|TITLE:||Justin Robert Young|
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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday August 10th, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
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|Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
|t||Kaspersky has withdrawn its complaint to antitrust regulators in Europe over how Microsoft handles updates for competing security software. Microsoft has promised to work closer with security companies in advance of Windows updates.|
|j||Deep Mind and Blizzard have publicly released a toolkit that lets researchers teache abstract skills to AI using Starcraft II. The kit includes recorded pro matches, isolated gameplay elements and an API that lets an AI play Starcraft II like a human would.|
|t||Twitch launched the full version of its desktop app for all users on Windows and macOS. The app is an evolution of the Curse app, and includes everything from the Twitch website along with some special features, chat rooms and video calling.||https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/10/twitchs-desktop-streaming-app-full-version-launch/|
|j||Benchmark, an early investor in Uber has filed suit in Delaware Chancery Court alleging that founder Travis Kalanick committed fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. Benchmark holds a seat on Uber’s board and accuses Kalanick of trying to pack the board to allow him to return to Uber as CEO.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/10/benchmark-sues-former-uber-ceo-travis-kalanick/?ncid=rss|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||Facebook is rolling out a new version of its video section, renamed Watch, to select users in the US. Some videos are episodic and broken down into categories like “Most Talked About” or “What’s Making People Laugh”. Users can subscribe to updates from favorite shows, chat with other viewers while watching, and connect with creators through Groups. Facebook has funded some of the shows, but anyone can create one and get 55% of the revenue generated. Shows come from places like Tastemade, Major League Baseball, Mike Rowe, Billboard Magazine, National Geographic and more.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/09/facebook-watch/?ncid=rss|
|j||Consumer Reports has removed Microsoft-made Surface laptops and tablets from its recommended list. A reader survey found 25% of Microsoft laptops and tablets had reported reliability problems in the first two years of ownership. Problems including freezing, shut downs and unresponsive touch screens. Microsoft says it does not believe the survey results accurately reflect Surface owners true experiences.||http://fortune.com/2017/08/10/microsoft-surface-consumer-reports/|
|t||Scientists at the University of Washington's Paul Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering have proven that code can be embedded in DNA that can target a buffer overflow in sequencing software FASTQ. Malware is injected into the software as a result of attempting to sequence the malicious DNA. The procedure was a proof of concept requiring a vulnerability to be added to FASTQ and Address Space Layout Randomization to be turned off. That all means this version of an exploit would not work in the wild, yet.|
|j||NBC will shut down its Seeso comedy streaming service later this year. The service launched in January 2016, but laid off staff in June of this year. Seeso originals “HarmonQuest,” “My Brother, My Brother and Me,” “Hidden America With Jonah Ray,” and “The Cyanide and Happiness Show” will move to the VRV streaming service.||http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/seeso-shut-down-1202521126/|
|t||Every year the US FCC is required to determine if broadband service is being rolled out quickly enough. Recently both mobile and fixed broadband were considered separate and equally necessary. The FCC seeks comments on a proposal to change this approach to evaluate whether some form of broadband, fixed or mobile is available, rather than requiring both. Fixed broadband must be at least 25Mbps to be considered broadband. The FCC also proposes setting the lower limit of mobile broadband service at 10 Mbps down 1 Mbps up. The upshot of the proposal would be that if you have no fixed wireless service in your area but do have 10MBps mobile wireless service, the FCC would declare you covered by broadband service.|
|Sarahah is an anonymous messaging app that’s gone viral: Everything to know about this | The Indian Express||http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/social/sarahah-is-an-anonymous-messaging-app-thats-gone-viral-everything-to-know-about-this-4790382/|
|Honesty first secret messaging app||http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/08/10/sarahah-everyone-talking-honesty-first-secret-messaging-app/|
|- created by Saudi developer ZainAlabdin Tawfiq (sarahah means “honesty or “frankly”” in Arabic.|
- English and Arabic for iOS and Android
- Sarahah was on top of Apple App Store in over 30 countries in July.
- People linking their Sarahah profiles to snapchat stories
- In response to messages you can favorite, block or report.
- You can withdraw from search and not let unregistered users end messages.
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|Thing of the day:|
|Roger has been looking over the various reviews of AMD's Threadripper and overall they are positive! What else did you notice Roger?|
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|t||Glenn wrote in to point out that most universities stopped using paper and file cabinets long ago and wanted to offer some insight on how blockchain will be useful in the education setting. |
“blockchain might have a role in identifying the student requesting the transcript or for whom a transcript is being requested. Identity management is very difficult problem for post-secondary institutions, particularly online. Institutions often allow alumni to establish accounts with the usual username/password system, but that is prone to the frailties of human memory, the foibles of password selection, and determined hackers.”
