By Shawn Micallef Star Columnist Fri., April 6, 2018 Baseball is back, at least in places with a protective dome, and it has unleashed the annual wave of romanticism for a sport that’s rich with lore. Part of the long affection for baseball is that anybody could play it: expensive equipment isn’t needed, just a bat, a ball and space. In the mythology of baseball that space was often just an empty lot, allowing for “sandlot” games, a looser version that adapted to surroundings and didn’t require a proper ball diamond. Sandlot baseball is easiest in places that are just being built, like new subdivisions where all the houses aren’t constructed at once, or places in decline where buildings come down and aren’t replaced. Toronto’s 20 years of boom times have made empty lots an endangered species here, relative to other places. With real estate so valuable an empty lot tends not to stay that way for long, though there … [Read more...] about Is this the beginning of the end for empty patches of land in Toronto?
Microsoft has issued a new security patch to fix the earlier security update that was released in January to tackle "Meltdown" vulnerability found in microchips from Intel and other chip-makers. The flaw "CVE-2018-1038" was found in the first patch that was issued to protect Windows 7 x64 or Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 systems from the "Meltdown" vulnerability. Security researchers disclosed two flaws - "Meltdown" and "Spectre" -- on January 3 that affected nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel, AMD and ARM Holdings. "This update addresses an elevation of privilege vulnerability in the Windows kernel in the 64-Bit (x64) version of Windows. This vulnerability is documented in CVE-2018-1038," Microsoft said on its support page on Friday. "Users must apply this update to be fully protected against this vulnerability if their computers were updated in or after January 2018 by applying any of the following updates," the company added. After chip-maker Intel … [Read more...] about New Microsoft update to fix flaw in ‘Meltdown’ patch
Another day of dense fog patches in Toronto and parts of the GTA could snarl traffic during rush hour. Environment Canada issued a statement early Tuesday morning that warned of “near-zero” visibility thanks to gathering fog. It warned drivers to go slowly and be prepared to stop often. The fog is expected to lift later this morning, according to the statement. Environment Canada’s statement applied to Toronto, Halton-Peel, and Dufferin-Innisfil.Commuters in Toronto on Monday also saw patches of dense fog which lingered into late morning. … [Read more...] about Fog patches expected for Toronto
Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday that software patches released to guard against microchip security threats slowed down some personal computers and servers, with systems running on older Intel Corp processors seeing a noticeable decrease in performance.The comments in a blog post were the clearest signal from Microsoft that fixes for flaws in microchips from Intel and rivals described last week could meaningfully degrade performance. The topic is of keen interest to large data center operators, which could incur significant cost increases if computers slow down.Microsoft also said that security updates froze some computers using chipsets from Intel rival AMD, dragging AMD’s shares down nearly 4 percent.Shares in Intel, which reiterated on Tuesday that it saw no sign of significant slowdown in computers, fell 2.5 percent taking the loss since the issue surfaced last week to about 7 percent or around $15 billion in market value.AMD shares have gained nearly 20 percent in the last … [Read more...] about Microsoft says security patches slowing down PCs, servers