* Posts by analyzer

105 posts • joined 10 Oct 2007


US govt wins right to snaffle Edward Snowden's $5m+ book royalties, speech fees – and all future related earnings


No hipocrasy at all

All governments borrow money from future taxes these days, they are not only morally bankrupt they are essentially financially bankrupt as well.

So you could end up with all their money, but there'll be this huge -ve sign in front.

China sets out world domination plan for its digital currency


And so begins the middle game

Chinas BRI is very extensive, giving them a huge market to play with this. It may well become the only digital currency that is sovereign backed and there are large parts of the world, including the oil producers, who may well have no problem using it.

As Chinas economy continues to grow faster than the US this is the biggest threat to the dominance of the US dollar since it took over from Sterling. This presents the US with a major issue of debt repayment, a big chunk of which will need to be paid back when the transition occurs. The UK got away with it because that transition was relatively smooth, well it cost the empire over the next 30 or so years but hey. If the US fights tooth and nail because 'exceptionalism' then it will be very painful collapse of its empire.

The power of Bill compels you: A server room possessed by a Microsoft-hating, Linux-loving Demon


Visions of foriegn nightmares

Twice in the 80s for some poor Vaxen where a stake in the ground was the building earth and it needed watering. First time took a week to hunt down, second was deja vu.

Techie studied ancient ways of iSeries machine, saved day when user unleashed eldritch powers, got £50 gift voucher


took 3 times to read this

Each time I suffered a deep gut wrenching feeling from times long ago and thought forgotten, I'll bet that I'm not the only one.

Folk sure like to stick electric toothbrush heads in their ears: True wireless stereo sales buck coronavirus trends



That no one has mentioned bone conduction headphones. I use these all the time now when out and about as you can still listen to everything around and still play music, etc etc. Granted the playback is not as deep and rich as headphones or earbuds but if you don't want the proverbial 59 bus up your arse they do the business.

Exoskeletons-as-a-service offered as helping hand to warehouse workers exhausted by pandemic


Already been there

Exoskeletons were tried out in one of our warehouses for a few days. The general feedback was that there was a genuine difference between with and without when picking. Major problems were battery life, we could only get a maximum of 6 hours use before changing but it took nearly 10 hours to recharge. As our warehouses are 24/7 that would mean 2 spare batteries for each exoskeleton. This of course pushed the cost up quite a bit, but to the point where even the people who would benefit felt that was too much when our maximum weight is 25KG.

Renting may change the economics but the back of the envelope says it would increase case costs by about a penny per item, and it may sound like a really stupid thing to say at the moment, food retail can't afford another increase in costs.

Tech set responds in wake of American protests, police violence and civil unrest


Re: The next step...

If corporations are people in the USA, and the IRS tax American people on their worldwide earnings then why aren't these American people being prosecuted for tax evasion?

The obvious reason, to me at least, would be the money they pour into US politics to dictate how things are done. So just turning off the Washington cash tap would likely have far more effect than postponing a few things that don't really matter and chucking chump change around.

Just an idle thought.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban


Yeah right

You call that satire now, but you just wait and see what happens if the orange oaf gets to see it

Sadly, 111 in this story isn't binary. It's decimal. It's the number of security fixes emitted by Microsoft this week



That no one, and I mean no one, took advantage of that being a Nelson. The headlines possible from that.

Microsoft users sinking under a Nelson of fixes

A Nelson of fixes broadside Microsoft users

The possibilities that have been squandered :-(

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style


lil Bobby tables

I tried the above at the login screen for a brand new super duper system being introduced but used users instead of students, it didn't work but when I used employees it did. Anon because for some strange reason I haven't been hauled up for a disciplinary and I'm keeping it that way.

Who's still using Webex? Not even Cisco: Judge orders IT giant to use rival Zoom for virtual patent trial


Re: Am I the only one using Google Meet?

Certainly not, the business I work for has gone GCloud big style and Meet ramped up very rapidly after lockdown started.

