Weekend tech reading: 5G is all hype, the IBM 5150 turns 35, top goals in Rocket League championship

Matthew DeCarlo

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The next generation of wireless  -- "5G" --  is all hype I remember a May 1989 outdoor wedding in Los Angeles during which the perspiring officiant held up a copy of Newsweek. "The Race for Fusion," the cover read. "Why The Stakes are So High." It was the height of the frenzy about nuclear reactions at room temperatures, and the media was obsessing about how this "cold fusion" might solve all our energy problems. The minister said something about the marriage being a similar kind of miracle, and the crowd chuckled. Backchannel

Softchoice Analysis Finds Few North American Businesses Taking Advantage of Windows 10 One year after the release of Windows 10, most North American businesses have yet to embrace the security and productivity upgrades of Microsoft's latest operating system – this according to recent TechCheck IT asset management analysis by Softchoice, a leading North American IT solutions and managed services provider. Softchoice

Hacker demonstrates how voting machines can be compromised Concerns are growing over the possibility of a rigged presidential election. Experts believe a cyberattack this year could be a reality, especially following last month's hack of Democratic National Committee emails. The ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee sent a letter Monday to the Department of Homeland Security... CBS

The first IBM PC was released 35 years ago today - How it changed computers forever On this day 35 years ago the first modern computer was released to the public. It was the IBM 5150 and the pioneer of personal home computing, thanks to its innovative design, specifications and price tag. Costing a hefty $1,565, which is the equivalent of $4,150 today (£3,200), the IBM 5150 wasn't necessarily affordable. But its small size and IBM's ability to produce a a high volume of them made it the first accessible computer on the market. The Telegraph

Envisioning Bitcoin's technology at the heart of global finance A new report from the World Economic Forum predicts that the underlying technology introduced by the virtual currency Bitcoin will come to occupy a central place in the global financial system. A report released Friday morning by the forum, a convening organization for the global elite, is one of the strongest endorsements yet for a new technology -- the blockchain -- that has become the talk of the financial industry, despite the shadowy origins of Bitcoin. The NY Times

There's now a cryptocurrency created by participating in DDoS attacks Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have long been criticized for the absolutely insane amount of electricity and computing resources they require. As of last year, the Bitcoin network -- comprised of all the machines on Earth running the Bitcoin software -- used 6,000 times more computing power than the world's top 500 supercomputers combined to run the decentralized system that mines and tracks the digital currency. Vice

The world cup of 'Rocket League' looked a lot like the future of eSports This past weekend saw the inaugural Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS), the world cup of boost-propelled football. It is not the first Rocket League tournament ever held but, as the game expands in popularity, developer Psyonix bet on its future in eSports with an ambitious tournament setup and a glitzy Hollywood finals. Parts of RLCS felt like a glimpse of the mainstream future for eSports, and it was all down to the game. Vice

The Skylake Core i3 (51W) CPU Review: i3-6320, i3-6300 and i3-6100 tested Out of every generation of Intel processors, the headline acts are the high core count parts, the ones with a high-frequency or the most expensive models. Of course, any manufacturer that has a high performing halo product will want that story out of the door on day one, but for typical user sales, it is the mid-range that is more relevant. AnandTech - related read on TechSpot: The Best CPU for the Money: Intel Core i3-6100 Skylake Tested

Tesla Model S and X with 100 kWh battery pack and ‘~380 miles of range’ approved by European authority The long-rumoured 100 kWh battery pack that will bring the Tesla Model S and X to a new level of performance is finally coming. After first being revealed by a ‘Tesla hacker’ through a cryptic message to Elon Musk 5 months ago, the new battery pack has now been approved by RDW, the Dutch regulator and European authority used by Tesla to approve its vehicles in for European roads. Electrek

One in five vehicle vulnerabilities are 'hair on fire' critical One of every five software vulnerabilities discovered in vehicles in the last three years are rated "critical" and are unlikely to be resolved through after the fact security fixes, according to an analysis by the firm IOActive. "These are the high priority 'hair on fire' vulnerabilities that are easily discovered and exploited and can cause major impacts to the system or component," the firm said in its report, which it released last week. The Security Ledger

Hackaday prize entry: An oven of Raspberry Pis When the Raspberry Pi was introduced, the world was given a very cheap, usable Linux computer. Cheap is good, and it enables one kind of project that was previously fairly expensive. This, of course, is cluster computing, and now we can imagine an Aronofsky-esque Beowulf cluster in our apartment. Hackaday

MIT develops self-shading windows A team of researchers at MIT has developed a new way of making windows that can switch from transparent to opaque, potentially saving energy by blocking sunlight on hot days and thus reducing air-conditioning costs. While other systems for causing glass to darken do exist, the new method offers significant advantages by combining rapid response times and low power needs. MIT

They quite literally don't make games the way they used to Spend any time with your grandparents and at some stage the age-old phase "they don’t make them like they use to" will pop up as nostalgia gets the better of them. Usually it's just the rose-tinted glasses talking, but for video games it's a fact: they quite literally don't make them like they used to. The Guardian

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Uncle Al

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Interesting comment about "Cold Fusion". Before the project was shut down by the government discrediting the principles that discovered it, the process was successfully duplicated by a number of independent labs and a few government labs .... then, suddenly it was packed up, classified, and gone. How do I know? I was working at such a site and it was the talk around the place, tours given, then it all came to a screeching halt and that was that.


"Cold Fusion"??? My understanding it never past peer-review and was thus debunked. Just imagine if the experiment in the garage actually worked - - considering a thing known as radiation sickness and the exposure to the "discovery team" :grin:


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I had a friend named john who had a pdp 11 in his closet in his apartment. He ran cp-m, but it could run unix which became linux if you wanted to pay for unix. Now unix is public domain so unix and linux are free like many songs actually are if not for disney. There might be a lot of public domain material out there. I had to outdo him and get an ibm mainframe computer. Uic's ibm mainframe was devalued from $2,000,000 to $20,000, but the communication controller to attach it to terminals/monitors was $200,000 so I never had full blown "timesharing." Could have run their public domain virtual machine software (vm/cms) which could use an ascii terminal controller ($5,000), but ibm wouldn't supply the software. Cms was something on it like windows that booted and could timeshare on a smaller scale, each having their own virtual machine. Ibm was supposed to supply free manuals, microfiche, os source code, and other software but they never did. Got "wylbur" from the nih free, which at uic allowed 200 users to do limited terminal/monitor functions on 5 meg of memory (written in assembler.) The incredible verbose search functions wylbur had puts google to shame. Why don't they use pattern matching like they do in linux either on google? I got one os from ibm called mvs 3.8 which came on a reel to reel tape one inch thick the size of a dinner plate. They sent updates in the mail via such tapes for about 20 years; talk about supporting their os. Neither of us take credit for having the first computer at home; I had an apple II plus which was actually the property of a place I worked then volunteered at called jobs for youth chicago. I put jury duty off at the dirksen federal building so upon graduation in 1981 I was on a trial for a month (they were suing cops) when we were given 2 hour lunches and I would walk to jobs for youth downtown and continue volunteering. I went to work at the tribune newspaper in 81 in mainframe and I really think it was 82 when the ibm pc came out, negating most of my computer knowledge. The devil was in them because I never got much money from pcs. Might have been that MICRObiology course I took while at uic.
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"Cold Fusion"??? My understanding it never past peer-review and was thus debunked. Just imagine if the experiment in the garage actually worked - - considering a thing known as radiation sickness and the exposure to the "discovery team" :grin:
Might be a refinery blew, union 76.