Ratchet and Clank (CUSA01073) PS4 4.05 Game Dump by Cazz0n3

Posted: 01-23-2018 02:04 AM
Source: https://www.psxhax.com/threads/ratch…-cazz0n3.3584/

This is my dump of Ratchet and Clank CUSA01073 fully works (tested with 1hr of gameplay) with 4.05 HEN exploit.

Size 28,2 GB

Ratchet and Clank (CUSA01073) PS4 4.05 Game Dump by Cazz0n3

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RED's Hydrogen One smartphone will ship this summer

RED’s much-hyped Hydrogen One smartphone is edging ever-closer to market, according to an update from its creators. In a thread on the camera company’s reduser forums, the makers of the holographic-display phone have revealed pre-order will open “pro…

Source: Engadget – RED’s Hydrogen One smartphone will ship this summer

Micron, Rambus, & Others Team Up To Spur GDDR6 Adoption in Non-GPU Products

For regular AnandTech readers, the drums of GDDR6 have been beating loudly for most of the last year now. The new memory standard replaces the venerable GDDR5 memory, which, to make long-time readers feel old, launched 10 years ago. While GDDR5 has evolved well beyond its initially planned lifecycle to meet the needs of the industry, it’s finally begun to reach its apex, and a new memory standard has been needed to take its place. GDDR6 then promises to be a big deal, offering a significant jump in memory bandwidth over GDDR5 – and even GDDR5X – giving processors of all sorts a much-needed boost.

And while the focus on any GDDR technology is understandably first and foremost on the Graphics aspect of GDDR, the technology itself is not inherently limited to just video cards. Rather GDDR is fundamentally just a product built to the other end of the capacity/bandwidth continuum, focusing on high memory bandwidth and smaller capacities as opposed to traditional, high-density DRAM. Video cards in turn are the most obvious use case given their bandwidth requirements, but they’re not the only high-bandwidth devices out there.

A long-term goal of the DRAM industry has been to spur the adoption of GDDR memory in non-graphics products in order to grow the overall market for the memory and provide higher bandwidth options for certain customers. GDDR IP vendors have long seen product categories such as networking gear as being the perfect ancillary market for this type of memory, given the bandwidth needs. However while this has been an ongoing effort since the GDDR5 days (if not before), any actual market penetration for non-graphics use of GDDR5 has been extremely limited, essentially setting up status quo as we know it.

As a result, for the launch of GDDR6, Micron is taking a different, more organized path to spurring GDDR6 adoption. Being announced today, Micron, Rambus, Northwest Logic, and Avery Design are banding together to develop a complete toolkit solution for chip designers to implement GDDR6 support on their products. The development of this common ecosystem is intended to allow designers to more easily adopt GDDR6 by offering a full suite of compatible GDDR6 IP, and the means to validate all of it.

By bringing together a group that supplies everything from the memory to the memory controller to validation tools, the group is looking to solve what Micron saw as the biggest roadblock to GDDR5 adoption: the lack of easily licensed IP. In practice if a vendor wanted to implement GDDR5, there was little in the way of prefabricated designs to work with; vendors would need to implement their own GDDR5 memory controller and all the tough work that comes with a high speed memory interface. Large players like NVIDIA and AMD could of course pull this off, but it made GDDR5 inaccessible to mid-size players. These are the kind of firms who may specialize in designing a specific aspect of a chip, and then license and integrate any remaining technology they may need.

The group isn’t giving this collaboration a specific name, but each member supplies a difference piece of the puzzle. Micron of course supplies the GDDR6 itself, while the memory controller IP is from Northwest Logic. Meanwhile the PHY for the memory controller – an especially nasty bit since it’s a mixed analog/digital circuit – comes from Rambus. Finally, Avery Design is supplying validation tools for the effort, giving chip designers the means to validate their designs after integrating the various bits of IP. While the complete toolkit isn’t being offered in a one-stop-shopping fashion – interested firms will need to reach out to each member to license the relevant IP bits rather than licensing all of it at once – when assembled the toolkit should greatly streamline the implementation of GDDR6 in new chips.

