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  96-Layer 3D NAND And QLC NAND
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-29-2017, 08:18 AM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (2)


Quote:Western Digital on Tuesday formally announced its fourth-generation 3D NAND memory, developed as part of the Western Digital/Toshiba joint venture. The fourth-generation BiCS NAND flash chips from Western Digital feature 96 layers and will include several capacity points and will use TLC and QLC architectures. The company expects to start volume production of BiCS4 chips in 2018.

Quote:Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) today announced the latest generation of its BiCS FLASH three-dimensional (3D) flash memory. The newest BiCS FLASH device features 4-bit-per-cell, quadruple-level cell (QLC) technology and is the first 3D flash memory device to do so. Toshiba's QLC technology enables larger (768 gigabit) die capacity than the company's third-generation 512Gb 3-bit-per-cell, triple-level cell (TLC), and pushes the boundaries of flash memory technology.
Samples of Toshiba's groundbreaking QLC device began shipping earlier in June to SSD and SSD controller vendors for evaluation and development purposes. Additionally, samples will be showcased at the 2017 Flash Memory Summit, taking place from August 7-10 in Santa Clara, California.

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  Florida man jailed for 90 days when drywall powder is mistaken for cocaine
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 06-28-2017, 03:03 AM - Forum: Police Incidents and Discussions - No Replies

A Florida man spent 90 days in jail after police officers who stopped him for driving without headlights said white powder found in his car was cocaine.
But Karlos Cashe walked out of jail last week after lab results determined the powder in the handyman’s car was actually drywall.
Cashe tells WFTV he repeatedly told officers in Oviedo the substance was drywall.
Cashe says a K-9 alerted on his vehicle and an officer’s field test was positive for cocaine.

Court records show he was denied bond because he was accused of violating probation. It took nearly three months for lab test results, which were negative for cocaine.

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  High wages for unskilled labor, attn GStan
Posted by: RolloTheGreat - 06-27-2017, 05:26 PM - Forum: Off Topic - Replies (126)


It appears that exactly what I said would happen is happening.

Less hours, less jobs, senior staff fired to make way for cheaper new staff.

As I said back then, the only people who don't pay are the ones who don't have to: the people who make the decisions. If they can take it out of their own stack of money or ours, "ours" will always be the stack it comes from.

I'd also note the "pay everyone $70K" movement you predicted would happen back in 2015 never did. The one company made that move, and that's the last I've heard of it. I seem to recall me saying something like "I bet in a few years there won't be 5 (10?) more companies that join him"?

In any case, hope all is well with you GStan.

FWIW, I wish your labor movement ideas could work. I consider lack of money the cause of most of the problems in the world. (people who have enough aren't usually robbing others, escaping bleak reality with booze and dope, getting divorced because they're tired of arguing about money, etc)

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  How Low The Steam Machines Have Fallen
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-27-2017, 09:46 AM - Forum: Gaming - No Replies

Most of the article is stuff that I've talked about before, but one part of the article is really interesting. As of currently, only 4 places are listed by Valve as selling Steam Machines. Of those, 1 doesn't even carry them anymore, and Valve's links to 2 of the other places are old, requiring manually searching the websites.

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  Hyperthreading Bug
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-26-2017, 08:58 PM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (2)


Quote:Now, a major Hyper-Threading flaw has been discovered that can destabilize Intel CPUs based on both Kaby Lake and Skylake — not something Intel needed on the heels of AMD’s new CPUs. The issue is reported to cause “unpredictable system behavior,” which could mean anything from corrupting data to outright system crashes. The issue was picked up by Hot Hardware, via Debian.org. While Debian is a Linux distro, the warning makes it clear that the problem can happen to any operating system and is not limited to Linux.
Intel has apparently issued microcode updates for Skylake and Kaby Lake processors to address this problem, but they’ll need to be integrated into motherboard UEFI to work effectively. We recommend checking for board updates to see if there’s an update available if you’re using a Skylake or Kaby Lake chip.

For the record, while ExtremeTech believes Intel that these errata exist, we are not aware of any software programs affected by them and have not observed any issues with our Skylake or Kaby Lake testbeds. Our Core i7-7700K and Core i7-6700K both performed flawlessly when tested in our benchmark suites over the past six months.

If you’re having a specific problem with a piece of software that cropped up once you moved to Kaby Lake or Skylake, we recommend shutting off Hyper-Threading and seeing if that resolves the problem. Hopefully motherboard manufacturers will have solutions ready to go sooner rather than later.

