ASUS Maximus XI Apex Motherboard Broken Down - [hardware]
01:35 PM EST - Feb,20 2019 - post a comment
Actually Hardcore Overclocking just posted a detailed analysis of an ASUS Maximus XI Apex LGA 1151 motherboard, and overall, it looks like great board. In the YouTuber's own words, the motherboard's VRM setup is "overkill," yet it's significantly cheaper than other LGA 1151 motherboards from Asus with inferior VRM setups. This particular board has several features designed exclusively for LN2 runs, but also has other features water or air overclockers would appreciate, like a dual BIOS setup and only 2 DDR4 DIMM slots for maximum memory overclocking performance.
Crackdown 3 Wrecking Zone Analysis: The Power Of The Cloud? - [gaming]
01:12 PM EST - Feb,20 2019 - post a comment
The steel structures in the buildings CAN be destroyed, but apparently this is only possible after everything else on the building has been blown away.
John and Rich sit down to discuss Crackdown 3's *two* multiplayer modes - the controversial Wrecking Zone and campaign co-op. Let's just say that one of these modes is more fun to play than the other. Wrecking Zone is interesting but limited, but just how does it match up to the original Crackdown 2015 destruction demo?
Intel Rolls Out the 4 GHz Pentium Gold G5620 Processor - [hardware]
12:35 PM EST - Feb,20 2019 - post a comment
Intel rolled out its first Pentium-branded processor with 4.00 GHz clock-speed, the Pentium Gold G5620 (retail SKU: BX80684G5620). The chip replaces the G5600 on top of the entry-level product stack. Based on the 14 nm "Coffee Lake" microarchitecture, it packs a 2-core/4-thread CPU clocked at 4.00 GHz without Turbo Boost. 256 KB of L2 cache per core and 4 MB of shared L3 cache are also offered. The integrated graphics solution is Intel's workhorse UHD Graphics 630, with 24 execution units. The dual-channel DDR4 integrated memory controller supports up to 64 GB of DDR4-2400 memory. The chip's TDP is rated at 65W. Pricing is up in the air, with retail channel shortages expected to swing the chip on both sides of the $100-mark. Availability is slated for early-March, 2019.
This is Android Q's New Gestures - No More Back Button? - [mobile]
05:54 PM EST - Feb,18 2019 - post a comment
XDA-Developers got its hands on a leaked build of the next feature update for Android, currently called Android Q, and a number of reports have come from it. These include a system-wide dark theme and native facial recognition for login and purchases. Today, the site showed off the changes in navigation from Android 9.0 Pie to Android Q.
Battlefield V DLSS Tested, The Biggest RTX Fail Of Them All - [briefly]
05:47 PM EST - Feb,18 2019 - post a comment
has released its newest video where they dissect the image quality of Battlefield V with the new NVIDIA technology called Deep Learning Super Sample (DLSS) enabled. They not only compare the DLSS image quality to the native 4K image; Tim takes it a step further and compares the DLSS image to an 1685p upscaled 78% resolution scale image.
Several PWAs in the Microsoft Store found to be mining cryptocurrencie - [security]
04:49 PM EST - Feb,17 2019 - post a comment
The Microsoft Store is perceived by many to be one of the most secure digital storefronts due to the sandbox nature of the apps available there. In fact, Microsoft even launched Windows 10 S back in 2017 which allowed users to only download apps from the Microsoft Store in an effort to boost security.
However, it appears that the security of the Store has been somewhat compromised, with a new report claiming that the Microsoft Store hosted several apps - potentially downloaded by thousands - that illegally mined cryptocurrencies in the background. In a blog post
, U.S.-based cybersecurity firm Symantec has meticulously detailed how it found at least eights free apps - now removed by Microsoft - in the Store that utilized the CPU's resources to mine cryptocurrencies without the permission of the user. These apps operated in the background, and affected people who use Windows 10 in S Mode as well.
Although these apps were created under three different developer names, Symantec's inspection of their respective codes have led them to believe that they may be created by the same person or group of people.
AMD Matisse & Navi Target Release Date & Intel Comet Lake Info - [hardware]
02:31 AM EST - Feb,17 2019 - post a comment
Intel's Comet Lake will be a 10 core part that launches in the first quarter of 2020, and will be aiming to increase single core performance while holding off AMD's Matisse platform.
Matisse will launch july 7th, along with the x570 platform and also Navi (assuming TSMC can keep up). We'll see a minimum of 12 cores, but AMD's partners are expecting 16 cores for the Am4 platform, with aggressive clock speed support.
Researchers, scared by their own work, hold back 'deepfakes for text - [technology]
05:19 PM EST - Feb,15 2019 - post a comment
OpenAI, a non-profit research company investigating "the path to safe artificial intelligence," has developed a machine learning system called Generative Pre-trained Transformer-2 (GPT-2 ), capable of generating text based on brief writing prompts. The result comes so close to mimicking human writing that it could potentially be used for "deepfake" content. Built based on 40 gigabytes of text retrieved from sources on the Internet (including "all outbound links from Reddit, a social media platform, which received at least 3 karma"), GPT-2 generates plausible "news" stories and other text that match the style and content of a brief text prompt.
The performance of the system was so disconcerting, now the researchers are only releasing a reduced version of GPT-2 based on a much smaller text corpus. In a blog post on the project and this decision, researchers Alec Radford, Jeffrey Wu, Rewon Child, David Luan, Dario Amodei, and Ilya Sutskever wrote:
Due to concerns about large language models being used to generate deceptive, biased, or abusive language at scale, we are only releasing a much smaller version of GPT-2 along with sampling code. We are not releasing the dataset, training code, or GPT-2 model weights. Nearly a year ago we wrote in the OpenAI Charter: "we expect that safety and security concerns will reduce our traditional publishing in the future, while increasing the importance of sharing safety, policy, and standards research," and we see this current work as potentially representing the early beginnings of such concerns, which we expect may grow over time. This decision, as well as our discussion of it, is an experiment: while we are not sure that it is the right decision today, we believe that the AI community will eventually need to tackle the issue of publication norms in a thoughtful way in certain research areas.
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