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  Apoppin takes credit for TechPowerUp
Posted by: RolloTheGreat - 03-16-2017, 12:03 AM - Forum: Off Topic - Replies (62)


Apoppin Wrote:TPU reviewed an aftermarket ASUS GTX 1080 Ti.

BTR has definitely had an effect on the way video cards are reviewed. We used to be very lucky to get ten games as a benchmark suite.
--TPU is using 22 games

A problem with that might be:


Way back in 2010, long before BTR existed, TPU was benching a lot of games.

Probably a "bit" more accurate to say, "TPU definitely had an effect on the way Apoppin decided to review video cards" as they were known for benching more than most.

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  Some Android Phones Come Loaded With Malware
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 03-14-2017, 04:53 AM - Forum: Smart Phones - No Replies


Quote:Malware is usually able to make its way into a device because of user error. You might open an infected attachment, visit a malicious website, or download a piece of malware disguised as a popular app, for example, only to find that your device has been compromised as a result. But a report from the Check Point security company stated that 36 Android devices are compromised out of the box, which shows that user error isn't the only way for malware to get in.

Check Point said the devices were owned by "a large telecommunications company and a multinational technology company." The malicious apps seem to have been installed somewhere along the supply chain--they weren't included in the vendors' official ROMs, but they were installed by someone with system privileges, which means one of the companies involved in manufacturing, assembling, shipping, and selling the phones was probably involved.

Devices from Samsung, ZTE, Asus, Lenovo, Oppo Global, and LG were included in Check Point's report. The company said much of the malware it found was devoted to stealing information or showing illegitimate advertisements. The most notable apps it found were Slocker, ransomware that uses AES encryption to hold a phone's data for ransom, and the Loki Malware that can "take full control of the device and achieve persistency" to display ads.
Of course, it's worth noting that many Android smartphones have been sold, and the 36 found by Check Point are a fraction of a fraction of that number. The question now is how long the attackers targeted these devices' supply chains. Were they compromised from the get-go, or was only a small production run affected? The answers could make the difference between a relatively small problem and a much larger issue for these companies and their customers.

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  The illusion of "unlimited data"
Posted by: RolloTheGreat - 03-13-2017, 06:06 AM - Forum: Smart Phones - Replies (5)

All the plans I see throttle speed at 22-24GB.

I asked my son how data went through his phone on WiFi in the last month- 115GB. So "unlimited data" wouldn't even last him a week.

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  New Republican Law requires workers to pass genetic test
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 03-11-2017, 04:11 AM - Forum: News & Politics - Replies (1)


New Republican Law requires workers to pass genetic test


House Republicans let employers demand workers’ genetic test results

The bill was approved by a House committee on Wednesday, with all 22 Republicans supporting it and all 17 Democrats opposed. It has been overshadowed by the debate over the House GOP proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act

Companies require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information.

If an employer has a wellness program but does not sponsor health insurance, rather than increasing insurance premiums, the employer could dock the paychecks of workers who don’t participate.

Employers, especially large ones, generally hire outside companies to run them. These companies are largely unregulated, and they are allowed to see genetic test results with employee names.

They sometimes sell the health information they collect from employees. As a result, employees get unexpected pitches for everything from weight-loss programs to running shoes, thanks to countless strangers poring over their health and genetic information.

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  Windows 10 Now Has Ads In File Explorer
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 03-09-2017, 04:10 AM - Forum: Software & Programming - Replies (2)

Ugh. Hasn't happened to me yet.

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  March 7 National Pancake Day - Here is best mix
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 03-08-2017, 10:01 AM - Forum: Off Topic - Replies (8)


Best Pancake Mix
Aunt Jemima's Buttermilk Complete had it all — the best texture, shape, cooking experience, and, of course, taste. The buttermilk added a nice tang while keeping the texture light and fluffy. Best of all? All you need to do is add water.

