* Posts by zooooooom

124 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Nov 2009


OMG: HPE gobbles SGI for HPC. WTF?


Re: Patents?

SGI's original NUMA directory stuff dates from the mid 90s - though they've continued to file patent apps on the subject as recently as 2013, its not clear whether they are just fluff or not.


Are you sure its not because they need the three hypertransport links to make the architecture work?

Zuck: Get your FULLY EXPOSED BUTTOCKS off my Facebook


"Facebook said that requests for access to account data from governments were relatively flat"

Because the NSA don't need to ask?

NSA's Christmas Eve confession: We unlawfully spied on you for 12 years, soz


Re: to conduct a little research on her husband...

But the article didn't say what she found out :-(

UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law


This seems like a bad move for the DVLA, whose business of selling your details to local authorities is going to be seriously impacted!


Re: Not Good

Whenever someone cites "think of the children" as the argument for something being a good idea, you should realise its really fucking not ;)

ICO: It's up to Google the 'POLLUTER' to tidy up 'right to be forgotten' search links


"That's the ideal, but good luck getting any information removed from some anonymous website based out of Kerplakistan."

I'm so looking forward to the new Kerplakistanian based search engine that indexes all of the internet.

'Hashtag' added to the OED – but # isn't a hash, pound, nor number sign


Re: So what's the name in other languages?

> that's why C# is pronounced C-sharp, isn't it?

Embrace, extend, extinguish.

Chrome makes new password grab in version 34


Re: @article author: reading comprehension FAIL

"So Google, and apparently you, think that it is OK to break W3C HTML5?"

Fuck yeah. Its a mark up language, not a contract.

Fat-walleted execs? Nope, it's a corporate tax swerve that REALLY ticks Brits off



The idea that companies have any "ethical" basis is bizarre. Unless you mean "not breaking the law", in which case some only bend it.

Oracle's nemesis MariaDB releases sleekest seal yet to beta


As I understand it, Oracle own MySQL so they can license it how they like - it does not HAVE to be FOSS. If they adopt MariaDB code under the GPL, then they will no longer be able to license it in they way they choose and all downstream versions would be GPL.

Given that, they may as well just offer commercial support for MariaDB, and and retain ownership of the increasingly unpopular MySQL.

Terminator-style robot busts leg in martial arts demo mishap



Well... Its a spawn of DARPA, and what with all the bad publicity those friendly unmanned aircraft are getting these days....

Can you trust 'NSA-proof' TrueCrypt? Cough up some dough and find out


"If you REALLY have something to hide from the NSA et al, you probably shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

That joint, hooker, tax dodge, transference of speeding ticket to spouse, or particularly distasteful porn - yes the one with the horse - probably isn't that much interest to the spooks - it would look really bad on them if they started sending that shit to the fuzz. OTOH, it might come in useful later so lets not be too hasty to delete it.

The reason this kind of thing is scary, is that if "The Government" knows more about you, than you know about them, your ability - everyone's ability - to enact democratic process is reduced - the material they have on file about you suddenly becomes useful for political reasons.

Island-hopping Beardy Branson: I'm dodging rain, not taxes


Re: jealous

Er well yeah - if he owned it!

Two years after Steve Jobs' death, how's that new CEO working out?


Re: Apple Hate?

Mainly due to their control freakery

Cray turns cluster crank with ScaleMP


Re: And still

Implementing cache coherency over IB doesn't scream scaling. Not unless someone publishes the NUMA ratio to back it up.

Sysadmins fail to fix NHS IT snafu, HUNDREDS of appointments cancelled


Err hold on - surely the patients know when their appointments are - all the docs have to do is sit in their office and wait for em...

Analyst says Brit rail broadband plan is TRAIN CRAZY


Re: A fundamental problem with this...

"he West Coast Main Line could add 20% more capacity by the simple, cheap, and immediate measure of ripping out the first class Pendelino interiors and fitting all carriages out as standard class"

Yes, but the lack of 10 people being gouged for 300 quid in 1st would collapse the words economy.

'Modern warming trend can't be found' in new climate study


"hasn't been any global warming at all in the Eastern Mediterranean"

The word global is inappropriate in that sentence...

Obama Zucker-punched: 'NSA PR bungle whacked public trust in web giants'


"political leaders should be a bit more open about their tactics."

or, yanno, maybe just not do it?

Anti-drone bods haul MoD to court over SECRET KILLER ROBOTS


Re: Drones are cowardly?

If using drones means 1000 enemy dies for every trooper you lose, thats a winning situation.

If using drones means 1000 enemy dies, well presumably enemy - we couldn't really tell on the monitor - they had trucks and stuff, which is usually a good enough sign - for every trooper, thats a winning situation. I mean if they weren't enemy before, they sure are now!


Re: @zooooooom

You write:

"Clearly releasing these details about drone attacks could compromise the safety of the people on the ground who also might be involved."

I am not suggesting information should be released that would compromise the safety of personnel. However; the article writes;

"But the MoD refused to answer two questions which asked for the exact date and location of each drone attack, as well as details of whether how many times the Reaper drones fired weapons during both unplanned, reactive combat and scheduled operations."

i.e. historic detail. Presumably the enemy combatants involved already know if a drone strike hit them, its you and I, the funders of the the clone army, that are ignorant of the details.

"It'll compromise XYZ safetly" is a defense all too readily available to the military when it simply doesn't want to be held accountable and allow the true picture of a war to emerge.


"Why on earth do these tree hugging fuckwits feel they have a right to know what the military is doing? "

1. We pay for them.

2. What they do is democratically accountable to us.

Honestly, I don't know why I'm replying to a troll post so early in the day.

