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Stibitz demonstrates remote computing, September 11, 1940

Interesting historical facts according to https://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/edn-moments/4395946/Stibitz-demonstrates-remote-computing–September-11–1940: George Stibitz of Bell Telephone Laboratories used his Complex Number Calculator (CNC) to demonstrate remote computing for the first time on September 11, 1940. Stibitz was among a handful of engineers across the globe designing machines that involved using relays to implement binary logic at the time. You can

Big Blue Open Sources Power Chip Instruction Set

https://www.nextplatform.com/2019/08/20/big-blue-open-sources-power-chip-instruction-set/ With a big injection of open source spirit from its acquisition of Red Hat, IBM is finally taking the next step and open sourcing the instruction set architecture of its Power family of processors. https://www.techrepublic.com/article/open-source-power-isa-takes-aim-at-intel-and-arm-for-accelerator-driven-computing/ IBM announced the release of the POWER instruction set architecture (ISA) as an open standard at the OpenPOWER Summit

Object-Oriented Programming  —  The Trillion Dollar Disaster

https://medium.com/better-programming/object-oriented-programming-the-trillion-dollar-disaster-%EF%B8%8F-92a4b666c7c7 OOP is considered by many to be the crown jewel of computer science. The ultimate solution to code organization. The end to all our problems. This article argued that in many cases it is far from it. IT was supposed to improve code organization, but the bitter truth according to this article is that

World Emoji Day

For World Emoji Day, the Unicode Consortium redesigns its site to be more user-friendly | TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/17/for-world-emoji-day-the-unicode-consortium-redesigns-its-site-to-be-more-user-friendly/ The World Emoji Day is on Wednesday, July 17. For it Apple and Google had announced plans to bring an expanded set of emoji to their respective platforms. The Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit organization responsible for determining which

RAMBleed vulnerability

A team of researchers representing several universities has disclosed the details a new type of side-channel attack: Researchers show with RAMBleed that it’s possible to use Rowhammer-style side-channel attacks to read protected memory. RAMBleed takes Rowhammer in a new direction. Rather than using bit flips to alter sensitive data, the new technique exploits the hardware

Deep Dive: Intel Analysis of Microarchitectural Data Sampling

https://software.intel.com/security-software-guidance/insights/deep-dive-intel-analysis-microarchitectural-data-sampling This technical deep dive expands on the information in the Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) guidance. Be sure to review the disclosure overview for software developers first and apply any microcode updates from your OS vendor. Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla release patches for ZombieLoad chip flaws https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/14/intel-chip-flaws-patches-released/ Intel MDS Vulnerabilities: What You Need

With USB 4, Thunderbolt and USB will converge | TechCrunch

https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/04/with-usb-4-thunderbolt-and-usb-will-converge/ The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has unveiled the specifications of USB 4.0, as Engadget reports. And USB 4.0 looks a lot like Thunderbolt 3. Specifications won’t be finalized until later this year, but it seems that one port and one cable type to rule them all. With Thunderbolt 3, Intel added USB 3.1 Gen