GDDR6 IP Group
Micron GDDR6 Memory
Rambus PHY IP
Northwest Logic Memory Controller IP
Avery Design Verificaiton IP

As for what markets the group will be targeting, this GDDR6 IP effort is at least initially focused on supporting both ASICs and FPGAs for the networking and automotive markets. The networking market is somewhat self-explanatory here – high-end switches and routers process vast amounts of data and need the memory bandwidth to keep up – and GDDR memory has always been a good potential fit here. This is where speed/capacity tradeoffs become a factor, as even a 512-bit GDDR6 implementation only offers as much memory capacity as one good RDIMM, but for products that can work in those constraints, GDDR6 would offer better bandwidth at lower energy consumption – and with fewer total components – than DDR4.

The other big aim for the group is the rapidly expanding autonomous car market. This market has a lot in common with the graphics market in as much as it involves a lot of visual processing, though reversing the situation by making it incoming data instead of outgoing data. More advanced cars, particularly level 5 fully autonomous designs, require a massive amount of sensor data and accordingly a great deal of memory bandwidth to carry that data. In this respect the group is looking to grab a foothold in a new market, as this market is expected to boom over the coming years, and there’s ample opportunity to sell memory here.

Ultimately driving GDDR6 adoption outside of the graphics market still remains an uphill battle, both for inertia reasons and because it’s not the only high-bandwidth memory technology vying for a piece of the market. However compared to the fledging efforts to get GDDR5 adopted in this fashion, Micron’s efforts to bring together IP providers is a lot more organized than before, thanks in large part to the fact that it significantly reduces the barrier towards adding GDDR support on the logic side of matters. Micron for their part is already sampling their GDDR6, with mass production set to begin this quarter, so if Micron’s efforts make headway, then potential customers should be able to get started very soon on integrating GDDR6 IP into their designs.

Source: AnandTech – Micron, Rambus, & Others Team Up To Spur GDDR6 Adoption in Non-GPU Products

Ask Slashdot: What Is Your View On Forced Subscription-Only Software?

dryriver writes: All used to be well in the world of Digital Content Creation (DCC) until two very major DCC software makers — Adobe and Autodesk — decided to force a monthly subscription model on pretty much every software package they make to please Wall Street investors. Important 2D and 3D DCC software like Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, InDesign, 3DMax, Maya, and Mudbox is now only available to “rent” from these companies. You simply cannot buy a perpetual license or boxed copy for this software at all anymore, and what makes matters worse is that if you stop paying your subscription, the software locks itself down, leaving you unable to open even old files you created with the software for later review. Also annoying is that subscription software constantly performs “license validity” checks over the internet (subscription software cannot be run offline for any great length of time, or on an air-gapped PC) and the software is increasingly tied into various cloud services these companies have set up. The DCC companies want you to save your — potentially confidential — project files on their servers, not on your own hard disk. There are millions of DCC professionals around the world who’d love to be able to buy a normal, perpetual, offline-use capable license for these software tools. That is no longer possible. Adobe and Autodesk no longer provide that. What is your view on this “forced subscription” model? What would happen if all the major commercial software developers forced this model on everyone simultaneously? What if the whole idea of being able to “purchase” a perpetual license for ANY commercial software went away completely, and it was subscription only from that point on?

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Source: Slashdot – Ask Slashdot: What Is Your View On Forced Subscription-Only Software?

Here's the First Discount Ever on Amazon's Adorable Echo Spot

Amazon’s new Echo Spot is like an adorably rounded Echo Show, and as a consequence, one of the best alarm clocks ever made. But unlike all of its Echo brethren, Amazon’s never run a discount on it, until today.

