* Posts by Ropewash

192 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Apr 2010


Welcome to Muskville: Where the workers never leave


Re: One wonders if he has a backup plan.

I was thinking it would come down to either Jonestown or Rapture.

ChatGPT, write a report about database glitches that crashed you today


Well somebody has to populate their metaverse.

Beijing grants permit to 'flying car' that can handle 'roads and low altitude'


Re: Why?

Helicopter licensing is difficult for a reason.

People can't even drive in two dimensions without causing fatal events, three dimensions will be an order of magnitude worse.

Power lines, other vehicles, birds all must be dodged and when not dodged you need the now destroyed flier to not drop into people's homes.

Add to that the nasty tendency for people to get drunk or try to show off how good they are at aerial acrobatics.

No way do I see flying one of these to be any less regulated than a helicopter.

Trust, not tech, is holding back a safer internet


Re: We need a better sheriff: let's draw up the job description.

Governments don't 'want' to control the internet. What they want is to have the upper hand at spying on their neighbors.

If they truly desired absolute control, the answer is simple.

Balkanise the network.

Guy accused of wrecking crypto exchange now hauled into court


Re: Crypto is crud. Bur that's not the issue.

Because, despite what they themselves might think, the people writing code are not the ones who decide the rules.

Alphabet reshuffles to meet ChatGPT threat


Re: Google search accurate?

I've been having the continuation of that particular problem.

When I do find a local shop they have no stock, but will gladly order it from Amazon for a mark-up.

Getting anything done without waiting for shipping is getting difficult.

US Supreme Court asked if cops can plant spy cams around homes


Re: I'm calling them 'net curtains'

Well you might be in luck there as your window glass is a solid black wall to many IR cameras.

Musk tells of risk of Twitter bankruptcy as tweeters trash brands


They will be expecting a body in the wreckage, brother.

Binance robbed of $600 million in crypto-tokens


They basically are, the differences come from what they are backed with.

For instance the USD is backed by really, really big bombs while crypto is backed by wishes and unicorn farts.

Ever suspected bankers used WhatsApp comms at work? $1.8b says you're right


"screwing the biggest number"

Yes, but we 'trust' that they will do exactly that.

DeFi venture OptiFi permanently locks up $661,000 of assets in code snafu


there-in lies the problem

"The code is law"

The law is being written by a bunch of kids who shouldn't be left unsupervised writing a wifi driver, let alone a defi platform.

Post-quantum crypto cracked in an hour with one core of an ancient Xeon




Coincidence? I think not.

Cryptocurrency laundromat Blender shredded by US Treasury in sanctions first


So they are at the "embrace" stage of the Microsoft playbook.

When the expert speaker at an NFT tech panel goes rogue



To the actual validity of artwork ownership would be to actually embed the image data into the token.

At current ETH gas fees I think that would be around $20000 per megabyte, thereby justifying the stupidly high price of the NFT.

Apple tweaks AirTags to be less useful for stalkers, thieves



I cannot be the only one amazed by the fact that Apple just admitted to making a product with a removable battery.

Privacy Shield: EU citizens might get right to challenge US access to their data


"it would give EU citizens more privacy rights in the US than Americans currently enjoy."

Any value at all, no matter how tiny, is infinitely greater than zero.

Blistering bandwidth: JEDEC pushes out HBM3 memory specs


Re: So, DDR is out and HBM is in ?

HBM has to be mounted very close to the processor and is usually soldered there, so it's not like you're going to be forced to choose RAM sticks.

Russia starts playing by the rules: FSB busts 14 REvil ransomware suspects


Re: Sting Operations and Red Team

If you are lucky enough to live somewhere that honours such immunities.

Otherwise, you're holding a wad of signed toilet paper.

Microsoft Paint + car park touchscreen = You already know where this is going


Re: Art is in the eye of the beholder

Or 32 and has already been out until 2:00am

Israeli firm Bright Data named as enabler of Philippines government DDOS attacks on opposition groups


Re: I hate to say this, but

Read the article. A government certainly did get involved. Perhaps not in the way you are alluding to, but a much more realistic picture of how governments actually get involved.

Don't count on any government to react with anything but 'good idea, how do we exploit it' while also informing the media that they are trying to pass legislation forbidding the exact thing they are currently implementing.

Also, when it comes right down to it, which country gets to legislate anything on a global network that anyone outside that country would listen to? And how well do you trust that country?