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  Edit: Microsoft Suffers 1.2 GB Leak
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-24-2017, 05:47 AM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (1)


Quote:In what may prove to be a massive cybersecurity hazard in the long run, a large amount of internal Microsoft data about Windows 10 has been leaked online.

The files, found on BetaArchive, contain 8TB of compressed data that comprise of 32TB of internal builds for Windows 10 and Windows Sever 2016 and even software blueprints. This is believed to contain the code for Shared Source Kit, which includes the source for Windows 10's hardware drivers alongside PnP code, USB and Wi-Fi stacks, storage drivers, and ARM-specific OneCore kernel code.

All of these are critical systems for the operating systems and with their code available in plain sight to malicious parties; the massive leak, which is believed to have been taken from Microsoft's own systems, could prove devastating for the security of the OS in the future.

Alongside the source code were several as-yet unreleased builds for Windows 10, which included troubleshooting, testing and debugging tools used by Microsoft internally. Then, there's the Windows 10 Mobile Adaptation Kit, which seems to be an unannounced toolset designed at enabling Windows 10 to run on mobile devices.

The data seems to still be accessible to individuals with access to the private servers at BetaArchive and has been termed by some as being even bigger than the Windows 2000 source code leak back in 2004.

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  Windows Task Manager Getting GPU Tab
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-23-2017, 03:44 AM - Forum: Software & Programming - No Replies


Quote:Microsoft is working on an update to Windows 10, which among several other things, adds a GPU utilization tab to Task Manager. You will be able to monitor each individual GPU in your machine, and Task Manager will give you live utilization stats for the GPU's 3D load, Video hardware-acceleration (encode/decode) load, dedicated memory usage, shared memory usage, and basic driver information such as driver version and date. For now the update is part of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16226; and will make it to the main-release in the coming months.

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  Vega Thread
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-22-2017, 10:48 PM - Forum: Video - Replies (21)


Quote:An MSI company representative posting on Dutch tech-forums confirmed our worst fears, that the RX Vega will have a very high power draw. "Specs van Vega RX gezien. Tering wat power heeft die nodig. Wij zijn er aan bezig, dat is een start dus launch komt dichterbij," said the representative who goes by "The Source" on Dutch tech forums Tweakers.net. As a gentleman scholar in Google Translate, and citing VideoCardz which cited a native Dutch speaker; the MSI rep's statement translates as "I've seen the specs of Vega RX. It needs a damn lot of power. We're working on it, which is a start so launch is coming closer."

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  Tesla V100 PCIe Version
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-21-2017, 08:59 PM - Forum: Video - No Replies


Quote:The company announced yesterday that the V100 product line will expand by one when the PCIe version of the the Tesla V100 compute card starts shipping by the end of the year. The card will join a suite of previously-announced products that use Nvidia's proprietary NVLink interconnect.

The PCIe Tesla V100 is just a bit tamer than its brethren, a byproduct of a TDP cut to 250 W from the 300 W figure of the other V100 products. The specifications are about 6.5% lower across the board, suggesting that only the clock rates changed.
The bandwidth to the rest of the system is chopped down quite a bit, plummeting from the second-generation NVLink's mind-boggling 300 GB/s to a more pedestrian 32 GB/s. The on-package memory is 16 GB of HBM2 on a similar setup to the NVLink version of V100, offering the same 900 GB/s of bandwidth over a 4096-bit interface.

The PCIe Tesla V100 is arriving roughly at the same time as AMD's Vega Frontier cards, and some comparisons are inevitable despite the difference in architecture. The memory speed, capacity, and the single- and double-precision FLOPS specs aren't terribly far off from one another, though rumors suggest that AMD's cards will require a big chunk of power. The second half of the year should be an interesting time for GPU computing.

Nvidia didn't offer pricing information for the PCIe version of Tesla V100, though you can bet it will be exquisitely expensive. The company says that the cards will be available before the end of the year from Nvidia resellers partners and manufacturers including Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. We are unsure if this means that cards will only be available as a part of new systems or if they'll be selling individually. In any case, stay tuned.

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  Microsoft Bundling Freebie With Xbox One S
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 06-21-2017, 08:57 PM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies

Sorry I can't include a quote, I just figure out that's what causing the 403 Forbidden errors.

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