Weekend Reads 073021

One of the hottest areas of scientific research that peripherally will affect every tech industry is battery research. It seems like every year there are big breakthroughs in battery capability. Today I look at four of the recent announcements.

Tech companies have a long history of mishandling contacts, and the industry has been slow to give people more control.

However, ColdQuanta is betting that a modality that its founders and engineers have been working on for 15 years – cold atom – will establish itself as a method that will establish itself as quantum computing moves from a developing technology to an established global market.

Web infrastructure and website security company Cloudflare last month fixed a critical vulnerability in its CDNJS library that’s used by 12.7% of all websites on the internet.

The end-users of these platforms are not in control of their virtual presence; if anything, they are at the mercy of these platforms to a large extent.

Cyber hygiene and patching are key measures towards protecting data and systems. However, it’s not always possible or practical to patch when vulnerabilities and associated patches are announced. This problem gives rise to day one exploits.

Data-localization policies are spreading rapidly around the world. This measurably reduces trade, slows productivity, and increases prices for affected industries. Like-minded nations must work together to stem the tide and build an open, rules-based, and innovative digital economy.

DDR5 RAM is the next generation of system memory, and it’s just around the corner. It promises greater bandwidth, increased capacity, and lower power demands than existing DDR4, helping to make the most of not only modern CPUs but onboard graphics, too.

If the HPC and AI markets need anything right now, it is not more compute but rather more memory capacity at a very high bandwidth.

It comes with a screwdriver included in the box, and customizing, updating, and repairing of all kinds is highly encouraged. A piece of technology that doesn’t run out of steam in a couple of product cycles? Now, there’s a novel idea.

In 2019, Mozilla Corporation introduced its Trusted Recursive Resolver (TRR) program to complement the addition of support for DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) by its Firefox browser.