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 Friday, 6-April-2018  14:21:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Alright, time for some news catchup after being away for a week. Firstly, Intel have finished patching CPUs but advise that some older ones won't be patched, thanks metamorphosis. Why aren’t these being patched? Intel gives several reasons, the foremost being that the ‘micro-architectural characteristics’ of these processors mean that it’s not actually possible to patch against Spectre Variant 2.

Meanwhile they have new laptop and desktop CPUs and chipsets, with more on Tech Report. At an event in Beijing today, Intel lifted the curtain on an entourage of new eighth-generation desktop and mobile CPUs that will fill out its family of highly-caffeinated chips. Highlights include six-core Core i7 mobile chips, a new Core i9 mobile part, and eighth-gen U-series mobile processors packing Iris Plus graphics and eDRAM. Additionally, a handful of mobile and desktop chips got the vPro blessing for business deployment. I linked a heap of reviews in the recent review roundups further down the page.

NBN chief Bill Morrow is stepping down. Regular commentators on the national broadband network have mixed opinions about the departure of NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow, with some not absolving him of the condition of the project and others saying he could do no better under the circumstances.

But the arrival of Fixed 5G from Optus next year could disrupt the NBN market. Telecommunication companies are racing to deliver fifth-generation mobile technology by 2020, which will have faster speeds and lower latency than 4G. The NBN is expected to complete its rollout around the same time. Optus and Telstra are running highly publicised trials and displays of 5G internet services at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Google are building another undersea cable network to connect Australia, HK and Singapore. The JGA cable system will have two fiber pairs connecting Japan to Guam, as well as two fiber pairs connecting Guam to Sydney. RTI-C is developing the JGA-North segment, while a consortium of AARnet, Google, and RTI-C is developing the JGA-South segment. Together, they'll span nearly 6,000 miles. NEC Corporation and Alcatel Submarine Networks are co-building the new system.

BabelTechReviews report from the NVIDIA GPU Tech Conf in San Jose. The GTC is all about the GPU and harnessing its massive parallel power to significantly improve the way humans compute and play games. This year, the emphasis continues to be on AI and on deep learning which affects every industry, including automotive. Analyzing massive data sets for deep learning require progressively faster and faster GPUs and NVIDIA is delivering in spades. These GPUs are co-processors with the CPU, and they basically use the same architecture whether used for AI or for playing PC games.

Banshee sent in this article which claims VPNs are logging more than you might think about their customers. Based on extensive research, we prepared a list of over 110 VPN services and indicate whether they keep logs or not. We also include a statement from their website — usually their TOS or Privacy Policy page — so you can see their stance in their own words.

A recent Windows7/Server2008 patch contained a new vulnerability, thanks Callan and metamorphosis. It has since been fixed in a more recent patch, so make sure you're up to date. Discussion in this thread.

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