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Submission + - Most Healthcare Managers Admit Their IT Systems Have Been Compromised->

Lucas123 writes: Eighty-one percent of healthcare IT managers say their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet or other kind of cyber attack during the past two years, and only half of those managers feel that they are adequately prepared to prevent future attacks, according to a new survey by KPMG. The KPMG survey polled 223 CIOs, CTOs, chief security officers and chief compliance officers at healthcare providers and health plans, and found 65% indicated malware was most frequently reported line of attack during the past 12 to 24 months. Additionally, those surveyed indicated the areas with the greatest vulnerabilities within their organization include external attackers (65%), sharing data with third parties (48%), employee breaches (35%), wireless computing (35%) and inadequate firewalls (27%). Top among reasons healthcare facilities are facing increased risk, was the adoption of digital patient records and the automation of clinical systems.
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Submission + - AMD Unveils Radeon R9 Nano, Targets Mini ITX Gaming Systems With A New Fury->

MojoKid writes: AMD today added a third card to its new Fury line that's arguably the most intriguing of the bunch, the Radeon R9 Nano. True to its name, the Nano is a very compact card, though don't be fooled by its diminutive stature. Lurking inside this 6-inch graphics card is a Fiji GPU core built on a 28nm manufacturing process paired with 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). It's a full 1.5 inches shorter than the standard Fury X, and unlike its liquid cooled sibling, there's no radiator and fan assembly to mount. The Fury Nano sports 64 compute units with 64 stream processors each for a total of 4,096 stream processors, just like Fury X. It also has an engine clock of up to 1,000MHz and pushes 8.19 TFLOPs of compute performance. That's within striking distance of the Fury X, which features a 1,050MHz engine clock at 8.6 TFLOPs.
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Submission + - In Praise of the Solo Programmer

HughPickens.com writes: Jean-Louis Gassée writes that once upon a time, we were awestruck by the solo programmer who could single-handedly write a magnum opus on a barebones machine like the Apple ][ with its 64 kilobytes of memory and an 8-bit processor running at 1MHz. Once such giant was Paul Lutus, known as the Oregon Hermit, who won a place next to Jobs and Wozniak in the Bandley Drive Hall of Fame for his Apple Writer word processor. "Those were the days Computers and their operating systems were simple and the P in Personal Computers applied to the programmer," writes Gassée. "There’s no place for a 2015 Paul Lutus. But are things really that dire?"

As it turns out, the size and complexity of operating systems and development tools do not pose completely insurmountable obstacles; There are still programs of hefty import authored by one person. One such example is Preview, Mac’s all-in-one file viewing and editing program. The many superpowers of Apple’s Preview does justice to the app’s power and flexibility authored by a solo, unnamed programmer who has been at it since the NeXT days. Newer than Preview but no less ambitious, is Gus Mueller’s Acorn, an “Image Editor for Humans”, now in version 5 at the Mac App Store. Mueller calls his Everett, WA company a mom and pop shop because his spouse Kristin does the documentation when she isn’t working as a Physical Therapist. Gus recently released Acorn 5 fixing hundreds of minor bugs and annoyances. "It took months and months of work, it was super boring and mind numbing and it was really hard to justify, and it made Acorn 5 super late," writes Mueller. "But we did it anyway, because something in us felt that software quality has been going downhill in general, and we sure as heck weren't going to let that happen to Acorn."

Submission + - Many Drivers Never Use In-Vehicle Tech, Don't Want Apple Or Google In Next Car->

Lucas123 writes: Many of the high-tech features automakers believe owners want in their vehicles are not only not being used by them, but they don't want them in their next vehicle, according to a new survey by J.D. Power. According to J.D. Power's 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, 20% of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of 33 of the latest technology features. The five features owners most commonly report that they "never use" are in-vehicle concierge (43%); mobile routers (38%); automatic parking systems (35%); heads-up display (33%); and built-in apps (32%). Additionally, there are 14 technology features that 20% or more of owners don't even want in their next vehicle. Those features include Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, in-vehicle concierge services and in-vehicle voice texting. When narrowed to just Gen Yers, the number of vehicle owners who don't want entertainment and connectivity systems increases to 23%.
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Submission + - MIT Develops Inkjet-Style 3D Printer That Uses 10 Different Materials At Once->

Lucas123 writes: Researchers at MIT have been able to build a printer with uses 10 different photosensitive polymers to create a myriad of objects, and they were able to build it using off-the-shelf commodity parts for around $7,000. The MultiFab 3D printer works by mixing together microscopic droplets of photopolymers that are then extruded through inkjet printheads similar to those in office printers. A UV light then hardens the polymers layer by layer. Perhaps even more remarkable than the list of materials it can use is the MultiFab 3D printer's ability to self-calibrate and self-correct during a print job. The printer has an integrated machine vision system that automatically readjusts the printer head if errors occur, rectifying the build before a problem ruins the object; that means print jobs that run into errors don't need to be cancelled and materials wasted. The researchers said they can foresee an array of applications for the MultiFab 3D in consumer electronics, microsensing, medical imaging and telecommunications, among other things.
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Submission + - Intel's Collaborative Cancer Cloud, an Open Platform for Genome-based Treatments->