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Source: LifeHacker – Here’s the First Discount Ever on Amazon’s Adorable Echo Spot

Maker of Tide Pods: It's Not Our Fault That Teens Are Fucking Stupid

Why are teens eating Tide pods? Or, at least, pretending to eat them in videos that they’re posting online? We have some theories. But the company that makes the brightly colored laundry pods would like you to know that, whatever the reason, it’s not their fault.

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Source: Gizmodo – Maker of Tide Pods: It’s Not Our Fault That Teens Are Fucking Stupid

Micron Introduces 5200 Series Enterprise SATA SSDs

Today Micron is updating their enterprise SATA SSD family to use their 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory. Aside from the new flash, the new 5200 series is almost identical to the 5100 series, but the broad range of options has been reduced to a more manageable quantity.

Where the 5100 series included three tiers of write endurance and overprovisioning—ECO, PRO and MAX—the 5200 only includes the ECO and PRO tiers, and the PRO tier has been pared down to just two capacities.

Micron says the most popular models in the 5100 series have been the 1TB and 2TB capacities. Demand in the larger 4TB and 8TB is being held back by two factors: a dearth of alternative 4TB and 8TB SATA options is dissuading buyers that want to ensure they have multiple suppliers, and many of the use cases for such large drives also require PCIe performance.

Micron has made the requisite firmware changes to support the new 3D NAND and they have made some minor tweaks to improve performance consistency, but otherwise the 5200 uses the same basic firmware architecture as the 5100.

Unlike the 5100 series, the 5200 series won’t be available in the M.2 form factor. Instead, the 5100 series will continue to service the M.2 market and the low capacity 2.5″ market until 2019. The demand in those segments is largely for boot drives, and being a generation behind doesn’t have much impact on that use case.

Micron 5200 ECO Series Specifications
Capacity 480 GB 960 GB 1.92 TB 3.84 TB 7.68 TB
Form Factor 2.5″ SATA 6 Gbps
Controller Marvell 88SS1074
NAND Micron 64-layer 3D TLC NAND
Sequential Read 540 MB/s
Sequential Write 385 MB/s 520 MB/s
4KB Random Read  81k IOPS 95k IOPS
4KB Random Write  33k IOPS 28k IOPS 22k IOPS 17k IOPS 9.5k IOPS
Idle Power 1.5 W
Max Read Power 3.0 W
Max Write Power 3.6 W
Endurance 0.87 PB 1.75 PB 3.5 PB 7.7 PB 8.4 PB
Drive Writes Per Day 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.1 0.6
Warranty 5 years


Micron 5200 PRO Series Specifications
Capacity 960 GB 1.92 TB
Form Factor 2.5″ SATA 6 Gbps
Controller Marvell 88SS1074
NAND Micron 64-layer 3D TLC NAND
Sequential Read 540 MB/s
Sequential Write 520 MB/s
4KB Random Read  95k IOPS
4KB Random Write  32k IOPS
Idle Power 1.5 W
Max Read Power 3.0 W
Max Write Power 3.6 W
Endurance 2.27 PB 5.95 PB
Drive Writes Per Day 1.3 1.7
Warranty 5 years

The performance changes from the 5100 series to the 5200 series are mostly insignificant. The smallest 480GB ECO model sees a drop in random read performance from 93k IOPS to 81k IOPS, but otherwise the ECO drives are rated for similar performance. Among the PRO models, the biggest performance change is a drop in random write speed from 37k IOPS to 32k IOPS.

The most significant spec changes are the write endurance ratings. The 5200 ECO has mostly increased the write endurance of at least 1 Drive Write Per Day, including almost double the endurance for the two smallest models. However, the largest 7.68 TB model is still rated for the same 8.4 PB (0.6 DWPD). On the PRO models, endurance has been greatly reduced, from 2.5 DWPD to 1.3-1.7 DWPD.