I was offered $500k as a thank-you bounty for pilfering $600m from Poly Network, says crypto-thief


Re: Really, now?

4) Money has the benefit of having a government backing it, sometimes a government with really big bombs and an itchy trigger finger if someone tries to mess with their currency valuation in any meaningful way.

Crypto lacks this feature, but otherwise the two are roughly the same.

Here's a list of the flaws Russia, China, Iran and pals exploit most often, say Five Eyes infosec agencies


I, for one

Would like Ru/Cn/etc to release a similar list of exploits routinely targeted by 5(i)s.

Unfixable Apple M1 chip bug enables cross-process chatter, breaking OS security model


Re: Major security risk

With enough bugs all bugs are shallow.

Scientists stumped by strange X-rays from Uranus


Re: conversion to degenerate matter? or just an X-ray mirage

So you're saying we must observe where the sun doesn't shine.

Lay down your souls to the gods of rock 'n' roll: Conspiracy theorists' 5G 'vaccine' chip schematic is actually for a guitar pedal


Re: Doh!

Older than that...

The Lord is a shepherd.

Remember 2013? This coffee machine does: If I could turn back time – I'd reboot this PC


The elephant in the room

Are we just going to ignore that someone saw fit to require 8 gigs of RAM in a fucking coffee machine?

Here's why your Samsung Blu-ray player bricked itself: It downloaded an XML config file that broke the firmware


Re: Samsung quality software

If (list == null) return;


Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?


Re: Its a self-supporting bubble

Your first sentences also encapsulate the basics of a fiat economy.

Interesting parallel there.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC


Socket != chipset

AM4 is just a pegboard and the pinout circuitry.

What you are thinking of is the chipset. B450 and X470 to be precise are the ones that need some kludging to allow for the zen3 parts. It's not really the bios size in general, just that they will need to remove a lot of existing cpu definitions to make room for the new sku's, which will result in market fragmentation and hence why they tried to avoid it by specifying only X570+.

Also note that the 320 chipset AM4 boards cannot be used with Zen2 parts.

So you still need to swap out boards for AMD as well, but at least they tried to keep it to a minimum.

NASA makes May 27 its US independence day from Russian rockets: America's back in the astronaut business after nearly nine years


obligatory xkcd


Stop worrying – Larry Ellison and Prez Trump will have this whole coronavirus thing licked shortly with the power of data


Re: Salvation from the Devil

But at least it is SUSTAINED misery.

EA boots Linux gamers out of multiplayer Battlefield V, Penguinistas respond by demanding crippling boycott


Re: Now I feel like a Luddite...

I think you are overlooking the billions of folks in the developing world.

Not many home internet connections, computers, or even toilets... but there's a shitload of cheap android phones.

Brother, can you spare a dime: Flickr owner sends mass-email begging for subscriptions


Re: "they don't keep your priceless photos safe"

If by 'physical copy' and 'optical media' you mean photo negatives and/or slides then yes. Most other methods of storage degrade or are obsolete (both form and file format) after a few decades have passed.

We're so, so, sorry you're not able to get PC chips, says Intel to everyone who hasn't gone with AMD yet


Thus always with AMD.

They usually produce really excellent hardware and then cripple it with firmware/software written by a drunken hobo smashing a keyboard with his empty wine jug.

It made the pairing with ATI seem more than appropriate as they also never produced a driver that didn't contain at least one major fault.

If the supporting software by some miracle actually proves viable the only solution is to farm the chipset production and bios off to a different company so they can destroy whatever actually worked in AMD's reference build.

I'm also dropping Intel for AMD, for the first time since the celeron 300 came out, but I'm waiting to see which motherboard maker comes out on top for reliability first. Also what's with the pricing? X570 is about 20% higher than z390 same maker, same model type... Is the shitty chipset fan really worth that much?

Come on, you can't be serious: Now Australia mulls face-recog tech for p0rno site age checks


Re: Just another stupid thought bubble...

This is just it. The more they tighten their grip, the more people will encrypt and obfuscate their connections.

If the .gov had just shut their big yaps right at the start they could still be using clearnet honeypots to nab the real villains of the online world instead of chasing ghosts through the onion at great cost for limited result.

But keeping silent and doing your job never got anyone a budget increase.

Rekognition still racist, politicians desperate over deepfakes, and a good reason to go to (some) music festivals


You do know there are more Indians living in India than there are caucasians on the entire planet...

I think they warrant a bit more than 10%.

