Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced today that the company will be laying off 18,000 employees over the next year, the largest round of cutbacks in Microsoft's history. For anyone who loses their job, that's painful news — but in the context of big layoffs at some of Redmond's peers, Nadella's move is also quite severe. We stacked up the job cuts that have taken place at Microsoft, which were principally targeting the company's Mobile division and the employees it took on when it acquired Nokia. We compared that to the cuts made by Google across Motorola Mobility and layoffs at HP, Intel, and BlackBerry since 2011. In terms of raw numbers, Microsoft's announcement is the second largest — and it's also the second-highest percentage of overall workforce after BlackBerry. While it's not included in this chart, the worst off in terms of total cuts would have to be Nokia, which has let go a total of more than 50,000 employees since Stephen Elop took over in September … [Read more...] about How big are Microsoft’s layoffs?
Ultimately, a politically-motivated move such as this could backfire against American companies and US consumers. A great majority of the gadgets we use are assembled in China, and it will be a while before some of them can be produce at the same scale in other countries like India. And, as pointed out by Telegram CEO Pavel Durov in a post discussing the pending TikTok ban, more countries could soon start using the pretext of "national security" to fracture US tech companies. … [Read more...] about US proposes a five-part “Clean Network” plan that could lead to a “splinternet”
The team adds that as AD machines rarely receive a reboot, this could mean skeleton keys could go undetected for long periods, and also facilitate the threat actors' wishes to move laterally across networks without detection. In one of the firm's case studies, the APT group was present for roughly a year before being removed from the compromised network. … [Read more...] about Black Hat: Hackers are using skeleton keys to target chip vendors
While that's only 100 MHz faster than the Ryzen 9 3950X, this is reportedly an engineering sample, so the final product could see a further boost to the clock speed, potentially putting it closer to Intel's 5GHz chips. While AMD's processors have long boasted more cores than its rival, Chipzilla's higher frequencies have helped it claim the gaming crown. With the Vermeer processors, that could all change, especially as they use the new 7nm+ Zen 3 architecture. … [Read more...] about AMD Ryzen 9 4950X details leak – a potential gaming king?
A fully loaded configuration of the portable a-XP comes with an AMD 3990X, Nvidia's 32GB Tesla V100 GPU, 64GB RAM, 4TB SSD, and 28TB of SATA storage. Given all this powerful hardware, the a-XP doesn't feature a battery on-board, though a CacheVault flash-based backup and multiple UPS options are available for dealing with power outages, pushing the a-XP's price well above $30,000 once all options have been maxed out. … [Read more...] about Mediaworkstations a-XP is a luggable PC with AMD Threadripper inside