* Posts by apdxb

37 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Jun 2023

IT networks under attack via critical Confluence zero-day. Patch now


SASE anyone???

Another good reason to put access to your CI/CD and other public cloud resources behind a federated identity gate such as Azure federated identity or equivalent.

Nobody should be able to access that unreliable login page without a token.

Micron revenue halved in FY23 as China ban bites


Re: I'm helping...

Security vulnerabilities in NAND gates... best joke of the year.

Musk's first year as Twitter's Dear Leader is nigh


Maybe Elon Muskovite was believing...

That acquiring and transforming Twitter was a nice opportunity to show off his skills at... Blue sky thinking.

EFF urges Chrome users to get out of the Privacy Sandbox


Who remembers...

...the "don't be evil" motto?

Huawei's UK tech eviction reportedly caused Sky to fall on mobile customers


Re: Also, Huawei is an Employee Owned Corporation

>>> "Employee Owned Corporation "

Is this a joke?

Huawei is privately-held with a lot of governmental subsidies. Huawei is not in a position to refuse anything to the CCP. Assuming it would even give it a thought.

"Using a unique dataset of CVs, this paper analyzes the relationship between key Huawei personnel and the Chinese state security services. Based upon an analysis of this dataset, I find there is strong evidence that Huawei personnel act at the direction of Chinese state intelligence, and that there exists a deep and lasting relationship between Huawei, its employees, and the Chinese state."



EVERY vendor has to provide Lawful Interception software. BY LAW.

This is even standardised by 3GPP/ETSI, ITU and many others and allows to gather evidences of wrongdoings (criminal, terrorism, etc).

These LI appliances are supposed to be operated by law enforcement bodies ONLY.

What the US disclosed in 2020 is that Huawei had been using these LI softwares for espionage purpose without the knowledge of the operators (let alone national law enforcement bodies) from at least 2009 onwards.

This is, by the way, mandated officially in the 2014 National Intelligence Law of the People's Republic of China.

So the question is not whether there ARE backdoors. Because there ARE. Any telecom professional knows that.

The question is who uses them under what legal framework.

Arguing there are NO backdoors is pointless.

Nuclear-powered datacenters: What could go wrong?


Re: Nuclear fanboys keep looking for a business case for SMRs

Regulations are necessary. Even with regulations you get a trillion dollar disaster like Fukushima.

Even with regulations no insurance company is willing to ensure civil nuclear in any country.

Moreover, the cost comes from the complexity. Pointing at regulations is an easy excuse with very little credibility.

How can an industry relying on so many techniques, with power stations involving so many moving parts, with capital immobilized for so many years, involving so many expensive specialists be commercially competitive against shoot and forget solar farms?

China sources less than 4% of its electricity from nuclear. Last year it had proportionally less than Germany.

China's nuclear industry is dual use, harvesting Pu239 for its military program.

Chinese nuclear industry can hardly be taken as a proof of the viability of its business case.


Nuclear fanboys keep looking for a business case for SMRs

We've had nuclear powered container ships, desalination plants, hydrogen production...

Now data centers.

What's next?

With an LCOE North of 200$/MWh SMRs simply can't win under inhabitable latitudes.

Some folks need to get real.

If the Linux Foundation was a software company, it'd be the biggest in the world


Linux is the best IT product...

... because it's done *by* IT people *FOR* IT people.

Just as the mozzarella maker keeps the best pieces for himself.

No other OS has chroot, namespaces, control groups, layered file systems.

All these features were added gradually so that nerds could run isolated environments on the same hardware, thereby saving on costs.

For testing (chroot), for web hosting (namespaces), for IaaS (control groups) etc.

Docker and Kubernetes could *never* have been born on any other commercial OS whose commercial viability relies on selling zillions of copies of itself.

And surely not on Windows "server".

So FREE as in "free beer" is good for the planet and for mankind.

How TCP's congestion control saved the internet


Hence HTTP 3...

... which lies on top of UDP now. Whereas up to HTTP 2, all versions were based on TCP.

Let's see the adoption and the DPI changes this will cause.

Google exec: Microsoft Teams concession 'too little, too late'


Re: Windows Server?

Are these all the databases you can name?

Apple extends Qualcomm contract to 2026 as homebrew 5G chip dream still on snooze


Harder than anticipated?

Designing 5G modems is not exactly a walk in the park.

The radio interface is reasonably complex, especially if you want to also support all the optimisation algorithms for voice etc.