Endurance Comparison
Capacity 5200 5100
ECO 480 GB 0.87 PB

1.0 DWPD
0.45 PB

0.5 DWPD
960 GB 1.75 PB

1.0 DWPD
0.9 PB

0.5 DWPD
1.92 TB 3.5 PB

1.0 DWPD
3.2 PB

0.9 DWPD
3.84 TB 7.7 PB

1.1 DWPD
6.4 PB

0.9 DWPD
7.68 TB 8.4 PB

0.6 DWPD
8.4 PB

0.6 DWPD
PRO 960 GB 2.27 PB

1.3 DWPD
4.4 PB

2.5 DWPD
1.92 TB 5.95 PB

1.7 DWPD
8.8 PB

2.5 DWPD

The 5200 announcement may seem to be an uninteresting update to an uninteresting product segment, but SATA SSDs still make up a majority of Micron’s enterprise SSD sales. Micron is expecting PCIe SSDs to overtake SATA SSDs in the enterprise space this year, but demand for SATA SSDs isn’t plummeting. In fact, overall volume is still increasing even as SATA market share falls, because the storage industry as a whole is experiencing strong growth. Enterprise SATA SSDs will remain a major part of Micron’s storage business for at least another generation or two.

Source: AnandTech – Micron Introduces 5200 Series Enterprise SATA SSDs

Raspberry Pi Spy’s Alexa Skill

With Raspberry Pi projects using home assistant services such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home becoming more and more popular, we invited Raspberry Pi maker Matt ‘Raspberry Pi Spy‘ Hawkins to write a guest post about his latest project, the Pi Spy Alexa Skill.

Pi Spy Alexa Skill Raspberry Pi

Pi Spy Skill

The Alexa system uses Skills to provide voice-activated functionality, and it allows you to create new Skills to add extra features. With the Pi Spy Skill, you can ask Alexa what function each pin on the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO header provides, for example by using the phrase “Alexa, ask Pi Spy what is Pin 2.” In response to a phrase such as “Alexa, ask Pi Spy where is GPIO 8”, Alexa can now also tell you on which pin you can find a specific GPIO reference number.

This information is already available in various forms, but I thought it would be useful to retrieve it when I was busy soldering or building circuits and had no hands free.

Creating an Alexa Skill

There is a learning curve to creating a new Skill, and in some regards it was similar to mobile app development.

A Skill consists of two parts: the first is created within the Amazon Developer Console and defines the structure of the voice commands Alexa should recognise. The second part is a webservice that can receive data extracted from the voice commands and provide a response back to the device. You can create the webservice on a webserver, internet-connected device, or cloud service.

I decided to use Amazon’s AWS Lambda service. Once set up, this allows you to write code without having to worry about the server it is running on. It also supports Python, so it fit in nicely with most of my other projects.

To get started, I logged into the Amazon Developer Console with my personal Amazon account and navigated to the Alexa section. I created a new Skill named Pi Spy. Within a Skill, you define an Intent Schema and some Sample Utterances. The schema defines individual intents, and the utterances define how these are invoked by the user.

Here is how my ExaminePin intent is defined in the schema:

Pi Spy Alexa Skill Raspberry Pi

Example utterances then attempt to capture the different phrases the user might speak to their device.

Pi Spy Alexa Skill Raspberry Pi

Whenever Alexa matches a spoken phrase to an utterance, it passes the name of the intent and the variable PinID to the webservice.

In the test section, you can check what JSON data will be generated and passed to your webservice in response to specific phrases. This allows you to verify that the webservices’ responses are correct.

Pi Spy Alexa Skill Raspberry Pi

Over on the AWS Services site, I created a Lambda function based on one of the provided examples to receive the incoming requests. Here is the section of that code which deals with the ExaminePin intent:

Pi Spy Alexa Skill Raspberry Pi

For this intent, I used a Python dictionary to match the incoming pin number to its description. Another Python function deals with the GPIO queries. A URL to this Lambda function was added to the Skill as its ‘endpoint’.

As with the Skill, the Python code can be tested to iron out any syntax errors or logic problems.

