Japan approved the export of liquid hydrogen fluoride to Korea for the first time since the Shinzo Abe administration restricted shipments of key industrial materials in July. The approval came a few days before Korea and Japan will hold a second round of World Trade Organization (WTO) talks over the trade dispute. Yonhap on Saturday reported that the Japanese government accepted the request of chemical manufacturer Stella Chemifa to export liquid hydrogen fluoride to Korea, citing multiple industrial sources. Although Tokyo had approved the export of hydrogen fluoride in gas form, this was the first time for liquid form. Hydrogen fluoride plays a crucial role in manufacturing high-end computer chips - especially the liquid form. It has been reported that Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix, Korea’s leading semiconductor companies, have repeatedly requested approval for liquid hydrogen fluoride shipments that were denied on grounds of paperwork problems. One reason the Japanese … [Read more...] about Ahead of trade meeting, Japan allows shipment
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"Our world has gone to hell," declared Gary Oldman in a recent interview with Playboy magazine. These days people won't take a simple joke about being a "nigger" or a "fucking Jew", according to Oldman; it's considered bad form to name women, especially those in positions of power, "fucking useless cunts", and, when in a rage, you can't even call gay men "faggots". What or who can we blame for this awful state of affairs, Gary? Political correctness and the liberal dictatorship, of course. Oldman has since apologised, but his outburst reveals just how far resistance to political correctness has gone. Whereas once condemning sexist and racist language and behaviour was a commendable endeavour, it is now a pejorative shorthand for oversensitivity and nonsense. PC language is widely viewed as an encroachment on individual freedom. In this sense, the persistent rightwing offensive on the concept has won out. The argument goes that offensive language is so because those taking offence … [Read more...] about Gary Oldman showed how far ‘anti-PC brigade’ sentiment has come
Microsoft plans to put more of an emphasis on the security of its Windows users moving forward, via the newly-announced "Secured-core PC" initiative. The initiative aims to offer Windows customers a better form of protection against "targeted firmware" attacks. These attacks, according to Microsoft, are becoming more common in recent years. This is largely due to the ever-improving security features built into operating systems and their "connected services." Better security means more challenges for hackers to overcome, and reduced incentive for them to attempt to break into a system using software vulnerabilities; thus leading them to focus on firmware instead. To address the growing threat that firmware-based attacks present, Microsoft has partnered up with various PC manufacturing and silicon partners to produce the secured-core PC defense. This defense's primary component is "System Guard Secure Launch," a device requirement that protects a PC's boot process from firmware attacks. … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s ‘secured-core PC initiative’ aims to protect Windows 10 machines from firmware attacks
Roscosmos subsidiary Energomash is preparing to deliver three more RD-180 engines for use with Atlas-5 launch vehicles, the company reported on Friday. “A commission has completed its work at NPO Energomash JSC on accepting the next batch of RD-180 rocket engines manufactured at the enterprise. Representatives from Pratt & Whitney, United Launch Alliance and AMROSS have signed the paperwork on three commercial engines,” the company said in a press release. These companies as well as representatives from NASA and the US Air Force were said to have spent two weeks inspecting the engines and the associated accessories, spare parts and tools, as well as the accompanying documentation. The delivery was said to be the second in 2019, with the engines currently being prepared for shipment. Energomash already shipped three RD-180 rocket engines to the United States in June as part of a separate contract. Since 1999, Lockheed Martin Atlas III and Atlas V launch vehicles have … [Read more...] about Three Additional Russian RD-180 Rocket Engines Being Prepared for Shipment to US – Manufacturer
We don’t talk much about laptop computers anymore. They are ubiquitous, but not exciting. But it seems the segment has finally reached a point where design, performance, and pricing are where the industry would have wanted it to be. In fact, this sweet point is something that helped the smartphone segment grow much faster a few years ago. Why do I say this, though? I recently go to experience the new Asus laptops powered by AMD’s Ryzen processors. I was fascinated by how these devices all offered a thin form factor even though their pricing was under Rs 30,000. Remember, our standard laptops for the office and even college students are back-breakingly heavy devices which are also notoriously underpowered. I get the feeling this is set to change now. The thin ad powerful catchline, earlier reserved for the expensive ultrabooks, is almost becoming standard for brands like Asus which is easing off heavier laptops completely. AMD India’s managing director sales Vinay … [Read more...] about Can thin but powerful devices push up laptop sales in India?
RIYADH/SANAA (Reuters) - The Houthi movement that controls northern Yemen vowed on Monday to fire more missiles into Saudi Arabia unless it stops bombing the country, after one of its missiles caused casualties in the Saudi capital for the first time. A photo distributed by the Houthi Military Media Unit shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia March 25, 2018. Houthi Military Media Unit/Handout via Reuters The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis accused them of using Iranian-made missiles. Spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said the coalition reserved the right to respond to Iran “at the appropriate time and manner”, under international law and within the framework of the United Nations, to protect Saudi Arabia. The incident threatens to sharply escalate a war that has already unleashed what the United Nations considers the world’s most urgent humanitarian crisis. Millions of Yemenis live under threat of mass … [Read more...] about Barrage of missiles on Saudi Arabia ramps up Yemen war