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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Irfanview 4.53 released
« Last post by JeGX on May 17, 2019, 04:43:07 PM »
Irfanview, one of the best image viewers on Windows has been updated:

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- New effect in Image->Effects menu: Insert Speech Bubbles
  Examples/Screenshot: speech_bubbles.jpg
- New effect in Image menu: Add Shadow, Shape, Rounded corners, Snowflake etc.
- New effect in Image menu: Add Hexagon (or tiles), Star, Spikes, Heart etc.
- Show mouse zoom magnifier: CTRL+SHIFT + Mouse-move in the image
  (mouse wheel zooms within magnifier area, click inside closes it)
- New border effect in "Add Frame" dialog: Broken Edge
- New effect added: Radial Brighten (Effects browser dialog)
- New option in Capture dialog: Draw red circle around cursor
- New option in Advanced batch dialog: Set maximal dimensions for resize
- Profiles option added to Contact Sheet dialog
- Option to read 1 BPP images in RAW dialog
- Command line: /filepattern can be combined with /slideshow
- TIF/PCX/PSD loading bugs fixed (thanks to Apriorit)
-  Some PlugIns are changed/updated, please install the newest versions:
    http://www.irfanview.com/plugins.htm

via: https://www.irfanview.com/main_history.htm


Downloads:
- Downloads @ Author site

- Irfanview (64-bit) @ Geeks3D
- Irfanview plugins (64-bit)  @ Geeks3D
- Irfanview (32-bit) @ Geeks3D
- Irfanview plugins (32-bit) @ Geeks3D
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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Re: Download Zone - Latest Updates
« Last post by JeGX on May 17, 2019, 04:36:49 PM »
Thanks, Irfanview + HWinFO updated.
ResetWU added!
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3D-Tech News Around The Web / VSCode 1.34 and VSCodium 1.34 released
« Last post by JeGX on May 17, 2019, 03:53:21 PM »
VSCode and its tracker-free version VSCodium have been released in version 1.34.

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Welcome to the April 2019 release of Visual Studio Code. During April, we were busy with the Preview release of the Remote Development extensions. These extensions let you work with VS Code over SSH on a remote machine or VM, in Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), or inside a Docker container. You can read the Remote Development with Visual Studio Code blog post to learn more.

Complete release notes about version 1.34 are available HERE.


You can download VSCode / VSCodium for Windows 64-bit from these links:

- VSCodium 1.34 win64 direct download
- VSCode 1.34 win64 direct download


or from the following pages:

- VSCodium 1.34 downloads
- VSCode downloads


VSCode / VSCodium

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GeeXLab - english forum / Python 3 demopack - HTTP request sample updated
« Last post by JeGX on May 16, 2019, 01:18:14 PM »
I updated the HTTP request sample of the Python 3 demopack to make it compliant with latest GeeXLab. I also added a secondary field for the script (/index.php for example):

- Python 3 Demopack Download

The demo is available in the py3-03-socket-http-request/ folder.

GeeXLab - Python 3 - HTTP request
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Intel Graphics - Windows 10 DCH Drivers Version: 26.20.100.6861 (Latest) Date: 5/15/2019 
Highlights
   Performance Improvements:
 
  • Improved performance and image quality when Conservative Morphological Anti-Aliasing (CMAA) is enabled for DX12 games and 3D applications.
  • Reduced compilation time on OpenCL shaders
  • Playability improvements and performance optimizations for Total War: Three Kingdoms*, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator*, and Risk of Rain 2*
  Developer Highlights:
 
  • Support for OpenGL 4.6 API
  • Various additions to D3D12 MetaCommand support in DirectML.
  • The Intel® Graphics Control Panel SDK now allows for control of Local Adaptive Contrast Enhancement (LACE) sensitivity (low/med/high) on platforms where available
  • New Vulkan extensions     
     
    • VK_EXT_depth_clip_enable : allows the explicitly  control depth clipping operation               
    • VK_EXT_host_query_reset : adds a new function to reset queries from the host             
    • VK_EXT_scalar_block_layout : enables C-like structure layout for SPIR-V blocks               
    • VK_KHR_shader_float16_int8 : allows use of 16-bit floating-point types and 8-bit integer types in shaders for arithmetic operations
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A University of Bristol academic has succeeded where countless cryptographers, linguistics scholars and computer programs have failed—by cracking the code of the 'world's most mysterious text', the Voynich manuscript.
 
