Issue 1618 - Tuesday 31st May, 2022

In Today's Issue

The News

Big NDIS client database just got hacked, data leaked on dark web

CTARS, a cloud-based client management system for the NDIS, just got popped. It posted on its website that "its systems were compromised on 15 May, with a sample of the stolen data posted on a deep web forum on 21 May", along with the disturbing line that "although we cannot confirm the details of all the data in the time available, to be extra careful we are treating any information held in our database as being compromised". As you can guess by the fact it's associated with the NDIS, "a very large volume of personal, health and other sensitive information may have been breached, which may include identity documents, Medicare details, tax file numbers, contact information, and personal health or other sensitive information". Big oof.

New world's fastest computer capable of over 1.1 exaflops

Folks, we have a new world's fastest computer! Oak Ridge National Lab's Frontier is a collection of 9,472 EPYC CPUs (with 8,730,112 cores) and 37,888 AMD GPUs built on the HPE Cray EX platform. It is capable of a whopping 1.1 exaflops. That's right, we are now in the exaflop era of computing. It trounces the previous fastest computer over the last 2 years, Fujitsu's ARM-based Fugaku located in Kobe, Japan, which only manages a paltry 442 petaflops. Frontier is also power efficient, topping the Green500 list at 62.68 gigaflops per watt. The entire thing is liquid cooled, has 700PB of storage on tap and uses "only" 29MW of electricity. Frontier will be ready for "full science" in early 2023.

Cydia gets a chance to fight Apple in court over support for 3rd party app stores

Remember Cydia, that app store for jailbroken iPhones? It's still a thing and in 2020 the developer of Cydia sued Apple for introducing "new technologies between 2018 and 2021 to harm apps distributed outside the App Store" and Cydia wants Apple to "open up iOS so that developers can distribute apps outside of the App Store". Apple reckons the allegations are "time-barred", "stale" and wants the case dismissed. But after 2 years the judge (who happens to be the same judge who oversaw the Epic vs. Apple trial that's still getting appealed) reckons they're legit beefs and the case will be heard.

Something I Saw On The Internet

CT scan of an iPod, Intel's virtual museum, mini Android phone lovers, PowerToys for Windodws, 10 cool Aussie games


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