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 Tuesday, 23-October-2018  17:22:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The "Supermicro Spy Chips" story continues to unfold, but people seem increasingly skeptical about whether or not it's true. Seventeen sources suddenly doesn’t feel quite so luxurious. Here’s one of the key assertions backed up by a single source: “Apple made its discovery of suspicious chips inside Supermicro servers around May 2015, after detecting odd network activity and firmware problems, according to a person familiar with the timeline.” In an interview with the Erik Wemple Blog, George Stathakopoulos, Apple’s vice president of corporate information security, provided a heated rebuttal of the Bloomberg allegations against his company. No, the company never found a hardware implant; no, the company never removed its Supermicro servers and many are still in place; no, the company never communicated with law-enforcement officials about this alleged malicious hardware implant, says Stathakopoulos. Discussion continues in this thread.

The head of Australia's "Digital Transformation Agency" told the Senate recently that blockchain isn't that useful yet. “Our position today, and this is an early write-up, is that blockchain is an interesting technology that would be well worth being observed, but without standardisation and a lot more work, for every use of blockchain that you would consider today there is a better technology,” Mr Alexander told the hearing.

Western Australians (and maybe the rest of us?) can now learn First Aid in VR. Using a mobile app or a virtual reality headset, First Aid Skills, guides users through three unique training simulations – CPR, defibrillation and the DRSABCD action plan. Mr Ahern said St John’s commitment to innovation and technology will achieve better outcomes for patients. Had a quick look in the Google Play store and couldn't see any new apps that match that description.. oh, VR available from early 2019. Hrm.

If you cheat in an online game, you might get the Feds after you. In one case, filed last month, GTA V developer Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive are going after several people believed to be linked to the popular “Infamous” cheat. This lawsuit is notable because the Federal Court of Australia has signed off on several broad enforcement actions. Not only are the defendants restrained from any cheating related activity, they are also the subject of a search and assets freezing order. If only this could be applied to team-mates who run you over in PUBG.

Our telecomms metadata is being more widely used than originally planned, unsurprisingly. To allay privacy concerns, access to the metadata was limited to 22 specific police and intelligence agencies, such as the Australian Federal Police, ASIO and state police forces. But a parliamentary hearing has been told that number has blown out.

Techspot looked into using thermal paste or solder on a new high-end Intel CPU. Using relatively low voltages at 5 GHz saw the 9900K peak at 100 degrees with the Corsair Hydro Series H100i Pro or Noctua NH-D15 and we’re talking about some pretty premium coolers. This was worse than what we saw previously with the 8700K at 5.2 GHz, granted the 9900K packs more cores, but it’s soldered whereas the 8700K uses Intel’s notoriously rubbish thermal paste. Wow, that gave me a wicked flashback to nostalgia-ville.

Backblaze have published their latest HDD stats. As of September 30, 2018 Backblaze had 99,636 spinning hard drives. Of that number, there were 1,866 boot drives and 97,770 data drives. This review looks at the quarterly and lifetime statistics for the data drive models in operation in our data centers. In addition, we’ll say goodbye to the last of our 3TB drives, hello to our new 12TB HGST drives, and we’ll explain how we have 584 fewer drives than last quarter, but have added over 40 petabytes of storage.

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