The established vendors are already working on 4 or 6 component carriers.

There are a lot of different bands with different multiplexing technologies, FDD/TDD

You probably also need to support all the legacy, from 2G to 4G and working on most countries discrepancies.

And that's only for the radio interface.

I'm not even mentioning the EDA and foundry domains.

It's not like you can poach a few experts from the competition and hope for the best.

It's a team effort, where you cannot neglect a single domain.

So good luck with that Apple. Maybe you can fork these IPR pennies after all.

IBM Software tells workers: Get back to the office three days a week


Hi Elon, how's "X" doing these days?

Bombshell biography: Fearing nuclear war, Musk blocked Starlink to stymie Ukraine attack on Russia


Re: So Musk has NOW entered the Ukranian war.......

It's just a bad excuse he came up with during the interview.

He already showed that he was sympathetic to Russian cause on many occasions.

Look at his tweets history.


Re: So Musk has NOW entered the Ukranian war.......

Yeah vassal countries can regain their independence.

Keep watching, The play is not finished yet. The Russian Federation is going the same way the former USSR did.


Re: So Musk has NOW entered the Ukranian war.......

"And what about the pledge by NATO to leave a buffer zone between it and Russia?"

Name that treaty, ratified by all parliaments of the NATO members of the time.

NATO is club. Anyone can apply. Putin even wanted Russia "to be invited". NATO did not look that evil at the time, apparently.

NATO members cannot agree in advance to deny membership ad vitam eternam to country A, just to please country B which has its greedy eyes, precisely, on county A but is not strong enough at the moment to invade it.

It's like saying "don't you dare marry Ms A, even if you two love each other, because I'm going to force her to marry me in the end, or worse. I'm just too weak to have things my way for the time being".

This is preposterous.


Look at the picture of these drones, the flat antenna sits at the back, clearly visible and they aren't really submersible.

I haven't seen submersible drones. Please feel free to correct me, here.


Re: WTF?

How does armies using Internet differ from armies using mobile phones?

And yes, tech and business savvy me thinks "Musk bad".

Look at how he wrecked Twitter in one year only for ideological reasons and to expose his lunacy. This is what a troll with 250 BUSD asset can do.

If he were addicted to GT4, you can bet he would raid Polyphony Digital and Sony Entertainment in order to tweak the algorithm so that he would always win.


Re: WTF?

The nuclear war "justification" is just as credible as a kid claiming that he did not "steal" the cookie from the jar but instead "prevented it from rotting inside".

Musk has shown repeatedly on Twitter he's leaning towards Trump, the pro-Russian rhetoric and fringe Weltanschauung.

This piece of news is totally consistent with the rest of the picture.

Even if it were not in the book, any acute observer could have suspected it.


> "Remember, at the fall of the Berlin wall NATO promised not to step an inch further east."

Name that treaty for favor.


Re: So Musk has blood on his hands

I agree with all this of course.

But just a quick note en passant to mention that the US did not actually found NATO. They joined in 1949 the just created "Western Union" (nothing to do with remittance here), also referred to as the Brussels Treaty Organisation made of the UK, France and the Benelux. At that point, the name was changed to NATO and the terms of the alliance were rewritten.

So, it's not like the Warsaw Pact that was instigated by Russia, partly to control its vassal states.

Google Chrome pushes ahead with targeted ads based on your browser history


Be Brave...

Nobody mentioning Brave?

This is basically Chrom[ium] without Google's evil-ish additions

Great against Youtbe in particular.

Price rises yet to hit customers, says Salesforce as it raises forecasts


Maybe they should also look into cloud global footprint

They're losing deals because they cannot guarantee data security sovereignty in various parts of the world.

CRM is a sensitive business: you're having all kinds of customers, from the john does to mister VIP.

If your SFDC cloud is not physically located in the country of your CRM customer, that's often a deal breaker.

So it's not only about fancy powerpoint-friendly AI/ML use cases. It's also about IT expertise.

Just saying...

Rapidus ramps as construction begins on 2nm wafer fab


Chip feature size id not everything...

... defect rate is equally important.

Today, chips are made of so many layers that require several operations: deposition, lithography, etching, doping, adding metal films, etc...

The total process therefore involves many steps of adding, modifying, heating, cleaning or subtracting layers in tiny layers during weeks.

There are many techniques involved, and to achieve your goal, you have to master all of them.

