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More security issues from Intel (Over and above Spectre and Meltdown). Regarding ME (Management Engines) the Intel CPU manufacturer said a few days ago: Intel has identified security vulnerabilities that could potentially impact certain PCs, servers, and IoT platforms The above may be lost in all the noise, hype and media attention of Spectre and …

More details on Spectre

Here is a downloadable PDF about Spectre from https://spectreattack.com Also see: Living with Spectre Spectre Attacks: Exploiting Speculative Execution∗ Paul Kocher(1) , Daniel Genkin(2), Daniel Gruss(3) , Werner Haas(4), Mike Hamburg(5) , Moritz Lipp(3) , Stefan Mangard(3), Thomas Prescher(4) , Michael Schwarz(3), Yuval Yarom(6) (1) Independent (2)University of Pennsylvania and University of Maryland (3) Graz …

You need legal advice to use Nvidia GeForce products

Nvidia changed, or ‘updated’ their licensing in 2018. The Nvidia software drivers and software is still closed source, proprietary and “secret” software. But there is now more… If you decide to use Nvidia products you simply have to completely trust Nvidia and partners, with your device or system (and by implication all your passwords, data …

Living with Spectre

The Meltdown CPU hardware issue can be mitigated by software, although at a processing cost. (My own system is already patched against meltdown) Spectre however, is a design flaw and although software can be effective in mitigating some of the issue, Spectre is something that planet earth will have to live with for the next …

Major CPU security issue details released

All CPU’s are vulnerable to a major and critical hardware security issue. The issues, as more becomes known, are being patched by software updates (as updating your CPU requires you to exchange/buy a new CPU and replace the hardware) Details about the CPU security issues have been released in public In lay terms, a website …

Global News Embargo on major CPU security issues

There is currently a global security embargo on the latest huge global security threat which some are calling by some variation of the term “CPU” (central processing unit) All CPU’s (Intel/AMD) are affected by the security issues as the attack vector is virtual memory. Most at risk are cloud systems where physical memory is mapped …

Apple admits to slowing down older devices

Various techies claimed that Apple slows down performance of older devices, on purpose. The claims were always defended as old devices building up lots of garbage, slow internet connections and many other nonsensical reasons. It turns out that the claims were correct. There is more… Apple apologised, there is a “spin” on the reason why …

Apple tightens the noose

The new Apple published App Store Guidelines includes 4.3 and more specifically 4.2.6:  “Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected” This makes it much harder for small businesses, with no in house or contractor developers, to publish an application (small,easy,simple and cheap) related to that local business. It also …

Old assembler programming and the heliopause

The Computer software operating on Voyager 1 was developed in a now outdated assembler language, in the 1970’s, by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory This programming code has recently been altered in order to activate and use  thrusters which has been switched off the past 37 years. The sleepy thrusters are being re-purposed to orient Voyager …