Written Sunday March the 61st 2020

China strings up red tape barrier that shows businesses they're better off buying local tech


Unlikely, the US has become a very 'fragile' trading partner over the last few years. It no longer wants to do business with the rest of the world unless we bow down and kiss your current incompetents feet, sorry meant incumbents there but it still fits.

China is just pointing out that they require certainty and security of supply neither of which the US can ensure. This is noteworthy because it is being done at a national level but there are many firms who are investigating possible escape from US made critical infrastructure.

This is what happens when a lying, cheating, untrustworthy guttersnipe of the lowest scum level possible gets elected to lead the largest economy on the planet.

NASA mulls restoring Saturn V to service as SLS delays and costs mount



Love it AF

Internet use up 40 per cent in San Francisco Bay Area – but you know what’s even higher? Yep, alcohol, weed use


Re: Makes sense

Between 60% and 70% alcohol content which is 105 to 122.5 proof in the UK 120 to 140 in the US. It has to be at least 60% ABV to destroy the fat coat of the virus and must stay on your hands for around 20 seconds. If it is more than 70% ABV then there is insufficient other content to hold the alcohol and it will evaporate too quickly.

How do I know? Even if I drink that bottle of 14 YO Balvenie matured in Caribbean rum cask in my drinks cabinet in one go I will still have more alcohol on the outside of me :-(

Data surge as more Brits work from home? Not as hard on the network as their nightly Netflix binges, claims BT


Not quite, in a full lock down food and pharmacy will still be running so some poor buggers will have to put up with a gen pop trying to infect them.

We regret to inform you there are severe delays on the token ring due to IT nerds blasting each other to bloody chunks



Ah Doom, well named, slaughterer of many a lunchtime network

Uncle Sam challenged in court for slurping social media info on 'millions' of visa applicants


Re: Slightly confused...

Yes, that is what they are saying, it's one of the few differences between an ESTA and a full visa.

A bridge over troubled water: Intel teases Ponte Vecchio, the GPU brains in US govt's 1-exaFLOPS Aurora supercomputer


Re: We'll burn that bridge when we come to it

Remembering that Intel measure size differently, their 10nm is equivalent to the rest of the industry stating 7nm, 7nm will be 5nm and 5nm will be 3nm. Not confusing at all no siree,

Intel tried to stay with DUV for 10nm, every other major silicon scratcher went for at least 2 layers of EUV. Intel had to restart their 10nm and, lo, just like the rest of the industry it will use EUV in small part. Their 7nm and 5nm processes are on schedule because they have planned EUV in just like everyone else. They are still behind TSMC who are already researching 1nm, will be introducing 6nm next year, 5nm in 2021 and 3nm in 2022ish with 1nm by 2024.

Intel is behind in process and production capability for at least another 6 to 12 months, what happens to the market in this time could be interesting.

Intel insists Xeon vs Epyc benchmark fight was fair, amends speed test claims anyway

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I thought AMDs response was funny

An AMD spokesperson replied with a link to a webpage containing various Epyc benchmarks. "There are 107 World Records here last I checked," AMD's spokesperson said.

So the Intel claims are so erroneous that they needn't bother checking on if they still held those world records :-D

Windows on Arm keeps low profile at IFA as Intel takes swipe at platform's compatibility problems


Re: A totally pointless exercise

Just to put that to bed chocolate teapots work after a fashion and are also very tasty so not entirely pointless, just mostly

Ofcom head Sharon White pocketed nearly £500k last year


Re: Oh dear

They were buggered up a couple of years ago,5% in 2018 and 3% in 2019.

Didn't see any pictures of 'partners' jumping for joy.

She'll be hard pressed to do worse than the current incimbant

Defense against the Darknet, or how to accessorize to defeat video surveillance


Re: Defense against the Darknet

So just like the Empire of old, $DEITY doesn't trust El Reg in the dark


Open sourcerers drop sick Fedora Remix to get Windows Subsystem for Linux pumping


Re: Seriously ...

Start with the money side.

