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Tuesday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-October-2018  16:41:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I'm back from Nationals with a bronze medal to show for it! But it seems in the real world quite a few things have happened while I've been away, so it's time for some news catchup.

Firstly, Google suffered a similar social media data leak to Facebook's recent one and have responded by finally giving up and shutting down Google+. Shortly after the story was published, Google announced that it will shut down consumer access to Google+ and improve privacy protections for third-party applications. In a blog post about the shutdown, Google disclosed the data leak, which it said potentially affected up to 500,000 accounts. Up to 438 different third-party applications may have had access to private information due to the bug, but Google apparently has no way of knowing whether they did because it only maintains logs of API use for two weeks. Discussion here.

But a much stranger story involves Supermicro, perhaps best known for their enterprise motherboards. A report by Bloomberg claims there are Chinese spy chips on their motherboards which have hugely compromised the worldwide tech ecosystem. I've read a bit about this and I can't work out how these spy chips are supposed to have interacted with the various O/Ss and encryption that would have been used by servers they're installed in. When a server was installed and switched on, the microchip altered the operating system’s core so it could accept modifications. What does that even mean? Anyway, pretty much everyone involved is denying the accusations, but if it turns out to be true it will be very widespread given pretty much everyone uses Supermicro motherboards - including the Australian Government. Anyway, still looking into this one, so feel free to jump into the discussion in this thread. Thanks to Ben and IntelInside for the tips.

A recent Windows 10 update has been pulled because it deletes user files, thanks Matt. Microsoft has paused the rollout of Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809), the latest version of the Windows 10 operating system, which Microsoft released this week, on Tuesday, October 2. In a support document updated today, October 6, the Redmond-based OS maker said it took this decision after users complained that v1809 had deleted files after the update.

There are some tougher new laws against online trolling and cyber-bullying in NSW. The changes aim to address an emerging trend of offenders threatening and harassing victims online through social media. Those who stalk or intimidate using modern technology will face a maximum of five years in prison under legislation to be introduced this month.

Intel have announced their 9th Generation Core CPUs. To that end, Intel revealed its new Core i9-9900K, which Intel says is “the best gaming processor in the world. Period.” The i9-9900K offers eight cores and 16 threads, clocked at base frequency of 3.6 GHz, which can be boosted up to 5.0 GHz. Along with the new Core i9 processor, Intel is also announcing new 9th Gen Core i5 and Core i7 models, too: the i7-9700K with eight cores and eight threads, and base 3.6 GHz clock speed (which can be boosted to 4.9 GHz); and the i5-9600K, which offers six cores and six threads at a base 3.7 GHz speed (which can be boosted up to 4.6 GHz). Discussion in this thread.

A few sites have hooked up NVIDIA's new video cards in NVLink, which is pretty much the new name for SLI - Tweaktown played with 4k @ 120FPS and 8k @ 60FPS, while LegitReviews have their impressions of the tech as well. We’ll be using two NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE graphics cards for our SLI setup and we’ll be using the NVIDIA GeForce RTX NVLink 3-slot bridge connector. This setup is extremely expensive and won’t be for everyone.

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