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Unexpected Viking toilet discovery leads to controversy

It could be the oldest privy in Denmark, or just a pile of crap.

How the CIA infects air-gapped networks

Sprawling “Brutal Kangarooldquo; spreads malware using booby-trapped USB drives.

Pizzagate shooter sentenced to four years in prison

Welch searched for a “corrupt system that kidnaps, tortures, and rapes babies.”

Steam Summer Sale’s best discounts, chosen by Ars’ cost-cutting braintrust

You have two weeks to save on thousands of games. Herersquo;s our starting list of savings.

Latest Windows 10 Insider build pulls the trigger on crappy SMB1

Redmond adds UI tweaks, more emojis and Edge enticements Microsoft has released the newest build of Windows 10 Insider, version 16226, to developers on its fast-track release list.…

IDG Contributor Network: The many (emerging) faces of machine learning

You may not realize it, but you probably come across machine learning just about everywheremdash;in retail, health care, public transportation and moremdash;and itrsquo;s only going to increase in ways that we canrsquo;t even imagine.While you probably had conversations with chatbots on websites or calls with customer servicemdash;there are many other types of machine learning applications that are silently working behind the scenes, including those that help organizations predict patterns and behaviors.These apps are able to sift through huge amounts of data and make sense of itmdash;once they have been “taughtrdquo; what to look for.

This has created demand for data scientists to build algorithms that can find patterns to predict outcomes and behaviors.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

WikiLeaks doc dump reveals CIA tools for infecting air-gapped PCs

Brutal Kangaroo jumps network breaks, according to leaked classified info WikiLeaks has published online more top-secret documents it has obtained from the CIA describing the agency's hacking tools.

This time the dossier details software codenamed Brutal Kangaroo that agents can use to infect targets' air-gapped computers with malware.…

Valve tries to one-up Oculus Touch with five-finger “Knuckles” VR controller

Capacitive sensors and palm-circling grip let you throw up some virtual horns.

So far, Beyond Good and Evil 2 prototype looks like No...

Creative director gets spaceship over 20,000 kmh but never lands the thing. Hmm.

BrandPost: NVM Express Has Transformed Fast Storage in the Cloud –...

If we go back to 2009, the work to define NVM Express (NVMe) had just begun, and around that same time, Microsoft Azure made its first major purchase of Serial ATA (SATA) based solid-state drives (SSDs) to help accelerate its storage servers by offloading the storage commit log. Microsoft knew that non-volatile memory (e.g, NAND Flash) would become very important for cloud computing, although it was still very expensive and restricted to use in limited applications.
It was also clear to Microsoft that the SATA interface would be unsuitable to handle the performance of future high performance SSDs.In 2011, as NVM Express had just had its first revision published, a competing standards proposal came on the scene called SCSI Express.
SCSI Express was designed to use the traditional SCSI command set (including three decades of legacy infrastructure for hard drives) on top of the PCI Express interface. Looking at the technical merits, there was consensus in the Microsoft Windows and Azure teams that NVMe was the better interface definition for NAND Flash and to scale to future NVM technologies (e.g., 3D XPointtrade; Technology, MRAM, etc). Microsoft worried that competing standards would lead to many headaches in the market, and thus, Microsoft Azure decided at the time to support the NVMe standard and collaborate with other industry leaders promoting NVMe including Cisco, Dell, Intel, Micron, Microsemi, NetApp, Oracle, Samsung, Seagate, WD to avoid bifurcation of the market by investing in NVMe to ensure it met the needs of the Cloud.
In this article, we will describe the journey of the past five years, where today NVMe is the predominant SSD interface used by Microsoft Azure.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Distilled entanglement brings long-distance quantum communication closer

Send plus resend followed by careful measurement results in better entanglement.

BrandPost: It is Time to Reclaim Your Productivity

By Bharath Vasudevan, Product Manager, HPE Software-defined and Cloud Group One of the greatest threats to any business is a lack of productivity.

And according to thenbsp;Bureau of Labor Statistics, even with technology improvements, employees today are not necessarily more productive.
IT teams in particular face technological issues that can actually hinder productivity.
In fact, according to insight from Deloitte, "80% of time, energy, and budgets are consumed by the care and feeding of the IT stack."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here