* Posts by Jared Vanderbilt

119 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Sep 2007


Engineers pave the way for building lunar roads with Moon dust

Jared Vanderbilt

Re: Practicality

Coat them with cheese, the place is made of that

Trio accused of selling $88m of pirated Avaya licenses

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Re: "from gold and cryptocurrency to real estate"

Yeah seriously, get in, get rich, get out. Lay on a different beach every week. Now they're headed to 5x8 cell until they are pensioners.

AMD to acquire SmartNIC and networking firm Pensando for $1.9 billion

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Too small

US is monitoring deals $50b and up.

Git 'um young, git 'um cheep.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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They chose their name decades ago


Giga-hurts radio: Terrorists build Wi-Fi bombs to dodge cops' cellphone jammers

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A few years ago at a DOD contractor

We had an after hours "contest" to see who could quickly build a trigger mechanism for a remote device. The winner used a pair of RPI's, relays, and handheld police radios jacked from security cruisers in parking lot. It was up and running in 13 minutes (that included 7 minutes {engineers} to jimmy the locks on the cars).

If we were 16 years old this would have taken less than 5 minutes total.

Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf

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Two sine waves 180 degrees out of phase

or a lot of fishes head to tail. The inevitable graphical representation of sales share in a duopoly.

Boffins build neural networks fashioned out of DNA molecules

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Nah, Russians can manipulate roundworms too.

US watchdog just gave up trying to get Google to explain YouTube's huge financial figures

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Bottom line is what counts

Every Fortune 500 company throws up a smoke screen around their cash cow(s). It's best that the competition not know where the ridiculous margins are to be had.

As far as the investors go, they don't care where the cash comes from, they only care that it continues to flow in. The best way for management to maintain profitability is to obscure its source from those who can take it away.

Mueller bombshell: 13 Russian 'troll factory' staffers charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election

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Re: Who Paid For Them

Bitcoin baby. Only NSA and GCHQ know who's on the other end of those transactions. This is a political witch hunt and I don't expect either organization to get involved.

Ugly, perfect ten-rated bug hits Cisco VPNs

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I arrived at the point where when I see Cisco in a headline

I expect to read an article about another security failure. Job done Cisco.

US Pentagon scrambles after Strava base leaks. Here's a summary of the new rules: 'Secure that s***, Hudson!'

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Re: This is normal operating procedure...

Agreed, it's actually a very efficient business model. Tech companies are very good at building innovative products that consumers want. They're also very good at slurping data that governments, businesses, miscreants, ... are willing to pay for. Privacy was always an illusion anyway.

FCC drops idiotic plans to downgrade entire nation's internet speeds

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There will be competition

In states like Colorado voters are approving city governments becoming internet service providers. Taxpayers are spending their own money to upgrade to fiber because the current oligopoly isn't interested in speed, customer service, competition, ...

US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it

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Would be ok with search and copy if ...

CBP would keep the data confidential ... but you know it's destined for an improperly configured AWS server.

Did you unwittingly support the destruction of net neutrality rules?

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Good bot

US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That's really dumb – boffins

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I've already seen this movie ...

Minority Report

AI bot rips off human eyes, easily cracks web CAPTCHA codes. Ouch

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Re: Success rate of 89.9%?

Amen brother. I can't wait for the app to come out. Have it run in the background and auto fill and submit any CAPTCHA that pops up.

NSA bloke used backdoored MS Office key-gen, exposed secret exploits – Kaspersky

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He's hosed.

That spook was running bootleg Office. Black choppers from Redmond are en route.

Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

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You're not buying a second iPhone

You're buying a $30 prepaid android from wally-world or bestbuy. I have an $8 a month prepaid Moto E2 on which I run several apps and an alternate ego that I prefer not to associate with my main line. That's $30 down and $100 per year for a quarantined sandbox to play in. If I Uber'd it would be on line 2.

Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

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Re: Placing an order for Linux box now

I like the sports car analogy. MacP is an Alfa Romeo 4c. Beautiful to look at, makes wonderful noises, and tightly rounds the bends; but never seems to have enough power ... and oh yea, it has a boot, you'll need OEM luggage though, because your Gucci duffle won't fit.

MAC randomization: A massive failure that leaves iPhones, Android mobes open to tracking

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Really, we tried to implement MAC-RAND, but the H/W wasn't working as advertised, so ...

ship it and phuck the users, they'll never notice.

The web is past peak innovation: It's all negative returns from here

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Re: And yet...

Apple didn't spend a dime on the original iPod "look and feel". They copied the original iPod user interface from Creative, then ponied up $100M (after a court judgement) to Creative for the license to use it.

Languages don't breed bugs, PEOPLE breed bugs, say boffins

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Re: Still playing favourites

True, but we are short on quality programmers. Software development infrastructure has to support to the whole community, not just the top 10%.

IT would grind to a halt if 90% of our programmers went back to pushing brooms.

AVOID the Apple Watch. Buy a drone or robot instead, techies told

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Re: Sweat ....

Amen to that. My Shuffle 5g exploded. Turns out its hermetically sealed battery bag was assembled at sea level. I live at 5k feet above sea level so the hermit bag expanded and ruptured early on. 14 months after purchase the battery failed while charging and the hermit bag did not confine the nasty bits The inevitable happened.

