Meltdown/Spectre Coincidence, Bill Gates Editing TIME, and Much More…
The tech newscape is abuzz with revelations about security flaws in most of the processors produced over the past 20 years and breaking stories about new gadgets at CES. 2018 is off to an exciting start. Here’s your weekly look at what’s going on in the world of technology, software, and programming.
The Meltdown/Spectre Flaws
- While many news outlets have covered the findings behind Meltdown and Spectre, WIRED’s long form piece on the three teams that simultaneously and independently found the flaw is a fascinating read.
- In the wake of the discovery, Major tech companies are scrambling to create and deploy patches to fix the problem. Here’s what Intel, Apple, and Microsoft have done so far.
- On the enterprise side, companies in the UK are reporting their Azure virtual machines are still down after applying the meltdown patch from Microsoft.
What Else Is New?
- The newest edition of TIME features Bill Gates as a guest editor. This is the first time TIME has ever had a guest editor in its 94-year history.
- CES is starting. Tech Crunch is doing some great coverage. One early opinion? Everything is too complicated.
- nVidia is updating its terms for its GeForce series and other gaming GPUs so they can’t be deployed in data centers.
- Another good one from the Signal v. Noise blog. Getting good at something requires more than showing up. It takes dedicated practice.
- Channel 9 has a new episode on .NET’s Standard 2.0 Libraries and how to get started using them.
- Java has automatic memory management, but it doesn’t mean that Java’s memory management is perfect. Here’s what you need to know.
- With the new release of Java 9, it’s worth looking back at what didn’t work so well in Java 8.