Friday, September 17


Daily News Stuff 17 September 2021

Nuke Em All And Let God Sort Em Out Edition

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  • Slot machine chain Dotty's suffered a data breach.  (ZDNet)

    Among the customer data leaked is (deep breath) social security numbers, drivers license and state ID numbers, passport details, financial account information, health insurance, treatment information, biometric data, MEDICAL RECORDS, tax details, and credit card numbers and expiry dates.


  • Ahem.

  • USB SSDs are almost here.  (AnandTech)

    Yes, you can already get SSDs with a USB interface, but they are internally either SATA or NVMe drives with an adaptor.  These new controllers connect the flash storage directly to a USB-C port.

    I've been saying for a few years now that it's time for USB to replace SATA.  USB 3.2 is four times as fast as SATA, and USB 4 is twice that again.  It provides power and data over a single convenient cable, it works the same for internal and external drives, and it supports hubs to easily expand your ports.

  • The Solana blockchain crashed.  (Bloomberg)

    This is not something that blockchains are supposed to do, but it did.

    On the other hand:

    400,000 TPS is a lot.  Ethereum does 14.  Not 14,000, 14.

  • I think I mentioned a partial leak of this before but pricing and specs are out for AMD's full Milan-X lineup.  (WCCFTech)

    These are the same CPU cores but with extra memory stacked on top of them so that they have between 3 and 6 times as much cache.  All models of Milan-X have 8 CPU chiplets, where low-end Milan-non-X have only four, so while there are low-end Milan-X models they are far more expensive than their non-X counterparts.

    At the high end the difference is only around 10%, which is promising for the desktop versions expected shortly.

  • The entire network of South Africa's Department of Justice got encrypted by a ransomware attack.  (Bleeping Computer)

    How?  How can a network of that size be so homogenous that a single attack can encrypt it all?  From what I've seen of government systems, 80% of the data would survive because the servers were too old to run the virus code.

  • Microsoft Office 2021 is out - sort of, if you're not a big corporate customer it's another couple of weeks.  But if you prefer to buy it outright rather than pay a subscription you'll...   Oh.  (Bleeping Computer)

    If you prefer to buy it outright you'll find Microsoft happy to take your money, it turns out.

    I do want Visio Pro.

  • This is rather nice.

    I watch Hololive just about every day - or just have them on as background noise, more often - and I still needed a guide to who everyone was.  Everyone is here except HoloCN (who get a shoutout on the poster) and that girl from Gen 1 whose name shall not be spoken.  That includes not just Coco and Aloe but all of Holostars as well.

    You need to click through and open the image in a new tab to appreciate it - it's 4096x1613 pixels.

The Hololive / Popotan / Aqua Crossover We Didn't Know We Needed Video of the Day

Disclaimer: What is the intersection of the Hololive and Popotan fanbases anyway?  Non-zero, it would seem.

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1 Not that I trust governments to get it right, but it's nevertheless a shock to me that the France-Australia deal lasted as long as it did. For the $80 billion price tag, you could buy a supercarrier, an air wing, a capable task force to surround the carrier, and a pair of submarines, and run them for a year... twice.

Posted by: Jay at Saturday, September 18 2021 12:28 AM (mrlXS)

2 If you want to see what teeth-grinding anger being filtered through PR speak looks like, read the comments made by the French government and the Naval Group about the cancellation of the Attack-class and the new deal.  It makes for amusing reading.

On the other hand, there must be some nervous re-reading of contracts in Australia right now because they were still announcing the awarding of sub-contracts for the Attack-class program as late as the day before the announcement dropped.

Australia is also looking to get other toys able to reach out and touch people at long distances at the same time, though some of the procurement look odder than others.

So right now, we have two nations who are entering the nuclear attack submarine race, with Brazil being the other one underway.

Posted by: cxt217 at Saturday, September 18 2021 07:28 AM (MuaLM)

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