* Posts by Sil

425 posts • joined 2 Jun 2010

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Microsoft frees Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 from the shackles of, er, Windows?

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Re: Or bigger still..

Not a good idea.

Windows supports vastly more drivers and equipments and has a huge backward compatibility.

Consumer reviewer Which? finds CAN bus ports on Ford and VW, starts yelling 'Security! We have a problem...'

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Ford refusing to read the report shows Which is definitely not wrong.

It's just like the absolute joke of the security of medical equipment: it interests nobody, until some organization will give us a nasty wake-up call.

How does Monzo keep 1,600 microservices spinning? Go, clean code, and a strong team

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Off-topic, kind of

Regarding trends on the bleeding edge, did you read Facebook's explanations on the full rewriting of Messenger for iOS?

To me, after years of building hipster javascript framework upon javascript framework, it seems Facebook devs (re)discovered what older devs did. Such as sql stored procedures and such.

https://engineering.fb.com/data-infrastructure/messenger/

Bada Bing, bada bork: Windows 10 is not happy, and Microsoft's search engine has something to do with it

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Had this problem for a few days on my laptop, but not my desktop.

This is what I tried after everything I found on the internet didn't work: I added a new Windows 10 display language.

It did work, and then, switching back to the usual display language continued to work.

I would be very surprised to have done that experiment at the exact time Microsoft fixed its network problems, but what do I know.

Somewhere, Google's financial bods are playing on repeat... What do you want from me? It's not how it used to be...

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Unless I'm mistaken, Google Cloud = GCP + SaaS such as G Suite.

So like Microsoft, which does not detail Azure sales, Google does not publish GCP sales.

Europe to straggle Japan, China, US and Korea in 5G adoption stakes

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First is not always best

European telcos are right to recoup their 4G+ costs.

5G promises of a revolution instead of an evolution will come at a huge cost, if ever, with the need to multiply terrestrial antennaes, and huge fiber interlinking infrastructures. And that's not even taking into account the need for power efficiency increases of smartphones to benefit from speeds & short latencies for more than a few minutes.

In the mean time, there is very little to be gained by a few percentage to 2x download speed over 4G+, at least for the customers. Videos are downloaded fast enough, and no 4K phone screen makes sense.

Bezos DDoS'd: Amazon Web Services' DNS systems knackered by hours-long cyber-attack

Sil

Perhaps they've become complacent and aren't as competent as they should be.

A funny thing happened on Huawei to the bank. We made even more money. Hahaha. Here till Friday

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Far from rosy

The situation is not that good for Huawei.

It only sold 47 miillion smartphones in Q3, a 9 % decline YoY, and 12 million less than in Q2.

NASA Administrator upends the scorn bucket on Elon Musk's Starship spurtings

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No

"The frenetic pace of development of Starship means that Musk's promise that the larger hop could happen in "about one to two months" is entirely plausible.'

Are you for real?

Elon Musk must have the world record on promises not realized, either at all or on time.

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)

Sil

How in the world do you not sync your notebook files with OneDrive, iCloud, GoogleDrive or one of the many automatic cloud file storage services available for next to nothing?

Dropbox would rather write code twice than try to make C++ work on both iOS and Android

Sil

Re: C#

Xamarin looks like a much better idea than Swift+Kotlin.

You can use all native calls, you can share code, develop on Windows or Mac, and you can automate testing on a very grand scale.

Elon Musk's new idea is to hook your noggin up to an AI – but is he just insane about the brain?

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fElon

2 years, $138 million of financing, and all Neuralink can produce is a NON-PEER-REVIEWED paper.

Rust in peace: Memory bugs in C and C++ code cause security issues so Microsoft is considering alternatives once again

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Dumb

If there were no compromises to be done for security, developers would already write (or mostly let the computer write) ultra secure code.

Believing a language change is a panacea stinks, plus it doesn't even take into account the training of Microsoft's 30k+ developers.

This isn't to say Rust hasn't a bigger role to play at Microsoft - maybe it will, but we would already know if security was as easy as a language's switch.

Our friends at npm have been a top malware injector, and they are Rust lovers.

Disco Dingo fever: Ubuntu 19.04 has an infrastructure bent, snappier GNOME and another stupid name

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Exactly what does suck so much in WIndows 10 ?

Apart from the telemetry, wich is decreased each time the EU or one of its DPA complains, I don't see much to complain, especially for the price.

I'm still using a ~12 y.o. firewire audio interface/control surface/mixer whose last driver was for Windows XP. It works superbly. With brand new daw code only compatible with W10/x64. Without any issue.

Last week I flashed a c++17 application on an Arduino Uno under WSL/Ubuntu with avr-gcc.

I can remote debug a Raspberry Pi native app from free Visual Studio Community.

There are pretty much best in class applications in all domains.

Chinese hackers poke the Bayer, but German giant says it withstood attack

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Re: Korean Chinese speaking cybercriminals?

Does German Law allow employees to install games on enterprise computers, even if corporation explicitely forbid it? Probably illegal software at that.

I would be surprised.