Let's face it, when making pancakes out of a box it seems silly to need milk, eggs, and/or oil on hand. If you have those things, you're already more than halfway towards making pancakes from scratch.

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  Windows 10 Updates Will Be Smaller In The Future
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 03-04-2017, 01:43 AM - Forum: Software & Programming - No Replies


Quote:Last November, Microsoft announced an initiative to adjust the way that Windows devices of all kinds receive updates. Broadly speaking, the purpose of the initiative is to reduce the download size of updates, make them require less local processing, and give users more control over the time of installation. After a few rounds of testing with its Windows Insiders, Microsoft announced that its PC users can soon expect the download size of major Windows updates to decrease by about 35%.
Microsoft plans to roll out this feature with the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. Since that update will contain the tech for differential download packages, users shouldn't expect the Creators Update itself to be smaller than previous major updates. However, users should benefit from the tech in subsequent updates.

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  Employee Error to Blame For Huge Amazon S3 Outage
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 03-03-2017, 10:33 PM - Forum: Technology News - Replies (1)


Employee Error to Blame For Huge Amazon S3 Outage

Amazon says an employee error was responsible for the Amazon Web Services outages earlier this week that took a large number of websites completely offline. On Tuesday, users predominantly on the east coast were unable to access a large number of sites including Netflix, Quora, Slack, Reddit, The Security and Exchange Commission, AirBNB, Medium and Expedia (even, ironically, downdetector.com). The issues plagued Amazon for much of Tuesday

Now, in a website post, Amazon says the problems were caused when an employee screwed up a coding update to the company's billing systems.
"At 9:37AM PST, an authorized S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 subsystems that is used by the S3 billing process," Amazon said. "Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended."

The servers that were inadvertently removed managed the metadata and location information of all S3 objects on the east coast, as well as the allocation of new storage. Removing a significant portion of the capacity for these systems required a full restart to resolve, but while these subsystems were being restarted, S3 was unable to service requests, the company notes.

Ultimately, things were resolved by 5 PM EST on Tuesday. Amazon stated they're taking steps to prevent the problem from happening again.

"We are making several changes as a result of this operational event," Amazon said Thursday. "Finally, we want to apologize for the impact this event caused for our customers. We will do everything we can to learn from this event and use it to improve out availability even further."

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  RX 500 Series Will Be Rebrands
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 03-02-2017, 11:27 PM - Forum: Video - Replies (3)


Quote:AMD has had a recent history of following with rebrands every other year, which is disappointing, though these do make business sense. They're just not what we, as enthusiasts, like to see. This approach, however, goes on to confirm a little of what we already knew about Vega, and takes after AMD's approach with the Fiji GPUs - rebrand the lower and mainstream end of the GPU spectrum, whilst introducing a new, high-end design. As we know, Vega is an enthusiast-aimed GPU, and so a RX 500 series being introduced in April does pave the way for AMD to have a complete graphics line-up for 2017, starting from the bottom up - remember that AMD's own announcements put the launch of Vega strictly before the end of June. A RX 500 series also makes sense in regards to branding, since AMD has branded their RX Vega-based cards as simply "Radeon RX Vega", opting for a name distinction between its mainstream and enthusiast-class cards, much like the company has done before with their Fury branding.

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  Ryzen Release Thread
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 03-02-2017, 09:01 PM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (54)

At best another Piledriver.

Quote:AMD's Ryzen 7 launch represents more than just a new CPU family. For most of our readers, it signals the return of competition to the enthusiast-oriented processor market. And considering the flagship 1800X’s potent cost advantage compared to Intel's Core i7-6900K, the competitor AMD singled out months ago, Ryzen 7 does deliver. It's just not as universally superior as the company wanted everyone to believe.

We come away from today's coverage with a number of questions that couldn't be answered in time for the launch. For instance, we discovered Ryzen's tendency to perform better in games with SMT disabled. Could this be a scheduling issue that might be fixed later? AMD did respond to our concerns, reminding us that Ryzen's implementation is unique, meaning most game engines don't use if efficiently yet. Importantly, the company told us that it doesn’t believe the SMT hiccup occurs at the operating system level, so a software fix could fix performance issues in many titles. At least one game developer (Oxide) stepped forward to back those claims. However, you run the risk that other devs don't spend time updating existing titles.

