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Thursday Night (11 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 14-July-2022  23:56:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NASA have released the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, and they're quite amazing. The telescope’s first full-color images and spectroscopic data were released during a televised broadcast at 10:30 a.m. EDT (14:30 UTC) on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. These listed targets below represent the first wave of full-color scientific images and spectra the observatory has gathered, and the official beginning of Webb’s general science operations. They were selected by an international committee of representatives from NASA, ESA, CSA, and the Space Telescope Science Institute. Discussion towards the end of this thread.

Closer to home, I've been fascinated by the various AI imagery apps doing the rounds lately, where you can create an image from a text description. Perhaps most well-known is Dall-E Mini, but there's also nightcafe.studio. Google also have Imagen, which doesn't seem to be open for public use. Feel free to tell me about any more out there!

There's yet another speculative execution attack affecting Intel and AMD CPUs. Some microprocessors from Intel and AMD are vulnerable to a newly discovered speculative execution attack that can covertly leak password data and other sensitive material, sending both chipmakers scrambling once again to contain what is proving to be a stubbornly persistent vulnerability.

On a related note, metamorphosis sent in this Windows Defender issue affecting Intel CPU performance. Kevin Glynn, the developer of popular tools like ThrottleStop and RealTemp has discovered a bug in Windows Defender that was causing it to consume more system resources than was required. He has also released a new app that fixes this problem.

TechPowerUp have an article explaining USB4. Technically, Intel was the first company to launch a USB4-compatible host controller with their "Maple Ridge" Thunderbolt 4 controller, also known as "JHL8340" (single-port) and "JHL8540" (dual-port). For some reason, Intel isn't marketing any of its Thunderbolt 4 products as "USB4 compatible" despite the fact that they appear to be certified.

Tweaktown have an overclocking head-to-head between ASRock, MSI and SAPPHIRE Radeon RX 6950 XT cards. ASRock's custom Radeon RX 6950 XT OC Formula gets thrown into the OC battle against SAPPHIRE + MSI's custom RX 6950 XT offerings.

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