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Netflix Brings Dragon's Dogma and Other Japanese Anime to the Platform

Netflix has announced that it has signed a deal to bring numerous Japanese anime to the platform. These are well known properties from leading Japanese production companies. Some of the announced series include Altered Carbon: Resleeved, Dragon's Dogma, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, SPRIGGAN, Super Crooks and Vampire in the Garden. I absolutely loved the Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen video game and rate it as one of the best RPG games on the PC. PC Gamer hopes this might encourage Capcom to create a sequel.

"Netflix aims to be the most compelling and attractive home for anime fans, creators and production studios. We are creating an environment where production houses can do their best work, and deliver their shows on a service where we connect anime fans from over 190 countries to content they love" said Netflix Director of Content (Japan), John Derderian.

Posted by cageymaru March 12, 2019 11:18 AM (CDT)

Old-School: Half-Life Running on a Quantum3D Mercury Brick

Classic game, classic hardware: [H]ardForum member TheeRaccoon is one of the lucky few to get his hands on a Quantum3D Mercury "brick," which comprises four Quantum3D Obsidian2 200SBi video boards. As The Dodge Garage explains, these were generally used for multi-channel visual simulation and training applications back in the day, but as TheeRaccoon’s video proves, they can also run a certain Valve shooter just fine. Thanks for the share, erek.

After a little over a year of ownership, I finally present to you the legendary Quantum3D Mercury brick up and running! (Don't mind my ghetto homemade passthrough cable.) In this brick configuration, there are 8 Voodoo 2 chipsets in SLI! (Each 200SBi board has two Voodoo 2 chipsets in SLI mode.) These bricks were mostly used for military simulation in the late 90's/early 2000's. The image generated by each 200SBi board is combined into one image, giving you 4 tap rotated grid full scene anti-aliasing.

Posted by Megalith March 10, 2019 4:35 PM (CDT)

Intel Spotlights Quantum Computing Research

At the American Physical Society meeting in Boston this year, Intel is highlighting several of the advances they've made in the field of quantum computing. Between Monday and Thursday this week, Intel will hold several talks on things ranging to 49-qubit processors, the testing of qubits on 300mm wafers, bottlenecks that can be solved by quantum computers, and even a technique for cramming more quantum bits into a smaller area with through-silicon-vias, which is the same technology used to connect HBM memory stacks to underlying interposers. But what stood out to me most was Intel's focus on commercialization. Many research papers on quantum computing focus on the theoretical, and what could be built at some unspecified time in the future, once the engineering hurdles are worked out. Intel has their fair share of theoretical work too, but several of their talks focus on mass producing and testing quantum computers on 300mm wafers, which represents a huge step towards making quantum computing more affordable. In an interview with IEEE Spectrum, Intel's Rich Uhlig reiterated this point, claiming that the chip company is focusing on technology to make commercial products rather than trying to build demonstrators with big numbers.

At Intel, we're focused on developing a commercially viable quantum computer, which will require more than the qubits themselves. We have successfully manufactured a 49-qubit superconducting chip, which allows us to begin integrating the quantum processing unit (the QPU) into a system where we can build all of the components that will be required to make the qubits work together in tandem to improve efficiency and scalability. Instead of focusing on the hype of qubit count, we are working to create a viable quantum system that will scale from 50 qubits to the millions of qubits that will be required for a commercial system.

Posted by alphaatlas March 04, 2019 11:39 AM (CST)

Destiny 2: Season of the Drifter Promises New Rewards and Challenges

When Destiny 2 the Season of the Drifter launches on March 5, all players of Destiny 2 will have access to new rewards and challenges. Bungie has revealed the roadmap for the Season of the Drifter expansion and earlier promises that were made to players have come into focus. Annual Pass owners will have an abundance of new endgame content in the form of weapons, gear, lore, and quests, but even base game owners will have access to plenty of new adventures, gear, and events. Ranks in Crucible, Gambit, and Vanguard activities are reset with the new expansion release. Bungie is ready to show its playerbase what the roadmap for a Bungie-controlled Destiny looks like.

As a new season of Destiny begins, developers from Bungie are back on the record about how our shared adventure is about to evolve again. The Drifter is back with a new way to play Gambit, along with a full calendar of new challenges to make your Guardian more powerful.

