Weekend tech reading: How Intel makes chips, Google backs TPP, an early tour of Apple's...

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Jun 12, 2016
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  1. How Intel makes a chip Before entering the cleanroom in D1D, as Intel calls its 17 million-cubic-foot microprocessor factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, it’s a good idea to carefully wash your hands and face. You should probably also empty your bladder. There are no bathrooms in the cleanroom. Makeup, perfume, and cosmetics are forbidden. Writing instruments are allowed, as long as they’re special sterile pens; paper, which sheds microscopic particles, is absolutely banned. Bloomberg

    Google comes down on the wrong side of the TPP This is extremely unfortunate, but not surprising. Google has made some noise sounding supportive of the TPP over the past year or so, and now it's put out a blog post strongly supporting the agreement, and claiming that it's good for intellectual property and the internet. The company is wrong. The statement is right about a big problem on the internet -- the growing restrictions and limitations on the internet in different jurisdictions: Tech Dirt (The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A step forward for the Internet)

    NSA looking to exploit internet of things, including biomedical devices, official says The National Security Agency is researching opportunities to collect foreign intelligence -- including the possibility of exploiting internet-connected biomedical devices like pacemakers, according to a senior official. "We’re looking at it sort of theoretically from a research point of view right now," Richard Ledgett, the NSA's deputy director, said at a conference on military technology at Washington's Newseum on Friday. The Intercept (also, Tech firms say FBI wants browsing history without warrant)

    Over 8 billion devices connected to the internet By the end of 2015, there were 8.1 billion internet-connected, claims a report by IHS Technology. These devices consist of smartphones, tablets, PCs, TVs and TV-attached devices such as Apple TV and Chromecast, and audio devices. Averaged out across the globe, this works out at four devices per household. The breakdown of those devices is also quite an eye-opener. Smartphones are without a doubt the dominant device, outnumbering PCs by about 1.8 to one, and outnumber tablets by around 4.6 to one. ZDNet

    Prosthetic arms inspired by 'Deus Ex' are coming next year Remember that prosthetic arm, inspired by Metal Gear Solid, that Konami developed for a British amputee? Well, it seems the company has started a trend. Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal have now teamed up with Open Bionics, a specialist in low-cost prosthetics, to develop some designs based on the world of Deus Ex. The franchise delves deep into a possible future where human augmentation is commonplace, changing society and warfare in equal measure. Engadget

    The all-American iPhone Donald Trump says that if he becomes president, he will “get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land, not in China.” Bernie ­Sanders has also called for Apple to manufacture some devices in the U.S. instead of China. Neither candidate could instantly make that happen. As Steve Jobs once told President Obama when he asked why Apple didn’t make phones in its home country, the company didn’t hire manufacturers in China only because labor is cheaper there. MIT

    How Fable Legends took down Lionhead Earlier this year, the UK lost one of its longest-standing game developers. Lionhead Studios, founded in 1996 and bought by Microsoft in 2006, was closed on the 29th of April, with the loss of around a hundred jobs. The game Lionhead was working on,Fable Legends, a four-versus-one fantasy-themed multiplayer game that was already in closed beta, was cancelled. Despite the reported emergence of several interested buyers before Lionhead’s closure, neither the studio nor the game was saved. Kotaku

    Cryogenically frozen RAM bypasses all disk encryption methods Computer encryption technologies have all relied on one key assumption that RAM (Random Access Memory) is volatile and that all content is lost when power is lost. That key assumption is now being fundamentally challenged with a $7 can of compressed air and it's enough to give every security professional heart burn. ZDNet

    Spaceship Apple Three miles from Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters, the tech giant is building something as massive as its own global reach: Apple’s Campus 2. The Spaceship, as many have nicknamed it, is over one mile in circumference -- that's wider than the Pentagon. When it’s completed later this year it will house 13,000 employees -- including design grandmaster Jony Ive, who helped sculpt the iPhone, and CEO Tim Cook, who helps keep profits in the "billions-with-a-B" territory. Popular Science

    Open access: All human knowledge is there -- so why can't everybody access it? In 1836, Anthony Panizzi, who later became principal librarian of the British Museum, gave evidence before a parliamentary select committee. At that time, he was only first assistant librarian, but even then he had an ambitious vision for what would one day became the British Library. He told the committee... Ars Technica

    How a bad UI decision from Microsoft helped macro malware make a comeback Following numerous reports from various security firms about a large number of malware variants that use macro scripts embedded in Office documents to infect users, the US-CERT team has issued an official alert to all organizations about this resurging threat. Macros are not malicious by nature, being added to automate various operations in the Office suite. Softpedia

    ​Postmortem: Offworld Trading Company's Early Access campaign The most common problem in the games industry is waste -- wasted time, wasted effort, and wasted money on design ideas that aren't actually fun in practice. Often, this discovery is not made until shortly before shipping when the game is finally played outside of the development team. Basic assumptions about how the game should be played might be wrong, and a community more dedicated to winning can easily find holes in the balance. Gamasutra

    Meet the new Apple tax, same as the old Apple tax Here’s the good news: The famous “Apple Tax” is dropping to 15% after one year, and developers can finally offer subscriptions. Here’s the bad news for app developers: Apple still owns your billing relationships, which means it owns your customer relationships. We’ve been here before. Venture Beat

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  2. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,373   +69

    Google should talk. I don't think they pay a royalty for youtube songs. The artist would get an entire 0.2 cents a stream, but it's the principle. I can't read the entire article right here, but amazon's app store let's you sell iphone apps at present without the apple app store.
  3. atcapistrano

    atcapistrano TS Member Posts: 30

    really? is there any other 'pure water' than H2O (combination of 2 molecules of hydrogen and 1 molecule of oxygen)
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,724   +3,699

    @atcapistrano, I'm having a hard time imagining why you would say that. It's almost as if you are having trouble visualizing it is not just water that keeps a person alive but also the minerals within. This very concept is why bottled water is not as healthy as unprocessed water and it's no where near pure.
  5. J spot

    J spot TS Addict Posts: 150   +78

    The water you drink is not pure H2O. It's has minerals and other particles in it. If you drink distilled water, which is not as pure as the water that Intel uses, but purer than the water you drink, it's going to taste different.

    So no, there's no purer water than H2O, but what you drink, and what you find in nature is not pure H2O.

    Also, salt water will kill you, because your body is not going to have enough water to get rid of the salt. It will pull H2O out of your cells and kill you.
  6. noc81

    noc81 TS Enthusiast Posts: 79   +29

    Well, even the 'purified' water you get in bottles has minerals added back to it 'for flavor'. What you're referring to is distilled water, usually available only in gallon-sized jugs and used for humidifiers and similar devices that require water without minerals. The balance of water to minerals is pretty much what drives life as we know it..

    Another interesting fact.. Did you know that 100% pure alcohol can't exist in our atmosphere (as in, an open container)? The highest it can really get is around 96.4% (I think), as it can't help but absorb water from the air (polar ions and all that stuff).

    And really, practically every product is 'tainted' by naturally occuring mineral content. Just try using any solvent, and notice the residue left behind after evaporation. I'm just surprised that such a big deal was made out of incredibly pure water -- like nobody remembers 9th grade chem class. x\
  7. atcapistrano

    atcapistrano TS Member Posts: 30

    I imagine water as this: the more it is pure, the more it is clean, therefore more safe to drink. I did not know about the process that can potentially leech minerals from the body when a person drink 'pure water'.

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