Saturday, December 01


Daily News Stuff 1 December 2018

Tech News

  • A hack on the Marriott Starwood Hotels reservation system has exposed the details of 500 million customers.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Or so the reports are saying.  Marriott Starwood had 500 million customers?  That seems like rather a lot.

  • Trainz is 93% off for the next two days.  (TechDirt)

    $20 for a $327 bundle.

  • Intel might be planning to launch a 10 core mainstream desktop processor.  (Fudzilla)

    This is plausible because they already have a 10 core CPU.  The only problem right now is that it costs twice as much as an AMD 12 core CPU.

    If this is real then it suggests that AMD really is going to launch a mainstream 16 core part next year and Intel is again scrambling for relevance.  Intel's high-end chips are arranged as 3x4, 4x5, and 5x6 core grids, with two of the spots in the grid used for memory and I/O controllers rather than cores.

    So the parts actually have 10, 18, and 28 cores, codenamed LCC, HCC, and XCC respectively.  HCC and XCC are big and expensive - so large that they wouldn't fit in a Socket 1151 package - but LCC should be manageable.

    The one hitch in that is that the high-end cores don't have on-board graphics, and all of Intel's low-end and mainstream parts do except for the 10nm Ice Lake parts where the IGP kind of doesn't actually work.  So this might instead be an entirely new die.  Or might not happen.  But -

    From the Rome preview we know that with TSMC's 7nm process and their new chiplet design, AMD is entirely capable of shipping 16 cores in a mainstream part. And they have nothing to lose and everything to gain from blowing up Intel's market segmentation.  Intel has been very careful for the past decade not to let its low-end parts compete with its high-margin high-end parts.  Intel's $2000 high-end desktop CPUs don't support ECC, for example.  But every single Ryzen chip does.

    A little under two years ago, AMD blew up the market by offering eight competitive cores against Intel's four.  In 2019 they have the chance to do the same thing again.  I think they will.

  • LG has filed a patent for a phone with 16 cameras.  If the idea makes it to a real product, it might be the first phone with 16 cameras, but there is already a camera with 16 cameras.  I mean...  Never mind. 

    The Light L16.

    This is a real thing.  I don't know if there's a rational story behind the sensor placement, or if they just did that to annoy people.

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1 This was not Marriott per se, but a chain, Starwood, they bought 2 years ago.  Tom's links to a press release claiming the combined properties total 1.1 million rooms.  I've read that Starwood and Marriott's systems were separate, so these were only Starwood customers. Also, the breach was determined to have started 4 years ago.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, December 01 2018 04:32 PM (Iwkd4)

2 Hmm.  1.1 million rooms over four years could easily come to 500 million registrations.  I think that's the confusion - not 500 million customers, but 500 million bookings.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, December 01 2018 04:40 PM (PiXy!)

3 Oh, my Ai!

The Light16 sensor placement looks like the output of a genetic algorithm; they set the performance constraints and let it run until it came back with a reasonable number of sensors they could actually fit onto a board.


Posted by: J Greely at Sunday, December 02 2018 02:24 AM (tgyIO)


Yes, so far as the public accounts report, the data breach only affected the Starwood line's reservation system, which is independent of Marriott's own system (Per Marriott's own FAQ on it.).  Whoever was responsible for the breach started shipping out data out a few years before Marriott bought Starwood in 2016.

That still does not fill me with joy since I stayed at a Starwood hotel a few years before the data breach happened....

Posted by: cxt217 at Sunday, December 02 2018 05:15 AM (LMsTt)

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