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Spectre and Meltdown Explained, and a Proposed Counter Against Them

On January 15, 2018, 2:58 AM PST, Josh Fruhlinger wrote Spectre and Meltdown explained: What they are, how they work, what’s at risk . As threats, regarding these two risks, Spectre and Meltdown, Fruhlinger wrote, “In the first days of 2018, published research revealed that nearly ever computer chip manufactured in the last 20 years contains fundamental security flaws, with specific variations on those flaws being dubbed Spectre and Meltdown ” (Fruhlinger, Jan 15, 2018). Fruhlinger was stating this: despite the best known efforts Electrical Engineers and Computer Scientists exercised, computer chip technology dated 1998 AD - 2018 AD has experienced an error, design flaws, that led to known defects, Spectre and Meltdown, and these are potentially great failures.  Side-channel technology requires high grade technical research, and this can be because Spectre and Meltdown exist, so a layman would not have known it, 22 years ago. According to Josh Fruhlinger, speculative execution and cac

On Android Pie, the Notification Style was Updated

On Android Pie, the notification system layout updated, but the notification edge got rounded.  Android Oreo  On the previous Android, codenamed Oreo, the notification edge is semi-rectangular. With traditional edges, an Android Oreo notification is like a desktop operating system. My Android Oreo device is a tablet, but it is too big and bulk, for I am an active person, but I dislike carrying a big computer because it is practically a PC. Android Oreo notifying I am using a mobile desktop style is not awesome because it is disorienting, but I have a mobile device.  Android Pie  On Android Pie, the notification edge is rounded, so Pie no longer has the desktop style notification. Against desktop computers,  it is more mobile-oriented. I like this update because I am more mobile than stationary, but Pie learns my notification use case. Using a notification is accepting the notification, but Pie adjusts my cookies, so my experience becomes better curated. 

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