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Skylake Breaks 7GHz In Intel Overclocking World Record

Posted by kenmay on February - 9 - 2016

MojoKid writes: Intel’s latest generation of processors built on the Skylake architecture are efficient as well as seriously fast. The flagship, Core i7-6700K, is an interesting chip as it’s clocked at a base 4GHz, and can peak at 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost. Of course, as fast as the 6700K is, overclocking can always help take things to the next level, or at least temporarily explore future potential. In Chi-Kui Lam’s case, he did just that, and managed to break a world record for Intel processors along the way. Equipped with an ASRock motherboard, G.SKILL memory, and a beefy 1.3KW Antec power supply — not to mention liquid nitrogen — Lam managed to break through the 7GHz barrier to settle in at 7025.66MHz. A CPU-Z screenshot shows us that all cores but one were disabled — something traditionally done to improve the chances of reaching such high clock speeds. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

erier2003 writes: President Obama on Tuesday unveiled an expansive plan to bolster government and private-sector cybersecurity by establishing a federal coordinator for cyber efforts, proposing a commission to study future work, and asking Congress for funds to overhaul dangerously obsolete computer systems. His newly signed executive orders contain initiatives to better prepare college students for cybersecurity careers, streamline federal computer networks, and certify Internet-connected devices as secure. The Cybersecurity National Action Plan also establishes a Federal Privacy Council (to review how the government stores Americans’ personal information), creates the post of Chief Information Security Officer, and establishes a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

An easy way to get 2GB of free Google Drive storage

Posted by kenmay on February - 9 - 2016

Today is Safer Internet Day 2016, and to celebrate Google is giving users 2GB of free Google Drive storage. The only “catch” is that you have to go through a 2-minute security update , which you should do anyway. [ via ]

Maybe we’ll be hanging out on the USS Reliant for this series. (credit: Paramount) Ever since Paramount announced last year that it would be launching a new Star Trek TV series, rumors have swirled about what it might be like. Now we know that the show is in good hands, at least when it comes to the writing. Bryan Fuller, who also worked on Deep Space Nine  and Voyager , will be taking the helm as showrunner . Despite his long association with the Star Wars franchise, Fuller is probably best known for creating his own original visions on television in beloved cult series like Pushing Daisies  and Hannibal.  He has a flair for the weird, and he’s drawn to stories that are driven by characters as well as gripping plots. He’s currently working on a miniseries of Neil Gaiman’s classic novel American Gods for Starz. Obviously we can’t get too excited until we know what Fuller has planned, but I think cautious optimism is in order. Fuller knows the Trek universe, and he’s a smart writer who isn’t afraid to strike out in interesting new directions. Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments

China Just Made a Major Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion Research

Posted by kenmay on February - 9 - 2016

New submitter TechnoidNash writes: China announced last week a major breakthrough in the realm of nuclear fusion research. The Chinese Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), was able to heat hydrogen gas to a temperature of near 50 million degrees Celsius for an unprecedented 102 seconds. While this is nowhere near the hottest temperature that has ever been achieved in nuclear fusion research (that distinction belongs to the Large Hadron Collider which reached 4 trillion degrees Celsius), it is the longest amount of time one has been maintained. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

jones_supa writes: These days, the motivation to use open source software for many people is to avoid backdoors placed by intelligence organizations and to avoid software that has hidden privacy-intruding characteristics. For the operating system and userspace software, open choices are already available. The last remaining island has been the firmware included in various ROM chips in a computer. Libreboot has introduced an open BIOS, but it is not available for newer systems featuring the Intel ME or AMD PSP management features. Talos’ Secure Workstation fills this need, providing a modern system with 8-core POWER8 CPU, 132 GB RAM, and open firmware. The product is currently in a pre-release phase where Raptor Engineering is trying to understand if it’s possible to do a production run of the machine. If you are interested, it’s worth visiting the official website. Adds an anonymous reader about the new system, which rings in at a steep $3100: “While the engineers found solace in the POWER8 architecture with being more open than AMD/Intel CPUs, they still are searching for a graphics card that is open enough to receive the FSF Respect Your Freedom certification.” Update: 02/08 18:44 GMT by T : See also Linux hacker and IBM employee Stewart Smith’s talk from the just-completed on, in which he walks through “all of the firmware components and what they do, including the boot sequence from power being applied up to booting an operating system.” Update: 02/08 23:30 GMT by T :FSF Licensing & Compliance Manager Joshua Gay wrote to correct the headline originally appeared with this story, which said that the Talos workstation described was “FSF Certified”; that claim was an error I introduced. “The FSF has not certified this hardware, ” says Gay, “nor is it currently reviewing the hardware for FSF certification.” Sorry for the confusion. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Carbon Dioxide From the Air Converted Into Methanol

Posted by kenmay on February - 9 - 2016

Zothecula writes: The danger posed by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide has seen many schemes proposed to remove a proportion it from the air. Rather than simply capture this greenhouse gas and bury it in the ground, though, many experiments have managed to transform CO2 into useful things like carbon nanofibers or even fuels, such as diesel. Unfortunately, the over-arching problem with many of these conversions is the particularly high operating temperatures that require counterproductive amounts of energy to produce relatively low yields of fuel. Now researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) claim to have devised a way to take CO2 directly from the air and convert it into methanol using much lower temperatures and in a correspondingly simpler way. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Metel Hackers Roll Back ATM Transactions, Steal Millions

Posted by kenmay on February - 8 - 2016

msm1267 writes: Researchers from Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research & Analysis Team today unveiled details on two new criminal operations that have borrowed heavily from targeted nation-state attacks, and also shared an update on a resurgent Carbanak gang, which last year, it was reported, had allegedly stolen upwards of $1 billion from more than 100 financial companies. The heaviest hitter among the newly discovered gangs is an ongoing campaign, mostly confined to Russia, known as Metel. This gang targets machines that have access to money transactions, such as call center and support machines, and once they are compromised, the attackers use that access to automate the rollback of ATM transactions. As the attackers empty ATM after ATM—Metel was found inside 30 organizations—the balances on the stolen accounts remained untouched. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

World’s fastest mobility scooter hits record 107.6 mph

Posted by kenmay on February - 8 - 2016

It must’ve been a slow week at an Isle of Man bodyshop when mechanics David Anderson and Mathew Hine decided to “tweak” a mobility scooter for a bit more speed . The garden-variety Days Strider model was designed to go 8 mph, so naturally the pair added an 80-horsepower, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled Suzuki motorcycle engine. That made the chassis and tires woefully inadequate, so they also redesigned the frame and added go-cart wheels. “But that’s not really a mobility scooter anymore, ” you may say. Well, the Guinness folks specify that “from the outside the vehicle must appear like a traditional motorscooter. … [but} the engine may be modified or replaced in a way that seems suitable to gain a higher speed.” With Hine at the wheel, the run actually happened in August 2014, but it took Guinness quite a while to certify the feat. The official world record of 107.6 mph was measured as an average over a quarter-mile stretch of the test track, and handily beat the previous mark of 71.59 mph. Judging by the wheelie bars, it could take any comers in a drag race, too. Chest Cam footage of one of the runs this run was 107.6 mph we did that speed on a regular basis too just didnt manage to get over it …..yet! there is still tomorrow Posted by Andersons Bodyshop on Saturday, August 30, 2014 Via: The Verge Source: Guinnness Book of World Records

Now You Can Stream Torrents From The Pirate Bay in Your Browser

Posted by kenmay on February - 8 - 2016

Despite a stormy ride, The Pirate Bay is still alive and well . And now it has a wonderful new feature: You can stream its torrents right there in your browser. Read more…

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