* Posts by A Non e-mouse

2818 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010

This tiny Intel Xeon-toting PC board can take your Raspberry Pi any day

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The company also cites digital signage as a potential use case

Using a $800 SBC?

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Nuclear power is the climate superhero too nervous to wear its cape

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Wikipedia has a lengthy article on it.

Short version: Death from the immediate incident: 30. Deaths from the longer term issue. No agreed number but estimates are in the range 4,000 - 16,000, with one estimate going as high as 60,000.

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The single biggest problem with nuclear is the waste. Not the spend fuel rods but all the low-level radioactive waste produced over the lifetime of the plant. What's our current plan for this stuff? Bury it in concrete and hope no-one disturbs it for the next few centurys. Has no-one noticed the whole "green" revolution happening and the three Rs? (Reduce, reuse, recycle) Nothing there about "bury it in the ground".

Intel finally takes the hint on software optimization

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Re: Lack of vision since 1999

x86 has killed almost every traditional RISC server/workstation processor out there regardless of how optimized the software was

Did x86 win out because it was the better processor, or did it win out due to little software being available for other processors?

e.g. Windows NT was available for a variety of CPUs* yet little end user software was available for it.

ARM is only now gaining ground as it started out in a niche (embedded) that x86 couldn't compete in.

* I heard the other day that NT was originally written on something other than x86 then ported to x86 to prove how portable NT was.

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Re: Lack of vision since 1999

It's been discussed on El Reg forums several times before, but modern RISC-like processors (e.g ARM, MIPS, etc) are also microcoded.

There isn't much distinction between "CISC" & "RISC" processors nowadays. Both processor camps have looked over the fence and borrowed ideas from each other.

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So Intel are now saying: "You've written the software wrong." There's a (strong) argument that says that if people are writting the software wrong for their hardware, maybe their hardware is wrong?

Twitter unveils US midterm election integrity plans, upsets almost everyone

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There's an arguement that if everyone thinks your plan is bad it's probably half-decent.

Court voids 34,000 unfair Fuji Xerox contracts

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I awarded a contract to a company with an explicit start and end date. After the end date they sent me an invoice for the next year. I said I hadn't ordered renewal and I wasn't going to pay. They claimed I hadn't actually cancelled the contract and so they auto-renewed it without any contract amendment by me.

I suggested they take me to court to claim their invoice. They never did.

They are just bullys: Like any bully, stand up to them and they soon back down.

SpaceX demonstrates that it too can shower the Earth with debris

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Re: Lucky streak

You need to include in your sums the number of lottery draws & space flights.

Microsoft extends life of cloud servers from four to six years

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Is it a case of Microsoft being a bit more ruthless with the cash, or Microsoft realising that upgrades are bringing smaller performance/efficiency improvements?

(Probably a bit of both)

Homes in London under threat as datacenters pull in all the power

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Samsung adds 'repair mode' that hides data on Galaxy smartphones in South Korea

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Re: How do you turn it off again?

"Perfection is the enemy of the good."

Will this prevent state-sponsored attackers stealing your data? Nope.

Will help prevent idle browsing of your holiday photos by repair techs? Yes.

Samsung boss likely to be pardoned for bribery

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If your business is dependent on just one person, your business is screwed. Yeah, it's gonna hurt to disentangle yourself from them but in the long term it's going to be *so* much better for the business.

Meta proposes doing away with leap seconds

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Expected more

Facebook/Meta has a lot of smart engineers working for it. I would have expected a bit more from these people than: "We don't like this solution please don't do it." i.e. an alternative solution.

Is the Apple car real? These patents suggest yes

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Just because Apple has filled a few patents, it doesn't mean it's going to make something. I remind you all of one patent that British Rail filled. Yes, the national rail operator filled a patent for a flying saucer...

Upgrading what might be the world's oldest running Linux install

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Re: mailman upgrade

I think a lot of Mailman 2 users are moving to Sympa for similar reasons.

CityFibre loses appeal against Openreach discounts for ISPs

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That's not a fair comparision: Openreach has the ability to undercut CityFibre by abusing its size over CityFibre.

British intelligence recycles old argument for thwarting strong encryption: Think of the children!

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Re: Quite apart from online...

There's the theory that if you're putting yourself forwards for policitial office you've immediately ruled yourself out as being unsuitable.

NASA stalls water-seeking VIPER lunar rover to 2024

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Re: Going back to the Moon is required, but there's a problem

I'm sure I've seen a video recently where they discuss this exact problem and claim that there are ways to reduce the amount of dust.

Tavis Ormandy ports WordPerfect for UNIX to Linux

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Re: IIRC Wordperfect was powerful enough to handle writing the Boeing manual sets for their aircraft

I thought they'd moved to things such as SGML based documentation?

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The option to view the codes

I loved that in WordPerfect. It was the only word processor to show you how the file was really structured under the bonnet and allowed yout to fix many errors simply. Something I don't think any modern word processor has copied.

Boffins release tool to decrypt Intel microcode. Have at it, x86 giant says

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Always wondered how modern CPUs really work. Just have to wait for the "Dummies guide to Intel Microcode" book to come out.

Amazon sues 10,000 Facebook Group admins for offering fake reviews

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Not new

Whilst the web has enabled this kind of manipulation of reviews to explode in size, it's not new.

Back in the 80s, there were all sorts of allegations that the advertising department would lean on the editor to write favourible articles so they could sell more advertising space to the advertiser.

