Do I detect a reference to the tape that came with the BBC?
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There are definitely 32 bit Meltdown/Spectre patches available now.
Looking at https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4073757/protect-your-windows-devices-against-spectre-meltdown (there's a section explicitly for 32-bit Windows) and https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4088878/windows-7-update-kb4088878 I think they went on general release with the March patch Tuesday.
I remember (no link, sorry) seeing them offered an an out of band not on general release update perhaps in late January or Feb.
Re: Motherboard Fixes
If it's any reassurance, I've just done several hundred, deploying the initial Intel microcode and then rolling it back as they've acknowledged it is buggy.
I'd suggest waiting until you've got a BIOS release with the final microcode, and then it should be plain sailing....
Re: Motherboard Fixes
Are you certain?/Do you have a link? The BIOS updates are typically for Spectre mitigation.
All the meltdown patch does is stop mapping the kernel into each application's address space.
The BIOS updates contain fresh microcode to allow finer control of branch prediction to make Spectre mitigation easer.
Re: Pricing's gonna change...
They'll still need to produce 2nd stages, which use the same tooling - one advantage of a common tank diameter.
The work force released by making fewer Falcon 9 first stages is now avaialbe to start making MCT parts. I suspect this is why Musk is now ready to release the plans for that project - he's got the skilled workforce avaialble to get started on enacting them..
Re: I'd have assumed that their test code suite would catch something like that...
I'm unhappy about the latter, but then I consider the recent history of Intel CPU bugs that have been discovered, admittedly more in computational accuracy than basic stack operation, and I wonder about the test process in both cases.
I do remember one of the P4 architects describing how they could no longer mentally anticipate how the CPU was going to behave in some circumstances though, so maybe this kind of thing is now just really really hard, and I don't have a good enough understanding of how one might go about designing a test suite.
Re: nowt wrong with cash
Given the growing prevalence of negative interest rates (although they've yet to reach the consumer in most countries) Cash in the matress may start losing value more slowly than cash in the bank.
I wonder if one appeal of moving to cashless societies is that it makes it more practical to deploy negative interest rates come the next economic downturn, as it looks as if they're never going to raise them much if this one ever really finishes.
BTDT. They tried parachutes with the Falcon 1. They presumably decided they prefer powered landings, possibly for the potentially better accuracy.
As an aside, note that thrust to weight in this process is greater than 1. The rocket never hovers, but must come to a halt at the bottom of decent as it touches the pad for everything to succeed.
They've got several advantages over a traditional data recovery service. They don't need to buy obscure parts at retail, or buy drives and cannibalise them. Also, there's no need to reverse engineer a drive.
They can probably also offset some cost by using the large sample of failed drives to find frequent failure modes and designing them out of the next generation.
It's also $30-50 for any drive. If 1 in 10 fail and are asked to be recovered, they've got an effective budget of $300-500
10Gb may never run acceptably over some existing cable plant. I've several hundred applications where 2.5/5Gb to the desktop would be a very attractive upgrade, especially if there's some hope of getting the desktop end for "free" with a client refresh.
10Gb has been on the 'will be cheap soon' list for quite some time. It doesn't seem to be getting closer to getting off it.
Re: systemd to incorporate a shell too!!!
To be contrarian, I can see an argument for systemd on a desktop, where I may reboot it often. I typically don't reboot servers frequently, so I'm unconcerned about a fast boot, but I value being able to debug the startup process of a broken server with a shell and a text editor, which I can do with sys V init scripts, but can't do with systemd.
"Won't happen, simply because of the rage it would cause from Microsoft's large corporate cash cow customers, many of whom will only ever install security updates."
How would you describe the new IE patch/release/support policy then? There's Enterprise mode as a mitigation, but I suspect it won't be 100% - even the MS web site describing it says " designed to emulate Internet Explorer 8,"