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 Wednesday, 31-May-2023  17:03:35 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

If you're still on Win XP this might be of interest. I think this line from the article sums it up. A new activation hack is floating around the internet, according to the report. The tool was shared on Reddit last year, and so far, no one has reported any issues with xp_activate32.exe. Yes, that looks like exactly the kind of file you're not supposed to run on your machine, but using Windows XP in 2023 means walking on the wild side. The OS hasn't gotten any security patches in years, so connecting it to the internet is already a bad idea. Installing a mysterious executable might just be speeding up the inevitable.

Nikola Tesla would be happy. 'Free' electricty is here. "The air contains an enormous amount of electricity," explained Jun Yao, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at UMass, and the paper's senior author. "Think of a cloud, which is nothing more than a mass of water droplets. Each of these droplets contains a charge, and when conditions are right, the cloud can produce a lightning bolt, but we don't know how to reliably capture electricity from lightning." He continued, "What we've done is to create a human-built, small-scale cloud that produces electricity for us predictably and continuously so that we can harvest it."

With the pricing of recent GPU's this news shouldn't surprise anyone. Nvidia Corp briefly joined an elite club of U.S. companies sporting a $1 trillion market value on Tuesday, as investors piled into the chipmaker that has quickly become one of the biggest winners of the AI boom. The stock's value has tripled in less than eight months, reflecting the surge in interest in artificial intelligence following rapid advances in generative AI, which can engage in human-like conversation and craft everything from jokes to poetry.

While ARM continue to innovate in the IoT and mobile SOC space. While Arm does not produce chips itself, it develops a reference Total Compute Solution (TCS) platform to provide its customers a starting point for their own implementations. TCS23 spans three levels of CPU cores: the Cortex-X4, Cortex-A720, and Cortex-520. Each of these core designs is tailored to a different slice of workloads and can work in concert for the full system solution. Each of these is built on the Armv9.2 architecture, which affords several performance optimizations and security enhancements. The TCS23 platform also offers GPU designs which include the new flagship Immortalis-G720, Mali-G720, and Mali-G620 options.

Your next CPU or GPU might just be built with this new foundary process. Meet the Forksheet. Ryckaert’s team found that one of the main limitations to shrinking nanosheet-based logic is keeping the separation between the two types of transistor that make up CMOS logic. The two types—NMOS and PMOS—must maintain a certain distance to limit capacitance that saps the devices’ performance and power consumption. “The forksheet is a way to break that limitation,” Ryckaert says. Instead of individual nanosheet devices, the forksheet scheme builds them as pairs on either side of a dielectric wall. The wall allows the devices to be placed closer together without causing a capacitance problem.

Memory prices have been dropping but that wont stop Samsung from continued DDR5 development. Samsung says it's leveraging a new high-K material to help increase cell capacitance, which in turn "results in a significant electric potential difference in the data signals." This makes it easier to accurately distinguish between them, Samsung says. The bigger side effects are a claimed power consumption reduction of up to 23 percent while simultaneously enhancing wafer productivity by up to 20 percent. That latter stat means Samsung can extract 20 percent more DRAM chips from each wafer.

Apparently Samsung never read the memo about a global economic downturn. Samsung on Wednesday unveiled their plan to invest $230 billion over the next 20 years in a new semiconductor production mega cluster in South Korea. The country's government believes that the new chip manufacturing site and the expansion of existing fabs will make South Korea the world's largest producer of chips, de-throning Taiwan. "The mega cluster will be the key base of our semiconductor ecosystem," a statement by the South Korean government published by Nikkei reads.

The internet was born in this delivery room. This is the room where the first message was sent, the message was L-O-G,before it crashed. UCLA was attempting to LOGIN to a computer at Stanford.

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