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 Wednesday, 16-September-2020  00:57:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA have acquired ARM for $40B USD, in the largest semiconductor deal ever. The combination brings together NVIDIA’s leading AI computing platform with Arm’s vast ecosystem to create the premier computing company for the age of artificial intelligence, accelerating innovation while expanding into large, high-growth markets. SoftBank will remain committed to Arm’s long-term success through its ownership stake in NVIDIA, expected to be under 10 percent. Somehow I preferred a world where ARM was independent, but anyway, more info here, discussion here.

Meanwhile there's much anticipation about their RTX 30 series video cards, with reviews expected 11pm tonight AEST if I've done my maths correctly. Until then you can enjoy some unboxing on TechPowerup and NeoSeeker. In this article, we unbox the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition graphics card and bring you detailed pictures of the card exterior. As of today, NVIDIA only allows "photography of the card, no disassembly, no plugging in, no installing, no powering on, no performance results or hints of any kind."

Fans of our Retro & Arcade Forum will probably enjoy this roundup of the best 8-bit and 16-bit video game music on TechSpot. Game systems from the 8-bit and 16-bit era weren't graphical powerhouses, but there were other aspects that factored into creating a well-rounded game. Quality games almost unanimously had great sound and music as this list shows.

Also from the past, Windows 95 recently turned 25, as you might have expected. Away from all the fanfare around the launch, PC geeks were choosing between Pentium or 486 processors, IDE or SCSI hard drives, double-speed CD-ROMs, and Sound Blaster audio cards to experience the best of Windows 95. Microsoft added a lot of features to Windows 95, but the biggest was a new Start button, menu, and task bar that made it a lot easier to discover applications and navigate the operating system.

Microsoft experimented with an undersea datacentre. Among the components crated up and sent to Redmond are a handful of failed servers and related cables. The researchers think this hardware will help them understand why the servers in the underwater datacenter are eight times more reliable than those on land. “We are like, ‘Hey this looks really good,’” Fowers said. “We have to figure out what exactly gives us this benefit.” The team hypothesizes that the atmosphere of nitrogen, which is less corrosive than oxygen, and the absence of people to bump and jostle components, are the primary reasons for the difference. If the analysis proves this correct, the team may be able to translate the findings to land datacenters. “Our failure rate in the water is one-eighth of what we see on land,” Cutler said.

I enjoyed this article about cracking password protection on a 45-year old Xerox Alto. We've been archiving a bunch of old Xerox Alto disk packs from the 1970s. A few of them turned out to be password-protected, so I needed to figure out how to get around the password protection. I've developed a way to disable password protection, as well as a program to find the password instantly. (This attack is called XeroDay, based on a suggestion by msla.)

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