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 Thursday, 23-November-2017  18:06:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I've been away for a few days, so here's some news catchup.

Wired report on a flaw in certain Intel chips that has left millions of devices exposed to security issues. Security researchers have raised the alarm for years about the Intel remote administration feature known as the Management Engine. The platform has a lot of useful features for IT managers, but it requires deep system access that offers a tempting target for attackers; compromising the Management Engine could lead to full control of a given computer. Now, after several research groups have uncovered ME bugs, Intel has confirmed that those worst-case fears may be possible.

Bitcoin continues to dominate the headlines, and apparently Australians are paying $1M worth of bills every week using the cryptocurrency. But he admitted that “when it comes to day-to-day usage, it’s still very early”. “I pay my employees in it,” he said. “We’re still trying to demonstrate its usefulness. $1 million sounds like a lot but compared to how many bills get paid in Australia every day it’s a drop in the bucket.” Check out more in our Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Mining forum, or the bitcoin as an investment thread in our Finance forum.

BusinessInsider report on Netflix speeds in Australia. iiNet, a brand that originally made its name for prioritising quality service over price, has plunged to the bottom of the monthly Netflix broadband rankings for the first time in the survey’s history. Netflix Australia each month publishes a league table of the six biggest internet service providers in the country, based on its own calculations of download speed during prime time. It has published the ladder since it started operating in Australia in early 2015, to encourage the local broadband industry to improve their game – a factor that heavily affects its own success.

FunkyKit have an article on overclocking an i7-8700K CPU to 5GHz on all 6 cores. Wwe’ll show you how to overclock the Intel Core i7-8700K (Cofee Lake) from the default speed of 3.7GHz to a whopping 5.0GHz on all 6 cores, by simply changing 3 BIOS options on the Asus ROG Maximus X Hero motherboard. After some tweaking in the BIOS, I was able to overclock the Core i7-8700K from a default of 3.7GHz to a whopping 5.0Ghz. That’s an extra 1.3GHz overclock … excellent!

LegitReviews toured the new $370M nVIDIA HQ. NVIDIA went with a triangle theme to show respect to the the basic element of computer graphics: the polygon. The outside of the building looks impressive as you can see the inner steel frame that is wrapped by more than a thousand 4 x 12 foot sheets of tinted double-paned tempered glass. NVIDIA co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang played a major role in the design of the building and we think it does a great job showcasing that NVIDIA is a leader in visual computing.

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