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Submission + - Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Performance Unveiled In Benchmark Preview (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Qualcomm is lifting the veil on performance benchmark numbers for its new Snapdragon 835 processor today (or Mobile Platform, as Qualcomm is referring to it now) and it's looking like a notable improvement over the Snapdragon 820 and 821. The Snapdragon 835 is expected to provide up to 11 hours of 4K video playback and also serve up hours of VR gaming on a single charge, along with performance increases of up to 25 percent in both CPU and graphics/gaming related workloads. The Snapdragon 835 SoC is built on 10nm FinFET technology, which results in significantly lower power consumption, though Qualcomm notes most of the power consumption gains were realized in the 8-core CPU block — an ARM big.Little design — for efficiency. Four larger, semi-custom Kyro 280 cores are clocked at 2.45GHz and the smaller, lower-power four cores are clocked up to 1.9GHz. Though proving battery life claims will have to wait for retail shipping smartphones that employ the new Snapdragon SoC to ship in market, benchmark numbers taken from Qualcomm prototype devices show impressive results. Actual gains north of 20 percent in gaming and graphics tests were observed, but more modest gains of 10 — 15 percent were realized in CPU-centric tests.

Comment Re:Sorry... (Score 2) 505

I've skimmed the judgment. It's a convoluted case. He asserted his Fifth Amendment rights at some point, but failed to do so again at his contempt of court hearing. When he was held in contempt, he appealed and this time he again asserted his Fifth Amendment privilege. But the court that was hearing his appeal of the contempt of court ruling couldn't weigh its ruling based on the circumstances of his original, criminal case ... it could only rule on the civil contempt of court hearing, in which the Fifth Amendment was never made an issue ... anyway, something like that. They're giving him a helluva run-around but it doesn't sound like any legal overreach is actually happening here. It's just the usual prosecutor shenanigans. The defense made errors ... small though they may be ... and got tripped up in the paperwork.

Comment Destroy code? (Score 3, Interesting) 505

Seems like encryption systems need to have two passwords; one that decrypts the volume and another that wipes the keys and images a fresh filesystem. When they compel you to enter your password, you enter the "destroy code."

Sure, you could be charged with tampering with evidence if they realized what you'd done. But maybe that would be preferable to indefinite incarceration for contempt of court.

Submission + - Can you imagine Mars with Saturn-like rings? (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: It’s hard to fathom and may be even harder for it to happen but a couple NASA-funded scientists say Mars might have had Saturn-like rings around it in the past and may have them again sometime in the distant future.

Submission + - Intel Unveils Optane SSD DC P4800X Drive That Can Act As Cache Or Storage (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Intel unveiled its first SSD product that will leverage 3D Xpoint memory technology, the new Optane SSD DC P4800X. The Intel SSD DC P4800X resembles some of Intel's previous enterprise storage products, but this product is all new, from its controller to its 3D Xpoint storage media that was co-developed with Micron. The drive's sequential throughput isn't impressive versus other high-end, enterprise NVMe storage products, but the Intel Optane SSD DX P4800X shines at very low queue depths with high random 4kB IO throughput, where NAND flash-based storage products tend to falter. The drive's endurance is also exceptionally high, rated for 30 drive writes per day or 12.3 Petabytes Written. Intel provided some performance data comparing its SSD SC P3700 NAND drive to the Optane SSD DC P4800X in a few different scenarios. This test shows read IO latency with the drive under load and not only is the P4800X's read IO latency significantly lower, but it is very consistent regardless of load. With a 70/30 mixed read write workload, the Optane SSD DC P4800X also offers between 5 and 8x better performance versus standard NVMe drives. The 375GB Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X add-in-card will be priced at $1520, which is roughly three times the cost per gigabyte of Intel's high-end SSD DC P3700. In the short term, expect Intel Optane solid state drives to command a premium. As availability ramps, however, prices will likely come down.

Submission + - How Samsung's Simband tried to pre-empt the Apple Watch (and why it didn't work) (fastcompany.com)

harrymcc writes: In 2014, Samsung announced the Simband, an ambitious health wearable packed with sensors. By doing so, the company hoped to take on the Apple Watch before Apple had even announced it. But it turned out that the Apple Watch wasn't what Samsung expected--and that the Simband's potential wouldn't be realized. Over at Fast Company, Mark Sullivan shares the behind-the-scenes saga.

Submission + - 10 Steps To Becoming A Horrible IT Boss 1

snydeq writes: Good-bye, programming peers; hello, power to abuse at your whim, writes Bob Lewis in a send-up of an all-too-familiar situation: The engineering colleague who transforms into a greasy political manipulator upon promotion into management. 'It’s legendary: A CIO promotes his best developer into a management role, losing an excellent programmer and gaining a bad manager. The art of management isn’t so much about assembling a dream team, helping others be successful, or solving technical problems. It’s about aligning everything you do in service of the business—the business of yourself.' What tales do you have of colleagues who broke bad all the way to the top?