700km on a single charge: Mercedes says it's in it for the long run


Re: can squeeze 700km from a single full battery charge

Central Canada here...

How about -40C with all heating/defrost on full?

Not that I've broken my google fingers, but I'm lazy. What is the rated charge % for EV batteries at -40? I know from bitter experience that a lead-acid lasts for about 15 seconds of starter use at that temp before dying.

Fairphone 3 stripped to the modular essentials: Glue? What glue?


Re: USB ports ?

Unless you are one of us who work in a machine shop.

My mag connects look like they're going for a full biker beard.

NSA asks Congress to permanently reauthorize spying program that was so shambolic, the snoops had shut it down


Re: The constitution is not supposed to be optional

It takes a lot of citizens with rifles to do that sort of jailing.

The 2nd amendment in that constitution is there specifically for this reason, but it doesn't seem to be getting much popular press these days.

Nvidia keeping mum on outlook for year as data centre slows, channel chokes on crypto crap


to 2080 or not to 2080

It doesn't help that software other than a few game devs didn't see any SDK's for the rtx until what? April? Of 2019?

Not a great way to launch a card, leaving out the entire workstation market like that.

I gambled on the 2080 gaining traction as a rendering card and am yet to see any payoff.

It's a great card, no doubt, but a 1080 right now is better bang for the buck until the code catches up to the hardware.

Definitely not going to plonk for the rtx quatro until seeing how much difference the rt can really make.

Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads


Re: Apple making things easier

I love those type of solutions.

How many machines does it take to get to that process by trial&error?

This right here is why schools need these devices.

Lesson one, week three - Restoring your broken boot. Students must devise and apply a method to make their busted PoS machine run again. Pass/Fail to be determined by pushing the power switch and seeing what happens.

That is exactly what children need to learn how to do if they wish to live in a technological society.

I'm not being sarcastic either.

Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is


Re: Limited resources

>>At some point there is nothing left to steal...<<

That's a nice sentiment, but there's 400,000 new things to steal born on this planet every day.

Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners


Re: It's not just Apple

>>I wonder how a smoker on a 5ish a day habit<<

Speaking as one with an 8ish/day habit I'd think the iPhone owner was a self-regarding ponce and go have a smoke.

Apples and orang...err duMauriers.

UK local gov: 37 cyber attacks a minute but little mandatory training


Re: And the solution is

>treachery and incompetence<

I thought those were the two keywords guaranteed to get your resume looked at around .gov

I think if they started penalizing those they'd have a lot of office space to let.

Guilty: NSA bloke who took home exploits at the heart of Kaspersky antivirus slurp row


>>No, he's definitely not a moron - they don't employ morons in the NSA. <<

Being a genius mathematician =/= Being a genius mechanic.

The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss


Re: No need categorise submitted image at all

Not my fault that hashes of my privates routinely match with the Eiffel tower.

I'm a bit put out it wasn't the Burj Khalifa.

Samsung shows off Linux desktops on Galaxy smartmobes


Re: So in theory, it'll run Slackware?

Also this. (If it ever gets past vapour stage.)


WikiLeaks drama alert: CIA forged digital certs imitating Kaspersky Lab


Re: Another Day Another Lie

The government cries out in pain as it strikes you.

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs


Re: A complete wipe?

No need.

The solution is the same no matter what generation of .gov software your country has installed.

Erase the partition WashingtonDC then create a new partition and format with whatever .gov system you feel you require.

If I might offer some advice; make the partition much smaller this time.

So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?


Re: Linux on the desktop, and printing

>>Mind you, Brother offers Linux drivers in .deb and .rpm formats on their website. But... I didn't need the .deb. It just worked. WTF?<<

I'm glad that worked out well for you, but it also raises another point against Linux in the eyes of the many.

On Apple you drop a .dmg on your desktop and a program installs. (At least that was it when I last used OSX years back.) On Windows you only have to click an .exe to encrypt your entire filesystem and let the ransom-ware folks know you're alive and well.

But on Linux...

.deb .rpm .pkg .tar.bz .etc ...It requires faith and hope to try to install anything that's not in your repo. (Faith, hope and a very detailed reading of the dependency list.) Even then the names of some of those things you need are going to change from distro to distro and versions will almost certainly be different.

This does not go over well with people who just want to do some new task in a hurry.

Yum, emerge, pacman, apt-get, etc doesn't bloody help either. Fragmentation is great for people who want to experiment and learn, but it's ass for everyone else.