Lucas123 writes: Intel and the Knight Cancer Institute have announced what will be an open-source service platform, called the Collaborative Cancer Cloud. The platform will enable healthcare facilities to securely share patient genomic data, radiological imagery and other healthcare-related information for precision treatment analysis. Key to averting HIPAA privacy issues will be Intel's Trusted Execution Technology, its embedded server encryption hardware that tests the authenticity of a platform and its operating system before sharing data. Intel said it will be opening that technology up for use by any clinic that want to take part in the Collaborative Cancer Cloud or to build its own data-sharing network with healthcare partners. Dr. Brian Druker, director of the Knight Cancer Institute, said the Trusted Execution Technology will allow healthcare centers to maintain control of patient data, while also allowing clinics around the world to use it for vastly faster genomic analysis.
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Submission + - NVIDIA Launches $159 Mainstream Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 950->

MojoKid writes: NVIDIA is launching a new mainstream graphics card today, the GeForce GTX 950, based on the company's GM206 GPU. The GM206 debuted on the GeForce GTX 960, which launched a few months back. As the new card's name suggests though, the GM206 used on the GeForce GTX 950 isn't quite as powerful as the one used on the GTX 960. The company is targeting this card at MOBA (massive online battle arena) players, who don't necessarily need the most powerful GPUs on the market, but want smooth, consistent framerates at resolutions of 1080p or below. It's being positioned as a significant, yet affordable, upgrade over cards like the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, that are a couple of generations old. NVIDIA's reference specifications for the GeForce GTX 950 call for a base clock of 1024MHz and a Boost clock of 1188MHz. The GPU is packing 768 CUDA cores, 48 texture units, and 32 ROPs. The 2GB of video memory on GeForce GTX 950 cards is clocked at a 6.6GHz (effective GDDR5 data rate) and the memory links to the GPU via a 128-bit interface. At those clocks, the GeForce GTX 950 offers up a peak textured fillrate of 49.2 GTexels/s and 105.6 GB/s of memory bandwidth. At a $159 starting MSRP, in the benchmarks, the GeForce GTX 950 offers solid entry level or midrange performance at 1080p resolutions. It's a bit faster than AMD's Radeon R9 270X but comes in just behind a Radeon R9 285.
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Submission + - Troll wins lawsuit against propaganda factory->

An anonymous reader writes: A former Russian internet "troll" has been awarded one rouble ($0.01) in damages after she sued her ex-employer to expose it as a propaganda "factory". A Russian court ordered the secretive agency to pay her symbolic damages.
An agency representative said it did market research and he was not aware of "trolling" activities, reports say.

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Submission + - Google's Sunroof Uses Array of Data to Analyze Your Home's Solar Potential->

Lucas123 writes: A pilot program from Google will allow users to enter their home's address and discover how much energy PV panels could provide and what cost savings the technology would offer for a specific residence. The free service, called Sunroof, uses Google Maps data, and historical cloud and temperature patterns that might affect solar energy production to analyze how many hours of sunlight your roof gets per year. It then uses current industry pricing to show how much it will cost you to install PV panels and how much money you could save in energy costs. Additionally, it calculates state and government tax incentives in your region and applies that to your installation savings. Project Sunroof also offers general information, such as what types of rooftops are best for solar, what financial considerations should be taken into account and what the risks may be.
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Submission + - Intel Demos First 3D XPoint Solid State Drive At IDF 2015->

MojoKid writes: Intel opened up their annual Intel Developer's Forum (IDF) in San Francisco today and in the keynote, a number of unreleased technologies were shown, from Google's Project Tango smartphone with Intel's RealSense camera, to wearables from Fossil, and even a RealSense-equipped robotic butler. However, at the end of the keynote Intel unveiled one of the more interesting products based on its recently announced 3D Xpoint Memory. A new SSD based on 3D XPoint was demoed live for the first time. 3D Xpoint is a new type of memory that's non-volatile like NAND flash, but highly-durable and faster than NAND, more in line with DRAM speeds. 3DXpoint memory can reportedly be up to 1000X faster and more durable than today's NAND, and 10x denser than DRAM, while offering lower latency. Products based on 3D XPoint will arrive as early as next year. The prototype drive, which will be branded Intel Optane when it arrives, was shown running a number of workloads in IOMeter, side by side with an Intel SSD DC3700 series enterprise-class PCIe SSD. Throughout the demo, the Optane / 3D XPoint drive was roughly 5 to 7x faster than the DC3700, which is no small feat. Those numbers don't come close to 3D XPoint's potential, but then again, the demo system was using very early, pre-release silicon and firmware.
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Submission + - Samsung to Sell a 15TB, 2.5-in SSD->