"If you're willing to provide a large enough budget then technically it is possible", if you start with "Technically, yes" that's all they'll hear.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'


Bloody typical

It would be really nice if they actually did this with every single person holding either an elected or a civil service pen pusher post so that security can be properly and fully tested with information that will harm no one important.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here


Re: I rather like it, but for one detail

Numeric keyboards are abundant at this UK address novatech which do cheap to eye bogglingly expensive laptops all with numeric keypads.

No please don't thank me, you may not be a Brit :-)

Excuse me, but have you heard the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Chr-AI-st?


Samo old, same old.

Just goes to prove that some things never change regarding computers and computing.

In this case that old adage, "Garbage In, Garbage Out" comes to mind.

Two weeks before Chrimbo? When Dell V-Class shareholders get to vote on THAT deal


Re: Chrimbo!


Originally a pagan festival of mid-winter celebrating the beginning of new life and later usurped by charlatans as some blokes birthday who was actually born somewhere around October.

Screw the religion crap, Crimbo is back and Crimbo stays

MPs' proposal to cash in on public-private algos given a solid 'maybe'


Re: "MPs [..] call for this to be leveraged"

Don't forget that their, their families and any other exceptions that they can think of will be excluded from the data sale.

After all they are probably already fully aware that data anonymising is actually really hard :-P

Icon, is this how we restart it all over again?

Detroit sh*t shifter's operating costs waste away with Oracle's cloud


Re: department 15 to 17 per cent in operating costs

Stop talking crap, they never raise prices by so little

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


Headline did say

Maybe the fishy axes are the cause of the headline ;-)

Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans


It's a bloody robot

If it's functional then keep it lit up for when you may need it. Chatty is non-functional, spike the damned thing.

Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won



Congratulations and have one of these -->

Having played with the 'Justice' system I know damn well that you earned it :-)

Hua-no-wei! NSA, FBI, CIA bosses put Chinese mobe makers on blast


Interesting isn't it?

The very idea that a manufacturer, when told that the US is too paranoid to allow it to trade with them, can just shrug and say "OK, it's not like their important or anything"

Also interesting is that the rabid paranoia infesting the feral 'democracy' is so bad they didn't even notice this huge change in their own status.

Blackbird shot down, patent nuked by judge in Cloudflare legal battle


No no no no, this is just soooo much bigger than that

Blackbird will have to appeal this because of this part

"The limitations [Blackbird's claims] recite generic computer, network, and internet components, none of which is inventive by itself."

This is the first challenge that has indicated the term "with a {computer|network|internet}" is no longer original and therefore invalid in a patent.

With a priority date of 1998 this ruling against this patent has the potential to invalidate every patent since then that has that disingenuous add on "with a"

This could really be huge if it survives the US appeals process.

Meltdown's Linux patches alone add big load to CPUs, and that's just one of four fixes


Confusion reigns

It would seem that people have confused how these vulnerabilities got their names.

SPECTRE V1 and V2 are vulnerabilities that arise from issues with speculative execution and how instructions are retired. V1 is quite easy to take advantage of whereas V2 is a great deal more difficult. The chances are that if your current CPU does speculative execution then you are vulnerable to both of these.

Mitigation for these 2 vulnerabilities causes the least slowdown in operation.

MELTDOWN breaks down the isolation between user space and kernel space. So far the only *modern* processors that have been found vulnerable to this is Intels. This is the big slowdown as the only solution is to force a full context switch when moving to and from kernel space. The problem for Intel is the large number of CPU states that it takes to achieve this context switch.

For those old enough to remember WNT3.1 it was dog slow because Intel CPUs were not that fast and the device drivers were not in kernel space. The BSOD appeared from WNT3.5 onwards when device drivers were put in kernel space for speed reasons.

In general use the same always applies, it doesn't matter which CPU you use you're unlikely to push the system to the type of limits where you'll come across these slowdowns. If you do push a system that far then you will need to test under your specific use case. As always with these things not only will your mileage vary but so will your fuel consumption.

Ghost in the DCL shell: OpenVMS, touted as ultra reliable, had a local root hole for 30 years


Re: Wasn't VMS...

No actually it wasn't.