Pizza drones, mad cyclists and Bitcoin-for-arms traders: A vision of LNDN 2023


I hope no one was paid for this bollocks (including the reg hack who covered it)

TWO can play this 64-bit mobile game, says Samsung, crossly


Re: Why oh why

Comparing like for like, the main thing 64 bit gives you is greater demand on the bus to load a pointer.

If you're allowed to swap instruction sets for a better one you aren't comparing like for like :-p

ATTACK of the ROBOT BANKERS brings stock market to its knees


Paper based

A return to paper based trading would restore some sanity to the markets. If you don't have it in your hand, you can't sell it.

One more thing ... Beijing green lights iPhone in China



China has persuaded Apple to replace the nsaCallHome() method with prcCallHome()

NIST denies it weakened its encryption standard to please the NSA


American Institutions

Shouldn't be used. The rest of the world needs to reject national level standardization for things that have world wide relevance - even if they appear to be robust.

Nokia's India threat letter: 'It's cheaper to make phones in China'


"The whole 'they have poor people but have a space programme too, bad kitty' arguement always annoys me. Poor farmers benefit from weather forecasts"

Yeah because you can't buy Sat data, you absolutely have to launch your own rockets amirite?

Mystery of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'



Was this WEEE compliant?

UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers



If they can't stop tiny mobes, does that mean they can't stop tiny lockpicks, files, and drugs? Oh dear, thats something of an admission...

Did Linux drive supers, and can it drive corporate data centers?


Re: No commodity Linux

"But Lars, the SGI server with 512 cpus or more, and Linux SGI Altix servers with 2048-8192 cores, are all clusters. They are running a software hypervisor tricking Linux into running single image. They are clusters, not a single fat SMP server."


SGI have been doing large SMP for years .

Note the SMP == Shared Memory == ccNUMA


Re: Which Distro?

"I can't imagine that an HPC maker would use standard Linux distro"

They want a standard distro to keep support costs under control and maintain package compatibility for ISVs

Google patents swish, swosh, swoosh pattern unlock app swipe



yeah but only 20 will ever be used.

UK plods cuff another bloke in Twitter violence threat probe


ha 6 downvoters should lose their internet license :)

ISPs: Relax. Blocking porn online won't really work


pffft I just thought she made a crap defense.

Oi, Google, you ate all our Wi-Fi keys - don't let the spooks gobble them too


Re: Very convenient feature

To "al_qaeda_cell_247"? At least make them work for a living....

ARTICLES without comment boxes - Climate, CO2, Anything authored by L. Page...


Re: Solar Panels

*Nope came back the reply. 'It is not proven technology'. I can't afford to appeal.*

I didn't think technology proveability was grounds for planning decisions. Just do it.

Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, world+dog urge NSA transparency


Move abroad

We (The World) need to stop using services that are all US based. Seeing as no country is better than another, chose different countries for different stuff.

Microsoft admits it's '18 months behind' with Windows 8 slabs



"El Chan is not sure possibilities can be leapfrogged"

The possibilities were doing the leapfrogging, not being leapfrogged. Its the best vapourware feature set ever seen :-)

Screw it, says NSA leaker Snowden: I'm applying for asylum in Russia


Re: Mad Mike AC Wake up and realize this is global.

"In both the US and the UK the laws are set by democratically elected officials except for those passed down by the unelected EU and UN beureaucrats"

But those laws often contain clauses exempting "national security". Thats the problem.

Right to Privacy:

There shall be no interference by a public authority with the

exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the

law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of

national security,


We wont spy on you unless we do.

Ecuador: Snowden is Russia's problem


Re: why?

I don't think he originally intended to disclose his identity - then realised just how quickly they would work it out anyway.

Apple dodged all UK corporation tax in 2012


Have heard that....

They have a very good iccountant

What should replace Linpack for ranking supercomputers?


Re: An overhaul/replacement of LinPack is long overdue


New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers


Re: Any rope is the problem

"This is why the rope-and-counterweight system was invented in the first place - the counterweight means that the only force that has to be overcome is the inertia of"

Yeah - but the irrelevence of the lift comapred to the cable is the point of TFA. All you're really looking for is a handy way to store your potential energy for recycling to recover this.

Top500: Supercomputing sea change incomplete, unpredictable


Real serious stupidity

The Top500 has always been an eronious metric of anything, but the latest sets have really taken the biscuit. The overwhelming majority of consumed cycles can't exploit either phi or gpu with anywhere near the efficiency needed to justify their inclusion in a system, and yet here we have the largest systems built out of them. They really are in the territory where people should be building small dev clusters, with the odd single application shop thats already completely ported building large dedicated machines. This batch will be decommisioned before the software catches up.

Oh well we now know that the Chinese can piss higher - I wonder what money changed hands for the phi's. :)


BG/Q - 3D ???

US chief spook: Look, we only want to spy on 6.66 billion of you


Re: International Outrage

"I mean surely the US government admitting to spying on your citizens in huge numbers is something that should worry any other government... right... right?"

They aren't spying... you put your data on their servers amirite?

Report: IBM protests Amazon $600m CIA cloud contract


Re: while we are bashing companies...

Well doh - they're cheaper.

Intel's plan for Haswell, Silvermont, Bay Trail: WORLD DOMINATION


4th Gen?

TFA says Haswell is Intels 4th Gen "core" architecture.... Core, Core 2, Nehalem, Sandy, .... ????

Then "The first Ultrabooks were based on Intel's 2nd Generation Core processors, aka "Sandy Bridge"; the next wave were powered by the 3rd Generation "Ivy Bridge"

Sandy and Ivy are different generations? I thought one was a die shrink...