One area not talked about much for Intel’s latest Tiger Lake processors are hardened CPU security mitigations against the various speculative execution vulnerabilities to date. What’s peculiar about Tiger Lake though is now if disabling the configurable mitigations it can actually result in worse performance than the default mitigated state. At least that’s what we are seeing so far with the Core i7 1165G7 on Ubuntu 20.10 Linux is the opposite of what we have been seeing on prior generations of hardware.
Source: Phoronix – The Peculiar State Of CPU Security Mitigation Performance On Intel Tiger Lake
Black Friday offers a number of good opportunities to up your smart-home game. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen more good deals each year on things like smart light bulbs, robot vacuums and more during the holiday season. And that’s in addit…
Source: Engadget – The best robot vacuum and smart home deals you can get for Black Friday
Is it really Christmas if you don’t have a little sci-fi on your tree? Hallmark would say no.
Source: io9 – 21 Great Sci-Fi Christmas Ornaments From Hallmark
Back in 2001, the U.S. was the dominant country when it came to cross-border data flows. It was the early days of the internet boom, and America was where tech companies and tech-savvy consumers were. But the global data order is changing rapidly. From a report: China now accounts for 23% of cross-border data flows, nearly twice the share of the U.S., which ranks a distant second with 12%. And the Chinese lead could turn into a dominant advantage as the formerly world-spanning internet shatters into the “splinternet”: a balkanized mosaic of information networks marked off by national borders. A Nikkei survey of information on cross-border data flows from the International Telecommunication Union and U.S. research firm TeleGeography showed that cross-border data flows of China, including Hong Kong, in 2019 far outstripped any of the other 10 countries and regions examined, including the U.S. (Click here for a graphic-rich version of this article.)
The source of Beijing’s power lies in its connections with the rest of Asia. While the U.S. accounted for 45% of data flows in and out of China in 2001, that figure dropped to just 25% last year. Asian countries now make up more than half the total, particularly Vietnam at 17% and Singapore at 15%. Beijing has used its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative to encourage private-sector tech companies like Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings to expand abroad. Alibaba spinoff Ant Group’s Alipay mobile payment platform is available in more than 55 countries and used by 1.3 billion people. China surged past the U.S. in 2014, and its influence outside its borders has only grown in the ensuing years. What does that mean? As China becomes a global data superpower, it will control huge quantities of a resource that will be invaluable to its future economic competitiveness. Data from foreign sources can provide an edge in developing artificial intelligence and information technologies.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – China Rises as World’s Data Superpower as Internet Fractures
Linux is one of the most secure operating systems out there. Running on only about 2 percent of desktop computers in the world, Linux doesn’t attract much attention from cybercriminals. But being part of a small minority doesn’t guarantee security. Linux malware exists and Linux devices get hacked, stolen, or lost. Use these tips to keep your Linux computer protected at all times.
Source: LXer – Top Tips to Protect Your Linux System
There are so many things you could get the gamer in your life for the holidays that we devoted an entire gift guide to just that. But admittedly, even some of the most compact peripherals can be quite expensive. Thankfully, a number of good options a…
Source: Engadget – A bunch of gaming peripherals are deeply discounted for Black Friday
Yesterday, thousands of PlayStation accounts were banned, primarily in Hong Kong, in what has been dubbed the “SIE Thanksgiving Day Massacre.” Initially these accounts did not have an obvious reason for being banned, but ultimately it was found that they all had a recent receipt for Sony’s PlayStation Plus Collection in common. Sony’s PlayStation
Source: Hot Hardware – Don’t Get Banned By Sony For Trying To Buy A PlayStation 5 PS Plus Game Collection
Welcome to HotHardware’s PC Component Buyer’s Guide, where we help prospective system builders pick out just the right collection of components to build the rigs of their dreams — or at least the rig which makes the best use of your budget. We’ve picked out the best bang for the buck in processors, graphics cards, storage, and more in an…
Source: Hot Hardware – Build A Great Gaming PC With HotHardware’s 2020 DIY System Guide
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is set to make her return to Twitch tonight for another round of Among Us. She’ll join forces with MP Jagmeet Singh, the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, for her second live stream on the platform. Canadian Mem…
Source: Engadget – AOC will return to Twitch tonight for another round of ‘Among Us’
IKEA is filling an important feature gap in its smart home system. The Verge reports that IKEA is adding scene support to Home Smart through a firmware update (1.12.31) for its Tradfri gateways, making it easy to control multiple devices at once with…
Source: Engadget – IKEA’s smart home system now supports scenes
Iceberg A68a—currently the world’s largest iceberg—is rotating and possibly moving in a westerly direction away from South Georgia Island, according to new satellite photos. This is potentially good news, as the enormous chunk of ice appeared to be on a collision course with the wildlife-filled island.