With suitable configuration, it would be possible to create the webservice on a Pi, and that is something I’m currently working on. This approach is particularly interesting, as the Pi can then be used to control local hardware devices such as cameras, lights, or pet feeders.


My Alexa Skill is currently only available to UK users. I’m hoping Amazon will choose to copy it to the US service, but I think that is down to its perceived popularity, or it may be done in bulk based on release date. In the next update, I’ll be adding an American English version to help speed up this process.

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Raw sprouts at Jimmy John’s linked to another outbreak-at least the 7th

Enlarge / Jimmy John’s Beach Club sandwich on seven grain bread with sprouts. Don’t do it. (credit: Getty | The Washington Post)

On the 2018 list of “things that are a bad idea to shove in your face,” raw sprouts from Jimmy John’s may be up there—right behind Tide laundry pods.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration announced late Friday that a multistate outbreak of Salmonella is linked to raw sprouts served at the sandwich chain’s restaurants in Wisconsin and Illinois. While sprouts in general are a well-established source of foodborne illnesses linked to many dozens of outbreaks in recent decades, Friday’s announcement marks at least the seventh time since 2008 that raw sprouts at Jimmy John’s specifically have caused outbreaks.

In response, Jimmy John’s on Friday ordered sprouts off the menu at all 2,727 of its restaurant. The company called the move a “precautionary measure.”

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Source: Ars Technica – Raw sprouts at Jimmy John’s linked to another outbreak-at least the 7th

Garmin's latest activity band is built for rookie golfers

To date, Garmin’s golf tracking wearables have been aimed at experienced players, with the higher prices to match. Even the Approach X40 isn’t a trivial purchase. But what if you’re relatively new? Enter the Approach X10: the new model gives you d…

Source: Engadget – Garmin’s latest activity band is built for rookie golfers

You Spend Nearly a Whole Day Each Week On the Internet

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Since 2000, our time spent online each week has steadily increased, rising from 9.4 hours to 23.6 hours — nearly an entire day, according to a recent report by the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future. The internet has become an integral component of our home lives as well, with time spent rising more than 400 percent over that period from 3.3 hours to 17.6 hours each week, according to the report, which surveys more than 2,000 people across the U.S. each year. The center’s 15th annual Digital Future Report illustrates the internet’s dramatic evolution since 2000 from a secondary medium to an indispensable component of our daily lives — always on and always with us. It also comes as many fear for the future of the unlimited internet we have largely taken for granted over the past two decades. The report also found that the internet has had a dramatic impact on how we get our news. News consumption for all ages went from a print-to-online ratio of 85-15 in 2001 to a near even 51-49 in 2016.

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Source: Slashdot – You Spend Nearly a Whole Day Each Week On the Internet

Here’s why the epidemic of malicious ads grew so much worse last year

Enlarge / A tech support scam pushed by Zirconium displays the authenticated URL of Microsoft, making it easy for some people to trust. (credit: Confiant)

Last year brought a surge of sketchy online ads to the Internet that tried to trick viewers into installing malicious software. Even credit reporting service Equifax was caught redirecting its website visitors to a fake Flash installer just a few weeks after reports of a data breach affecting as many as 145.5 million US consumers.

Now, researchers have uncovered one of the forces driving that spike-a consortium of 28 fake ad agencies. The consortium displayed an estimated 1 billion ad impressions last year that pushed malicious antivirus software, tech support scams and other fraudulent schemes. By carefully developing relationships with legitimate ad platforms, the ads reached 62 percent of the Internet’s ad-monetized websites on a weekly basis, researchers from security firm Confiant reported in a report published Tuesday. (Confiant has dubbed the consortium “Zirconium.”) The ads were delivered on so-called “forced redirects,” in which a site displaying editorial content or an ad suddenly opened a new page on a different domain.

Confiant CTO Jerome Dangu wrote the following in an email:

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Source: Ars Technica – Here’s why the epidemic of malicious ads grew so much worse last year