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  TSMC 7nm Thread
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-04-2018, 10:16 PM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (3)


Quote:Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company ("TSMC") has quickly become a household name in the chip fabrication business, and the foundry of choice for many fabless chip makers. In recent times, TSMC has eclipsed Intel when it comes to advancing research and investing into smaller, more efficient process nodes, and at the volumes necessary to support global demand. While Chipzilla is still struggling with its 10nm process, TSMC has already hit volume production for parts using its 7nm process and is expecting over 50 tape-outs this year alone.
At the conference, TSMC also announced a new 7nm+ node using extreme ultraviolet (“EUV”) lithography, which should ramp up during H1-2019, and that it’s on track to start ‘risk-production’ of a 5nm node, also during H1-2019 for mobile and high-performance computing chips. Back in January, TSMC started building a brand new 5nm fab in Taiwan, which is expected to start volume production in 2020. There's a lot to look forward to in H2-2018, particularly the next-gen 7nm mobile SoCs, CPUs and GPUs, and what they have in store in terms of performance and power efficiency.

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  Twitter Passwords Unmasked
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-04-2018, 09:23 PM - Forum: Software & Programming - No Replies


Quote:According to Twitter, the unmasking of users’ passwords was caused by a bug, which Twitter said it discovered on its own. However, Twitter employees seem to have discovered it days after GitHub seems to have experienced the same sort of software flaw.
Twitter is now asking users to change passwords both for Twitter and for any other service where they may have used the exact same password, just in case someone may have stolen them in the time the passwords were unmasked. However, the company said it has found no evidence of a recent data breach.

Even though the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recommended the deprecation of SMS authentication because it’s not secure, Twitter continues to rely on it for both two-factor authentication and password resets. This means anyone’s passwords could potentially be retrieved by malicious actors either by impersonating them to their carriers or by hacking the SS7 system that interconnects carrier towers. Twitter users are not given the choice to disable SMS codes for password resets or to use an alternative for two-factor authentication such as U2F hardware tokens or app authenticators such as Google Authenticator or Authy.

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  Xbox Ones Getting Support For 120 Hz
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-04-2018, 08:04 AM - Forum: Xbox One - No Replies


Quote:The following new features are active in this build:

120Hz – Support for More Video Output Options

In this build Gamers with monitors and televisions that support a 120Hz refresh rate can now turn on 120Hz support for 1080p and 1440p output resolutions on Xbox One S and Xbox One X. This high refresh rate option means you can now take full advantage of displays with 120Hz capabilities. High refresh rate support can provide a smoother gaming experience and lower latency on some displays, and games may benefit from reduced tearing and stuttering via 120Hz output.

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  T-Mobile - Sprint Merger thread
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 05-03-2018, 07:41 PM - Forum: News & Politics - Replies (1)


T-Mobile and Sprint announce definitive plan to merge

The Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Will be a Job & Competition Killer

Karl Bode  - dslreports.com

Sprint and T-Mobile have formally announced their latest attempt at a merger nobody asked for.

According to the anouncement, the two companies have entered into a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock transaction estimated to be worth $26 billion. It's the third attempt at a merger in the last five years, after the companies' 2014 merger attempt was blocked by regulators due to anti-competitive concerns, and last year's attempt was derailed after the two sides couldn't agree on who should run the merged company.

Previous efforts to combine the two companies were blocked for a reason.
One, despite claims that the two companies will create a stronger competitor for AT&T and Verizon, that's not how competition (especially in telecom works). The reduction in major competitors from four to three will only reduce the incentive among the remaining three companies to truly compete on price. Especially in a wireless sector that had already been backing away from promotions so far in 2018.
The deal is also assuredly going to be an American job killer. Jonathan Chaplin of New Street Research predicted that as redundant positions are eliminated at the merged company, the result could be a net loss of “approximately 30,000 American jobs” -- more people than Sprint currently employs.

