Google: Software is never going to be able to fix Spectre-type bugs

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) Researchers from Google investigating the scope and impact of the Spectre attack have published a paper asserting that Spectre-like vulnerabilities are likely to be a continued feature of processors and, further, that software-based techniques for protecting against them will impose a high performance cost. And whatever the cost, […]

How Buke and Gase built a huge indie rock career—and its own guitars, software

L-R: Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez perform as Buke and Gase in November 2018. Each holds one of the band’s titular, custom-built instruments: a baritone ukulele and a guitar-bass fusion. [credit: Sam Machkovech ] NEW YORK CITY—The band brings to the stage: two stringed instruments, neither of which look exactly like a bass or a […]

A 22-year-old software engineer was found dead at Google’s NYC office

Associated Press/Richard Drew A 22-year-old software engineer was found dead at Google’s New York City headquarters, police say. Scott Krulcik was found unconscious on the sixth floor of the company’s offices in Chelsea at about 9 p.m. Friday. Krulcik’s Linkedin page says he began working at Google in August after serving as an intern in […]

New software will let artists control how light interacts with objects

Enlarge / Clouds contain billions of individual water droplets that are difficult to plot in computer graphics for movie scenes. (credit: Dartmouth Visual Computing Lab) Animators will now be able to precisely control how microscopic particles interact with light in their renderings of objects, thanks to a research collaboration between computer scientists at Dartmouth University and […]

File-sharing software on state election servers could expose them to intruders

Enlarge / Stickers await residents who vote at the Parks and Recreation Center building on August 14, 2018, in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images) As recently as Monday, computer servers that powered Kentucky’s online voter registration and Wisconsin’s reporting of election results ran software that could potentially expose information to hackers or enable access […]

Audi delays E-Tron SUV by a month over software updates

Audi’s E-Tron SUV has seemingly been in development for ages, but you’re going to have to wait longer still to see it on the road. The automaker has delayed the electric SUV’s arrival by four weeks due a “software development issue,” a spokesman told Reuters. Changes to an unnamed piece of software required that Audi […]

Lucid Software raises $75 million to grow its web-based design and diagramming software

Lucidchart has raised $ 72 million to grow its web-based design and diagramming tool. Web-based visual design platform Lucid Software has raised $72 million in a round of funding from Meritech Capital, Iconiq Capital, and Spectrum Equity. Founded in 2010, Lucid Software is best known for its flagship Lucidchart product, which is kind of like a Microsoft Visio-style […]

If SETI uses off-the-shelf hardware & software — can’t you?

VB EVENT: “We use gaming GPUs,” says Dr. Andrew Siemion, director of the Berkeley SETI research center. “We use the GeForce series from Nvidia. We use consumer level flash drives.” Siemion is one of the speakers at VB Summit, coming up on October 22-23 in Mill Valley, CA. On Twitter, his team recently posted a […]