Posted by cageymaru February 28, 2019 8:26 PM (CST)

A "Legend" Reborn: Logitech Brings Back the MX518 Gaming Mouse

Logitech has announced it is re-launching what "many consider to be the finest gaming mouse of all time," the MX518. The original, which was launched over a decade ago, has been updated with the latest, next-generation technologies including a HERO 16K sensor and 32-bit ARM processor allowing for a super fast 1ms report rate. Also featured are eight programmable buttons for custom commands, as well as onboard memory for saving preferences directly to the mouse.

As one of the most-beloved gaming mice ever, MX518 has inspired legions of fans around the world to ask Logitech G to bring it out of retirement. And we heard you. We pulled the original tools from the Vault and meticulously restored them -- right down to the original glossy keyplate. It’s the classic, comfortable shape you know and love, now with modern components that perform to today’s advanced standards and a new, updated Nightfall color scheme.

Posted by Megalith February 23, 2019 9:55 AM (CST)

Q2VKPT Brings Ray Tracing to Quake 2

Graphics developers just released an ray traced version of Quake 2, which they claim to be "the first playable game that is entirely raytraced and efficiently simulates fully dynamic lighting in real-time." Calling it a Quake 2 mod is a bit of an understatement, as the project represents a Vulkan rewrite of most of Q2PRO's rendering code, which is itself a massive modification of Quake 2. The researchers say the project "is meant to serve as a proof-of-concept for computer graphics research and the game industry alike," and that it serves as a glimpse into a future where ray tracing has replaced rasterization. If you want to try it out, the initial release can be downloaded on the project's Github page. Thanks to RPS for spotting the release, and check out the ray traced Quake 2 footage below:

VKPT and Q2VKPT were created by Christoph Schied as a spare-time project to validate the results of computer graphics research in an actual game. The project currently encompasses 12K lines of code and completely replaces the original Quake II graphics code. Initially, it was prototyped in OpenGL with contributions by Johannes Hanika (Experimental Ray Tracing, Shaders, GL/Vulkan Fixes), Addis Dittebrandt (Light Hierarchy, Debug Visualisation), Tobias Zirr (Light Sampling, Hack Supervision and Instigation, Website, Info Texts), and Florian Reibold (Initial Light Hierarchy). Additional help was provided by Stephan Bergmann, Emanuel Schrade, Alisa Jung, and Christoph Peters (made some noise).

Posted by alphaatlas January 18, 2019 9:27 AM (CST)

New Magecart Attack Used a Compromised Advertising Agency to Deliver Its Payload

Magecart Group 12 is suspected of compromising an ad agency that delivers advertising to eCommerce websites. By directly injecting payment skimming code into JavaScript libraries provided by French online advertising company, Adverline to its eCommerce customers, it enabled all websites embedded with the script to load the skimming code. Thus the group was able to steal payment information from consumers by infecting a 3rd party website. This allows the Magecart groups to expand their reach and pilfer more data. Once information is entered into a webpage's typing form, the script will copy the information and it is stored until the victim closes the webpage. At that point, the information is sent to a remote server.

In Adverline's case, code was injected into a JavaScript library for retargeting advertising. It's an approach used by e-commerce websites where visitors are tagged so they can be delivered specific ads that could attract them back to the websites. At the time of our research, the websites embedded with Adverline's retargeting script loaded Magecart Group 12's skimming code, which, in turn, skims payment information entered on webpages then sends it to its remote server.

Posted by cageymaru January 16, 2019 5:56 PM (CST)

IBM Reveals the World's First Commercial Integrated Quantum Computer

This morning at CES 2019, IBM unveiled the Q System One, which it claims to be "the world's first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use." Apparently, previous quantum computers have all been confined to research labs because they're tedious to operate and maintain, but IBM seems to think their engineering breakthroughs make the Q System One a viable computer to sell. Auto-calibrating quantum hardware, a robust cryogenic system, compact control electronics, and "quantum firmware to manage the system health and enable system upgrades without downtime for users" are among the innovations IBM highlighted. There's no word on pricing, but IBM's high-end classical computers usually fall into the "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" category. Check out the video below:

Their design includes a nine-foot-tall, nine-foot-wide case of half-inch thick borosilicate glass forming a sealed, airtight enclosure. Its glass door opens effortlessly, simplifying the system's maintenance and upgrade process while minimizing downtime - making the IBM Q System One uniquely suited for reliable commercial use. A series of independent aluminum and steel frames unify, but also decouple the system's cryostat, control electronics, and exterior casing, helping to isolate the system components for improved performance.

