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  • SF Startup Bolt Just Implemented a Permanent Four-Day Workweek as CEO Calls Out 'Work Theater'

    01/06/2022 3:08:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Jan. 6, 2022 | Joshua Bote ,
    A San Francisco-based startup has just announced a permanent four-day workweek, citing heightened productivity and happiness among current employees during a test run. Bolt, an e-commerce company founded in 2014 that currently employs about 500 people, first implemented a four-day workweek as a pilot last fall, CNBC reported. Workers, naturally, loved it. Bolt founder and CEO Ryan Breslow told CNBC that workers were overwhelmingly happy after the initial three-month run, with 94% of workers wanting the program to continue. In a statement to SFGATE, Bolt spokesperson Hilary Neve said that 84% of employees boasted improved work-life balance and 85% of...
  • No animals harmed in new chip drug tests that are faster and cheaper

    12/09/2021 1:43:50 PM PST · by NewsRael · 7 replies
    Israel 21C ^ | Newsrael
    Top scientists and investors believe a new Israeli-US AI can improve drug efficacy and safety, reduce development costs and minimize animal testing. Billions of dollars, hundreds of mice and decades of years are sacrificed to research and development for the average pharmaceutical – with no guarantee of success. Nothing about that equation makes sense anymore. And that’s why some of the most impressive minds in science are behind Israeli startup Quris, which is rolling out the world’s first clinical-prediction AI (artificial intelligence) platform to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new drugs. This newly launched, highly scalable automated platform can...
  • India’s engineers have thrived in Silicon Valley. So has its caste system.

    11/09/2020 10:24:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 29, 2020 | Nitasha Tiku
    Whenever Benjamin Kaila, a database administrator who immigrated from India to the United States in 1999, applies for a job at a U.S. tech company, he prays that there are no other Indians during the in-person interview. That’s because Kaila is a Dalit, or member of the lowest-ranked castes within India’s system of social hierarchy, formerly referred to as “untouchables.” Silicon Valley’s diversity issues are well documented: It’s still dominated by white and Asian men, and Black and Latino workers remain underrepresented. But for years, as debates about meritocracy raged on, the tech industry’s reliance on Indian engineers allowed another...
  • Bloomberg: 'Anybody [Can] Be a Farmer,' It Takes 'A Lot More Gray Matter' To Work In Tech

    02/17/2020 3:37:31 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 107 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 2/17/2020 | Brittany M. Hughes
    It’s no wonder he chose to skip the Iowa caucus, given that former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg apparently thinks farmers and manufacturers all across America lack “gray matter." In a clip just now circulating online, Bloomberg, while speaking at Oxford’s Said Business School back in 2016, explained that "anybody [can] be a farmer," but that it takes "a lot more gray matter" to "think and analyze" enough to work in the tech field. “I could teach anybody – even people in this room, no offense intended – to be a farmer,” Bloomberg explained. “It's a process. You dig a hole,...
  • Silicon Valley’s Power Restaurant, Lion & Compass, Closing After 35 Years

    12/20/2017 10:01:18 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 20, 2017 | Linda Zavoral
    It’s time to carve out room for a new exhibit on the history of Silicon Valley. With two objects — a stock ticker tape that highlighted the high-tech industry’s successes and a stained-glass image of a lion holding a compass — you can tell the story of a legendary Sunnyvale restaurant. It’s one that has stood witness to thousands of power-broker discussions, hiring interviews, IPO parties — and multimillion-dollar deals. After 35 years, the Lion & Compass will close this Friday, and the corner where its dining rooms, imported English bar and tropical garden now sit will become high-density housing....
  • UNBOXING A QUANTUM COMPUTER! The coldest place in the known universe is on Earth!

    08/08/2017 9:59:03 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies
    Linus Tech Tips ^ | Jul 5, 2017 | Linus
    The coldest place in the known universe is on Earth! It's quantum computing company D-Wave's HQ, and massive plumbing required to cool the device known as a quantum computer. Linus SHOWS the setup via a YOURUBE.
  • AMD Manages To Pack A PetaFLOPs Capable Super Computer In A Rack With Project 47

    08/02/2017 11:11:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies ^ | Aug 1, 2017 | Usman Pirzada
    AMD recently unveiled something truly remarkable today – a server rack that has a total processing power of 1 PetaFLOPs. That’s 10 to the power of 15 floating point operations per second or 20 to the power of 15 half precision FLOPs. Here’s the kicker though: a decade ago in 2007, a computer of the same power would have required roughly 6000 square feet of area and thousands of processors to power. A decade ago, this would have been one of the most powerful supercomputers on Earth, and today, its a server rack.AMD’s Project 47 unveiled: 1 PetaFLOPs of single...