DEC were looking to replace VMS at the time so as to cover the 32 bit VAX and 64 bit Alpha with the same OS.

Dave Cutler and his venerable team presented PRISM and the other engineering team presented OpenVMS. OpenVMS won the beauty contest and Dave was a little ticked off then Bill came along.

As a result Windows NT was actually based on PRISM not VMS because it was actually capable of 64 bit from the beginning, they just didn't have 64 bit Intelx86 at the time.

Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people


Free or Open?

I think it should be called "Liberty software" then we could refer to MS as

"Taking the Liberty software"

That one over there, no the anorak

FYI: Processor bugs are everywhere – just ask Intel and AMD


Re: Even the 6502

I won't downvote you for the inaccuracy because it is shockingly common.

The 68000 was a 32 bit processor with a 16 bit data bus much like the 8088 was a 16 bit processor with an 8 bit bus.

Meltdown/Spectre week three: World still knee-deep in something nasty


Re: Intel "shouldn't be selling CPUs?"

Well that's a little more complex than the simple faster then.

It kind of goes like this, Intel CPUs are 'on average' 30% faster than AMD Zen CPUs <--- the point where idiots stop reading <--- for single threaded workloads but there are workloads where AMD is faster. For multi threaded loads, AMD Zen CPUs are on average 13% faster than Intel but there are workloads where Intel are faster. So CPU choice is pretty much irrelevant except for outliers where one will seriously trounce the other.

The curious thing regarding servers that I never see mentioned is the actual data throughput of the system containing the CPU. As the Intel Xeon sports 44 PCIe lanes vs the 128 lanes that the AMD Epyc provides and, typically, 6 PCIe lanes are dedicated to board specific functions, that leaves Intel with only 38 to play with vs AMDs 122. This would imply that the actual throughput of an Epyc based system could be far higher than a Xeon one.

If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE


Re: Do they do it accidentally or deliberately?

@technical ben

I don't understand why you used the joke icon :-(

Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price


Re: Electricity vs Petrol/Diesel prices

A quick search for business costs of electricity finds this

The average bill for UK business is £2,528 per year. The average unit price per kilowatt hour (kWh) is 9.50p. The average daily standing charge is 20p per day. Most businesses use between 15,000 and 25,000 kWh per year.

as opposed to the reaming the general sucker gets

Electricity is typically more than three times as expensive as natural gas – 14.37pence per kWh rather than 3.80p. It also emits nearly three times as much carbon dioxide: 0.447kg per kWh rather than 0.184kg.

So 5p per kWh difference to the good for business and nearly 3p per kWh over petrol.

1 litre of diesel-oil 10,0 kwh 35,9 mJ @120.3p/litre ( average )

at 10kWh equivalent you have 93p vs 120p.

Artics do about 41l/100km thereby costing £49.32/100km and use 410kWh which costs £38.13 in electricity. Using the usual conversion ratio for USD and GBP 1$=1£ you would need to drive 178,731 km to get the extra £20,000 back from the standard Tesla truck.

Stealth web crypto-cash miner Coinhive back to the drawing board as blockers move in


The reg should at least give this a go

Just tested this on my system with 4 threads running, it doesn't get in the way although there is a slight slow down. Running with only 2 threads I wouldn't really notice this at all.

Dump the ads and use this, you are welcome to 2 threads of my CPU without all the crap that ads put on the page.

Yes the Reg is one of the few sites I allow to show ads.

You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early


I do

Even though I do not use MS at home I do have to use it at work, I care a great deal about what MS do because it is in my entire work week.

I care a great deal about when they foul something up because it is my entire work week.

I care a great deal about when they get it right, because it is my entire work week.

We have started testing Linux based systems via HyperV because MS said that's cool and this affects my entire work week.

Companies use MS extensively, just because I think it is not fit for purpose on a personal basis does not mean that I can throw it out everywhere. So I really do care what MS do as it has a real effect on my working life.

I am sure that I am not the only person in this situation either, everybody has to pay the bills. As an aside, I have found that MS security ( server side ) is much better over the last 5 years.

As another aside, your post received not up or down vote, a reply was more in order.

