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Monday Afternoon (16 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-October-2017  16:44:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Western Digital have unveiled new Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording technology for their next-generation hard drives. One of the common misconceptions amongst readers focused on consumer technology relates to flash / SSDs rendering HDDs obsolete. While using SSDs over HDDs is definitely true in the client computing ecosystem, it is different for bulk storage. Bulk storage in the data center, as well as the consumer market, will continue to rely on mechanical hard drives for the foreseeable future. More info here on Techgage. Discussion in this thread in our Storage & Backup forum.

F0rge_Lion spotted this WiFi security flaw. S-CERT has become aware of several key management vulnerabilities in the 4-way handshake of the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocol. The impact of exploiting these vulnerabilities includes decryption, packet replay, TCP connection hijacking, HTTP content injection, and others. Note that as protocol-level issues, most or all correct implementations of the standard will be affected. The CERT/CC and the reporting researcher KU Leuven, will be publicly disclosing these vulnerabilities on 16 October 2017.

One of the founders of Android reckons the keyboard will be obselete soon. For “the past 75-plus years or so, we have knelt down to the computer and worked with it and talked to it on its level,” Miner (pictured above) says. Miner and others believe that the way humans communicate with machines is undergoing a fundamental change. The keyboard—which dates back to the 1800s—will be phased out over the next couple of decades, except for some “legacy applications,” Miner argues. Touchscreens have already kicked off this shift. Wait, a couple of decades? That's not much of a prediction.

Microsoft's Edge browser is apparently good at blocking malware.. anyone out there using it as their main browser? Edge bested Chrome and Firefox by decisive margins. For instance, Chrome blocked 74% of all phishing attacks, and 88% of SEM attacks. Meanwhile, Firefox came in third in both tests, stopping just 61% of the phishing attacks and 70% of all SEM attempts.

Today's timewaster is Universal Paperclips, another clicky-idle game, thanks F0rge_Lion.



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