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Submission + - Tigerlake Is Intel's Third Processor Family To Be Built On A 10nm Process Node (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Intel's leadership in chip manufacturing technology has put the company on a steady tick-tock cadence when it comes to major processor releases. The company usually releases a new fabrication process with a "tick" and follows that up with "tock" microarchitecture improvements but based on the same process. The first major hiccup in this strategy will rear its head this year with the introduction of Kaby Lake, a second "semi-tock" so to speak. Kaby Lake will soldier on on a 14nm process, making it the third major Intel processor architecture to do so (following Broadwell and Skylake). It has now started circulating that Intel will once again go with three major processor families manufactured on the same process node. In this case, however, Intel will reportedly settle in on the 10nm process node first with Cannonlake, which reportedly will launch during the second half of 2017. Cannonlake will be followed by Icelake one year later in H2 2018. The final product family built on the 10nm process node will be Tigerlake, which is claimed to be earmarked for a H2 2019 debut. Intel's new three and done strategy means that we won't see its first 7nm processors chip until the second half of 2020. Although no one knows for sure if Intel's move to three products per process node is here to stay, sources seem to indicate that Intel is adamant about getting back to it regular tick-tock cadence.

Submission + - SPAM: Hidden Talents of Devops Ninjas

snydeq writes: The secret to devops success begins with an open, flexible, and (yes) lazy approach to systems and code, writes Adam Bertram in his roundup of hidden talents and traits of devops masters. 'As opposed to some workplace cultures, there are certain traits and talents all devops team members must have in common. You could be the best software developer or system administrator in the world, but if you don't possess "devops talents" you'll soon find that you stick out like a sore thumb and any devops shop worth its salt will likely give you the boot.'

Submission + - YouTube Adds 'Global VR Evangelist' to Roster as VR Race Heats Up (roadtovr.com)

An anonymous reader writes: With 2016 being buzzed as "the year of VR" within the tech world, Google's efforts in the virtual reality arena continue to ramp up. YouTube has now brought onboard a 'Global VR Evangelist', a role filled by former Jaunt VP Scott Broock. Jaunt is one of the virtual reality industry's most well funded startups, having raised just over $100 million since 2014 from heavyweight investors like Disney and Google Ventures. YouTube has made a series of moves toward VR on their platform, adding the ability to host and play VR video (360 degree 3D) in 2015. It was also recently learned that Google is likely developing their own consumer VR hardware (http://bit.ly/1Sf8K0K).

Submission + - Microsoft Surface tablets 'fail' spectacularly during live NFL broadcast (bgr.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The old adage of there’s no such thing as bad publicity might very well be a rule of thumb for celebrities, but it certainly doesn’t apply to tech companies. Microsoft yesterday learned that the hard way during the NFL’s AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots.

During the Patriots’ first drive of the second quarter, word began to spread that the team’s Microsoft Surface tablets were refusing to boot up. As a result, the Patriots coaching staff were unable to review pertinent plays on the sidelines, thus preventing them from making fully informed play calls (or so Patriots fans would have ou believe). Not only that, but Microsoft’s Surface failure even made it onto the national broadcast of the widely watched game.

Submission + - Space becomes transparent thanks to the fires of young stars 1

StartsWithABang writes: The distant nebulae might appear to illuminate the night sky, but this neutral gas is mostly only good for reflecting or absorbing starlight, which obscures the view of all the stars and galaxies lying in the background. But this light-blocking effect is only temporary, as over time, this neutral gas will give way to transparency. All it takes is the energy of the hot, blue stars forming inside, whose ultraviolet radiation will eventually ionize all of the material within it. The last gasps of the neutral gas will appear as Evaporating Gas Globules (EGGs), and when they’re all completely ionized, the starlight from everything beyond will be free to stream towards our eyes unimpeded.

Submission + - Linux 4.5 Adds Raspberry Pi 2 Support, AMDGPU Re-Clocking, Intel Kabylake (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: After the Linux 4.5 merge window was open the past two weeks, like clock work the Linux 4.5-rc1 kernel should be out today and then kernel officially released in about eight weeks. Linux 4.5 is set to bring many new features across the kernel's 20 million line code-base. Among the new/improved features are Raspberry Pi 2 support, open-source Raspberry Pi 3D support, NVIDIA Tegra X1 / Jetson TX1 support, an open-source Vivante graphics driver, AMDGPU PowerPlay/re-clocking support, Intel Kabylake enablement, a Logitech racing wheel driver, improvements for handling suspended USB devices, new F2FS file-system features, and better Xbox One controller handling.

