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AMD outlines its future: 7nm GPUs with PCIe 4, Zen 2, Zen 3, Zen 4
AMD today charted out its plans for the next few years of product development, with an array of new CPUs and GPUs in the development pipeline. On the GPU front are two new datacenter-oriented GPUs: the Radeon Instinct MI60 and MI50. Based on the Vega architecture and built on TSMC's 7nm process, the cards are aimed not primarily at graphics…

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Forget lap times; this car control class makes teen drivers safer
WALDORF, Md.—To a casual observer, Regency Furniture Stadium, home of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball team, probably looked like it was playing host to a weekend autocross. There were cones set up in the empty lot as I pulled in and some interesting cars to park alongside, many displaying the subtle tells of trackday service.

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AT&T steps up copyright enforcement, kicks customers off network
AT&T is terminating the broadband service of more than a dozen customers who were accused multiple times of copyright infringement, according to a report by Axios today. "It's the first time AT&T has discontinued customer service over piracy allegations since having shaped its own piracy policies last year, which is significant given it just became one of America's major media…

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Predictably, online media go nuts over ‘Oumuamua and Harvard scientists
A few days ago, a pre-print of a research paper to be published in the appeared online. The paper concerns the fascinating object known as 'Oumuamua, which was found in late in 2017 and is the first object of interstellar origin observed in our Solar System. Scientists still aren't sure what the oddly cigar-shaped object is, and they were further…

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Blockchain-based elections would be a disaster for democracy
Further ReadingExperts criticize West Virginia’s plan for smartphone votingIf you talk to experts on election security (I studied with several of them in graduate school) they'll tell you that we're nowhere close to being ready for online voting. "Mobile voting is a horrific idea," said election security expert Joe Hall when I asked him about a West Virginia experiment with…

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Ajit Pai slams Sprint, Charter, and CenturyLink for poor robocall effort
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai yesterday criticized Sprint, Charter, CenturyLink, and four other phone providers for not committing to adopt a new system for blocking robocalls. Pai issued a press release and sent letters to wireless carriers and other phone providers, saying that certain companies "have not yet established concrete plans to protect their customers" using the new "SHAKEN"…

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PUBG’s “console exclusivity” may soon end, as loud hints of a PS4 version mount
Nearly a year after the popular PC shooting game () launched on Xbox One, evidence has begun popping up to suggest that the game's launch on the PS4 could be imminent. For over two weeks, promotional images have sat unnoticed on Sony's public-facing PlayStation servers, according to a user at the Sony fan site PSNProfiles.com.

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With no evidence, Georgia’s top voting official accuses Dems of “cyberattack”
Further ReadingNo, there’s no evidence (yet) the feds tried to hack Georgia’s voter databaseIn the run-up to nationwide elections set for Tuesday, the Secretary of State of Georgia has made explosive and seemingly unsubstantiated allegations that the Democratic Party of Georgia is somehow implicated in a "failed cyberattack" of the state's online voter registration system.

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Spanish scientists: EnChroma glasses won’t fix your color blindness
The much-touted EnChroma glasses don't help colorblind users see new colors; they merely let the colorblind see the same colors in a different way, according to a new study published in by scientists at Spain's University of Granada. The scientists liken the effect to the colored glasses often used by hunters to increase the contrast in their surroundings so they…