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 Monday, 6-May-2019  23:54:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Ok, let the news catchup begin!

Some links from metamorphosis about chiplets: Quite a bit of info about the new wave of CPU design using 3d stacking and 'chiplets'. Doomed as Moores law is, it's still interesting to see its death throes. Info here on PCGamesN, here on Engadget and an older article here on Wired. “That technique of putting more and dies is going to run out pretty quick,” says Forrest Norrod, senior vice president and GM of AMD’s datacentre group, “because there’s a physical limit to how many die you can put into a given socket area. We’re already at the point where today’s CPUs, the packages, are pretty darned close to the size of the original iPhone. They’re huge. You can’t get any more area in two dimensions, so what do you have to do? You go up.”

On a related note, TechSpot have an article on how CPUs are designed and built. We all think of the CPU as the "brains" of a computer, but what does that actually mean? What is going on inside with the billions of transistors to make your computer work? In this new four-part mini series we'll be focusing on computer hardware design, covering the ins and outs of what makes a computer work.

SuperMicro are apparently shifting manufacturing away from China because of the spy-chip rumours, despite there still being no evidence. Super Micro Computer, the California-based server maker at the heart of spy chip allegations last autumn, has told suppliers to move production out of China to address U.S. customers' concerns about cyber espionage risks, according to industry sources familiar with the matter.

It's been 20 years since the first mass-market optical mouse appeared. Twenty years ago, in April 1999, Microsoft introduced an update to its IntelliMouse line of input devices. On top it didn’t look much different than its predecessors—it still had a few buttons and a scroll wheel—but underneath it introduced a technology to the masses that brought an end to the prehistoric days of cleaning dirt and grime out of computer mice.

Callan spotted this git ransom hacker. Hundreds of developers have had had Git source code repositories wiped and replaced with a ransom demand. The attacks started earlier today, appear to be coordinated across Git hosting services (GitHub, Bitbucket, GitLab), and it is still unclear how they are happening. What it is known is that the hacker removes all source code and recent commits from vitcims' Git repositories, and leaves a ransom note behind that asks for a payment of 0.1 Bitcoin (~$570).

Tweaktown explore whether bigger or faster NAS cache is better. Today we will use a Synology DS1819+ with a special dual M.2 2280 add-in card with two NVMe SSDs used as a read and write cache. We use Intel's 118GB Optane SSD and Samsung's 1TB 960 Pro flash-based SSD.

TechSpot share their thoughts on the ten most anticipated games of 2019. The good news is, despite the hiccups of the past, the future is looking considerably brighter for PC players in 2019.

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