Microsoft's corporate veep for enterprise puts the boot into boot times

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It's a joke right?

Our boot times have never been faster than on W10, even with devices with low RAM.

After outrage over Chrome ad-block block plan, Google backs away from crippling web advert, content filters

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Re: So, basically, no change there

Thanks for this!

Just switching from Windows Mobile, I have tons to learn about Android, and I am appalled I can't do simple things such as choosing a color for BG or text color without resorting to tricks (black jpg) or downloading apps.

Any recommendation on which dns server I should choose with blockada? DNS AdGuard?

Do you know if the S8 is rootable & would it affect development of apps for the Google store?

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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The days of the Apple Tax are numbered

Apple earns tens of billions with its services and content sales/rent, but the days of the 30 % Apple tax are numbered, as they are for Google Play or Steam.

Netflix refusing to contribute to this 99,99% margin profit business is just the beginning.

So Apple really needs a new product line medium term.

Watches and AirPods are selling like hotcakes, but it's still a small business compared to the iPhone.

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical

Sil

If Apple behaved ethically, it would not try to kick out third party repair shops.

#RightToRepair

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

Sil

Strange, no problems from me on 3 different accounts including 2 OneDrive for Enterprise and 1 OneDrive for Noobs.

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

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Just curious, how are you filling more that 64 GB of storage in this day and age of streaming and cloud storage? Sure, it's nicer to have a copy of one's music collection locally, but it's not that bad to stream it from cloud storage or from a music service.

France: Let's make the internet safer. America, Russia, China: Let's go with 'no' on that

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Apple is one of the few American tech behemoths that didn't support the call.

Bruce Schneier: You want real IoT security? Have Uncle Sam start putting boots to asses

Sil

40 years is over the top.

How about guaranteeing software maintenance for 5 or 10 years.

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

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Re: Man...

Still, no excuse for Adobe.

The lawsuit seems reasonable to me.

iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe

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Also note that the new iPhones are compatible with quick charging, but the bundled charger isn't.

You'll have to fork quite a lot of money to purchase a quick charger from Apple.

In addition, there is no adapter for 3.5mm xjack headsets, you'll have to pay extra. It comes free with many Android Phones, including the Pixel 3.

iPhone XR guts reveal sizzle of the XS without the excessive price tag

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Still very expensive.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Seems highly exaggerated to me.

The data loss was for a very very small amount of people with a highly peculiar situation.

Hp's problem is probably HP's fault.

Yes, Microsoft, like probably everybody else, should increase the quality of the release. No, it's not the end of the world.

Yes, you can't rely solely on insiders to do the testing. No, insiders 'usefulness is not limited to fandom. MS gets plenty of telemetry data, bug reports and feedbacks.

We have many desks with the latest version since its availability, from Dell to Surface to custom-made machines, and zero problem.

Samsung's graphene batteries promise to charge five times faster – without exploding

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Not Samsung

@Samsung_News_ is not a Samsung account, it's an independent blog.

Outside of Japan, Fujitsu KILLS the K5 cloud with 'immediate effect'

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Re: Hands up: who'd heard of it before this article?

https://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?from=&to=en&a=https://dutchitchannel.nl/609610/fujitsu-versnelt-digitale-transformatie-met-nieuwe-cloud-strategie.html

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 owners: So, about that other broken update…

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Lucky me, I'm not affected (basic SP4 m3)

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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Money wasted.

Apart perhaps from the USA and China, the financial burden of a navigation system is too big for a country.

UK will probably have to make more concessions to get into Gallileo.

Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade

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You say netbook speed but with zero benchmark or link to benchmark.

Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere

Sil

I've got the Windows Phone equivalent.

It's a pretty nice solution with a beautiful docking station.

However, I've used it less than expected, because it's incredibly rare that I don't bring along either a laptop or a tablet.

I could see such solutions being useful if docking stations were kind of universal, and hotels & Regus offered rooms with docking & wireless keyboard, with the guest only having to bring his phone. I don't think it'll ever happen though.

Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

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Positively hate the 18:9 and narrower ratios.

In my hand, 16:9 is perfect and on many 18:9 "high end smartphones" the resolution is actually lower than on my 2+ y.o. smartphone.

Google kills AdWords!

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Pretty sure most publishers and advertisers would have preferred help in conforming their ad campaigns to GPDR instead of a rebranding exercise with little value.

The strife of Brian: Why doomed Intel boss's ex86 may not be the real reason for his hasty exit

Sil

A PC centric company that's delusional about being a data centric company

The problem is, Intel is still a PC company, but it thinks it is a data company.

If you analyse revenues and profits, they almost entirely come from processors for PCs and servers (datacenter is trendier).

Based on this, what did Krzanich do since promoted at the helm?

A. Ignore the main business, resulting in Intel not only loosing its manufacturing edge, but imminently being inferior to the competition.

Intel's answer to Spectre and Meltdown was a disgrace, and the company still hasn't a solid plan for new Spectre & Meldown -proof chips.

B. Spend his time on crap: fashiony wearables, trendy chief creative officiers singers, tech du jour drones: do you spot a trend here?