Submission + - Internet of Things security is so bad, there's a search engine for sleeping kids (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Shodan, a search engine for the Internet of Things (IoT), recently launched a new section that lets users easily browse vulnerable webcams. The feed includes images of marijuana plantations, back rooms of banks, children, kitchens, living rooms, garages, front gardens, back gardens, ski slopes, swimming pools, colleges and schools, laboratories, and cash register cameras in retail stores. While IoT manufacturers are to blame, this also highlights the creepy stuff you can do with Shodan these days. At the start of January, Check Point recommended companies to block Shodan's crawlers. The infosec community came to defend Shodan, and even its founder said that Shodan is uselessly branded as a tool of evil, saying that attackers have their own scanning tools.

Submission + - Sys-Admin Dispenses Passwords With a Banana (thenewstack.io)

An anonymous reader writes: A network administrator in Denmark is requiring users to perform a finger press on a banana to receive their Wi-Fi passwords. "The banana is mounted and in production," he posted Thursday, sharing two pictures. The banana uses a special new circuit board from Makey Makey to form a connection between the banana and a cheap Raspberry Pi computer with a screen attached, according to one technology site. They note that it could also detect finger presses on a doughnut, an apple, or even Jell-o, and offer this quote from the sys-admin about his motivations. "It's fun... It'll make people smile. It beats a static WPA password in funnyness." And most importantly, "When people leave our office, they can't access our WI-Fi because there's no banana to touch."

Submission + - America's Best Days May Be Behind Us

HughPickens.com writes: Take a look back at a popular TV programs from the mid-1960s, say “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and what do you see? Like today, middle-class Americans typically had washing machines and air-conditioning, telephones and cars. The Internet and video games were not yet invented but life, over all, did not look that different. Now flash back 50 years earlier to 1910 and less than half the population lived in cities, Model T’s were just starting to roll off the assembly line, most homes weren’t wired for electricity, and average life expectancy was only 53. Now Eduardo Porter writes in the NYT that although Americans like to think they live in an era of rapid and unprecedented change, the truth is that the most momentous changes of the 20th century arose between 1920 and 1970 and according to Robert J. Gordon, author of “The Rise and Fall of American Growth," despite the burst of progress of the Internet era, total factor productivity has risen in the last fifty years at only about one-third the pace of the previous five decades. “This book,” Gordon writes in the introduction, “ends by doubting that the standard of living of today’s youths will double that of their parents, unlike the standard of living of each previous generation of Americans back to the late 19th century.”

But that's not the worst part of the story. According to Gordon, the labor force will continue to decline, as aging baby boomers leave the work force and women’s labor supply plateaus and gains in education, an important driver of productivity that expanded sharply in the 20th century, will contribute little. Moreover, the growing concentration of income means that whatever the growth rate, most of the population will barely share in its fruits. Altogether, Professor Gordon argues, the disposable income of the bottom 99 percent of the population, which has expanded about 2 percent per year since the late 19th century, will expand over the next few decades at a rate little above zero. Gordon says that the explosion of innovation and prosperity from 1920 through 1970 was a one-time phenomenon. From now on, progress will continue at the more gradual pace of both the last 40 years and the period before 1920. "If you think about the productivity effects of the computer revolution, they started way back in the 1960s, with the first computer-produced telephone bills and bank statements and went on in the 1970s with airline reservation systems. In the early 80s there was the invention of the personal computer, the ATM cash machine and barcode scanning which greatly increased productivity in retail. And so much of the impact of computers in replacing human labor had already occurred at the time the internet was introduced in the late 1990s. And actually, depending on which part of the internet you are looking at, it was introduced before then. Most of us were doing email by the early 90s. Amazon was founded in 1994, so we’re 20 years now into the age of e-commerce," says Gordon. “There is plenty of room in my forecast for evolutionary change. What is lacking is sharp, discrete change.”

Submission + - Google agrees to pay 130M UK pounds (~ $185M) in back taxes (telegraph.co.uk)

whoever57 writes: Google UK has come to an agreement with HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) under which it will recognize a larger share of its UK sales in the UK, instead of funnelling them through the Republic of Ireland. In addition, Google will pay 130M UK Pounds in back taxes representing tax on sales since 2005.

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