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Wednesday Night (17 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 25-December-2019  21:29:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Two computing pioneers passed away recently. The first was Tony Brooker, who is credited with creating the first practical high-level computer programming language. Developing so many compilers would have overwhelmed the programming resources available, so Brooker, together with a colleague, Derrick Morris, invented the “compiler-compiler”. In this system the grammatical rules defining a programming language were used to automate the production of a compiler. The compiler-compiler was a milestone in the development of programming in the 1960s.

Next was Chuck Peddle, a pioneer of CPU design. He's best known as the lead designer for MOS Technology's 6502, a low-cost processor (just $25 in 1975) that found its way into first-wave home computers like the Apple II and Commodore PET. Variants of that core design found their way into influential consoles like the Atari 2600 and NES. If you have nostalgia for the days when 8-bit computers were cutting edge, you likely owe a debt of gratitude to Peddle.

An Australian overclocker has set a new world record. A liquid nitrogen-cooled AMD Ryzen 9 3900X processor has just set a new overclocking world record in the wPrime benchmark, beating the previous title holder, the Intel Core i9-7920X. The feat was performed by Australian overclocker jordan.hyde99, who got the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X to reach speeds of 5,625 MHz to complete the tests in just 35 seconds and 517 milliseconds.

A new Citrix vulnerability will apparently particularly impact Australia. Australia is in the top five countries by number of companies that are potentially vulnerable to an attack, Positive Technologies said. The vulnerability has been assigned CVE-2019-19781 and “affects all supported versions of the product, and all supported platforms, including Citrix ADC and Citrix Gateway 13.0, Citrix ADC and NetScaler Gateway 12.1, Citrix ADC and NetScaler Gateway 12.0, Citrix ADC and NetScaler Gateway 11.1, and also Citrix NetScaler ADC and NetScaler Gateway 10.5.” “If that vulnerability is exploited, attackers obtain direct access to the company's local network from the internet,” Positive Technologies said in a statement. Merry Christmas, admins. :/

I thought I'd posted this earlier, but apparently not. Anyway, one Queenslander has been identified as the NBN's biggest downloader, snarfing down 26.8TB in one month. That's a whole lotta linux ISOs. The average Aussie is usually downloading around 258GB every month - which sounds pretty high, but when you add in all the streaming and gaming that one might do on top of using the internet for a computer, it's easy to see how quickly all that data adds up. But it seems like this Queenslander was just doing what Queenslanders do best. The Sunshine State has been recorded as having the biggest downloaders, with the average Queenslander racking up 274GB of data every month.

Meanwhile the PM has announced a crackdown on Facbook and Google in Australia. The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has announced a crackdown on Google and Facebook, agreeing to new powers and funding for the consumer watchdog to monitor the digital giants. Responding to the the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s 18-month inquiry into the impact of Google, Facebook and other digital platforms on Australia’s media landscape, Morrison said the changes would “modernise” the regulations that apply online.

AMD recently released a major update to their Adrenalin graphics drivers, with coverage on TechPowerUp, BabelTechReviews, Guru3D, HotHardware and TechARP.

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