Windows 10 20H2 and 2004 upgrades blocked over Intel Thunderbolt ‘DMA violation’

Microsoft has warned Windows 10 users that they might be blocked from upgrading to Windows 10 versions 2004 or 20H2 due to a compatibility issue with Intel’s Thunderbolt NVMe SSD. 

Whenever Microsoft releases a new feature update – even minor ones, like Windows 10 20H2, which is basically the same as version 2004 – hardware drivers invariably run into compatibility issues. 

This time, Intel and Microsoft have found that a compatibility issue with these two versions of Windows 10 causes a nasty blue-screen error when plugging in an external NVMe SSD via Thunderbolt.

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Microsoft warns that on either version of Windows 10 users might see a blue-screen error stating: ‘DRIVER_VERIFIER_DMA_VIOLATION (e6) An illegal DMA operation was attempted by a driver being verified.’

DMA refers to Direct Memory Access, which Thunderbolt has when plugged in, allowing a device to transfer data to and

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Robots for kids: STEM kits and more tech gifts for hackers of all ages

All the signs were there. If my parents knew then what parents know now, they would have been prepared. But back in the 1960s and 1970s, the maker movement was still far in the future. Robots were something you only saw in movies and awesome TV shows (or as my Mom would often put it, “What in the world are you watching?”). Telling her that Lost in Space wasn’t “in the world” tended to get me the All Powerful Glare of Motherly Annoyance.

But now, if a kid is a natural tinkerer, there are positive outlets for their inclination. There are great STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) kits and toys that can ignite a kid’s interest and focus it on learning, while at the same time making learning fun.

In this guide, we’re focusing mostly on the technology and engineering areas, providing you with some great kits and toys

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Samsung, KT complete Korea’s first 5G common core deployment

Deploying a core network that can operate in two key modes simultaneously, Samsung Electronics and KT Corporation (KT) have successfully deployed Korea’s first 5G standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) common core in the operator’s commercial network.

Building on a collaboration towards the full commercialisation of 5G SA networks in Korea, KT will commercially launch its SA network when 5G SA-capable devices become available in the market. Samsung’s common core will run in KT’s mobile edge computing (MEC) telecom centres across eight major Korean cities.

With the aim of facilitating smooth evolution to 5G SA, Samsung’s 5G common core is designed to support 5G SA and NSA as well as 4G simultaneously, simplifying data packet flows and enabling users to experience stable, high-quality mobile services. Enterprises can also selectively adopt either SA and/or NSA networks to scale their business-specific services using the 5G SA architecture to offer low-latency services and helps

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PlayStation 5 review: has amazing DualSense controller, fast and smooth performance, more streamlined UI, but it's big and has no "quick resume" feature (Andrew Webster/The Verge)

Andrew Webster / The Verge:

PlayStation 5 review: has amazing DualSense controller, fast and smooth performance, more streamlined UI, but it’s big and has no “quick resume” feature  —  The real star of Sony’s new console is its controller  —  A new console generation is usually something you can see.… Read More