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  Firefox Will Have Sponsored Content
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-02-2018, 09:26 AM - Forum: Software & Programming - Replies (2)

I want my browser, not sponsored content. Angry

Quote:This wouldn't be the first time Mozilla is attempting to push ads through its browser; back in 2014, the company attempted to introduce a feature called 'Tiles' that utilized user data in order to display sponsored websites on Firefox's homepage, plans that it quickly scrapped upon user backlash.

The play Mozilla is making here comes with several assurances to protect user privacy - the company promises that even though the sponsored content will be personalized, all user-data will remain on the user's computer and won't be sent off to a server, with the company reiterating that all of its code is open-source, so any suspicions on how their data is being used can be assuaged by simply taking a peek at the code.
This new system will first be tested on a small subset of users in the U.S., and will then gradually be rolled out worldwide afterwards.

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  Best Buy: MSI RX 580 8 GB For $250
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 05-01-2018, 04:05 AM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - No Replies

It's still good as of the time of this post.

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  DRAM Manufacturers Sued For Price Fixing
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-30-2018, 09:51 PM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (2)


Quote:"What we've uncovered in the DRAM market is a classic antitrust, price-fixing scheme in which a small number of kingpin corporations hold the lion's share of the market," stated Hagens Berman managing partner Steve Berman. "Instead of playing by the rules, Samsung, Micron and Hynix chose to put consumers in a chokehold, wringing the market for more profit."

This isn't Hagens Berman's first time to the rodeo either. The firm had previously achieved a $300 million settlement for consumers who paid high prices for DRAM back in 2006. Samsung and Hynix pleaded guilty to the charges and paid a collective sum of $731 million in criminal fines, and both DRAM manufacturers served a collective 3,185 days of jail time.

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  Norway Calls Out Sony, EA, Valve, Nintendo For Violating Consumer Law
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-28-2018, 03:16 AM - Forum: Gaming - No Replies


Quote:According to the NCC, Valve does not warn the consumer at all about the loss of their right of withdrawal during the purchasing process on the Steam platform. Sony and EA, on the other hand, do warn the consumer about the loss of the right of withdrawal but do not require express consent from the user (such as ticking a box) in regards to that loss.

It should be noted that Steam does have a refund policy that works similarly to the right of withdrawal, but as stated by an NCC spokesperson, it does not require explicit consent from the consumer regarding that policy.

Nintendo's situation is slightly different because it refers to the consumer's right of cancellation. This is because Nintendo does not allow the cancellation of pre-orders of video games on its Nintendo eShop platform once the game has been pre-loaded onto the user's system. The report mentions that the NCC got in touch with Nintendo regarding the violation, but the company's German branch responded that it acts in accordance with the Cancelation Act.

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  10nm In Trouble
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-27-2018, 08:39 PM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (4)


Quote:Intel announced its financial results today, and although it posted yet another record quarter, the company unveiled serious production problems with its 10nm process. As a result, Intel announced that it is shipping yet more 14nm iterations this year. They'll come as Whiskey Lake processors destined for the desktop and Cascade Lake Xeons for the data center.
Krzanich also admitted that the company's density lead over competing fabs is shrinking. Intel has long been the keeper of the Moore's Law flame, and the company has continued to insist that the Law is still alive long after other companies have conceded that it expired. We'll have to see if Intel changes its messaging, but we're a long time removed from the Tick-Tock cadence. Considering that Intel hasn't delivered a smaller process in significant volumes since 2014, it's fair to say that the original Moore's Law is officially dead.

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  Jim Keller Reportedly Joins Intel
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-26-2018, 09:10 PM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (1)


Quote:PC Perspective comments that big names like Keller and Koduri joining Intel could provide clues as to Intel's current state and the direction it's heading in. The company appears to be in a state of shake-up from a decade of complacency and lethargy in its core business. Koduri could be putting together a team of people familiar to him for a new clean-slate project. The last time Intel had a clean slate was ten years ago, with "Nehalem."

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