Day: September 12, 2020

Energy ‘Scavenger’ Could Turn Waste Heat From Devices Like Refrigerators Into Electricity

“Scientists have known for nearly 200 years that certain materials can convert heat to electricity…” reports Science, describing research into an intriguing new approach: Refrigerators, boilers, and even lightbulbs continually dump heat into their surroundings. This “waste heat” could — in theory — be turned into electricity, as it is sometimes done with power plants,…

Nvidia close to buying Arm from SoftBank, says report – CNET

Graphics-chip maker Nvidia is reportedly nearing an agreement to acquire the semiconductor designer. …read more Source:: CNet

‘A Robot Wrote This Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?’

This week the Guardian published an essay written by GPT-3, OpenAI’s language generator, calling it “a cutting edge language model that uses machine learning to produce human like text. It takes in a prompt, and attempts to complete it.” For this esssay, the essay was fed the prompt, “I am not a human. I am…

Adding Luxury Charging Features to an Entry-Level EV

The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric car of all time so far, thanks largely to it being one of the first mass produced all-electric EVs. While getting into the market early was great for Nissan, they haven’t made a lot of upgrades that other EV manufacturers have made and are starting to lose customers…

Best back-to-school headphones for 2020 – CNET

What student wouldn’t appreciate a good pair of headphones? Here’s a wide selection of top wireless models. …read more Source:: CNet

Production Problems at Boeing Factory Prompt Regulators to Review Lapses

Long-time Slashdot reader phalse phace writes: The FAA has begun looking into quality-control problems at Boeing for their wide-body jet Dreamliner that go back almost a decade. The Wall Street Journal reports that “the plane maker has told U.S. aviation regulators that it produced certain parts at its South Carolina facilities that failed to meet…

Best car rental companies in 2020 – Roadshow

These are the best car rental companies based on price, customer satisfaction, service, rewards and more. …read more Source:: CNet

Security Researchers Detail New ‘BlindSide’ Speculative Execution Attack

“Security researchers from Amsterdam have publicly detailed ‘BlindSide’ as a new speculative execution attack vector for both Intel and AMD processors,” reports Phoronix: BlindSide is self-described as being able to “mount BROP-style attacks in the speculative execution domain to repeatedly probe and derandomize the kernel address space, craft arbitrary memory read gadgets, and enable reliable…

3 weekend deals: 20% off speakers, 30% off Monos luggage and 44% off a 3-axis stabilizer – CNET

Head into the weekend with a $50 stabilizer for your smartphone, a $40 Tribit Bluetooth speaker and more. …read more Source:: CNet

Microsoft’s ‘Patch Tuesday’ Includes 129 Security Updates, Mostly to Windows

This week Krebs on Security reported that Microsoft “released updates to remedy nearly 130 security vulnerabilities in its Windows operating system and supported software.” None of the flaws are known to be currently under active exploitation, but 23 of them could be exploited by malware or malcontents to seize complete control of Windows computers with…