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Hotels migrate to Chrome OS to escape ransomware



the hotel chain Nordic Choice found a creative solution that could become a standard to reduce the damage of a ransomware attack against corporate servers.

In a press release, the company informs that it switched the infected devices, which used Windows as an operating system, to an infrastructure entirely based on Chrome OS. In addition to making the migration simple using a file and configuration transfer software, the hotel was able to save money by reactivating older PCs, which run smoothly on the new platform.

Because of the attack, which took place in December 2021, the network was unable to synchronize data between units and could not even issue room access cards.

It’s not a perfect method

Nordic Choice claims that it was already testing this possibility before ransomware, but only taking into account the economic factor. However, the cyberattack streamlined the plans and even proved that the system works — which means that it can be viable in other companies attacked by this type of scam.

According to the statement, in less than 24 hours one of the units had the Google ecosystem working normally and, two days later, that number increased to 2,000 computers in 212 hotels in five countries.

Disclosure of stolen personal data after non-payment of the ransom.Disclosure of stolen personal data after non-payment of the ransom.Source: The Record

However, the non-payment of the ransom caused guests’ personal data and details such as the date the person was in the rooms to be leaked on a forum. The network claims that no financial information has been released.


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A “completely silent” 1300W power supply. Cooler Master showed two new products, but only the youngest received a passive CO



A completely silent 1300W power supply Cooler Master showed two

Cooler Master brought power supplies to Computex that they claim are absolutely silent.

The younger model with a power of 750 W is really silent, because it simply does not have a fan. By the way, this is the company’s most powerful power supply with passive cooling.

There is also a 1300W PSU. It has a fan, but Cooler Master also calls it completely silent.


The secret to successfully cooling such powerful PSUs without too much noise lies in the use of an evaporation chamber. There are no other details yet, as well as no pricing data.

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NASA SLS launch vehicle over budget by $6 billion and six years behind schedule



NASA SLS launch vehicle over budget by 6 billion and

NASA’s SLS super-heavy booster is already over budget by $6 billion and six years behind schedule, according to a recent report.

NASA SLS launch vehicle over budget by $6 billion and six years behind schedule

A recent report generated by the NASA Inspector General’s review indicates that NASA’s spending on the Artemis program will reach $93 billion by 2025, including the $23.8 billion already spent on SLS through 2022.

Despite a successful first run earlier this year, the Inspector notes that the project involves additional costs and a further shift in the schedule. Moreover, if the existing problems are not resolved in time, this may jeopardize the entire mission of Artemis.

As for delays, out of the six years mentioned, five years of delay, and at the same time an additional almost $ 2 billion, fell on Northrop Grumman accelerators. The bottom line is that the SLS project initially involved the partial use of old equipment from the days of the Space Shuttle program. Of course, with the necessary upgrades. Northrop Grumman boosters were one such element.

The inspector blames the situation on the cost-plus pricing method and recommends switching to fixed prices. In general, NASA agreed with all eight of the inspector’s recommendations.

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Exynos platforms will appear in a new type of device. Samsung to create SoC for mixed reality headsets



Exynos platforms will appear in a new type of device

Samsung is going after Apple to release its mixed reality headset. The device will be released either at the end of this year or early next. There are no details about it yet, but it is reported that Samsung is also going to release its own Exynos single-chip systems for headsets.

Exynos platforms will appear in a new type of device.  Samsung to create SoC for mixed reality headsets

Considering that these are only plans for now, the upcoming Samsung headset will apparently either rely on some foreign platforms or on existing Exynos SoCs.

However, new platforms for mixed reality headsets may not be entirely new. It is reported that Samsung has not yet decided whether it will develop these SoCs from scratch or simply adapt existing solutions.

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