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Weekend tech reading: NES Classic teardown, new MacBook Pro not Linux-ready, 1080 Ti has 10GB VRAM?

By Matthew
Nov 13, 2016
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  1. The GTX 1080 Ti may have 10GB of VRAM Nvidia's GTX Titan class GPUs always come with huge price tags and the Pascal GTX Titan X is no different, costing $1200 in the US. GTX Titan series GPUs have never been about value for money, but they have always resulted in lower end GTX variants like the GTX 780Ti or GTX 980Ti that provide gamers with relatively good value for money. Ever since the GTX Titan X launched the big question on consumers lips was "where is the GTX 1080Ti", knowing that a more affordable variant is in the works. Now, a Nvidia GPU that is thought to be the GTX 1080 Ti has been found in an Indian shipping manifest... OC3D

    Intel may add Wi-Fi, USB 3.1 to next-generation chipsets Motherboard chipsets haven’t really changed much in the last few years. There’s been some support for new storage options and standards, like M.2 for SSDs, some limited support for features like Thunderbolt, and faster memory speeds have trickled out over time. Intel might shake things up a bit for its 300-series chipsets in 2017, if rumors are to be believed, with integrated support for Wi-Fi and USB 3.1. ExtremeTech

    OAuth 2.0 hack exposes 1 billion mobile apps to account hijacking Third-party applications that allow single sign-on via Facebook and Google and support the OAuth 2.0 protocol, are exposed to account hijacking. Three Chinese University of Hong Kong researchers presented at Black Hat EU last week a paper called "Signing into One Billion Mobile LApp Accounts Effortlessly with OAuth 2.0." The paper describes an attack that takes advantage of poor OAuth 2.0 implementations and puts more than one billion apps in jeopardy. Threatpost

    Customer sues Charter, Time Warner Cable over "Broadcast TV" fees; doesn’t seek monetary damages Last month, Comcast customers accused the cable company of illegally using its "Broadcast TV" and "Regional Sports" fees to raise customers' bills by as much as $10/month. Now a customer of the recently merged Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications is accusing the providers of breaking the law by using similar fees to hide rate hikes while implying to subscribers that these surcharges are required by the government. Consumerist

    Warning: 2016 MacBook Pro is not compatible with Linux Problems so far: intremap=nosid is required to even boot with Linux. Otherwise you get a black screen after GRUB. Built in keyboard and mouse not working. Only the power key works to force reboot (non-touchbar). Worst of all, the NVMe SSD has the wrong PCI class ID, so it won't work as a boot drive. /r/Ubuntu

    NES Classic Edition - Teardown - Unboxing - Repair Video Let the nostalgia begin. Nintendo has just released the much anticipated and coveted NES Classic Edition. With many of the popular games from the original NES preloaded into this inexpensive and portable system. Through a unique unboxing I show what comes with the purchase, as well as how the NES is built and functions. JerryRigEverything

    Tech support scammers bite Chrome users with forgotten 2014 bug Tech support scammers have started exploiting a two-year-old bug in Google Chrome to trick victims into believing their PC is infected with malware. The bug was discovered in Chrome 35 in July 2014 in the history.pushState() HTML5 function, a way of adding web pages into the session history without actually loading the page in question. Sophos

    Facebook demonstrates record-breaking data rate using millimeter-wave technology At Facebook’s Connectivity Lab, we are actively working to develop a variety of terrestrial and airborne technologies to help connect the world. One of our goals is to provide connectivity in areas without traditional infrastructure and reliable power sources, so these technologies should be low-cost, energy efficient, and able to support a capacity of tens of gigabits per second over long ranges. Facebook

    Google Pixel pwned in 60 seconds Power of Community The Google Pixel fell to a team of Chinese hackers alongside Apple Safari and Adobe Flash at the PwnFest hacking competition in Seoul on Friday. Mountain View's latest offering was smashed by white-hat friendlies from Qihoo 360, who used an undisclosed vulnerability to gain remote code execution for $120,000 cash prize. The exploit launched the Google Play store before opening Chrome and displaying a web page reading "Pwned By 360 Alpha Team". The Register

    Quick, how might the alien spacecraft work? "It's an interesting script," said someone on our PR team. It's pretty common for us to get requests from movie makers about showing our graphics or posters or books in movies. But the request this time was different: could we urgently help make realistic screen displays for a big Hollywood science fiction movie that was just about to start shooting? Backchannel

    Arduworm: A malware for your Arduino Yun We’ve been waiting for this one. A worm was written for the Internet-connected Arduino Yun that gets in through a memory corruption exploit in the ATmega32u4 that’s used as the serial bridge. The paper (as PDF) is a bit technical, but if you’re interested, it’s a great read. (Edit: The link went dead. Here is our local copy.) Hackaday