    07/22/2017 9:15:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    youtu ^ | Jul 8, 2017 | The Kbn1
    Technical explanation of varios interconnects from hardware vendors focusing on AMD's answer to manufacturing problems with LARGE monothic chips which have low yield with the latest lithography fabrication methods.INFINITY FABRIC - WHY ITS AMD'S BEST WEAPON AGAINST MOORE'S LAW
  • Opinion: AMD puts Intel in the crosshairs with fast-and-cheap Threadripper chip

    07/20/2017 11:52:07 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies ^ | July 20, 2017 12:36 p.m. ET | Ryan Shrout
    Advanced Micro Devices, in releasing the Zen architecture and the Ryzen product family for consumer PCs, started down a path of growth in the processor market that it had been absent from for a decade.AMD’s AMD, +1.65%Ryzen 7 processor family directly targets Intel’s INTC, +0.46%  Core i7 line of processors (CPUs) that have been dominant and turns the market on its side by doubling core and thread counts at similar price points. The platform surrounding the CPU was modernized, leaving very little on the feature list that AMD couldn’t match to Intel’s own. Followed by the Ryzen 5 launch a...
  • IBM’s Latest Line of Mainframe Computers Focuses on Encryption

    07/18/2017 1:22:41 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies ^ | July 17, 2017 12:01 a.m. ET | Ted Greenwald
    The new systems, branded IBM Z, are priced starting at $500,000 International Business Machines Corp. on Monday unveiled its next generation of mainframes, the industrial-strength computers that underpin industries such as banking and insurance, highlighting an old product category that still drives much of its profit.The new line of mainframe computers pairs what IBM claimed is the industry’s fastest processor with additional resources in a package designed to handle large-scale, continuing...
  • Tech By Matt -- The $60 8 core Ryzen 7 Alternative! 30 min youtube

    07/09/2017 11:28:22 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Tech By Matt Youtube xhannel ^ | Jun 9, 2017 | Tech By Matt
    You start with a refurbished older Xeon workstation. withe the proper motherboard. Then the Xeon e5 2660/ somewhere like eBay SR0KK Xeon CPU E5-2660 2.2GHz 8-core 20Mb 95W Processor zj $55.00
  • Western Digital Constructs 96-Layer Towers Of BiCS4 3D TLC & QLC NAND Flash

    07/04/2017 1:57:26 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies ^ | June 28, 2017 3:54 PM | by Robert Tanner
    The march of technology never ceases, and Western Digital announces its latest achievement with the creation of 96-layer NAND flash chips. Western Digital’s fourth generation of 3D NAND memory will reach volume production in 2018 and feature TLC, as well as QLC BiCS4 chips. What is noteworthy is that as recently as last year some analysts theorized that 64-72 layers would be the cap for 3D NAND and that any additional layers weren’t feasible on current process technology.  As additional layers are added to a NAND flash chip, additional layer specific TSVs are required to pass through the original layers and...
  • Arms Race to the Most Secure OS

    07/02/2017 8:26:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies ^ | Dec 4, 2015 | b3rn3d
    ******************EXCERPT******************************************** Arms Race to the Most Secure OS The Snowden revelations have not only motivated people into building new security-centric tools but also to take a look at the tools we previously considered secure. This holds true for ultra-secure operating systems like TAILS and have created reactionary projects like SubgraphOS and QubesOS. Let’s take a look at the state of these projects as well as their end goals. TAILS TAILS, for years, has been most popular OS for the anonymous community. With official support from the Tor Project (financial and managerial), many regard this as the de facto standard. The...
  • AMD EPYC 7000 Series Architecture Overview for Non-CE or EE Majors

    06/25/2017 12:06:51 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies ^ | - June 20, 2017 | By Patrick Kennedy
    ************************EXCERPT********************************************* With the launch of AMD EPYC we can finally go into detail about the AMD architecture codenamed “Naples.” CPU design is extremely dense. The vast majority of people who use and purchase servers have very little need to know exactly how each architecture works. Likewise, those who use servers often just want to know will it work out of the box or will it be painful requiring hand compiling every bit of code at every turn.When we set out to do the AMD EPYC architecture piece as part of our launch content series, we realized that there are very...
  • GlobalFoundries Details 7 nm Plans: Three Generations, 700 mm², HVM in 2018

