Thursday, August 19


Daily News Stuff 19 August 2021

Oops I Hashed It Again Edition

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  • Researchers have taken a closer look at Apple's Neural Hash - the one they'll use to throw you in jail for child porn - and have already generated a hash collision.  (GitHub)

    A hash collision is where two totally different sets of data produce identical results when run through a particular algorithm.

    This is the 1-in-a-trillion chance Apple was talking about.

    Apple now says this is not the real algorithm, which totally doesn't have this problem, and that they'll also use a second algorithm to double-check before throwing you to the wolves.  You wouldn't know the second algorithm, it lives in Canada.

  • Looks like no product launches at work this weekend, so I'm going to stay in bed doing server updates and watching anime girls play Minecraft.

    On Saturday Prism Project is doing a Minecraft collab with all 9 members, and Hololive is doing a relay stream to celebrate linking the EN and JP servers.  HoloID is getting their own server as well, but they'll probably go the same route as EN and not link it until they reach the End on their own.

    Plus there's the whole EN Gen 2 debut on Sunday.  YouTube doesn't seem to be doing them any favours; they all lost at least 30,000 subscribers today.  I'm sure that will get rectified, but along with getting their accounts locked by Twitter is a rocky start.

    Where HoloMyth consists of an ancient Atlantean, the priestess of a mysterious cult, a phoenix, Death's apprentice, and a British chick, the new generation consists of the incarnations of Space, Time, Nature, and Civilisation, and a rat.

Tech News

  • Do you people want consent decrees?  Because this is how you get consent decrees.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Microsoft is fucking around in Windows making it harder to change your default browser.  In fact, there no longer even is a default browser; there's a different selection of each file type and protocol, and you have to change them all individually.

  • Intel's next-next-gen Raptor Lake desktop CPUs will have up to 24 cores.  (WCCFTech)

    8 real ones and 16 low-power and low-performance cores.

    I don't know why, but it's plausible they can't currently add more high-performance cores and stay within their power budget.  The last two generations of Intel desktop parts have been notoriously power-hungry and it doesn't sound like the new chips will improve on that.

    Their laptop parts aren't such a problem.

  • The US Census Bureau got hacked-ish in January of last year.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Only ish, because an investigation has showed that the hackers were able to exploit a bug in Citrix to gain access, but the system is such a bureaucratic nightmare to use that they gave up at that point and went away.

  • 48.6 million current and former T-Mobile users are going to have a bad day.  (Bleeping Computer)

    No phone numbers, passwords, or financial data.  Just your full name, date of birth, SSN, and driver's license.

    So that's alright then.

  • TSMC is now the most valuable company in Asia.  (CNBC)

    With China hell-bent on destroying its own economy and demand for chips at record highs, TSMC's market cap has remained solid while Tencent and Alibaba  have gone into sharp decline.

    TSMC is unusual in this field in that they make stuff themselves, and they are very, very good at it.

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Posted by: Pixy Misa at 06:36 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 a) investigation isn't necessarily trust worthy, because US politics
b) census is key to fiddling with the make up of the US federal house of representatives.
c) January 2020 makes it probable prep in connection with Pelosi, Obama, et al.'s attempt to set up a thousand year Reich. 
d) They had already compromised the Census bureaucracy, and success of the covid scare meant that there was no additional need to juice up the census.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Friday, August 20 2021 12:22 AM (DHVaH)

2 "attackers stole records belonging to 48.6 million individuals, including current,former, or prospective T-Mobile customers"

Great.  So even if I never did business with them, I could still have had my info compromised.

Posted by: normal at Friday, August 20 2021 01:58 AM (LADmw)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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