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Microsoft's New PC Memory Tool: Cool or Creepy?

Good morning! Microsoft's latest tool, Copilot+ Recall, is raising eyebrows—it's like having a personal photographer for your PC, but security experts warn it could be a goldmine for hackers. Despite its massive user base, YouTube is sticking with MySQL, not NoSQL, and their homegrown Vitess tool is helping it handle the load. At Computex 2024, Nvidia's CEO unveiled a lineup of next-gen AI products powered by Blackwell architecture, signaling what he calls "the next Industrial Revolution."

Microsoft's New PC Memory Tool: Cool or Creepy?

Microsoft's latest gadget, Copilot+ Recall - It's like having a personal photographer for your PC, snapping pics of your screen every few seconds. Microsoft's CEO is hyping it as a "photographic memory for your PC life," perfect for those busy managers drowning in tasks.

Security guru Kevin Beaumont is waving big red flags. This tool isn't just taking photos; it's turning them into text and filing everything in a database in your AppData folder. Everything you've ever seen on your PC—yep, everything—is in there.

The scary part?:

  • Hackers can snatch it

  • Other users on your PC can peek

  • Even basic malware can grab it

Beaumont's findings are pretty alarming:

  • Your financial details? Exposed.

  • That message you deleted? Still there.

  • Mass data breaches? Now way easier.

Microsoft claims it's all safe because the data stays local and encrypted. But it's only truly secure when you're logged out. The moment you log in, it's open season.

So, what's the verdict? Beaumont's message to Microsoft is clear: "Guys, ditch Recall, rework it, and please, put security first." AI is awesome, but not if it means handing over your digital life on a silver platter.

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How YouTube Was Able to Support 2.49 Billion Users With MySQL

YouTube's got a mind-boggling 2.49 billion users, right? Most people would bet their ergonomic keyboards they ditched MySQL for NoSQL. But, they’re still using good ol' MySQL, proving it can handle internet-scale traffic.

Back in the day, YouTube was just a startup, using MySQL to store all the essentials—video titles, descriptions, user data, you name it. As they blew up, they went with a classic leader-follower setup. Great idea, until they realized MySQL's single-threaded replication was wheezing trying to keep up.

But their engineers got crafty and preloaded events from MySQL's binary log into memory. Problem solved... well, for a while!

Soon enough, new challenges popped up:

  • Sharding: They split data, but then transactions got as tangled as earbuds in your pocket.

  • Performance: Followers had stale data

  • Protection: Some queries took ages, and too many connections threatened to KO their database.

Enter Vitess, their homegrown, open-source MySQL. Think of it as MySQL's very own Iron Man suit. Here's what makes it work:

  1. VTTablet: This is like MySQL's personal assistant. It tweaks queries, caches popular data, and generally keeps MySQL from overworking.

  2. VTGate: The traffic wizard! It knows exactly where to send each query, manages connections like a pro, and keeps transactions in check.

  3. Key-Value DB: Imagine a super-smart librarian who knows everything about schemas, sharding, and who's who in the database world.

On the tech side, they wrote Vitess in Go, and it plays nice with both MySQL and its cousin, MariaDB. They're even using Zookeeper for that key-value store.

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Nvidia's AI Products at Computex 2024

Jensen Huang, Nvidia's CEO, took the stage at Computex 2024 in Taipei with a bold proclamation: "The next Industrial Revolution has begun." And boy, did he come prepared to back that claim up.

Huang unveiled a lineup of next-gen AI products that's got the tech world buzzing. At the heart of it all? The Blackwell architecture-powered systems, packing Grace CPUs and some seriously advanced networking. These aren't just any systems—they're designed to help companies build what Huang calls "AI factories."

One standout is the GB200 NVL2 platform, which is set to make mainstream LLM inference a breeze. Plus, Nvidia's expanding its NVIDIA MGX modular design, now with heavyweight support from AMD and Intel. Talk about industry clout!

But wait, there's more:

  • An "ultra" Blackwell version coming in 2025

  • A sneak peek at "Rubin," the next-gen GPU

Taiwan's playing a massive role in all this. The island's semiconductor prowess is the backbone of this AI revolution. Local giants like Foxconn and even Chang Gung Memorial Hospital are jumping on the Blackwell bandwagon.

Industry heavyweights aren't far behind. ASUS, GIGABYTE, and Supermicro are all set to roll out a wide range of Blackwell-based systems. It's clear: Nvidia's grip on the specialized AI chip market is stronger than ever.

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