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 Wednesday, 15-May-2019  23:31:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel have revealed a new CPU vulnerability like Meltdown and Spectre, but related to Hyper Threading. The vulnerability affects most of the company’s processor SKUs, except the 8th and 9th generation chips, which Intel said includes hardware mitigations against this flaw. More info on Wired, with some in-depth details on the Chrome OS page. The BBC report it is now being called Zombieload, and there's a discussion thread here in our Intel Hardware forum.

The trade war between the USA and China is starting to affect consumer electronics pricing. AAPL fell almost 6% in yesterday’s trading in response to concerns about the impact of Trump’s tariffs on products imported from China. While it had initially appeared that Apple had escaped the current round of tariffs, some accessories are now taxed at 25%, and Apple’s component costs have also risen.

In a bizarre move, Adobe are telling people they are not allowed to use old versions of Photoshop, with legal ramifications. It’s yet another example of how in the modern era, you increasingly don’t actually own the things you’ve spent your hard-earned money on. Adobe this week began sending some users of its Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, Premiere, Animate, and Media Director programs a letter warning them that they were no longer legally authorized to use the software they may have thought they owned.

Perth will be getting a new supercomputer soon, or at least, half of it. The SDP functions will be split across two supercomputers, one in Perth and one in Cape Town, to be close to the SKA-low frequency and SKA-mid frequency sites in each respective country. When fully functional, the combined power of the SDP is expected to produce the world’s fastest supercomputer, SKA Organisation’s SDP project manager Maurizio Miccolis said. It's for crunching data from the Square Kilometre Array.

TechSpot have posted part two of their How CPUs are Made article, this time with a focus on CPU design. Now that we know how processors work at a high level, it's time to dig inside to understand how the internal components are designed. This article is the second part in our series on processor design. If you haven't read part one yet, you'll want to go over that first or else some of the concepts in here won't make sense.

Ever made a typo? Ever had that typo go to print? Ever had it printed 400 million times? The Reserve Bank was left scrambling for answers on Thursday morning after radio station Triple M posted a photo on Twitter sent in by an eagle-eyed listener. The photo shows the RBA’s new $50 note under a magnifying glass and reveals an embarrassing typo in the reverse text, which features excerpts from Edith Cowan’s maiden speech to Western Australian Parliament.

This amused me: modding a Roomba so it swears when it bumps into things. I could offer a summary of the video itself, which includes a public exhibition of the device in a Target retail store, but I don't think I could do it justice. If you can handle a bit of swearing, you should just watch it, because it's amazing. Strong language warning, obviously.

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