Source: Gizmodo – Satellite Photos Show Gigantic Iceberg Possibly Drifting Away From Ecologically Sensitive Island
Nathaniel Popper, reporting for The New York Times: One by one, they left. Some quit. Others were fired. All were Black. The 15 people worked at Coinbase, the most valuable U.S. cryptocurrency start-up, where they represented roughly three-quarters of the Black employees at the 600-person company. Before leaving in late 2018 and early 2019, at least 11 of them informed the human resources department or their managers about what they said was racist or discriminatory treatment, five people with knowledge of the situation said. One of the employees was Alysa Butler, 25, who worked in recruiting. During her time at Coinbase, she said, she told her manager several times about how he and others excluded her from meetings and conversations, making her feel invisible. “Most people of color working in tech know that there’s a diversity problem,” said Ms. Butler, who resigned in April 2019. “But I’ve never experienced anything like Coinbase.”
In Silicon Valley, where entrepreneurs and investors often preach high-minded missions and style themselves as management gurus, Coinbase has held itself up as a model. Since the start-up was founded in 2012, Brian Armstrong, the chief executive, has assembled memos and blog posts about how he built the $8 billion company’s culture with distinct hiring and training practices. That has won him acclaim among influential venture capitalists and executives. But according to 23 current and former Coinbase employees, five of whom spoke on the record, as well as internal documents and recordings of conversations, the start-up has long struggled with its management of Black employees. One Black employee said her manager suggested in front of colleagues that she was dealing drugs and carrying a gun, trading on racist stereotypes. Another said a co-worker at a recruiting meeting broadly described Black employees as less capable. Still another said managers spoke down to her and her Black colleagues, adding that they were passed over for promotions in favor of less experienced white employees. The accumulation of incidents, they said, led to the wave of departures. On Wednesday, before publication of this article, Emilie Choi, Coinbase’s chief operating officer, wrote an email to employees to preemptively question the article’s accuracy and said, “We know the story will recount episodes that will be difficult for employees to read.” The company
posted the email to its public blog. “As Brian shared with the ColorBlock ERG this morning, we don’t care what The New York Times thinks. “
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – ‘Tokenized’: Inside Black Workers’ Struggles at the King of Crypto Start-Ups
The Mandalorian has always promised the picture of a much wider place it could encompass in the Star Wars universe, ever since its first episode flipped the script and put our titular hero in front of a little green mystery from the stars. Its latest chapter re-aligns the show’s place in that world even as it grows it…
Source: Kotaku – The Mandalorian’s Grandest Episode Yet Uncovers Old Friends, and Older Pains
The deals keep pouring in, and we’re doing our level best to keep up with them. While building a PC by hand can be a fun and exciting project, sometimes (like right now) components are hard to come by, and buying an off-the-shelf desktop presents itself as a convenient and time-saving method for getting a new system up and running. The folks
Source: Hot Hardware – Dell And Alienware Gaming Laptop And Desktop Black Friday Deals At Amazon Bring Solid Savings
Thanksgiving is now in the rear view mirror, which means one thing—it is now perfectly acceptable to fire up that Christmas playlist as attention turns to the next big holiday. If you want to do that while on the go, a portable speaker is the solution you need. Worried about the rain? You can shove that worry aside with JBL’s waterproof Boombox
Source: Hot Hardware – JBL Boombox Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Leads Great Black Friday Audio Deals For 0 Off
It feels like Black Friday deals started somewhere in late October, but the day after Thanksgiving is finally upon us. Hopefully you’ve had some leftover pumpkin pie for breakfast and maybe a cup of coffee, because now it’s time to shop. We’ve been poring over the best tech deals available and found some truly nice prices on Acer notebooks
Source: Hot Hardware – Black Friday Acer Deals Rock Big Savings On Laptops And 144Hz Gaming Monitors