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MOVING TO 800GBASE-R

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800GBASE-R: An Ethernet Physical Coding Sublayer based on Clause 119 of IEEE Std 802.3, operating at a data rate of 800 Gb/s. The hyperscalers and the largest public clouds have been on the front end of each successive network bandwidth wave for more than a decade, and it only stands to reason that they, rather …

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CHIA REPORTS TRASHING SSD HARDWARE

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Some mining forums are reporting that Chia damages smaller capacity SSD products such as 256GB SSD. The reason is the TBW values are exceeded in a few months. MyDrivers notes that Chia farmers in China are noticing that typical 256 GB SSDs barely last through 40 drive-write days, 80 days for 512 GB, and about …

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SEAGATE ST4000DM004 RECOVERED

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Testing the ST4000DM004 on a different machine not using a SATA card and the disk now seems to be working. It suggests the logic on the disk is problematic as other drive managed shingled disks are not at issue. Drive managed shingled disks have had some issues with firmware when they were first introduced and …

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TSMC MAKES 5NM MINING LOGIC

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It seems that Bitmain Bitcoin miners have TSMC making some new logic for them at 5nm. Apparently video cards are not finding their way there as of yet. The RTX 2080 is made on 12nm like and its not bad for gaming at 3840×2160 but over time games are becoming more demanding. The R5 3600 …

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PAGE RANK MAY 2021

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Search engines are not a big contributor here and have not been for years. Direct traffic is dominant by far with loyal readers. Google has improved the page rank to some extent but it may be several more weeks before the traffic recovers to historic levels. A new footer widget now shows everyone the 30 …

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IBM DEVELOPES BETTER SEMICONDUCTORS

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IBM long ago sold their foundries but recent work in their labs has earned some money. IBM still maintains a research lab in New York not far from Globalfoundries’ facilities. The x-ray shows the new stacking of transistors to make the CMOS switches smaller in size. This can improved areal density substantially as now CMOS …

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ACTIVISION-BLIZZARD LOSE PLAYERS

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Blizzard has lost almost a third of its players in three years. Blizzard has never been the most prolific of publishers but it’s five years since they last released a brand new game, rather than just expansions or remasters, and it’s beginning to show in terms of their dwindling player-base. According to their latest financial results …

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DELL CVE-2021-21551

Dell is well known for proprietary solution has had one software component come back to bite them. CVE-2021-21551 is a vulnerability in Dell’s dbutil_2_3.sys driver. Dell has bundled this with their machines for many years. NIST says Dell dbutil_2_3.sys driver contains an insufficient access control vulnerability which may lead to escalation of privileges, denial of …

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ANDROID CRYPTO THEFT EPIDEMIC

It seems that more and more targeted attacks against Android are noted. Looking into the problem is that digital coin wallets are widely being ripped off. The reason is that unlike Apple or Google wallets, digital coin wallets are not very secure. Reports galore are being posted about Android being a rich area for ripoffs. …

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HALO: INFINITE EVENTUALLY

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Halo: Infinite was delayed a year after missing the expected Fall 2020 holiday season. 343 however has taken advantage of an additional year for working on the game to make it even better. The game engine will support pretty much any panel or array of panels. The screen shot is simply slightly scaled for the …

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