they got into the different possible cell technologies.
     

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