Some layers are deposited atom by atom (atomic layer deposition). Challenging...

The success rate of the whole chain is the multiplication of all successive success rates.

If each operation introduces 1% defect (success rate is 0.99), then after 500 operations, your overall success rate is less than 1%.

Which makes market worthy chips at the end of the chain very expensive.

So it's all about rigorous quality.

But that's not all. Because, whilst you were working on quality, so was the competition.

So it's more about how fast, compared to the competition, you reach an acceptable yield.

All in all, this is a race with very mature players.

Japan already has a number of market leaders in the industry (Tokyo Electron, etc), but still, this is a very ambitious goal.

How realistic and attainable, we shall see.

But if they fail, they won't be the first one and can always try again with more knowledge and experience.

OpenTF forks Terraform, insists HashiCorp is the splinter group


So adapter suppliers...

... will now have to support two branches.

Because features and integration points are doomed to become different after some time...

Huawei reportedly building 'secret' semiconductor fabs


Re: Surprise, surprise

Russia, East Germany, Europe, India have all failed to create their own national semiconductor industry. And most of them were operating in an open market, with possibilities to procure the best machines and to hire the best experts...

I would not bet a cent on a country, isolated from the value chain and whose experts are leaving in drove.


Re: 'Secret'?

The semiconductor industry is a very complex and international value chain. From so many different industries.

To make the best chips, you have to master all the links in that value chain. Best optics, best lithography, best lasers... etc. etc.

May be you would like to see "the entire US semiconductor industry" "choking on the sanctions".

For now, unless Chinese economy can magically weather the current storm it's in, and suddenly become the best in all compartments of the international game, "the entire US semiconductor industry" can quietly carry on steaming ahead. Sorry.

We'll show you our patents if you show us yours, say Huawei and Ericsson


Re: "this agreement creates a stronger patent environment"

A "strong patent environment", in Ericsson's view, is a patent environment where you don't have to go to court for years to get your IPR respected.

This has to be understood through the lens of the periodic legal disputes triggered by Apple against Ericsson IPR.

It happened in 2015 and then again in 2021.


Re: too late

With the exception of Kuwait, which switched to a currency basket in May of 2007 (close to UN SDR), all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries maintain dollar pegs.

That includes The KSA SAR, the UAE AED and other gulf currencies.

Your comment reveals more anti-west feelings than understanding of the economic forces at play here.

South Korea's biggest mobile telco says 5G has failed to deliver on its promise


5G standalone (with a real 5G core) will unleash a lot of new use cases.

But it's a looong value chain, combining a lot of different actors and technologies.

And today, this value chain still misses a few links.

We're getting there but nothing happens by magic.


It's a chicken and egg story.

Singapore population, technology oriented, could afford the devices because of the GDP/capita. Therefore, Singtel and Starhub, have invested heavily in 5G. Especially Singtel.

Also, it was easy for them to reach 95% national coverage in just one year because of the geography.

As soon as they reached that coverage, it was legit for them to charge a premium for 5G. But that premium is symbolic for prepaid, in an otherwise very competitive and very inexpensive market.

DTAC don't have these advantages of a GDP/capita (10x less than Singapore) or a smaller geography.

For mobile users today, the 5G vs 4G experience is unnoticeable because most 5G networks are non standalone (they rely on the legacy 4G packet core to carry traffic).

For operators having invested in 5G standalone (with a totally new much faster core), then 5G can hold its promises, in particular because of edge application use cases.

But 5G standalone penetration in operators is slow in most parts of the world (except China, and USA).

Germany to cut Huawei from networks 'irrespective of costs'


Re: Modest proposal.

Scorn is easy. Cybersec is hard.

Oracle pours fuel all over Red Hat source code drama


Can we not update the GPL licence terms and publish all new Linux improvements under that new version in a way that open source software downstream has to be published publicly, irrespective of whether community individuals are using binaries or not?

Rocky Linux claims to have found 'path forward' from CentOS source purge


Too late for RH anyway.

That's just another "that cow doesn't produce enough milk" story. Someone has to pay for all those useless IBM managers.

Remember containers happened on Linux because windows server were not adapted to multi-tenancy in the hosting industry.

If RH want to go through the same rabbit hole, that's fine. HCPs like AWS, AZ and GCP already make RH less relevant than 10 years ago.

Serverless computing is growing fast and WASM is around the corner. RHEL will follow Oracle database. So long.