    New record! Robot solves rubik's cube in less than a second Solving a Rubik's Cube is an impressive feat by itself, but now, a robot can do it in record time, cracking the 3D puzzle about 10 times faster than the human who holds the world record. In just over half of a second (0.637 seconds), the Sub1 Reloaded robot made each side of the Rubik's Cube show a single color. This breaks the previous record of 0.887 seconds achieved by an earlier version of the same machine using a different processor. Live Science

    Apple said to release curved, bezel-free 5-inch and 5.8-inch iPhones next year Apple will release new 5-inch and 5.8-inch iPhones with curved, bezel-free designs next year, according to Barclays Research analysts Blayne Curtis, Christopher Hemmelgarn, Thomas O'Malley, and Jerry Zhang. The analysts, citing sources within Apple's supply chain following a trip to Asia this week, said the borderless design will allow for the new iPhones to be the same overall size as current 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models. MacRumors

    DIY coprocessors for the Game Boy Color Back in the olden days, when video games still came on cartridges, the engineers and programmers making these carts had a lot of options. One of the most inventive, brilliant, and interesting cartridges to come out of the 90s was Star Fox for the Super Nintendo. Star Fox featured a coprocessor chip, the Super FX, that was effectively a GPU used to draw polygons in the frame buffer. Hackaday

    Video games are boring Video games are bigger than movies. Everyone's a gamer. I've devoted my life-no exaggeration-to video games for 14 years, working on titles such as Company of Heroes, a few Assassin's Creeds, and Child of Light. But everywhere I go, I meet people who don't like video games. Most of my friends don't like video games. And one of my favourite things when I'm meeting a new person is to watch them squirm, to struggle to relate, after I mention I work in the video game industry. Games Industry

    Artificial-intelligence system surfs web to improve its performance Of the vast wealth of information unlocked by the Internet, most is plain text. The data necessary to answer myriad questions -- about, say, the correlations between the industrial use of certain chemicals and incidents of disease, or between patterns of news coverage and voter-poll results — may all be online. But extracting it from plain text and organizing it for quantitative analysis may be prohibitively time consuming. MIT

    LipNet: How easy do you think lipreading is? Lipreading is the task of decoding text from the movement of a speaker's mouth. Traditional approaches separated the problem into two stages: designing or learning visual features, and prediction. More recent deep lipreading approaches are end-to-end trainable (Wand et al., 2016; Chung & Zisserman, 2016a). All existing works, however, perform only word classification, not sentence-level sequence prediction. Yannis Assael

    Reasons not to use Uber We should not accept the promotional term "sharing economy" for companies like Uber. That is spin. A more accurate term is "piecework subcontractor economy". Because I reject technology that mistreats me, I will never order or pay for an Uber car. I hope there will always be taxis I can use. But what about you? Richard Stallman

    Brain implants allow paralysed monkeys to walk For more than a decade, neuroscientist Grégoire Courtine has been flying every few months from his lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne to another lab in Beijing, China, where he conducts research on monkeys with the aim of treating spinal-cord injuries. Nature.com

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,536   +2,329

    Re: uber

    I'll continue using Uber. Superior service. Taxi cabs can rust.
     
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  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,058   +645

    I liked your post, and I agree, but damn those are some strong points by Stallman...
     
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  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,536   +2,329

    He made some valid points with regard to privacy. Everything else fell along political lines, imo.

    For example: driver pay and discrimination.

    Uber is a voluntary gig. If the cash isn't good enough these people need to be looking for different gigs. This is anecdotal, but the last Uber driver I had was banking $50k/yr after expenses driving Uber as a side job. Compare this to a "secure," "stable," "properly regulated" side gig I do for 19-20hrs a week w/ benefits that pays out a whopping $9.00/hr. If I weren't doing that gig expressly to work manual labor, I'd drive an Uber no questions asked.

    Discrimination is also, in my opinion, a non-issue. Uber doesn't own the vehicles. If, for example, an Uber driver doesn't want to pick me up because I'm not "his type of customer," that his right. It's his vehicle and his time. Living smack in the middle of a major "multicultural community," cries of racism grow tiresome when coming from people who live outside of the areas the discrimination occurs. They see the "what" of discrimination. I see the "why."

    Insofar as this relates to women...the study's findings were amusing. Contractors chat up chicks everywhere. They aren't bound by the corporate SS (HR) and tend to be far more confident. I'd be very interested to see the ratings of "guilty" drivers by female passengers.
     
  5. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Maniac Posts: 399   +206

    10 GB?

    that's interesting.

    so why is it everyone was telling me that I didn't need 12GB when I bought a Titan X?
     
  6. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,167   +574

    I think those people meant "if we only consider the games out now". We already see games hitting above 8 GB of VRAM usage, I'm sure 10 GB or more is only a year or so off.
     
  7. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Maniac Posts: 399   +206


    I don't mind paying the extra for future proofing.

    The way I see it, there will be NO GAME to be released within the next 2 or 3 years that gives my Titan X problems. Easier to sleep peacefully knowing I made a good choice the first time.
     
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