Open your doors to white hats before black hats blow them off, US deputy AG urges big biz


What a laugh

"Our society has never had a system where evidence of criminal wrongdoing was totally impervious to detection, even when officers obtain a court-authorized warrant. But that is the world that technology companies are creating."

Just maybe it's because they snooped too much and when found out they then lied, had laws changed so it was retrospectively legal, created illegal 'accidental' monster databases etc etc etc.

Then after all that they expect people to actually trust anything they say, such as "We won't look at anything we're not supposed to"

They are liars, pure and simple, liars. If you want my data serve your bloody warrant on me just as you damn well should.

Fscking liars the bloody lot.

Fresh chips from Intel (yay?) at 14nm (awww)


I was curious about PCIe

The best Intel have is 42 PCIe lanes whereas AMD are touting 128. It's all very well having the fastest and highest number of cores on one silicon slab but at some point you have to shovel data into and out of the beast, otherwise known as throughput.

With 3 times the PCIe lanes available I don't think AMD will have to match Intel speeds or core counts to be able to best them in genuine real world environments. Until Intel add more PCIe lanes their actual throughput could easily look pretty sick against AMD.

I haven't seen a motherboard that fits out the entire 128 yet and I'm fairly sure that I don't want to see the price of a MB with 128 PCIe slots or how much to fill them all.

This is something that Intel have had no answer for and seemingly still hasn't. This reduces them to 'look how fast single thread is','look how many cores','look at the benchmarks'. "No no don't look over there that's the nasty nasty throughput thing."

Hey Intel this is called competition, you may even have to stop gouging our wallets.

Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds


Questions, questions

I'm no guru and can get stuck more often than I would like. More often then not the documentation can be a little too terse and still too often incomplete.

I find the best way to ask a question is to ask for directions to more verbose documentation describing subject BLAH as what you have found has not come down to your personal level of understanding.

Very, and I do mean very, occasionally some arse will insist you shouldn't be using BLAH software then but most people will be glad to point you in the right direction to help yourself. After that if you are still stuck then a proper description of your issue and the steps you have taken will get you far better help than the attitude a lot of people tend to have of just crying about how shit everything is.

If you are unwilling to show basic respect why would you expect to receive it?

You gotta have goals: Oracle ties Larry, Safra and Mark’s equity to cloud



Of course not, their manglement, they'll never be treated like drone scum.

It would be far more interesting if sales people stopped applying to work for Oracle due to the absolute guarantee that they will be shafted.

Unfortunately the truth is that most of them will think along the lines of "It won't happen to me" in spite of all the evidence to the contrary.

Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your 'smart' home


Re: I wonder...

Just buy some 3.5 jacks and plug them in, no cable needed. That physically disconnects the speakers and microphone whilst removing any possibility of damaging your system. After all, you may want to use them under controlled circumstances.

Intel Pumageddon: Broadband chip bug haunts Chipzilla's past, present and future


Hmmm Tivo?

Had the old Tivo and that wasn't connected to the SuperHub it was only connected to the TV part of the cable. This is partly why the old Tivos performance was utterly carp.

The new Tivo, on the other hand is connected to both the SH and the TV cable so Netflix and iPlayer etc are fetched over the internet and is an immeasurably better experience than the old Tivo.

Having an SH 2ac I get none of the issues with the SH 3 and also full 200 down, except for really busy times when it sometimes drops to 150 so the new Tivo has always been pretty sharp in performance.


Re: Virgin Media Tivo

Virgin are being a little economical with the truth. There are 3 different hubs in use SH 2, SH 2ac and SH 3. I had an SH2 that was knackered and the visiting engineer didn't have any replacements so gave me an SH 2ac instead. It was already capable of DOCSIS3 when installed and ramped up to full speed as soon as my tiny bit of the country was enabled.

SH2 was no longer being used in new installs at that time and VM were giving new customers either an SH 2ac or SH3 as the SH 3 was still brand new and in short supply. You may still be able to get the SH 2ac, this is a NetGear based router and uses the Broadcom chipset so has been very reliable for me.



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