Submission + - DARPA plan would reinvent not-so-clever machine learning systems (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: Innovative researchers with DARPA hope to achieve superior machine learning systems with a new program called Lifelong Learning Machines (L2M) which has as its primary goal to develop next-generation machine learning technologies that can learn from new situations and apply that learning to become better and more reliable than current constrained systems.

Submission + - AMD Announces Ryzen 5 Processors, 4 And 6-Core Chips Starting At $169 (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Today, AMD unveiled additional details with respect to the entire Ryzen 5 processor line-up. Unlike the Ryzen 7 series, which consists entirely of 8-core / 16-thread processors, the Ryzen 5 family has two tiers consisting of 6-core / 12-thread and 4-core / 8-thread processors. The entry-level part is the Ryzen 5 1400, a 4-core, 8-thread CPU with base and turbo clocks of 3.2GHz and 3.4GHz, respectively. The Ryzen 5 1500X has the same quad-core configuration, but with base and turbo clocks of 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz and also has support for an extended XFR frequency range of up to 3.9GHz. The Ryzen 5 1600 is a 6-core / 12-thread processor, with 3.2GHz base and 3.6GHz boost clocks. And at the top of the stack is the Ryzen 5 1600X – which has a similar 6-core configuration – but cranks things up even further to 3.6GHz / 4.0GHz. With XFR, the absolute maximum frequency for all of the Ryzen 5 processors will be somewhat higher, but AMD hasn't disclosed specifics for all parts. AMD's Ryzen 5 processor line-up will work with the very same AM4 platform as the higher-end Ryzen 7. Ryzen 5 series processors will be launching officially on April 11, with prices starting at $169 for the Ryzen 5 1400. An additional $20 will get you a Ryzen 5 1500X, while the 6-core Ryzen 5 1600 and 1600X will sell for $219 and $249, respectively.

Submission + - DARPA fortifies early warning system for power-grid cyber assault (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) continues to hone the system it hopes would quickly restore power to the U.S. electric grid in the event of a massive cyberattack. The research agency this week said it awarded defense system stalwart BAE Systems an $8.6 million contract to develop a system under its Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization (RADICS) program that has as its central goal to develop technology that will detect and automatically respond to cyber-attacks on US critical infrastructure.

Submission + - AMD Offers Ryzen Performance Update, Rebuts Claims Of Windows 10 Threading Issue (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: A couple of weeks ago, AMD launched its Ryzen processor line in conjunction with its AM4 platform. The feedback has been mostly positive, save for lower-than-expected gaming performance at 1080p. AMD noted most games are not optimized for AMD hardware currently, and that 1080p gaming performance will improve in time as developers take advantage of Ryzen's architecture. Some have attributed the problem has to do with a conflict between Ryzen and the Windows 10 thread scheduler. However, AMD claims there is no merit to that theory. "We have investigated reports alleging incorrect thread scheduling on the AMD Ryzen processor. Based on our findings, AMD believes that the Windows 10 thread scheduler is operating properly for 'Zen', and we do not presently believe there is an issue with the scheduler adversely utilizing the logical and physical configurations of the architecture," AMD said. AMD also addressed reports simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) is causing performance to dip in games. The company said it expects games to either benefit from SMT or see no change at all in performance. According to AMD, this is the case in several popular game titles. However, AMD isn't leaving things entirely in the hands of developers, noting: "We have already identified some simple changes that can improve a game's understanding of the "Zen" core/cache topology, and we intend to provide a status update to the community when they are ready." AMD also addressed several other areas of concern in their update and it does appear the company is getting a better handle on a few of the anomalies with Ryzen performance.

Submission + - Don't look now but spam is back in a big way (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: Spam is once again raising its ugly head as a chief way for attackers to grab protected data. IBM’s X-Force Threat Intelligence group said today that one of the key findings from its forthcoming Threat Intelligence Index for 2017 is that spam volume grew dramatically throughout 2016, bringing with its host of new malicious attachments harboring banking Trojans and ransomware.

Comment What the fuck is Samsung Pay? (Score 1) 24

Serious question (maybe the wrong place to ask it): What is Samsung Pay?

I have a Galaxy S7 but one of my main problems with it is that it's piled with so much crap that I don't know how to use (or turn off). My assumption was that Samsung Pay was just another of Samsung's attempts to do something that some other thing (like Android Pay) already does, but in its own, Samsung-y way. So I've pretty much ignored it. Now I seem to be hearing that Samsung Pay even works if the checkout terminal doesn't have NFC? If true, that's kind of cool, but how's that work?

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