If there's a glut of Pu, why am I seeing stories like https://science.howstuffworks.com/plutonium-238-fuel-shortage-nasa.htm about a shortage of the stuff hindering space exploration?
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UK facing electricity supply woes after nuclear power stations shut, MPs told
Got enterprise workstations and hope to run Windows 11? Survey says: You lose. Over half the gear's not fit for it
Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks
Microsoft patches patch for Meltdown bug patch: Windows 7, Server 2008 rushed an emergency fix
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.
Meltdown/Spectre week three: World still knee-deep in something nasty
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.
Microsoft patches Windows to cool off Intel's Meltdown – wait, antivirus? Slow your roll
If at first you don't succeed, you're Microsoft trying to fix broken Excel 2016
SpaceX's Musk: We'll reuse today's Falcon 9 rocket within 2 months
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..
Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday
AMD to fix slippery hypervisor-busting bug in its CPU microcode
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.
The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads
The fracking oil price drop whacked Panasas – who's next in energy IT?
Boeing's X-Wing 737 makes first flight
Most of the world still dependent on cash
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.
2015 Fiat 500 fashionista, complete with facelift
Microsoft kills TWO Hacking Team vulns: NOT the worst in this Patch Tues either
What? EMEA PC sales dropped by HOW much?
Number 5 is alive! VirtualBox the fifth debuts
BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why
New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep
KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST
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.
El Reg regains atomic keyring capability
Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024
'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross
SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves
Why 1.6 million people will miss Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 date with fate
BITE that APPLE if you want to escape the Android garden, Microsoft
Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?
Who wants SLEEP DEPRIVATION for Christmas?
Seagate adds FIFTY PER CENT more capacity to new NAS drive
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
Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1
Vendors coalesce around 'MGBase-T' 2.5/5 Gbps Ethernet
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.
The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning
The NO-NAME vuln: wget mess patched without a fancy brand
Microsoft has Windows Server running on ARM: report
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
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.