* Posts by amehaye

80 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Mar 2010


Foreshadow and Intel SGX software attestation: 'The whole trust model collapses'


Re: Intel only?

You do realize that the researchers interviewed here - those how discovered the 'Foreshadow' flow in *Intel* CPUs - are Israelis, right?

I'm not trying to downplay the 'Ryzenfall' scam by 'CTS labs' or whatever they called themselves. But let's not start with conspiracy theories.

What Israel's crack majority-women Unit 8200 hackers can teach tech about diversity


Re: Military operation

It's generally the other way around, but don't let the facts confuse you.


Re: Dunno about hacking

Ah... no, they don't undergo a mandatory self-defence course. The reason that women go jogging alone is because the streets of most cities in Israel are safe. Actually the only relatively unsafe area that I'm aware of is a small region in southern Tel-Aviv where many illegal immigrants from Africa reside.

Huawei CEO sings 'Bye, bye, mister American Pai', trims US C-suite


"Think of the children" or something

First I thought that there might be some merit to the claims about security risk, but then I saw that Ajit Pai is involved. Now I think that preventing competition is the more likely cause.

Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial


Re: Security for Costs @AC

Brown envelopes are so old school.

Nowadays it's more of the "turn your eyes the other side, and when it's time for you to retire I'll employ your daughter's consultancy agency with generous compensation" variety.

In my country they don't even bother with pretense, the 'public service' employees land in very nice jobs immediately after their tenure.

TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know


Re: "Lightbulbs, nylon tights, razor blades, can all be made to last years or decades"

This actually has some basis - there are tiny folds on the blade which you straighten up by that, making the blade 'sharp' again.

UK citizens to Microsoft: Oi. We WANT ODF as our doc standard


Re: I've no preference

Choosing ODF will save you money. It will save you loads of money. Do you care now?

Mozilla: Native code? No, it's JavaScript, only it's BLAZING FAST


Re: Very Nice Mozilla

they are working on multi prices. Google for Firefox electrolysis.

Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage


Re: Cultural

well she would have had no problem showing her cleavage on an Israeli news network. Israel is also very supportive of gays, abortions and all the other stuff them 'liberals' care about.

however i trust that you won't let the facts confuse you.

Israeli activists tell Hawking to yank his Intel chips over Palestine


Re: Israel needs to grow up

Wishful thinking. We tried that already, the terrorist acts only got bolder as they tend to think that playing nice is a sign of weakness.

Unfortunately the only thing proven to reduce terrorism acts is strong handing them into it. Hopefully one day that would change and they will accept Israel's right to exist.

HTC slays Nokia's two-headed Android patent dragon in Germany


Re: Nokia has been told to pay HTC's legal costs

Ok, call it Patent Bully then.

Oracle wants another go at Google over Android Java copyrights


Re: <Sigh>

Maybe it is time you stopped being an Oracle DB customer. Put your money where it is better utilized.

Israel taps teens to become 'interceptors' in cyberwarfare


Actually the Israeli youths are mostly secular. It is the Palestinians who are mostly religious fanatics. Please get your facts straight.


Re: "It was not immediately clear, however...

the *Palestinian* occupation of *Israel*.

Fixed that for you.

Remember that the 'Palestinians' are a bunch of disparate people who invaded the land of Israel over the years. They origin from Egypt, Syria, Jordan etc. You might like to do some reading of the history of the area, quite interesting.

The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be


Re: The Lemming fixation with startup times....

The Win8 'fast startup' is actually a return from hibernation, only you are not told about it.

That fact made me spend a while trying to find a bug in a device driver I was working on. Apparently, being back from hibernation, it did not go through the 'Miniport Loaded' state as the driver was already loaded. Which is pretty obvious if you know that.

Next time I will RTFM.



That's an easy one

The universe was created old. It came into being about 6000 years ago, with all the galaxies etc. already baked in. Now give me another one while I'm hot.

Google pushing Jelly Bean updates to Android devices


Re: Anyone else bored by these crybabies yet?

Not so easy...

I bought an unlocked phone. However since it is not a Nexus, it is uncertain whether it will be getting future updates. However the Nexus devices are not for everybody. The GNex, for example, has no support for SD cards, has a screen which in my opinion is sub-par compared to the GS2, etc etc.

Why can't we have it both ways? Give me a decent hardware and Nexus-level software support, and I will recommend all of my friends to buy that.


Hear hear. My Galaxy S2 just got its ICS. And Samsung hint there will be no JB for it, even though similarly spec-ed devices (Nexus S, GNex) did get JB.

Hear me Samsung: I don't care for your TouchWiz. Give me the kernel sources, along with all the drivers binary blobs for JB and I will be very content with CM10.

If however you choose not to release kernel sources, you will lose me as a customer. And everybody that listens to my advice. Do the wise thing. Keep your customers happy.

Finnish PM rules out Nokia rescue package


Re: Flops mission is complete.

