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Man Puts 8MM bullets inside Dell XPS 410 - Tells Police it was worth it

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/04/man-puts-8-bullets-in-his-dell-tells-police-its-worth-the-ticket/

On Monday around 7pm, 37-year-old Colorado Springs resident Lucas Hinch took his Dell XPS 410 out into the alley behind the building where he lives and runs a homeopathic herb store, pulled out his 9mm handgun, and put eight bullets through the PC, in cold blood.

The Dell, it seems, had been causing Hinch trouble in recent months and gave him a blue screen of death for what turned out to be the final time on that fateful evening. It's unclear what version of Windows the computer was running before it met its demise.

According to the local police blotter, Colorado Springs police responded to the sound of the gunshots and ticketed Hinch for discharging his gun within city limits, a misdemeanor offense. Police spokeswoman Catherine Buckley told the Los Angeles Times that Hinch had just purchased a new gun, and when the police arrived on the scene, he told the officers he didn't realize he was breaking the law in discharging his weapon.

Hinch, however, told the Times he has no regrets.

"It was glorious," he said. "Angels sung on high.

"It was premeditated, oh, definitely," he added. "I made sure there wasn't anything behind it and nothing to ricochet."

Hinch told The Smoking Gun that his 9mm was a Hi-Point pistol he bought off Craigslist. The officers confiscated Hinch's gun but left the disabled Dell. Hinch is scheduled for a May 11 court hearing where he could be fined. Police told the Los Angeles Times that jail time is unlikely.

The Colorado Springs Gazette noted that the machine is not expected to recover.

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Intel, Cray to collaborate on $200M supercomputer deal

Cray has announced it’s entered a massive deal with Intel to build a new machine capable of reaching up to 180 petaflops. Current peak performance of the Tianhe-2, the most powerful supercomputer on the planet as of last November’s Top500 list, is just 54.9 petaflops. The massive new system will be built at the Argonne National Laboratory and are part of a joint collaboration between that facility, Oak Ridge, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The deal in question is actually for a pair of systems. The flagship supercomputer, Aurora, will be based on Cray’s “Shasta” architecture and will integrate Intel’s HPC framework. In practice, this means Xeon processors as CPUs and the successor to Knights Landing, Knights Hill. Little is known about Knights Hill — it isn’t expected until 2017 at the earliest, with a 10nm process, likely a modified Atom core (the upcoming Knights Landing will use a tweaked version of Intel’s 14nm Airmont).

The second system, Theta, appears to be more of a testbed and early prototype system, inasmuch as a 6 PFLOP system can be rightly called a testbed. Such performance would still be in the top 10 of supercomputers today. But Cray’s PR calls Theta “an early production system” and notes that Cray will have the option to deliver next-generation parallel storage systems for the supercomputer. This second system will be delivered in 2016.

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Bank Hackers Steal Millions via Malware

Nytimes

PALO ALTO, Calif. — In late 2013, an A.T.M. in Kiev started dispensing cash at seemingly random times of day. No one had put in a card or touched a button. Cameras showed that the piles of money had been swept up by customers who appeared lucky to be there at the right moment.

But when a Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, was called to Ukraine to investigate, it discovered that the errant machine was the least of the bank’s problems.

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