Posted by alphaatlas January 08, 2019 8:00 AM (CST)

Viveport Infinity Brings Unlimited Access to the Viveport Subscription Catalog

HTC Vive and Viveport have announced a new unlimited VR rental service called Viveport Infinity during its CES presentation. For a low monthly fee, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift users will be able play a vast selection of VR titles from the Viveport Subscription catalog with an unlimited subscription. The current $8.99 a month Viveport subscription service only allows access to 5 VR titles a month, with discounted packages for those that agree to pay for more subscription time in advance. The Viveport Infinity pricing structure has not been announced. Think of it as the Netflix or Spotify of VR.

This year at CES HTC Vive & Viveport announced Viveport Infinity, the first unlimited subscription service for VR. Members can discover and explore hundreds of virtual destinations, anytime with unlimited access for a low monthly fee. Coming Soon.

Posted by cageymaru January 07, 2019 4:15 PM (CST)

NASA Employee Personal Identifiable Information at Risk After Servers Compromised

NASA has sent out a memo to inform employees of a possible data breach that may have exposed the Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information (PII) to hackers. The space agency does not believe that Agency mission data was affected by the cyber incidents. Agency personnel from 2006 until 2018 are affected by the possible data exfiltration. This includes NASA Civil Service employees. NASA will offer services such as identity protection services and related resources to affected employees past and present after the investigation is completed.

Upon discovery of the incidents, NASA cybersecurity personnel took immediate action to secure the servers and the data contained within. NASA and its Federal cybersecurity partners are continuing to examine the servers to determine the scope of the potential data exfiltration and identify potentially affected individuals. This process will take time. The ongoing investigation is a top agency priority, with senior leadership actively involved. NASA is continuing its efforts to secure all servers, and is reviewing its processes and procedures to ensure that the latest security practices are being followed throughout the agency.

Posted by cageymaru December 24, 2018 3:11 PM (CST)

Intel Promises to Increase Transparency in the Future

In an interview with CRN, Todd Garrigues, director of partner sales programs at Intel, claims that the company will work on increased transparency and more effective communication in the future. He said that Intel got "some critical feedback" from partners following the recent CPU shortage, and said "The request, bluntly, was just to work harder at being transparent as close to real time as possible." More specifically, Intel says that want to form closer relationships with distributors to more effectively communicate with their smaller customers.

Andrew Piland, chief operating officer at San Diego-based Datel Systems, said the supply issues have continued to impact his company. One of Datel's best-selling processors has been the eighth-generation Intel Core i5-8500, but it has been struggling to obtain enough stock for the systems Datel builds for customers. As a result, Datel has been resorting to the more expensive Core i5-8600, which has cut into the company's margins because Datel's customers were already locked into lower prices for orders. He said Intel's commitment to increased communication with partners sounds like great news, but only if they can pull it off and fix the supply issue. "I don't know if I will believe it until I see it," Piland said. "Ultimately actions speak louder than words. I have not seen a lot of action."

Posted by alphaatlas December 24, 2018 11:56 AM (CST)

TSMC is Working on Quantum Computers

Digitimes reports that Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology is "aggressively" promoting the development of quantum computers, and claims that Taiwan Semiconductor is the "only industrial player in the projects." IBM's Q cloud quantum computing platform is reportedly involved in the project, and the Taiwanese government is offering an annual subsidy of about $2 million USD to "each approved research program." As a reminder, Taiwan Semiconductor is arguably the most advanced chip manufacturer the world, and will reportedly be the only source for AMD's and Nvidia's 7nm products. Quantum computing, on the other hand, is more of a mixed bag, as this great writeup by IEEE explains. But TSMC hopes to advance the field by developing quantum computing chips on their advanced manufacturing processes.

MOST officials said that quantum computer can solve many problems that existing computers cannot address, and is also able to process extremely huge data. The next-generation computers may be most ideal for application to new-material design, cryptography, chemistry, biomedicine computer simulation and pharmaceutical sectors. Unlike CPU and GPU that require air or water for heat dissipation, quantum computer processor can operate well only under extremely low temperature of around -273 degrees Celsius, thus requiring the support of large-size freezing facilities. Accordingly, quantum computers can hardly be commercialized, unless semiconductor can be smoothly applied to enable quantum processors to operate under normal temperatures. This will be a major technological bottleneck that needs to be tackled to facilitate commercialization of quantum computers, the officials commented.

Posted by alphaatlas December 17, 2018 11:30 AM (CST)