The lower Nokia shares go, the cheaper it is for Microsoft to buy Nokia.

Microsoft has shown recently that they are going the Apple way of developing their own hardware (and Google might also go that way with their recent acquisition of Motorola). Buying Nokia would go a long way towards that goal.

Microsoft's Surface proves software is dead


Re: Apple is more closed than Microsoft ever dreamed of being

These only work on Microsoft platforms. Apple (and mostly other) open source projects work on any platform.

OpenCL ratchets up to version 1.2


DirectX and 'Open' in the same statement

Wasn't OpenCL supposed to be cross-platform?

I must have missed something.

Canonical: Mobile OEMs are going to love our Linux

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Gnome shell

I find Gnome shell to be much more polished and useful than unity. Plus, it got a sane notification system, which is what drove me away from unity in the first place. Give it a try, you will not be sorry.

Hack reveals Android tablet within Sony e-reader

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I happen to own one such device

And as it happens it is quite solid. Never thought that I would recommend a Sony product, but here I am. Especially if it can be rooted and flashed.

Microsoft milks Casio for using Linux


They actually tried to bully Redhat

Red hat's response? 'sue me'.

As we all know, this is when the bully got cold feet.

HTC loses prelim patent ruling to Apple, takes stock hit


Where is Larry

Google was caught sleeping while on duty. They do not have enough patents to enter a war right now, nor will they have in the near future.

Google top brass (and Zuck) hit Google+ privacy button

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The problem with public profiles

Google mandates that you expose your full name and gender. Given that many people use their full name as their email address, this is spammers heaven. I, for one, will not join Google+ until I can limit the visibility of my profile to something smaller than 'world and dog'.

Behind Microsoft's $15 Samsung Android royalty claim


What they doin? Simple.

This is not a question of whether Android is legit. This is a question of who has more patents in his war chest. Whether these patents are valid is of no importance.

Right now Google has next to empty war chest, whereas Microsoft has dozens of patent-full war chests. If Google goes to battle now they will loose.

Google tried to amend the situation somewhat with the Nortel bid. However, they lost and are now it a worse position.

Fail, because the patent system has failed us all.

Microsoft bags two more Android patent deals


Google woke up to late

They failed to mass patents, and now they have no ammunition in the patent war. If they tried to go on Microsoft now they would lose.

Google's lack of a patent war chest is why they go after Nortel's patent portfolio. Even though Microsoft are protected against those specific patents, having licensed them, it will go towards strengthening Google's positioning in the global patent war.

We live in a sad state of affairs when it is more important to have as many patents as possible rather than actually innovate. It is even sadder that trivial patents are allowed to exist.

Is Microsoft's Javascript chief killing his .NET creation?


Server side code

Not HTML. But node.js is, well, javascript.

Natty Narwahl: Ubuntu marine mammal not fully evolved

Jobs Halo

Not to mention the notification popups

Fully opaque until you mouse over, then they become transparent. And not clickable, either way. Not a bug, of course, but a 'feature'. This non-feature has been with us since at least Ubuntu 10.10.

Look, I have no problem with 'borrowing' the UI from more polished OSes. But at least do it right.

Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy look-and-feel


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Now I understand Minecraft.

Microsoft reveals WinPhone 7 'Mango' details


Single core multi-tasking is nice

But can it do multi-core multi-tasking?

Google's patents bid may prompt showdown with Microsoft


Software patents

Remember that software years are very much like dog years. Given the ratio of 7-to-1 the term of software patents should be shortened to 3-4 years max, instead of the current 20.

That will solve a big amount of the problems associated with the current system.

Open source .NET mimic lands on Android

Gates Horns

not ok at all

ECMA 'standards' grant you absolutely no patent protection. That is one of the many problems with ecma.

Seagate triples up heads/platter ratio


That's nothing

Western digital are already working on the next-gen Globe storage devices. Essentially a series of very thin, hollow spheres, one inside the other, not unlike the Russian Babushka dolls, WD believes this contraption to be the next big thing in local storage.

Sharing a common center, with 3 axes of rotation, and no less than 12 heads per sphere (6 inside, 6 outside) this futuristic device will hold 4 times the volume of current storage devices, while cutting the seek time and multiplying throughput by as much as 1200%.

Microsoft+IE9: Holier than Apple open web convert?

Gates Horns

Embrace, Extend, Extinguish

We are merely at the first stage. With the abundance of mobile devices not running Windows, and the rise of standards-supporting browsers, Microsoft had no choice but to adhere to standards.

They do not do that out of the love of consumers. Rather they hope to re-capture the crowds, then slowly and subtly lock them in again.

That said, as long as MS remains a niche mobile platform, they would find it hard to move to the second stage, as web sites have to be compatible on all platforms. Of course, if Apple continues to cripple its mobile browser, compatibility might not matter that much. Then again, with the rise of Android, it will be even more difficult for MS to 'Extend'.

