Kansas ‘Swat’ Perpetrator Had Already Been To Prison For Fake Bomb Threats

Kansas ‘Swat’ Perpetrator Had Already Been To Prison For Fake Bomb Threats
Published on January 06, 2018 at 11:04PM
More details are emerging about an online gamer whose fake call to Kansas police led to a fatal shooting:

“After phoning in a false bomb threat to a Glendale, California TV station in 2015, Tyler Barriss threatened to kill his grandmother if she reported him, according to local reports and court documents.” — The Wichita Eagle “The Glendale Police Department confirmed to ABC News that Tyler Barriss made about 20 calls to universities and media outlets throughout the country around the time he was arrested for a bomb threat to Los Angeles ABC station KABC in 2015… He was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail, court records show.” — ABC News “Within months of his release in August, he had already become the target of a Los Angeles Police Department investigation into similar hoax calls… LAPD detectives read more

Acer’s affordable gaming laptop gets a Ryzen processor and GPU boost

Acer has unleashed a refresh of its affordable gaming laptop, the Nitro 5, over at CES, giving the machine one of AMD’s new Ryzen mobile CPUs.

As well as stepping up to a Ryzen mobile processor (where previously there was a choice of AMD A-Series APUs, if you didn’t want to go with the Intel Kaby Lake-powered model), Acer has upgraded the GPU to a Radeon RX 560X (from an RX 550).

This new combination of CPU, graphics solution and faster DDR4 system memory also being introduced into the mix should boost the performance levels of the Nitro 5 considerably. Altogether this should be a more tempting solution for the casual gamers who don’t want to spend a fortune on portable PC gaming.

Users will also find Nitro Sense software pre-installed to monitor both CPU and GPU performance. These real-time metrics should help everyone get more details on exactly what’s going on under the hood.

The Acer Nitro 5 with Ryzen CPU will hit the shelves in May with the price starting at $799 (around read more

Kansas ‘Swat’ Perpetrator Had Already Been To Prison For Fake Bomb Threats

Kansas ‘Swat’ Perpetrator Had Already Been To Prison For Fake Bomb Threats
Published on January 06, 2018 at 11:04PM
More details are emerging about an online gamer whose fake call to Kansas police led to a fatal shooting:

“After phoning in a false bomb threat to a Glendale, California TV station in 2015, Tyler Barriss threatened to kill his grandmother if she reported him, according to local reports and court documents.” — The Wichita Eagle “The Glendale Police Department confirmed to ABC News that Tyler Barriss made about 20 calls to universities and media outlets throughout the country around the time he was arrested for a bomb threat to Los Angeles ABC station KABC in 2015… He was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail, court records show.” — ABC News “Within months of his release in August, he had already become the target of a Los Angeles Police Department investigation into similar hoax calls… LAPD detectives read more

Bill Gates Is First Guest Editor In Time Magazine’s 94-Year History

Bill Gates Is First Guest Editor In Time Magazine’s 94-Year History
Published on January 06, 2018 at 09:59PM
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: Time invited Bill Gates to be the first guest editor in the 94-year history of the magazine. Among the news Bill deemed fit to print in Time’s first augmented-reality-enhanced issue were articles by wife Melinda and pal Bono, both of whom graced the cover of Time with Bill as the 2005 Persons of the Year… Another article reveals that “the four learning hacks Bill Gates swears by” include Khan Academy (a $10+ million Gates Foundation partner), tech-backed Code.org (to which Bill, the Gates Foundation, Microsoft, and Steve Ballmer have given somewhere north of $17M), the Big History Project (to which Bill had contributed a “modest $10 million” as of 2014), and The Teaching Company (which got Bill stoked about Big History).
The issue also includes read more

Linus Torvalds Says Intel Needs To Admit It Has Issues With CPUs

Linus Torvalds Says Intel Needs To Admit It Has Issues With CPUs
Published on January 06, 2018 at 08:54PM
troublemaker_23 shares an article from ITWire:

Linux creator Linus Torvalds has had some harsh words for Intel in the course of a discussion about patches for two bugs that were found to affect most of the company’s processors… Torvalds was clearly unimpressed by Intel’s bid to play down the crisis through its media statements, saying: “I think somebody inside of Intel needs to really take a long hard look at their CPUs, and actually admit that they have issues instead of writing PR blurbs that say that everything works as designed… Or is Intel basically saying ‘we are committed to selling you shit forever and ever, and never fixing anything’?” he asked. “Because if that’s the case, maybe we should start looking towards the ARM64 people more.”
Elsewhere Linus told ZDNet that “there’s no one number” read more

What to Expect From Tesla, Inc. in 2018

Tesla arch-pitchman and CEO Elon Musk has announced all sorts of projects rolling out over the next few years — and others already begun — with which to entice the imaginations of investors: From solar rooftops to industrial-scale superbatteries, and from massive, electrically powered 18-wheelers for …
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Linus Torvalds Says Intel Needs To Admit It Has Issues With CPUs

Linus Torvalds Says Intel Needs To Admit It Has Issues With CPUs
Published on January 06, 2018 at 08:54PM
troublemaker_23 shares an article from ITWire:

Linux creator Linus Torvalds has had some harsh words for Intel in the course of a discussion about patches for two bugs that were found to affect most of the company’s processors… Torvalds was clearly unimpressed by Intel’s bid to play down the crisis through its media statements, saying: “I think somebody inside of Intel needs to really take a long hard look at their CPUs, and actually admit that they have issues instead of writing PR blurbs that say that everything works as designed… Or is Intel basically saying ‘we are committed to selling you shit forever and ever, and never fixing anything’?” he asked. “Because if that’s the case, maybe we should start looking towards the ARM64 people more.”
Elsewhere Linus told ZDNet that “there’s no one number” read more