 Although the purpose and meaning of the manuscript had eluded scholars for over a century, it took Research Associate Dr. Gerard Cheshire two weeks, using a combination of lateral thinking and ingenuity, to identify the language and writing system of the famously inscrutable document.
Full story at https://phys.org/news/2019-05-bristol-academic-voynich-code-century-old.html
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A new GeeXLab is available for for Windows 64-bit, Linux 64-bit, macOS, Raspbian (Raspberry Pi) and TinkerOS (Tinker Board).

Release notes
- https://www.geeks3d.com/hacklab/20190515/geexlab-0-28-1-released-for-windows-linux-macos-raspberry-pi-and-tinker-board/

Downloads
- https://www.geeks3d.com/geexlab/downloads/

Full changelog:
- http://www.geeks3d.com/geexlab/changelog/


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Version 0.28.1.0 - 2019.05.14
. (2019.05.14) recompilation for all platforms, minor bugs fixed.
! (2019.05.14) updated Bullet3 plugin with latest version 2.88
  on macOS, Raspberry Pi and Tinker Board.
+ (2019.05.14) added Python 3 support on Raspberry Pi and Tinker Board.
+ (2019.05.13) added create_box_8v() to gh_mesh.
+ (2019.05.12) added create_from_file_loader_gltf() to gh_model.
! (2019.05.09) added automatic call to ImGui terminate function
  at the end of a demo. Useful if you forget to explicitly call it
  in the TERMINATE script...
+ (2019.05.08) added set_next_item_width() to gh_imgui lib.
! (2019.05.08) updated ImGui with latest version 1.70.
! (2019.05.08) updated SQLite3 with latest version 3.28.0.

GeeXLab for Tinker Board

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Geeks3D's GPU Tools / Re: Cannot generate FurMark-Score.txt by command
« Last post by FuWei77 on May 15, 2019, 07:57:19 AM »
Furmark score.txt can be generated after nVidia driver update to v430.64.
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Like Meltdown and Spectre, the new MDS attack takes advantage of security flaws in how Intel's chips perform speculative execution, a feature in which a processor guesses at what operations and data it will be asked to execute or access ahead of time to speed up the chip's performance.

In these new cases, researchers found that they could use speculative execution to trick Intel's processors into grabbing sensitive data that's moving from one component of a chip to another. Unlike Meltdown, which used speculative execution to grab sensitive data sitting in memory, MDS attacks focus on the buffers that sit between a chip's components, such as between a processor and its cache, the small portion of memory allotted to the processor to keep frequently accessed data close at hand.

Source: https://www.wired.com/story/intel-mds-attack-speculative-execution-buffer/



RIDL and Fallout: MDS attacks
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The RIDL and Fallout speculative execution attacks allow attackers to leak confidential data across arbitrary security boundaries on a victim system, for instance compromising data held in the cloud or leaking your information to malicious websites. Our attacks leak data by exploiting the newly disclosed Microarchitectural Data Sampling (or MDS) side-channel vulnerabilities in Intel CPUs. Unlike existing attacks, our attacks can leak arbitrary in-flight data from CPU-internal buffers (Line Fill Buffers, Load Ports, Store Buffers), including data never stored in CPU caches. We show that existing defenses against speculative execution attacks are inadequate, and in some cases actually make things worse. Attackers can use our attacks to obtain sensitive data despite mitigations, due to vulnerabilities deep inside Intel CPUs.

Link: https://mdsattacks.com

RIDL whitepaper: https://mdsattacks.com/files/ridl.pdf

Fallout whitepaper: https://mdsattacks.com/files/fallout.pdf


Disabling Hyper-Threading below 8th, 9th Gen CPUs can protect:
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Intel in its white paper detailing the vulnerability admitted that disbaling HT might be warranted as a protection against MDS attacks - and you can imagine how much the company must have loathed to publish such a thing.

source: https://www.techpowerup.com/255508/yet-another-speculative-malfunction-intel-reveals-new-side-channel-attack-advises-disabling-hyper-threading-below-8th-9th-gen-cpus


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