Intel patches new ME vulnerabilities

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In early July, Intel issued security advisories SA-00112 and SA-00118regarding fixes for vulnerabilities in Intel Management Engine. Both advisories describe vulnerabilities with which an attacker could execute arbitrary code on the Minute ...

Shedding Too Much Light on a Microcontroller's Firmware Protection

Proceedings of the 11th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT '17) - Vancouver, BC, Canada Almost every microcontroller with integrated flash features firmware readout protection. This is a form of content protection which aims at securing ...

BPG Image format

BPG (Better Portable Graphics) is a new image format. Its purpose is to replace the JPEG image format when quality or file size is an issue. Its main advantages are: The following archive contains the source code of the bpgenc, bpgdecand bpgview ...

Why Intel will never let owners control the ME

A new digital divide: Young people who can’t use keyboards

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“How do I double click?” “What is a cell in a spreadsheet?” Mashiko Ishii often hears that her fellow lecturers at Uchida Human Resources Development Center become confused when they are asked such basic questions during training for new employees ...

Show HN: Video Hub App – like YouTube for videos on your computer

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Easy to use Video Hub App will extract 10 screenshots from every video and store everything in a place you decide. Now you can browse and search your videos in Video Hub App. Clicking on any video will play the file with your system's ...

The Dark Silicon Problem and What It Means for CPU Designers (2013)

The so-called "dark silicon problem" is the subject of a lot of marketing and misinformation. David Chisnall looks at what it really means for CPU designers and how it's likely to affect future processors. Like this article? We recommend ...

Getting Started with Quantum Computing in Python

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Quantum computers might sound a bit exotic and far into the future, but in reality, they are now accessible in the cloud or through emulators for everyone to write quantum code. In this tutorial, we ’ll go through how you can program a simple quantum ...

The Healing Buzz of “Drunk History”

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In a recent episode of “Drunk History,” on Comedy Central, Ashley Nicole Black—a writer for “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”—told the stirring story of how Nichelle Nichols, the African-American actress who played Uhura, on “ Star Trek, ”helped to integrate ...

Long Live WebGL (2013)

GitLab 11.1 released with security dashboards and enhanced code search

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In GitLab 11.1 we are shipping increased security visibility with dashboards and views to give you contextual information in the right place at the right time along with better code search, a heap of UX improvements, and a lot more!

24% of Tesla Model 3 orders have been canceled, analyst says

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Tesla is finally making enough Model 3s -- but an analyst says many customers are growing too impatient to wait any longer for them. Cancellations for Model 3 orders have picked up in recent weeks. Refunds now outpace deposits for Tesla's ...

The Return of the Super-Elite

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Our spring issue, looking at the democratic revolts of 1968, is out now! Subscribe or renew today. American economic inequality hit a historic peak in 1928, when the country ’s richest 1 percent captured nearly a quarter of the nation ’s ...

Hyperledger Fabric: A Distributed Operating System for Permissioned Blockchains

Abstract:Hyperledger Fabric is a modular and extensible open-source system for deploying and operating permissioned blockchains. Fabric is currently used in more than 400 prototypes and proofs-of-concept of distributed ledger technology, as well ...

Gaussian Processes for Machine Learning (2010)

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Carl Edward Rasmussen and Christopher K. I. Williams The MIT Press, 2006. ISBN 0-262-18253-X. Gaussian processes (GPs) provide a principled, practical, probabilistic approach to learning in kernel machines. GPs have received increased attention ...

The Allure of Small Towns for Big City Freelancers

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Joel Levinson knew he was good at making movies. To make a living, Levison created video content and entered online marketing contests. He wrote and performed his own music, initially doing all the camerawork and directing himself, and later ...

An Introduction to Mathematical Optimal Control Theory [pdf]

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Controllability, bang-bang principle Chapter 3: Linear time-optimal control Chapter 4: The Pontryagin Maximum Principle Chapter 5: Dynamic programming Chapter 6: Game theory Chapter 7: Introduction to stochastic control ...

Solar and wind are coming. And the power sector isn’t ready

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The US electricity system is at an extremely sensitive and uncertain juncture. More and more indicators point toward a future in which wind and solar power play a large role. But that future is not locked in. It still depends in large part on policies ...

A quick look at the nominees for 2018’s “Board Game of the Year”

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Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. On Monday, board gaming's biggest international prize will be announced. The Spiel des Jahres (Game of ...

China Targets Apple with Push into Advanced Smartphone Screens

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CHENGDU, China—China’s campaign to become a global power in advanced manufacturing is playing out at a high-tech factory in Sichuan province, where engineers are aiming to supply display screens for Apple Inc.’s top-tier iPhones. BOE Technology ...

The Hunt for Earth’s Deep Hidden Oceans

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A couple hundred pebble-size diamonds, plucked from Brazilian mud, sit inside a safe at Northwestern University. To some, they might be worthless. “They’re battered,” said Steve Jacobsen, a mineralogist at Northwestern. “They look like they ’ve been through ...

How playing an instrument benefits the brain

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“Each note rubs the others just right, and the instrument shivers with delight. The feeling is unmistakable, intoxicating,” musician Glenn Kurtz wrote in his sublime meditation on the pleasures of practicing, adding: “My attention warms and sharpens ...

How JPEG actually works

JPEG is an image encoding designed to compress photographs and similar images effectively, often 5 to 15 times over a raw bitmap format. It’s a lossy format that exploits properties of human vision to eliminate information that is difficult to distinguish. You see JPEGs all the time, and if ...

Modding a Neo Geo Pocket Color with a Game Boy SP Front Light

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When I received my Neo Geo Pocket Color I was severely disappointed with its screen when playing under bad lighting conditions. So I decided to see if the screen can be modified somehow. My research led me to this discussion thread. Unfortunately the linked file, Front Light DIY for NGPC.pdf ...

Reversing cause and effect is no trouble for quantum computers

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Research published in Physical Review Xshows that quantum computers can more easily model the reversal of cause and effect -- like following a movie played backwards -- than classical computers. The finding from researchers in Singapore, ...

Hints for Computer System Design [pdf]

Abstract Studying the design and implementation of a number of computer has led to some general hints for system design. They are described here and illustrated by many examples, ranging from hardware such as the Alto and the Dorado to application programs ...

Stripe’s Veneur: A distributed, fault-tolerant pipeline for observability data

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Veneur ( /vɛnˈʊr/, rhymes with “assure”) is a distributed, fault-tolerant pipeline for runtime data. It provides a server implementation of the DogStatsD protocol or SSFfor aggregating metrics and sending them to downstream storage to one or more ...

p-Hacking and False Discovery in A/B Testing

We investigate whether online A/B experimenters "p-hack" by stopping their experiments based on the p-value of the treatment effect. Our data contains 2,101 commercial experiments in which experimenters can track the magnitude and significance ...

Daisy Architecture

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Over the last couple years, one of the more interesting architectural patterns to have emerged on deliveries for our media customers has internally acquired the name ‘daisy architecture ’. It evolves as organisations acquire the ability to scale ...

The Courage to Be Yourself:E.E. Cummings on Art,Life, and Being Unafraid to Feel

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“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.” “No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross ...