There's a lesson in this for politicians... but I don't want to spoil the puzzle!
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"ThreadX is a tested and established product; some parts even have TÜV Functional Safety (FuSa) certification, such as the STM32 version [PDF]. That kind of thing is powerfully attractive to some customers."
"As soon as this innocent little OS turned 21 in 2019, Microsoft grabbed it, acquiring ThreadX owners Express Logic and rebranding the poor thing as Azure RTOS, "
And now it's ruined.
As history demonstrates.
>the day when 'robots will take over' is long, long away.
The day when 'robots will take over' is long, long, long, very long....................
You don't need a mechanical machine for human lives to be at the whim of AI.
"An economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit."
AI is making short shrift of optimising that. We already see the latest generation of private owners- tech multi-billionaires.
"There is no user benefit to any of this any more, just bloat, annoyance, and tedious reviews."
On a personal level, if MS offered to cut all the garbage including telemetry, since Windows 7, keep security, kernel and filesystems updated to latest, and stop threatening to kill my old Dell Windows 10 lappy dead, I'd happily pay a modest subscription.
I'm guessing that would apply to most small to medium business users.
But that makes far too much sense for MS.
> I used to think that a key attribute of interactive IT was that it should be intuitive to use but apparently I was wrong, even where the implications of failure might be life critical.
I used to think that a key attribute of a national health system was to allow me to occasionally... you know, see and talk to, like, an actual doctor. But apparently I was wrong, even where the implications of failure might be life critical.
"...draw a discreet veil over the devices with potential for surveillance supplied by large technology companies that people have indeed cheerfully installed in their houses."
And in which they cheerfully drive around.
I love it when politicians are *finally* forced to accept a scientific and mathematical truth.
> One of the rationales for LiFi is security. According to pureLiFi, the technology is "inherently secure" – walls serve as firewalls since light does not pass through them
Yep, that makes sense, for the physical carrier, at least.
Really don't see any other serious use cases... fun to play with though.
> What if anything has gotten better over the past 10 years?
CEO and other executive pay- inversely proportional to the quality of service delivered to the customer, especially for monopolies, together with their public school pals- sorry, 'regulators'.
And that is Absolutely true. It is, it's true!
I assume you haven't bought an electric car recently. Every aspect we rail against is already part of the deal with a car.
And in the UK, the coming generation of 'green, super-efficient, smart' homes will have this stuff built-in too. Connected sensors in walls, controls built in to every part of the structure, etc. etc.
Every part of the house will have the same dependencies and vulnerabilities as any connected device. And of course, the favoured suppliers of all that stuff love it.
It's happening already. And the kids love it.
Live in a barge. Except for when the river dries.
> I had no idea that the process of photosynthesis was still so poorly understood
You beat me to it. It's humbling. What strange priorities we have- space, bombs and bullets before even a blade of grass.
But I suppose some damn smart machines are needed to analyse what happens when complex molecules interact "for more than three billion years."
>Surely everyone is entitled to be heard, no?
If we want AI to behave like humans- absolutely. That's humans' advocate!
But is that what we want?
I'd prefer an AI trained on the scientific principle: suggest explanations from the evidence, test the sh't out of them, drop the fails, and keep on testing. The last one standing- go with that for now.
There's an AI for the future.
OK OK, godamnit- Musk got there first... I *really hate* that guy...
There'll be an embedded controller with a dedicated kernel. (See 'firmware version' on disk maintenance tools). And the kernel *should be* firmware- not writable externally.
Then there'll be configuration type flash, writable by the host in some way.
As for malware attacking a disk- if the host is pwned, and there's a weakness at the host <-> disk interface, anything's possible. Where the disk sits within the overall PC security model, or even if that's a thing- I have no idea.
>PC BIOS ROM was replaced by something that could be in situ software updated (with no motherboard jumpers to be installed/removed), it was said this was a security risk…
The same was said for processor microcode. But nobody listened then either.
And the keys were hacked.
And Intel continues moronically on in its parallel universe, where speed is all that counts.
Going forward, Twitter will be broadly... going backward.
The guy's bored out of his skull.
He's gone from 'Disrupting' (which is kinda fun) to 'Influencing' (which is just f'king sad).
Develop a new machine please, Elon. And nothing 'Boring'.
>whining about how wireless charging is destroying the climate/environment?
