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Friday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-June-2019  14:57:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Quick news post before you-know-what!

It's always worth being cautious about buying secondhand computer gear - especially from this guy. Although the 11-year-old machine may have nostalgic value to some, what makes this one so special (and expensive) is that it comes with live specimens of six of the most dangerous computer viruses in existence. In a livestream on Twitch, the laptop can be seen turned on and running the viruses and malware. But the laptop wasn’t sold as a cyber weapon on a darkweb black market. It was sold as art.

I've been moving more and more of my workload to my new laptop, so I can do more out and about instead of being a hermit in the AggCave. Fortunately I don't have to migrate 18 petabytes of data like NASCAR do. Steve Stum, vice president of operations and tech production at NASCAR, said the company has footage dating back to the 1920s. "We started to digitize six or seven years ago," said Stum. "We are jumping into machine learning to automate processes and add metadata." Nevertheless, 18 petabytes of data is a heavy lift that equates to 500,000 hours of content.

Less pleasing is the news that the i5-8250U CPU in that laptop is beaten by a Snapdragon 8cx in many tests. The forthcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor built for Windows 10 is getting a little more real. Today at Computex 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan the ARM chip manufacturer put its latest Windows 10 custom 8cx processor up against an Intel Core i5 demonstrating just how powerful it is while also delivering nearly double the battery life.

I enjoyed this somewhat evil patent linked by someone on IRC. A security device may receive a request from an attacker device and intended for a server device. The security device may identify the request as being associated with a malicious activity. The malicious activity may include one or more undesirable tasks directed to the server device. The security device may generate an unsolvable challenge-response test based on identifying the request as being associated with the malicious activity.

Metamorphosis sent in this new DooM episode by John Romero. I worked on it part time during 2017 and 2018, mostly while I was on vacation or in the evenings. I wanted to have a surprise for DOOM’s 25th anniversary. I learned a lot from E1M8B and E1M4B, so I think I did a better job this time. The boss level is terrifying. For me, making this whole episode was a labor of love and a reminder of all the amazing times that we had at id working on the original. I was fortunate to be a part of such a great team and a foundational game. Apparently this mod is a shiny new 3D-capable version of DooM you might be able to play those levels on.

For another big retro gaming nostalgia hit, go wallow in this thread about the golden age of PC gaming. Why does gaming today just not *feel* like it did then? Is it my "old fart" nostalgia? Is it the hyper-commercialisation and made-to-a-formula change of the gaming "industry"? Is it the fact that nearly unlimited resources have meant that nobody needs to be creative to overcome limitations any more? Am I just wrong, and games are just way better now than they were then?

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