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Weekend tech reading: Nexus 6P slides leaked, supermoon lunar eclipse tonight, USB 3.1 explained

By Matthew
Sep 27, 2015
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  1. Nexus 6P presentation leak includes more images, confirms metal body, Gorilla Glass 4, and 3450mAh battery The leaks continue to flow out of Mountain View. The latest information on Huawei's Nexus 6P, the larger and presumably more expensive of the two Nexus devices Google is expected to announce next week, comes from a public image gallery posted to Imgur. It's a series of slides that appear to be designed for retail employees to use as an information and promotional tool. Android Police

    USB 3.1 have you confused? Here's everything you need to know about the standard The reliable Universal Serial Bus port standard is among the most commonly used on the planet. But the USB Implimenters Forum, a compendium formed between companies like Intel, Microsoft, Apple, and HP to oversee the standard's development, isn't resting on its laurels. The latest version of the standard is USB 3.1, and new devices and computer components that adhere to it are just starting to arrive on the market. Digital Trends

    Supermoon lunar eclipse rises tonight: Watch it live in Slooh webcast In a total lunar eclipse this Sunday (Sept. 27), the surface of the moon will appear to be a deep crimson color, and people around the world will be able to watch the celestial spectacle online. The so-called supermoon lunar eclipse will be visible in most of North America, South America, Europe, Africa, western Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean. But wherever you are, you can watch the eclipse live via awebcast by the Slooh Community Observatory. The Slooh broadcast begins at 8 p.m. EDT (midnight GMT)... Space.com

    Smaller, faster, cheaper, over: The future of computer chips At the inaugural International Solid-State Circuits Conference held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1960, a young computer engineer named Douglas Engelbart introduced the electronics industry to the remarkably simple but groundbreaking concept of "scaling." Dr. Engelbart, who would later help develop the computer mouse and other personal computing technologies, theorized that as electronic circuits were made smaller, their components would get faster, require less power and become cheaper to produce -- all at an accelerating pace. The NY Times

    Redesigning the world's most-played PC game The most used piece of PC software in the world isn't Word, that blank slate on which countless novels, school projects, hot-takes and clipart collages have been tapped out across the years. It's not Excel, with its stretching and compressing cells, into which the world's companies daily deposit their vital statistics and forecasts. It's not even Steam, the portal that leads to millions of other virtual universes. It is, according to a Microsoft employee, Solitaire... Eurogamer (also, Bridge: Judicial review of 'sport or game' decision begins)

    Team links two human brains for question-and-answer experiment University of Washington researchers used a direct brain-to-brain connection to allow pairs of participants to play a 20 questions-style game by transmitting signals from one brain to the other over the Internet. The experiment is thought to be the first to show that two brains can be directly linked to allow one person to guess what’s on another person's mind. University of Washington

    How Chromium works Today, I'd like to tell you about how Chromium works. Not Chrome, the browser, but Chromium, the group of people who build the browser. Hundreds of engineers work on the Chromium project. Together we commit about 800 changes to the codebase every single week. We also depend on many other large and active projects like V8, Skia, and WebKit. Medium

    Light-based memory chip is first to permanently store data Today's electronic computer chips work at blazing speeds. But an alternate version that stores, manipulates, and moves data with photons of light instead of electrons would make today's chips look like proverbial horses and buggies. Now, one team of researchers reports that it has created the first permanent optical memory on a chip, a critical step in that direction. ScienceMag

    Building the ultimate X99 gaming and benchmarking PC There are all sorts of reasons why you might want to get into PC gaming over or in addition to a console. There's the huge library of comparatively cheap games on Steam, the niche indie games that just wouldn't find a home anywhere else, or maybe even the flexibility to run games on anything from lowly laptops all the way through to watercooled 4K behemoths. Ars Technica

    How World Of Warcraft lets players put a price on their time In Azeroth, the setting of Blizzard’s World Of Warcraft, goblins are the ugly face of capitalism. They're willing to take any gambit if it'll make a profit with little regard for their own survival and about as much consideration of the environment as a Captain Planet villain. Spend any time interacting with them at the banks and businesses they run and they’ll happily share their defining philosophy: "Time is money, friend." A.V. Club (also, Destiny one year on: Bungie's 12 months at the final frontier of gaming)

    The Inside Story Behind MS08-067 Seven years ago a small set of targeted attacks began. In 2008 an unknown set of attackers had a zero day vulnerability that would soon have worldwide attention. They were patient and used it quietly in several countries in Asia. The vulnerability was not just good -- it was the kind of vulnerability that offensive teams and bug hunters dream about. It was, as we say in the business, "wormable". That word sends chills down any defender’s spine. TechNet

    Selfies are killing more people than shark attacks More people have died while trying to taking a 'selfie' than from shark attacks this year. So far, 12 people have lost their life while trying to take a photo of themselves. But the number of people who have died as a result of a shark attack was only eight, according to the Huffington Post. Independent.co.uk

    This is NeoKylin OS: China's new Windows XP clone For some time now, China has made it clear that it would like to transition away from the governmental use of Microsoft's Windows operating system. Part of the Chinese government's wish to transition away from Windows was due to Microsoft dropping support for the fourteen-year-old operating system. Over the years, we've seen reports of the Chinese government partnering with Linux based developers and engineers to build its own operating system offering. WinBeta

    8 Cities that show you what the future will look like Cities used to grow by accident. Sure, the location usually made sense -- someplace defensible, on a hill or an island, or somewhere near an extractable resource or the confluence of two transport routes. But what happened next was ad hoc. The people who worked in the fort or the mines or the port or the warehouses needed places to eat, to sleep, to worship. Infrastructure threaded through the hustle and bustle -- water, sewage, roads, trolleys, gas, electricity -- in vast networks of improvisation. Wired

    Inside Amazon's cloud computing infrastructure As cloud computing has emerged as the new paradigm for computing at scale, Amazon has firmly established itself as the dominant player. After effectively creating the public cloud market with the launch of Amazon Web Services in 2006, the retailer has built AWS into a $6 billion a year business. Along the way, Amazon's infrastructure has become critical to the uptime of more than 1 million customers. Data Center Frontier

    Security update disables SafeDisc games in Windows Vista, 7, and 8 We learned in August that Windows 10 does not support SafeDisc and SecuROM DRM technology, meaning that games making use of them won't run. That in itself isn't necessarily a bad thing, given their various problems and security flaws, but it is potentially an issue for owners of those games, who will have to either re-purchase them digitally or, ironically, download a crack. PCGamer

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  2. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,929   +186

    "The Inside Story Behind MS08-067" was a tremendously good read, thanks for recommending it!
     
  3. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,309   +56

    You really have got to be kidding with ms15-097. What is this, indian capitalsm?
     

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