Apple's response was "it's your fault". It was my fault, I made the mistake of buying an Apple product.

Who will kill power companies? TESLA, says Morgan Stanley

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NW Nevada

The Gigafactory will be located just outside Reno Nevada.

1) raw material mines and processing facilities are nearby

2) reliable solar and wind renewable energy sources to power the production facilities

3) amiable growth oriented legislative bodies, at the local and the state levels

4) relatively close to the vehicle production facility, yet outside the stifling California tax and regulatory environment.

Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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Re: Far too expensive

Or buy a used netbook, disable sleep, and close the lid. Similar spec at 1/3 the price with battery backup.

Intel teams with Micron on next-gen many-core Xeon Phi with 3D DRAM

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Back to the Pentium III ... err, the Pentium II

Kind of remindes me of the slot processor module first implemented in 1997 on the Pentium II. At least the 350 nm process has been updated.

ARM swallows graphics software biz Geomerics to tart-up mobile games

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Think lower and faster

ARM will smear the Enlighten gubbins directly onto the processor microcode and hardware.

Jobs biopic to focus on first Mac, NeXT, iPod

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Don't forget the part about the first iPod being a copy of a Creative's NOMAD player. Same H/W and same S/W, just a different form factor. Creative won a $100M lawsuit years later. By that time Apple had broken through to the consumers.

Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes

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We Americans have been eating these flakes for generations

We just got fatter and so have our rats.

Windows 8: An awful lot of change for a single release

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Security was given a low priority, though it was not Cutler's decision. That was a management decision. Baking in a secure kernel and separate address spaces was strongly recommended by the development team. Ultimately the management rejected it due to the increased cost and time to market.

Boffins baffled: HUGE EYEBALL washes up on Florida beach

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Promotional gimmick for Apple's new iBall touch. A pointless device created solely for the purpose of patenting the circle.

Liquefied-air silos touted as enormo green 'leccy batteries

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Re: Penny wise, pound foolish.

I agree, this reminds me of the TATA compressed air car. They were claiming ridiculous efficiencies when in fact the full cycle efficiency was in the single digits. Compressed air is a horrible energy storage medium. Pure gas is a little better, but in the end the thermal dynamic losses of the compression/decompression cycle render it useless for energy storage.

Young alcoholic star 'covered in fluids needed for birth of alien life'

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And then when they sobered up ....

They discovered that one of the strippers had spilled a drink on the instrument cluster and some organic material had gotten mixed in from an unspecified reproductive act. They're still scratching their heads trying to explain the cloudy substance on the external mirror. Although the scratching may be due to microorganism left by the goat they were joyriding.

Being a skinny is much more unhealthy than being fat – new study

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Most people get thinner before they die

The majority of people with chronic illness lose weight in the years before their death. Six years isn't a very long study. Go back 20 to 30 years, then write a report.

1 in 6 Windows PCs naked as a jaybird online

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98% of users are "dumb" and 99.95% of corporate clones are "clueless", therefore ....

antivirus is a necessary evil.

Me - when I visit the dark side I pop my SATA cables and swing from a non-persistent Ubuntu live key with a second key for storage.

Laptop display pixel counts to quadruple in 2012

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Why not hop to the digital film 4k format.

That way cinema, tv, projector, pc, mac, slab ... would all support the same f'n standard. I'm sick of paying for pixels that don't get used half the time.

Hard disk famine shaping up as predicted after floods

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Newegg has already doubled the price of their HDD's

You might think this is price gouging on their part. Probably not. They have a substantial DIY gamer business. Once their HDD inventory is gone the rest of their DIY revenue will also tail off. The hard drive is an essential (yet inexpensive) part of a new build. Doubling or quadrupling the price of a HDD won't kill most builds. Not having any HDD's available from Newegg or any other component supplier probably will.

PC games to outsell console software in 2014

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Simple math

A user can mod their PC for less than the cost of a console, and it will perform far better than a console. That mod will also improve other useful PC functions like editing video, ripping CDs, 3d modeling, and other content creation tasks.

LightSquared to magic away GPS interference in 2 weeks

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No one cares about your cheap Garmin or iPlop

What Gen. Shelton is freaking out about is the degradation of his high end guidance systems used on military aircraft, autopiloted drones, guided ordinance, ...

LightSpeed's cheap transmitters are splattering all over the GPS frequencies. This significantly decreases the accuracy of GPS carrier phase correction processing. Centimeter accuracy suddenly becomes 10 meters or worse.

That might be ok for a nuke, but won't cut it when he's poking a small FAE into a cave entrance or through your bedroom window.

Intel demos ultra low-juice chippery

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Nice - it's about time Intel got serious about power consumption

It's even better that they are talking about redesigning the Pentium core. It hasn't seen a lot of change since they dropped back to the PIII. Most of the silicon changes since have been dedicated to 64 bit, cache expansion, SSE extensions, memory controller, graphics, and visualization. The core is essentially the same.

IA reimplemented specifically for mips/watt would significantly change computing. A near static design where clock speed matches compute needs would kick arse. No mips demand = near zero power consumption. Instant on is irrelevant if always on consumes only a few milliwatts.

Scientists discover Tatooine-style world 200 lightyears off

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It's not a planet it's a battlestar

Prepare to be conquered by amazon-like women with biological LTE transceivers.