The evening before launch, AMD sent us a list of games that it says should perform well with Ryzen, including Sniper Elite 4, Battlefield 1, Star Wars: Battlefront, and Overwatch, among others. Many of the titles tend to be heavily threaded, which would lend itself well to Ryzen's high core count. We plan on revisiting some of those. Further, AMD suggests adjusting several different parameters for games that suffer from low performance. It recommends using Windows' High Performance power profile (which also helps Intel CPUs). It also says to disable the HPET (High Precision Event Timer), either in your BIOS or operating system, to gain a 5-8% advantage. Our results already reflect HPET disabled, though. Interestingly, AMD's Ryzen Master software requires HPET to “provide accurate measurements,” so you may find yourself toggling back and forth for the best experience.

It’s hard to recommend the Ryzen 7 1800X over Intel's lower-cost quad-core chips for gaming, especially given the Core i7-7700K's impressive performance. That's not a knock against AMD, specifically. After all, we say the same thing about Intel's own Broadwell-E CPUs. High-end Kaby Lake processors constantly challenge pricier competitors, and the flagship -7700K sells for $350. Even after down-clocking the -7700K to 3.8 GHz, it still beats Ryzen 7 1800X in nearly every game in our suite. Those issues would only be exacerbated on a Ryzen 7 1700X, which operates at lower clock rates.

Conversely, the Ryzen 7 1800X is in its element when you throw professional and scientific workloads at it. It isn't the fastest in every high-end benchmark, but any calculation that factors in value almost assuredly goes AMD's way. For years, Intel has operated with impunity, charging inflated prices for incremental speed-ups. The 1800X’s $500 price tag and competitive performance will no doubt excite power users on a budget. To that end, when we weigh the 1800X’s strong showing in workstation and HPC workloads against its issues with games, we can't help but believe that AMD designed this specific configuration with a datacenter-driven mindset and didn’t optimize it thoroughly for desktops. Much like Intel and Broadwell-E, in fact.

AMD’s Precision Boost technology yields a nice dual-core boost during lightly threaded workloads, but it isn’t as advanced as Intel’s sophisticated multi-core Turbo Boost functionality. XFR is a nice feature that automatically offers improved performance with robust cooling solutions, but most of us only get 100 MHz out of it, so it's hard to call it a compelling advantage. Achieving a 4 GHz overclock was straightforward enough through multiplier and voltage adjustments, and there are plenty of AMD-specific firmware settings we need to explore. More headroom could certainly be available (though the Core i7-7700K is honestly more exciting to overclock if all you care about is higher numbers). On the memory overclocking side, AMD hasn’t opened all of the sub-timings yet, and the Core i7-6900K has a throughput advantage with its quad-channel controller.
Ryzen 7 1800X's aggressive price might help put enough pressure on Intel to compel price cuts on Broadwell-E, but the bigger battle is going to happen when Ryzen 5 and 3 emerge to challenge the competition's more affordable (and difficult to usurp) models. AMD is also bringing its Naples server CPUs forward soon, and with what we’ve seen from the Zen core, that should be an exciting launch.

It's a bummer the Ryzen launch was so clearly rushed. We expected AMD to have a better explanation for its gaming performance, but all of the feedback we received from the company came very last-minute. It's hard to imagine these shortcomings weren't discovered previously and diagnosed more thoroughly. We're happy to put in the time and effort, though. Expect more information as it becomes available.

In the meantime, we would recommend Ryzen 7 1800X for heavily-threaded workloads like rendering and content creation. And while we won't judge a processor on its gaming performance alone, current indications suggest AMD's $500 flagship doesn't beat Core i7-7700K for value in that specific segment.

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