A few days ago, Microsoft’s top lawyer took the NSA to task over WannaCry, saying that problem was the agency’s creation because it built and stockpiled such malware for its own use. Now WikiLeaks has revealed more government-created malware and this one is a nasty piece of work. Codenamed “Athena,” the spyware targets all version of Windows from Windows XP to Windows 10, and was released in August 2015.
Like a lot of people, I found myself getting a sore neck and eyes from squinting at a smartphone screen for too long. It’s not that the iPhone 6 has a small screen relative to the market, it’s just that prolonged staring at the screen really isn’t a good idea to anyone but a chiropractor looking to boost his business. I had fiddled with the iPhone 6s Plus in the local Best Buy, and I liked what I saw. Also, it didn’t feel too cumbersome in my hand, so I decided to go for it. The iPhone 7 was out.
Gains in processor performance have diminished over the years. In the old days, going from a 25 MHz 486 to a 50 MHz 486 actually doubled performance. But for the last few generations of processors, performance gains have been under 10 percent, at best, for each successive generation. Now it's starting to look like performance isn't just slowing but coming to a stop.