Lucas123 writes: Samsung has unveiled a 2.5-in SSD with 15.35TB of capacity, in what is indisputably the highest capacity for a flash drive of that form factor. The company revealed the PM1633a SSD, which some are speculating will ship next year, during a keynote presentation at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara this week. Samsung offered virtually no information about the new SSD's specifications — other than the capacity and that it's based on the new 48-layer 3D NAND flash chips that went into mass production this month. At the same conference, Samsung announced three new flash drive models that will also be based on its 48-layer 3D V-NAND chip technology, which doubles the amount of data from 16 to 32GB on a single die. .The new model SSDs include the PM1633, PM1725 and the PM953, and come in a 2.5-in, a half-height/half-length module and a M.2 expansion card form factors, respectively. Samsung's PM1725 expansion card is the fastest of its flash drives with a random read rate of 1 million IOPS and a write rate of 120,000 IOPS.
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Submission + - Samsung Takes Wraps Off 15TB 2.5-in SSD ->

Lucas123 writes: Samsung has unveiled an 2.5-in SSD with 15.35TB of capacity, in what is indisputably the highest capacity for a flash drive of that form factor. Samsung, which made the announcement during a keynote presentation at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara this week, revealed virtually no information about the new PM1633a SSDs specifications — other than the capacity. It also would not say when it would be available. At the same conference, Samsung announced three new flash drive models that will be based on its 48-layer 3D V-NAND technology. Samsung announced last week it is now mass producing its V-NAND chips, which can store 32GB (256Gbits). The other new model SSDs, which include the PM1633, PM1725 and the PM953, come in a 2.5-in, a half-height/half-length module and a M.2 expansion card form factors, respectively. Samsung's PM1725 expansion card offers a fast random read rate of 1 million IOPS and 120,000 write IOPS.
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Submission + - Planar NAND Development Ends After 26 Years->

Lucas123 writes: The non-volatile memory used in thumb drives, SSDs, smartphones and any other mobile device today has at last hit an engineering wall. The major developers of planar NAND this week said now that they've reached 15 or 16 nanometer process technology, they no longer expect to shrink their lithography process any further, as the capacity and economic benefits no longer make sense. Toshiba, which produced the first NAND flash chip in 1989, SanDisk, Intel and Micron said they will turn their engineering efforts to 3D flash trap NAND, 3D resistive RAM and other vertically-stacked non-volatile memories that offer a much longer road map. The manufacturers all said they'll continue to produce planar NAND while developing 3D NAND, which has already doubled previous capacities while also offering two to 10 times the erase-writes of previous non-volatile memories and twice the write performance. Intel and Micron are also producing a 3D NAND, based on floating gate, and a ReRAM that the companies say will increase performance and endurance 1,000 time over planar NAND. Toshiba and SanDisk have come out with a 48-layer 3D NAND that could allow them to produce 400GB microSD cards next year.
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Submission + - Intel Launches Skylake: Core i7 6700K Quad-Core, Z170 Chipset, Tested->

MojoKid writes: Although Intel is holding many of the architectural details regarding its latest Skylake-based, 6th generation Core processors back until IDF goes down in San Francisco in a couple of weeks, the company is announcing a pair of new processors and their companion Z170 motherboard chipset today. Skylake is a "tock" in Intel's release cadence, which signifies a new microarchitecture. The new Skylake-based Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K squarely target performance enthusiasts. The Intel Core i7-6700K is a quad-core CPU that can processes up to 8 threads simultaneously (4C/8T), thanks to Intel's HyperThreading feature. Other features include a new DX12-capable HD 530 series graphics engine, though its new video encoding engine is also capable of accelerated HVEC encoding. The Core i7-6700K has a base clock of 4GHz with a max turbo frequency of 4.2GHz, though it will drop down to only 800MHz when idle. It has a TDP of 91W and over 8MB of cache on-board, 256K of L1 (64K per core), 1MB of L2 cache (256K per core), and 6MB of L3. Some new additions to Skylake include independent clock domains, so there are no more PEG/DMI ratios required, and FIVR—Intel's Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator technology—is gone. Those changes, in addition to its architectural tweaks, result is a processor that can be overclocked using finer-grained BCLK frequency manipulation. The new Core i5 6600 K has identical features but has no HyperThreading and a 3.5GHz base clock and 3.9GHz boost with only 6MB cache. In testing, the new Core i7-6700K proved to be the fastest quad-core desktop processor Intel has released to date. Across the board, the Core i7-6700K offered stronger performance that outpaced all other quad-cores tested. The DX12-class HD 530 graphics core is also an upgrade over the previous generation HD-series integrated GPU, but it can't keep pace with the Iris Pro 6200 architecture found in the Broadwell-based Core i7-5775C. With overclocking, the 6700K was able to hit 4.6GHz with air cooling but reports from Intel are that speeds up to 5GHz should be possible as well.
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Submission + - Toshiba, SanDisk Are Now Piloting The Highest Capacity 3D NAND Ever->

Lucas123 writes: Under a joint development agreement, Toshiba and SanDisk have begun pilot production of a new 48-layer 256Gb NAND flash chip in a brand new fab in Mie prefecture, Japan. The new X3 chips, which double capacity from 16GB to 32GB over the previous product, is made with triple-level cell (TLC) flash compared with Toshiba's last multi-level cell (MLC) chip, which stored two-bits per transistor. The chips are expected to begin shipping in products next year. The companies plan to use the new memory in a wide number of products, including consumer SSDs, smartphones, tablets, memory cards, and enterprise SSDs for data centers, the companies said.
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