And to continue your pot stirring: every power supply with outputs accessible to the consumer, has an air gap (or some other equivalent insulator). So the wired chargers are all already, internally, wireless.
>Why the deafening silence
Because it's hardly a priority. And the savings made by avoiding all the wires is probably greater.
The 5G issue is bigger.
It's called disruption. Move fast and break things. Someone has to push the envelope.
Cutting edge, mind-boggling technology like this always has issues.
It's not like anybody, anywhere on Earth, ever, has even imagined anything, even dimly approaching the complexity and scale of this before.
Not, like, 1000s of times.
It's not like the basic requirements for council IT are pretty much identical across all councils.
So give them a break.
>Trading should be something taught at school
It is. It's taught in posh schools, to the idiot daughters/ sons of aristocrats and billionaires, who then get jobs as CEOs in merchant banks, or fintech, or whatever dodgy money laundering outfit their friends own.
Shhhhhh. Quiet. It's a gooooooood thing.
"AWS insisted that: "This issue does not pose a risk to AWS services at this time."
Amazon should calculate the energy required to support every customer, forced to execute his/her 'Prime sign-up Avoidance Strategy', at every checkout. Make it an account setting- energy deficit would disappear instantly.
>limited and archaic systems that, generally speaking, no longer exist.
Billions of small scale, 16/32 bit embedded processors exist. They're not going anywhere. Lack of supply is a big issue.
>lack of type safety and monumentally poor runtime library
Those who understand C understand the library and its limits. It was appropriate for its time.
Your issue is with history.
You sound like the moaning Rust eggheads, except they moan much better:
"A generation of systems programmers have gone from hip young codeslingers to senior management,"
You say that like it's a good thing. Some of us stayed coding, because done properly, it's just as satisfying and fun as it ever was.
Of course, change must come. No corner of IT, big or small, is single threaded any more. And it's no longer just about execution speed and code size.
So bring it on, young guns. Show us what you've got.
But I'll C you and raise you anyday!
>To detect which machines have the lowest EM footprint ;-)
And which are vulnerable to as yet undreamt-of side channel attacks.
Forget the air gap. A continuous, detailed, real-time analysis of the physical parameters of a machine, (power consumption, noise, peripheral activity, etc.) would make the attack surface almost infinite.
Without source code and an authenticated nod from the Schneier-Meister, I wouldn't let that device in the building, let alone near a laptop.
Go clunky switch!
"a disruption to the datacenter’s supply of electric power or a breakdown in the cooling control system, or a failure to respond to or detect rising temperatures, can set you down the path to an outage."
etc., etc., etc...
Is it me, or does basically ALL of this article sound like a long statement of the ultimate in the bleeding obvious?
What would be more interesting is some explanation for what happens to the heat once extracted, especially in the middle of London. (Texas...? Well, who the hell cares... maybe it keeps the oil warm.)
As Google reminds us with every search:
'Carbon neutral since 2007'
"Apple's environmental impact FAQ to assert that the company designs its products to last four years – making problems that manifested in 2021 reasonable for Goode's 2017 MacBook."
"He even mentioned that a 2011 MacBook he gave to a relative still performs perfectly (running Linux to avoid using an unsupported OS)."
I bought 2 Dell business lappys off eBay for £150 a piece in early 2017. They were manufactured around 2012/2013.
With WIN10 latest and Dell BIOS/driver updates, old drivers for odd bits of hardware (hence no Linux), Visual Studio 10 (I know, I know- but it works), sleep modes, etc., they perform pretty much perfectly. And that's a very high bar for me.
Not wishing to big up Msoft (or Dell), but that's pretty decent for backwards compatibility and tech lifetime.
Why people put up with Apple's garbage is utterly beyond me.
"but again it would only tell us that "We will see an uplift in both capacity and speeds as a result of this technology.""
Yea, *you* will. But what about the end user?
Sounds like a big part of 5G is for the provider's benefit. All this multiplexing going on... DAB anyone?
Good to see Nokia back in the loop.
>definitions of sentience and consciousness are heavily debated and far from straightforward, on every level from the philosophical to the physiological.
Thank you. I thought it was just me.
I'm always suspicious of those who claim 'The definition isn't difficult.' It fairly obviously is.
And equally for intelligence.
Until we understand more about the mechanism in humans, we'll struggle to find a good, objective definition for machines... assuming there's a difference...