    06/24/2017 10:43:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies ^ | on June 23, 2017 12:00 PM EST | by Anton Shilov
    Posted inSemiconductorsGlobalFoundriesEUV7nmDUV7LP 37 Comments | Add A Comment 37 Comments + Add AComment Keeping an eye on the ever-evolving world of silicon lithography, GlobalFoundries has recently disclosed additional details about its 7 nm generation of process technologies. As announced last September, the company is going to have multiple generations of 7 nm FinFET fabrication processes, including those using EUV. GlobalFoundries now tells us that its 7LP (7 nm leading performance) technology will extend to three generations and will enable its customers to build chips that are up to 700 mm² in size. Manufacturing of the first chips using their...
  • US DOE - Awards $258M in Research Contracts To Develop Exascale Supercomputer Technology

    06/20/2017 6:49:19 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies ^ | June 15, 2017 2:06 PM EST | Ryan Smith
    Full Title: PathForward: US Dept. of Energy Awards $258M in Research Contracts To Develop Exascale Supercomputer Technology Even though the major US national laboratories are just now starting to take delivery of the supercomputers they ordered a few years back, due to the long and complex development process for these projects, the US Department of Energy(DOE) has already been focusing on the next round of supercomputers for the next decade. Under the Exascale Computing Project, the DOE expects to develop & order one (and in the end, likely several) exaFLOPS-capable supercomputers, 50 times more powerful than the generation of supercomputers...
  • Microsoft finds bug in Intel ME

    06/10/2017 10:26:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies ^ | 09 June 2017 | Nick Farrell
    There is even malware exploiting it Microsoft's security team has come across a malware family that uses Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT) Serial-over-LAN (SOL) interface as a file transfer tool. Intel's AMT SOL is part of Intel's ME, a separate chip inside Intel CPUs that runs its own OS and stays on even when the main CPU is off. This makes it a rather good place for malware to hit.Inside Intel's ME, AMT SOL opens a virtual network interface which works even when the PC is turned off. This virtual network interface runs inside ME, firewalls and security products installed...
  • IBM's breakthrough: World's first 5nm chip with new materials and ....

    06/06/2017 5:30:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies ^ | June 5, 2017 | By Liam Tung |
    IBM has shown for the first time that its stacked nanosheet technology can outperform today's best FinFET nanometer chips.******************************************************** Just two years after developing a 7nm chip with 20 billion transistors, IBM has taken the wraps off technology that will usher in smaller, 5nm chips with higher performance and greater efficiency.IBM and its Research Alliance partners, GlobalFoundries and Samsung, announced the 5nm breakthrough today, which offers a path to delivering chips with significant improvements on today's leading 10nm chips.IBM hopes the technology will lead to 30-billion transistor chips that are more capable of meeting tomorrow's demands for artificial intelligence, virtual...
  • Are consumer PCs safe from the Intel ME/AMT exploit? (Intel says don't worry?)

    05/04/2017 7:16:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies ^ | May 3, 2017 | by Charlie Demerjian
    Analysis: Here are SemiAccurate’s thoughts TLDR; There is a remote control mechanism in hardware that cannot be fully disabled and you cannot get Intel hardware without it.  So while this patch may fix the current vulnerability this situation points to the urgent need for hardware diversity.Monday SemiAccurate brought you news of a critical remote exploit in all 2008+ Intel CPU’s. Today we will walk you through a chain of thought based on further investigation on how it could be exploited.Confidence Levels:While this is only analysis we will note that we believe this is in the wild right now. We would like to...
  • Don't be afraid of the HDR format wars (Smart TV , Android TV, 4K TV...)

    04/23/2017 11:53:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 127 replies ^ | Jan 5, 2017, 3:12pm EST | Chaim Gartenberg
    This year at CES, HDR support is the buzzword heard from almost every single TV manufacturer, culminating in this frightening-looking slide from LG which proudly promised its set would be compatible with all four major HDR standards.Things aren't quite as problematic as they seem As a consumer, that many different video standards is a daunting idea that brings to mind the format wars of yore (think VHS vs. Betamax or Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD). Fortunately, while the fact that there are now four standards — HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, and Advanced HDR — for companies and consumers to consider when...