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How a researcher hacked his own computer and found 'worst' chip flaw

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A serious and hard-to-fix bug was recently found on most instal cpu chips manufactured since 1995.  It's causing a huge disruption on the web affecting most of the servers running the internet..

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Daniel Gruss didn’t sleep much the night he hacked his own computer and exposed a flaw in most of the chips made in the past two decades by hardware giant Intel Corp (INTC.O)...
The flaw, now named Meltdown, was revealed on Wednesday and affects most processors manufactured by Intel since 1995.

Separately, a second defect called Spectre has been found that also exposes core memory in most computers and mobile devices running on chips made by Intel, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) (AMD.O) and ARM Holdings, a unit of Japan’s Softbank (9984.T).

Both would enable a hacker to access secret passwords or photos from desktops, laptops, cloud servers or smartphones. It’s not known whether criminals have been able to carry out such attacks as neither Meltdown nor Spectre leave any traces in log files.



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Fascinating interview with director Ridley Scott about an emergency reshoot

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This is a fascinating (though short) interview with famous director Ridley Scott on how he decided to reshoot a huge part of his latest film in a very short amount of time, to get rid of an actor with a major part in the film.

http://www.vulture.c...-world-reshoots.html

The real-life narrative depicted in All the Money in the World is quite the yarn — after his grandson is kidnapped... Director Ridley Scott originally cast Kevin Spacey as the 80-year-old Getty and covered him in prosthetics, but after the actor was the subject of numerous sexual-assault allegations in October, Sony pulled All the Money in the World from its planned premiere at AFI Fest. A wide release seemed untenable, and a delay of the film could have meant that Trust, an FX mini-series covering the same story, would come out first...

That’s when Scott settled on an unprecedented gambit: He would cast 88-year-old Oscar winner Christopher Plummer to take over the Getty role, convince Williams and Wahlberg to come back for reshoots over the Thanksgiving holiday, and quickly integrate the new footage into the movie so it could still hit a 2017 release date. Astonishingly, the results are seamless.


Only a few more days until the deadline for NANY 2018 entries!

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Only a few more days until the Jan 1 deadline to enter our NANY 2018 programming challenge!

A quick reminder that all programmer's who enter get a free mug.


Automatic Screenshotter - Recommended on TechSupportAlert

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Automatic Screenshotter reviewed on TechSupportAlert today (one of our favorite sites):

https://www.techsupp...very-few-seconds.htm


How Star Wars was saved in the edit

Really nice video showing how critical the major post-production editing played in making Star Wars the great movie it was:


ps. I'm not a fan of the newer movies.


Thonny simplified Python IDE for learners

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A non-coder friend of mine is curious about learning python, and we found this nice looking (free) tool for her:

http://thonny.org/

Looks like a really nice clean distraction-free beginner ide/scratchpad for experimenting with Python.

Easy to get started. Thonny comes with Python 3.6 built in, so just one simple installer is needed and you're ready to learn programming. (You can also use a separate Python installation, if necessary.) The initial user interface is stripped of all features that may distract beginners.


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