As the famous idiom goes, death and taxes are the only constants in our lives. Given the abject nature of death, you’d think that taxes would, at least, work for everyone’s benefit. However, as every taxpayer knows, taxes don’t always end up for the common good.
Ever since taxes were invented, we wondered if our hard-earned money ended up contributing to government projects. At the very least, we hoped that it improved our government’s facilities.
Unfortunately, here’s one thing that our taxes are definitely not funding: government computers. As spotted on Reddit, NAIA’s computer screens are running illegitimate copies of Windows 7.
Around the Philippine airport, massive monitors update travelers on current flight times and statuses. Pictured by the eagle-eyed u/LyraStark, one monitor snuck out of full-screen mode and erroneously unveiled the taskbar. More than blocking out the flights, the taskbar also revealed the oddity with NAIA’s computers.
As most are probably familiar with, Windows notifies users when the system detects anomalies with the installation. If Windows figures out that your copy is pirated, you’ll get more than your fair share of reprimands. As you might expect, Microsoft isn’t keen on piracy.
Strangely, neither is the Philippine government. Despite having one of the world’s largest markets for it, the government has notoriously frowned upon pirated media and software. As such, NAIA’s blunder comes as an ironic shock.
Through comments, users have started wondering whether the illegitimate install took a slot in the airport’s budget. Some speculate that most government institutions run pirated software as well. Meanwhile, a few people think that genuine copies can mistakenly show the same notification.
Regardless, at the very least, the issue is something we can laugh about. Like the everyday user, the government doesn’t see the point in paying huge fees for Windows products.
Intel 9th-Gen Core processors feature ‘world’s best gaming processor’
Headlined by the Core i9-9900K
Intel’s latest lineup of desktop processors, dubbed the 9th generation, were unveiled earlier today in an event in New York. They’re headlined by the Core i9-9900K, which Intel calls the “world’s best gaming processor.”
It’s definitely a powerful chip, owning eight cores and 16 threads with a single-core turbo frequency of 5GHz and base speed of 3.6GHz. It offers all sorts of speed boosts compared to the previous generation, but you’ll need a Z390-based motherboard to reach its full potential.
Included in the lineup are the Core i7-9700K and i5-9600K, which are equipped with eight and six cores, respectively — no extra threads here. All three chips, unfortunately, are still based on the 14nm process introduced years ago, with Intel releasing an updated 10nm process only in 2019.
Pricing is as follows: US$ 488 for the Core i9-9900K, US$ 374 for the Core i7-9700K, and US$ 262 for the Core i5-9600K. Pre-orders begin today with a rollout happening later in October.
In addition, Intel announced seven new Intel Core X-series processors, which include the Core i9-9980XE (US$ 1,979), i9-9960X (US$ 1,684), i9-9940X (US$ 1,387), i9-9920X (US$ 1,189), i9-9900X (US$ 989), i9-9820X (US$ 898), and i7-9800X (US$ 589). All will become available by November.
Built on Intel’s Mesh Architecture, the top-of-the-line model holds 18 cores with 36 threads to handle the most demanding tasks needed by professionals. Even wilder is the upcoming Intel Xeon W-3175X and its 28 core and 56 thread count, but it has no price yet — only a release date of December 2018.
Microsoft recalls Windows October update due to deleting issues
Don’t update your PC yet!
For most Windows users, installing the latest update represents a paramount concern for different reasons. To some, new updates add much-needed security patches to their beloved operating system. To the rest, Windows’ incessant reminders are just a chore.
Regardless of where their users place, Windows updates are an important part of Microsoft’s ecosystem. As such, a single hitch can collapse an unprecedented chunk of Microsoft’s users.
Now, that eventuality is upon us. This October, the latest Windows update is reportedly deleting a user’s files out of the blue. According to Windows support forums, some users’ Documents folders have completely vanished, replaced by a fresh one.
In response, Microsoft has pulled the update from its downloads section. Unfortunately, the update promised its fair share of new features. This included a new dark mode, optimized screen functionality, and better mobile-to-PC connectivity. With the recall, these new features will have to wait.
According to Microsoft, the company will investigate these “isolated reports” before launching a new update rollout.
Strangely, this issue has popped up even before the rollout. Some user reports date as early as three months ago. This time frame corresponds to users who signed up for the early-access Windows Insider Program. At the time, only a few users reported the issue. On launch, the few ballooned into a concerning number. Essentially, Microsoft failed to fix the issue before it cascaded into a bigger problem.
At the very least, the company has acknowledged the issue’s gravity. Instead of carrying on business as usual, Microsoft is undergoing steps to fix a crucial mistake. Hopefully, this results to a cleaner update launches in the future.
Wi-Fi 6 is coming and older generations get simpler version numbers
A new naming approach by Wi-Fi Alliance
You might not be aware, but there are different Wi-Fi versions available. This could be the reason while your new flagship phone has better reception than your friend’s older budget device. They are named with a mix of letters and numbers, but that changes now.
Wi-Fi Alliance, the group who oversees the development of Wi-Fi, figured out a new naming system that’s easy to understand, especially for the average consumers.
Wi-Fi versions are identified as “802.11” and it’s followed by version letters. You might think they’re alphabetical, but they’re not. The latest version is 802.11ac, but before that, we had 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11a, and 802.11b. Quite confusing, right?
All of those complex codenames are being changed. The latest 802.11ac standard will now be called Wi-Fi 5. Why? Because it’s the fifth version. The rest of the older standards will also adopt the new scheme:
Wi-Fi 1 — 802.11b (1999)
Wi-Fi 2 — 802.11a (1999)
Wi-Fi 3 — 802.11g (2003)
Wi-Fi 4 — 802.11n (2009)
So, instead of researching which one is better, you just have to look for the highest number. Obviously, Wi-Fi 5 is newer than Wi-Fi 4, Wi-Fi 4 is better than Wi-Fi 3, and so on.
Additionally, the next Wi-Fi generation which will be based on 802.11ax technology will be called Wi-Fi 6. Like before, the new version will offer faster speeds, increased throughput, and better experiences.
“Wi-Fi 6 will deliver an improved experience to address device and application needs in a range of consumer and enterprise environments,” Wi-Fi Alliance said in the press release.
You may read more about the technicalities of Wi-Fi 6 here.
Source: Wi-Fi Alliance
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