It would be nice to have a devil Jobs here as well, but there is place here for only one icon.

Mozilla delivers first Firefox 4 release candidate



The whole idea behind Google's development cycle is that they *do not* oblige to specific features in each version. That way they evade the programming death march. The Mozilla leadership missed the whole point.

Obama to overhaul heinous US patent system



Limit software patents protection to 3 years.

Each industry moves in a different pace. 20 years might be good for the medicine industry (or not..) but for the fast-pacing software industry 3 is more than enough.

From messiah to pariah: The death of open source on mobile

Jobs Halo

Apple and the GPL apps

Some smart-bottom tried to get apple to change their terms of service, these being incompatible with the GPL, on the ground that they distribute GPL apps. Apple decided that it would be easier to simply remove all GPL apps from the store.

As much as I don't usually care for Apple, you cannot blame them for this one.

Nokia: free phones for developers

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A free Nokia Android phone would have been interesting

Simbian/WP7... not so much.

Yet another delay hangs over release of Firefox 4

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Mozilla should change the release cycle

There is a nice presentation by the Google Chrome team regarding their release schedule: https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dg63dpc6_4d7vkk6ch

The main point is preventing the infamous death march which affects so many projects. Mozilla should take notes. I, for one, don't want their developers burning out.

MSI Windows webpad goes on sale


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The tired attempt at a joke is this product. Come on, Windows on a tablet is an old sad joke. If you want a tablet get an iPad or an Android.

Intel commits $10bn to buybacks, juices dividend


Buy back is good only for the top brass

Usually the bonuses of the high-rank management are tied to both earnings per share and the value of each share, on the premise that increase in these means that the company performs better.

Buybacks *artificially* increase these figures without any actual improvement in the situation of the company. The big corporate bosses use this trick to enhance their salaries.

They should have given it all as a dividend.

Israel and US fingered for Stuxnet attack on Iran


Stolen land

Israel is not a stolen land. You can check the facts, it is written in the history books. Let me summarize it for you:

Before the state of Israel was formed, Jews bought land from inhabitants of then (pre 1948) Palestine. In 1948 Israel was announced and immediately attacked by all neighboring (and some non-neighboring) arab nations. 'Palestinian' arabs attacked Israel as well. As things went Israel won this war.

Later a similar course of events happened in 1967 in the war known as the six days war. Israel won again and obtained more areas of the land which used to be known as Israel in ancient times.

Then again in 1972. Israel was in bad shape in that war but prevailed in the end.

Now the way I see it, if you buy land it belongs to you. If you win it in a war which was forced(!) on you, it belongs to you. Aggressors should know that when they attack you they might lose.

All this land belonged to the ancient Israelites of which we are the descendants. We were expelled from our land about two thousand years ago and the land was taken from us. So we actually bought and defended a land which was our land to begin with.


Now just to clarify. I do not like violence. I do not hate the Palestines. In fact I would be very happy if we had peace and could build a nice place to live in, for all of us.

My sister, who is a medical doctor, saved the life of countless Palestinian children. Many of them come to Israel to get decent treatment. A Palestinian doctor is working with her at the hospital. Three of his daughters were killed in the last confrontation in Gaza. I wish they were not.

You can blame the IDF for accidentally shooting them down. You can blame the Hamas for starting this whole deal. In fact Hamas accidentally killed more than a few Palestinians in that war. In war things like that happen all the time. This is the situation we live in. Now deal with it.



Dude you need to look at the maps. Seriously. Do it now. Do you see Israel? Do you see our neighbors? Cut away the Palestinian territories from the Israel area. Check how much land Israel has and how much land the Arab countries have.

Now tell me who exploits who.


Here we go again

Israel is a terrorist nation, Palestines are innocent farmers. Up is down, left is right. Heard that already, please give me something new.

Small reminder. Israel sent suicide bombers to kill innocent Palestine men, women and children. No, wait. It was the other way around. The Palestines sent suicide bombers to rip apart young unsuspecting children not 300 yards from where I live. And there were many, many others.

There, now it sounds more like reality.

Flashy fists fly as OCZ and DDRdrive row over SSD performance



I didn't know that Windows can do ZFS.

Motion Computing outs Windows slate


Lasts "up to" 8 Hours...

*On Idle*.

iPad does more than 8 hours *while continuously playing 3D shooter* or watching movies.

Wake me up when you can beat that.

Mozilla plots February Firefox 4 release


FF 4.0 is faster than Chrome

FF 4.0b9pre is faster than Chromium 10.0.628.0 (70480).

But don't let the facts confuse you.

Italian bloke sneezes out .22 bullet


So true

I live in Israel, and indeed our Arab citizens have this habit of 'joy shootings'. Every year people get killed from these. IIRC last year someone shot his father by a mistake, in an Arab wedding.

But hey, you have to be tolerant to other people beliefs, customs etc. Or something.