Some (slightly) ethical rags put up chinese walls between the editorial & commercial sides of their business to try to fend these acusations off.

Slack to increase prices for Pro customers

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The changes to the Free tier might not be entirely welcome and could result in users having to change their workflow to deal with the 90-day rule regardless of all the other features now on offer

If you don't like the changes to the free tier, contact your account manager and ask for your money back.

Oh - you didn't actually pay for anything? Then stop complaining.

Improve Linux performance with this one weird trick

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Re: My advice, as ever

Who can remember the fun we had with DOS & Smartdrive

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Re: Hmmm.

That was the idea of RISC. It didn't stay "Reduced" for very long.

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I can make my car faster by:

- Removing all the air bags

- Removing all the padding in the cabin

- Removing the seat belts

- Replaing the padded seats with bare-bones bucket racing seats.

- etc.

Doesn't mean I should...

That emoji may not mean what you think it means

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Re: Eggplant

Having your in-group slang be incomprehensible to outsiders (especially your parents) is the goal

Which has been going on for many, many years. Cockney Rhyming Slang for one.

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My work environment is very multicultural and I've learned that what is inoffensive in Western culture can be *very* offsenive elsewhere. Until I've built up a relationship with someone, emojis, nerd in-jokes, banter, etc are kept out of the conversation.

First-ever James Webb Space Telescope image revealed

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Re: Larger still

I don't think the universe needs to be infinite for the probability of life out there to be close to 1. Even within our own galaxy I'd suggest the chance of life is close to 1. Factoring in all the other galaxies we currently know about pushes the odds even closer to 1.

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Re: Larger still

IMHO, the chances of life existing outside our solar system: 100%.

Chances of us making contact with life outside our solar system: Unknown, but probably close to zero with our current understandning of the laws of physics.

San Francisco cops want real-time access to private security cameras for surveillance

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The book 1984 was fiction and not an instruction manual.

Oracle seeks $1b savings, staff prepare for layoffs

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I think you're being generous. You could just replace "efficient" with "expensive" and that would suffice.

API rate limits at the core of Elon Musk’s decision to ditch Twitter

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Re: Here we go...

To be fair to El Reg, Elon has made himself $200bn richer. What have the Love Islanders done?

I feel very dirty now (and not in a good way)

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In the merger contract, Musk also waived all due-dillegence rights.

Sooner or later his pocket is going to be $44bn dollars lighter. (Plus lawyers' fees)

This is the military – you can't just delete your history like you're 15

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Re: Zip drives...

I was looking for a driver for one, and typed zip.com into the browser. Oops.

IIRC it was a gay dating site. Nothing there now.

In the days before adult filters on search engines, I'd often search for something for work and end up and adult websites. I thought I knew a lot of porn slang: Clearly I was way more naive than I thought!

NASA's CAPSTONE silence down to a software flaw

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Re: How to write space software

To me, the biggest take away is that they agree what the software is supposed to do from the outset, before they even think of writing code. How many of us have been involved with software projects where the specs keep on changing? If you can have agreed specs, it makes it so much easier.

(The "don't blame the person, blame the process" culture is important too: It allows everyone to learn from mistakes)

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Re: Testing times..

It's a technology demonstrator. They're trying new stuff. Sometimes new stuff doesn't work as planned.

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Assuming you can formally prove the software*, all that does is show that the software matches the specifications. Not that the specifications are right in the first place.

[*] Formally proving software isn't easy. It's not as if, in your IDE, you go Tools -> Prove and get a simple box back saying "Proved Correct"

Elon Musk considering 'drastic action' as Twitter takeover in 'jeopardy'

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Re: Where is the ROI?

I thought Musk was buying Twatter as he thought it was censoring people and he was going change that policy? (Th censoring of people who criticize Musk would continue...)

IBM wants to simplify 3D stacked chip manufacturing

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I think we need to separate out Moore's Law and performance.

Until around a decade ago, the increase in transistors & density definitely improved performance.

But although we're still getting more transisters, we're just getting more cores & cache. (And complex instructions) Performance is increasing, but at a much, much slower rate.

Boris Johnson set to step down with tech legacy in tatters

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Re: 37 Billions

No test is 100% perfect. You have false positives and false negatives to deal with. These are important numbers that require some careful thinking to get right.

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Re: 37 Billions

Ms D. Harding....

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Will he she take the wallpaper...


Chinese boffins suggest launching nuclear Neptune orbiter in 2030

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Would I be being too cryptic if I suggested Chinese fire departments had better keep an eye on their water pumps?

Cisco compresses Catalyst switches to compact size

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Re: None of those are "home office"

And what home workers need a 10Gb/s uplink? Many would love a 100Mb/s uplink to the Internet.

Not enough desks and parking spots, wobbly Wi-Fi: Welcome back to the office, Tesla staff

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Re: Musk is a child in a man's body

I'm not saying Jobs was a saint, but Musk is in a class of his own.

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Re: When the show is run by clowns

It shows that Tesla is run by someone who doesn't have a clue what's happening on the ground.

The perfect crime – undone by the perfect email backups

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Re: A similar story involving core store

I've been told that high security facilities don't allow faulty kit to be taken offsite for repair for this exact reason. If it's broken, it's replaced and the old is thoroughly destroyed.

Linux Foundation thinks it can get you interested in smartNICs

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Re: Stops

Of course, it also gives guests and external attackers a new and exciting way to compromise the host

I thought this had already been done with hard drive controller chips?


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