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 Wednesday, 21-October-2015  11:54:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today being October 21st 2015, it is of course the day that Marty McFly targets in the future, in Back To The Future II. There's lots of coverage and tributes going on around the world (more so tomorrow our time, I imagine, as the USA and Europe enter the 21st). Doctor Emmett Brown has a video message. More info here on TheGuardian, as well as here on CNN. Discussion here. Thanks alch!

Gizmodo have an article from an ISP tech who says everyone is worried over (almost) nothing when it comes to data retention. There’s nothing here other than “Lance turned on his modem, and then turned it off 10 days later” and the next line is “Lance turned his modem back on a few seconds later.” But this is actually what the attorney general’s guidelines describe the data as being expected to look like for internet providers. Data items should be “hours to several days, weeks, or longer apart”. Any ISP folks on OCAU want to weigh in?

Samsung have unveiled the world's largest HDD - logical size, that is. They've managed to squeeze 16TB into a 2.5-inch drive! The secret sauce behind Samsung's 16TB SSD is the company's new 256Gbit (32GB) NAND flash die; twice the capacity of 128Gbit NAND dies that were commercialised by various chip makers last year. To reach such an astonishing density, Samsung has managed to cram 48 layers of 3-bits-per-cell (TLC) 3D V-NAND into a single die. This is up from 24 layers in 2013, and then 36 layers in 2014.

PCWorld report on a sneaky new bit of Chrome-impersonating malware. As reported by PCRisk, the “eFast Browser” works by installing and running itself in place of Chrome. It’s based on Google’s Chromium open-source software, so it maintains the look and feel of Chrome at first glance, but its behavior is much worse.

If, like me, you're a frequent user of Google's Voice Search, you might be interested to hear Google's recordings of your voice. Actually the whole Google history page is interesting. Google searches are like a stream of consciousness. We plug every idle curiosity, every thought, and every question into the search engine. Google has always kept careful record of these searches, which helps sell ads. But Google also keeps an audio log of the questions you ask its voice search function, OK Google, and now you can listen to those recordings online. I can't actually get the voice recordings to show, possibly because of continued shenanigans from having two Google accounts constantly fighting each other.

I never had much time for those "Killer NIC" boards and motherboard add-ons. Tech-Report revisit the technology, eight years on. Killer-powered Gigabit Ethernet ports can be found on many gaming-focused motherboards and laptops these days. We talked to Killer Networking about the details of its latest hardware and software, and then we put those features to the test with a Killer-equipped motherboard.

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