C. The zero consistency guy: launching projets and killing them 6 to 12 monthes after. Just look at the disgusting history of Intel offerings for makers/IoT. Intel had a golden opportunity to leverage its brand and image to grab a sizeable share of a market with way too many chips, way too many development platforms, zero security. Instead, it offered no support to the few betting on its chips, and changed its story every six months.

How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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Not a PDF fan at all.

About 10 years ago, when I was working in marketing/communication, it was one of the most overused and misused file format in the business world.

People had to convert everything and anything to PDF because it was trendy and expected, although Office file formats where already open, free viewers were already available for the 0,00001 % that didn't work with Office or a program able to open Office documents, and most of all, 100 % of our customers and partners did work with the same software we did: Office, Adobe photoshop/illustrator/indesign /quark xpress.

PDF caused problems to no end because of compatibility issue, file size, remarquable slowness of viewer.errors while printing on the latest PostScript printers and more.

And it cost us a lot of money in licenses for a step that basically brought zero economic value.

OpenBSD disables Intel’s hyper-threading over CPU data leak fears

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Any good link on performance of hyperthreading vs non hyperthreading?

Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

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Reasonable

It seems quite reasonable to disable an outdated and vulnerable network protocol when alternatives have been provided for years (newer SMB versions). It protects the immense majority of users of a class of vulnerabilities.

However, as Microsoft gets a lot of telemetry data from Windows 10 PCs, it should have seen that a few of its customers insisted on using SMB 1, and hence written a warning on the release notes of the latest Windows 10 update informing them of the plan, and perhaps offer a workaround.

Cloud is a six-horse race, and three of those have been lapped

Sil

IaaS is fine but a study of PaaS would be even more interesting, and probably very hard to write.

Epyc fail? We can defeat AMD's virtual machine encryption, say boffins

Sil

Need a malicious hypervisor

You need a malicious hypervisor for this to work.

How hard is it to make a hypervisor malicious? What is needed? Do we have studies or examples of it?

Samsung loses (again) to Apple in patent battle (again). This time to the tune of a mere $539m

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In reality, it looses 140 millions, since it already accepted to fork over 399 million dollars in 2016.

Android daddy Andy Rubin's Essential axes handset, is 'actively shopping itself' – report

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Who would want to purchase a smartphone designer which sold about 3 devices and has zero market recognition? Taking an equity stake in HMD should be much more profitable.

Microsoft, Google: We've found a fourth data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre CPU hole

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Removing speculative execution

Does anybody know / can make a very educated guess as to how big a performance hit would processors suffer if speculative execution was altogether entirely scraped from their design?

AWS won serverless – now all your software are kinda belong to them

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Surveys are rarely reliable, because it's quite hard and time consuming to conduct surveys with reasonable margins of errors.

We won't have a clear picture of cloud computing until all major actors disclose the financial informations, for Microsoft, Azure, and not Azure + Office 365, and for Google, Google Cloud and not Google Cloud + Gsuite + whatever.

But if we are to believe what corporations tell us now, Azure and Google cloud and tencent grow almost 2x as fast as AWS, so AWS is slowly loosing its dominance, contrary to what this article implies.

Also it seems to me it is way too soon declaring victory in a field so young.

I remember the CIO of one of Europe' biggest company during a conference telling that they are doing projects concurrently on all major cloud services.

IMO, the service with the biggest chance to win eventually will be the most open and the one that can train the most developers the fastest. Training is probably where AWS shines, benefiting a lot from its first to market advantage.

Then there is the investment capability aspect, where Google and Microsoft lead Amazon by far. That's not a major advantage now, but it could be tomorrow, if/when most countries expect datacenters locally, or if a major technological advance would require costly datacenter upgrades.

Meet TPU 3.0: Google teases world with latest math coprocessor for AI

Sil

If Microsoft's claims on Project Brainwave are valid, TPUs become much less attractive, since an FPGA is more agile than an ASIC. Unless TPU are economically and/or power consumption-wise much better than the brainwave FPGA.

Nvidia quickly kills its AMD-screwing GeForce 'partner program' amid monopoly probe threat

Sil

Herkleman's post reeks of hypocrisy, announcing AMD's partners launching new brands for their Radeon-based graphics cards, just like what NVIDIA was asking from his partners.

LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance

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Re: The promote discrimination while claiming to fight it

I must side with de Espindola.

The code of conduct mentions "race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion or lack thereof, and mental and physical ability"

It shouldn't. No one should ask or care about any of these in the context of a technical project.

Also, "violations of this code outside these spaces may, in rare cases, affect a person’s ability to participate within them", is an open door for unfair and prejudiced firing of a member you dislike.

As for Outreachy, there is no such thing as positive discrimination, in the same way there is no such thing as cultural appropriation.

Hands off! Arm pitches tamper-resistant Cortex-M35-P CPU cores

Sil

Re: Smart streetlight? FFS, why?

Christmas lightning ? ;-)

Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

Sil

Re: Fucking Brexit

According to the Eurovision criteria, Europe hates France much, and Austria, Spain, Italy & Germany even more.

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