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 Tuesday, 20-May-2014  01:49:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Australian motorsport legend Sir Jack Brabham has passed away aged 88. Brabham travelled to Europe in 1955 and before long he was building his own cars – revolutionising the sport by shifting the engine from the front of the vehicle to the back. In 1959 he won the first of his three championships, famously running out of fuel in the last race and pushing his car to the finish. Mark Webber has posted his thoughts on the only man in history to win an F1 world championship in a car he designed and built himself.

The FCC have approved the idea of an internet fast lane, putting an end to Net Neutrality. This is really big news that could forever change the internet. According to the FCC’s proposal, companies that deliver content over the internet like Netflix, Hulu, and Business Insider will be able to pay internet service providers (ISPs) for direct access to customers on a given network. That means their content will reach ISP subscribers much faster than content from companies that don’t pay ISPs for direct access. More here.

ArsTechnica checked out a few cars that are powered by nVidia. utside of the visitor check-in on Nvidia's campus, three gorgeous cars—the Audi RS7, the Lamborghini Aventador, and the Tesla Model S—are parked, attracting the occasional gawking employee. Although Nvidia's partnership with the three car makers isn't anything new, we welcomed the chance to see just what the tech in these high-end cars is really like. We also wanted to see what Nvidia hopes to offer car makers who are designing systems that will need to be cutting edge when their vehicles hit the market—a difficult task given the length of the automotive development cycle.

George R. R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones, has revealed he uses a DOS PC with no net connection for his writing. "It does everything I want a word processing program to do, and it doesn't do anything else. I don't want any help. I hate some of these modern systems where you type a lower case letter and it becomes a capital letter. I don't want a capital. If I wanted a capital, I would have typed a capital. I know how to work the shift key."

ScienceDaily report on a new cryptography algorithm. Researchers at the Laboratoire Lorrain de Recherches en Informatique et ses Applications (CNRS/Université de Lorraine/Inria) and the Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6 (CNRS/UPMC) have solved one aspect of the discrete logarithm problem. This is considered to be one of the 'holy grails' of algorithmic number theory, on which the security of many cryptographic systems used today is based. They have devised a new algorithm (1) that calls into question the security of one variant of this problem, which has been closely studied since 1976.

BackBlaze looked into hard drive temperatures and their effect on reliability. Disk drive manufacturers tell Backblaze that in general, it’s a good idea to keep disks cooler so they will last longer. After looking at data on over 34,000 drives, I found that overall there is no correlation between temperature and failure rate.



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