Second blockchain may have a role in the verifiable transmission of the data from the source institution to the destination institution. … joining the [TRANSCRIPT] network is generally not available to businesses and is not and easy or instant process. An implementation of blockchain might provide a means of being able to open up the network to other participants without sacrificing security and integrity.
|j||OMG! I love this idea. As an employee of a college who frequently deals with faculty transcripts this sounds it would improve our workload. As part of our accreditation the college has to prove instructors are properly accredited in their subject to teach in their subject. To do this now we have a very time and people intensive system (paper trail) where the instructor request a transcript that's sent to a specific person in the department, who verifies that the employee is credentialed in that subject and can teach that class. Once it's accepted the stack of paperwork goes to the credentialing committee who checks it again and then signs off on it. A mistake could cost a college their accreditation and the ability to offer accredited degrees. |
Years ago I watch a neighboring school lose their accreditation and employers and other higher ed schools stop accepting their student transcripts and eventually the college had to close because their could not fix the issue in time.
Having a locked down system that's instantly verifiable, and hopefully paperless, would be a huge boom to colleges and a big time saver.
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|Threadripper 1920X - 12 cores / 24 threads, 3.5GHz with 4GHz turbo mode - $800||http://www.pcgamer.com/the-ongoing-testing-of-intels-x299-and-i9-7900x/|
|Threadripper 1950X - 16 cores / 32 threads, 3.4GHz with 4GHz turbo mode - $1000||https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/08/amd-threadripper-review-1950x-1920x/|
|Takeaways from Benchmarks done by Anandtech PC Perspective and PC Gamers:|
- AMD Targeting the High End (Super High End) Desktop arena that has been exclusively Intel's with SandyBridge-E, Ivy Bridge E, Broadwell-E, platforms.
- Positioned against Intel's X299 enthusiast platform which currently tops out with the 10-core/20-thread Core-i9 7900X ($1,029)
- Intel's upcoming18-core i9-7980XE X-series comes in around $2000 vs the 16 core 1950X at $1000 which also supports more PCIe lanes and ECC RAM.
- Intel still leads in IPC (Instructions Per Clock) performance
- Intel still wins in single threaded performance
- AMD wins with large multi-threaded apps that can scale to take advantage of all the cores
- Gaming with Threadripper is so-so. Not bad but cheaper Intel Core i7 and i5 better bet. Games cant take advantage of all the extra cores. Also variable DRAM speeds affects performance too. AMD offers something called game mode that lets
- Threadripper gives you more avaliable PCIe lanes. Important as storage begins shift to NVMe interface from SATA.
- Potential issues with Threadrippers NUMA (Non-uniform memory access) design vs the tradional UMA (Uniform Memory Access aka everything just accesses the same memory controller to get data from RAM). because Threadripper 1950X is made up of 2 Ryzen 7 1800X processor connected by Infinity Fabric. Each chip has its own memory controller.
- Threadripper comes with two modes. Distributed Mode to access memory in the tradtional UMA fashion and Local mode which puts the memory access into NUMA.
- from Wikipedia: "is a computer memory design used in multiprocessing, where the memory access time depends on the memory location relative to the processor. Under NUMA, a processor can access its own local memory faster than non-local memory (memory local to another processor or memory shared between processors). The benefits of NUMA are limited to particular workloads, notably on servers where the data is often associated strongly with certain tasks or users."
- Very little overclocking overhead. AMD seems to have wrung as much performance as possible.
The first two CPUs are the 1950X ($999) and 1920X($799), with 16 and 12 cores respectively, to be then followed by the 8 core 1900X on August 31st
AMD's suggested configuration gives 48 lanes from the CPU to the PCIe slots for 4-way SLI/CFX action (16/16/8/8), 12 lanes from the CPU to M.2 slots for 3-way x4 NVMe, and 4 lanes to the chipset. The chipset then would have two gigabit Ethernet ports, a PCIe x4 slot, a PCIe x1 slot, a PCIe x1 for WiFi, SATA ports, USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.1 Gen 2, and USB 2.0 ports.
Uses new LGA-style TR4 socket, containing 4094-pins. Similar but not compatible with Epcx server processor form factor.
Not intended for gaming. Cheaper Intel Core i7 processors better for high performance gaming. 1950x and 1920X mean for users who want to multi-task like Twitch streamers, or Content Creators like video editors, 3D animators, compositers.
AMD recommend liquid cooling as base minimum. Threadripper chips run hotter
- Very competitve processor for folks who need to multi-task like gaming while streaming gameplay. Heavy processor load work that is multithreaded like Video encoding, video editing, 3D rendering, Bitcoin mining.
- Don't buy if you just want to game or want the best single thread performance.
- AMD competitive in all x86 processor consumer market segments. Low end with Ryzen 3. midrange with Ryzen 5. Performance with Ryzen 7 and Super high end with THreadripper.
- Gives Intel competition in x86 space.
- Threadripper 8-core, 16 thread 1900X will sell for $549. when it becomes available at just