* Posts by Jaybus

583 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Jan 2011


Brits turn off Twitter, although teens and tweens keen on generative AI


Re: The Twitter files.

"But when you boil it down, government officials DID ask various platforms not to carry certain third parties speech, they just didn't threaten adverse consequences."

Edit: Append ", or else they made the threat of adverse consequences clear offline so as to maintain plausible deniability."

HP sued over use of forfeited 401(k) retirement contributions


I'm not so sure. Many companies in the US invest the 401k funds immediately with no vesting period.

Bad eIDAS: Europe ready to intercept, spy on your encrypted HTTPS connections


Re: Not really the issue, is it?

Well, they already know what the issue is, they just oppose it. A great many people are against the new lax immigration laws.

You shouldn't be able to buy devices that tamper with diesel truck emissions on eBay, says DoJ


Re: This from a country

Well, that is quite misleading! There are online sales, but they don't ship directly to your door like Amazon, ffs. They are shipped to a licensed shop where ID and background check are required for pickup.

NASA wants to believe ... that you can help it crack UFO mysteries


AI Aliens

"the report suggests NASA's expertise in machine learning and data science will help ensure quality data gathering and analysis."

Yes, but can a generative AI detect a pic produced by another generative AI? The better the tech gets, the better the deep fakes.

Cloud is here to stay, but customers are starting to question the cost


I think the next industry offering will be MaaS, migration as a service, a turn-key service to automate cloud to on-premises migrations. Then we will have gone truly full circle.

Bombshell biography: Fearing nuclear war, Musk blocked Starlink to stymie Ukraine attack on Russia


Re: "If Ukraine wants to fight a war with Russia"

Mexico and Canada already have alliances with China??

The Anti Defamation League is Musk's latest excuse for Twitter's tanking ad revenue


Re: Beggars belief

Where is the evidence of this most well-known person's antisemitism, exactly? He does have a Jewish son-in-law, who he gave a position in his cabinet, despite protests about nepotism.


Re: They can both go away.

Out of which hand?

China's top EV battery maker announced a breakthrough, but top boffin isn't convinced


Re: I thought the US liked battery cars...!

Level 2 is the highest level possible at most homes in the US. Higher levels of chargers require 480 V mains, typically only used in businesses and large buildings..

Aspiration to deploy new UK nuclear reactor every year a 'wish', not a plan


Re: John Bull presents Little Englander Nuclear

It should be held as an economic axiom that we get less of what is taxed and more of what is subsidized. For example, if government began paying a subsidy for playing tennis, then many people with no real interest in the sport would begin playing for the money. If they raised the subsidy higher, then even more would play, and if high enough, then everyone who could walk would be playing. The more the subsidy, the more tennis gets played. By contrast, if a tax were levied on playing tennis, then many casual players would stop, felling that it wasn't worth it. If the tax were raised higher, even those who loved the game would no longer be able to afford it, and at some point only the rich and shameless would play. The higher the tax, the less tennis gets played.

Now consider that even with the subsidies, few EVs are being sold, really. How many would be sold if there were no subsidy? What was it Margaret Thatcher said, something about socialists always running out of other people's money?

What does Twitter's new logo really represent?


The truth is out there ...

He should have named it X-files.

Let's take a look at those US Supreme Court decisions and how they will affect tech


Re: What about signs

The equal protection clause of the 14th amendment applies to state governments, stating "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States". Colorado's anti-discrimination law does indeed affect business and was the law being examined, whether or not it violates the plaintiff's 1st amendment rights. The equal protection clause is certainly applicable.


Re: No such scenario occurred - really ?

There are lots of scenarios, right? Another would be a would be customer sues a Kurdish restaurant for refusing to serve them pork.

Rocky Linux details the loopholes that will help its RHEL rebuild live on


Re: To free or not to free

I don't think this is about Red Hat's contributions to FOSS, which everyone agrees is huge. I do NOT believe Centos Stream was about opening up Red Hat's internal development program. That was also said about Fedora when RHEL binaries were no longer available without subscription. Centos came into being because the life cycle of Fedora was way too short for most business use scenarios. Then along came AWS and other cloud providers and businesses using dozens of instances. Many were/are perhaps buying some RHEL 7 subscriptions to get the support they needed and then running Centos 7 on a bunch more cloud instances. Centos Stream, like Fedora before it, is about a short life cycle, making additional RHEL subscriptions more attractive to businesses than fooling with Centos Stream. Then along came Rocky from the ashes of Centos, prompting this current round of increasing the difficulty of building the distro from source.

NASA's electric plane tech is coming in for a late, bumpy landing


Re: Any scientists left at NASA?

That study also stated "Uncertainty in the radiative transfer due to soot cores within the contrail cirrus ice crystals is thought to be large, as the change in the shortwave (SW) albedo is large (Liou et al., 2013). The soot impact on contrail cirrus RF has not yet been quantified." It might increase the short wavelength albedo and reflect more solar energy than it traps, just as clouds do. "Uncertainty thought to be large" is another way of saying "we have no idea".

You'll [BZZ] like Intel’s [BZZ] NUC 13 Pro once the fan [BZZ] stops blowing


They make great two-monitor low-end workstations. They have a VESA mount. I have 2 large monitors, the nuc, and a power strip mounted to a VESA mounting plate. One power cord unplugged and I move my two-monitor workstation outside onto my deck in a minute. It is actually easier to move than my laptop. The trick is to get one of the lower-powered ones. I don't need a 14 core i7 for development work. Much of the time I'm working on a remote server and an i3 does me just fine. I rarely notice any noise. If the fan is on, then it is at low speed.

Insurers can't use 'act of war' excuse to avoid Merck's $1.4B NotPetya payout


How much is the annual premium is for a multi-billion dollar policy? Millions, right? I feel confident that they could hire 60 or 70 highly trained security professionals at $100k/yr with that premium amount and not have $1.4 billion damages in the first place.

Biden proposes 30% tax on cryptominers' power bills


Re: Snake Oil

It is also frightening that so many anarchists seem to forget that the essence of anarchy is "might makes right".

RIP Gordon Moore: Intel co-founder dies, aged 94


Re: Has anyone ever wondered

In March? I'm not British, but growing up in the USA in the 1970's, I recall seasonal foods actually being seasonal.


Re: I am not fan of corporate cultures...

Actually, that was predicted by Moore's Second Law, that as the cost of computer power to the consumer falls, the cost for producers to fulfill Moore's law follows an opposite trend.


Re: And I had just bought some more Xeons, too…

Yes. Without the contributions made by Dr. Moore, and other electronics industry pioneers, the average inflation rate would be much higher. Their success in making electronics cheap also translates into making manufacturing cheaper. It is the principal reason, if not the only reason, inflation is not *10 or greater.

Attackers hit Bitcoin ATMs to steal $1.5 million in crypto cash


Yes, but the execs already got their bonuses for selling them to suckers. Sometimes there are scams within scams within scams.

Vessels claiming to be Chinese warships are messing with passenger planes


Re: Peak China?

Those who thought there were no WMDs seem to have forgotten that Iraq using mustard gas against the Iranians in the Iran-Iraq War, as well as against the Kurds not long before the UN invasion of Iraq.

FBI boss says COVID-19 'most likely' escaped from lab


Re: The dangers of certainty

You sure about that? My household got covid and all had flu-like symptoms, save me. I tested positive and yet never had any symptoms. Had I not been tested I would never have known.

Renewables are cheaper than coal in all but one US location


The bill is also giving an additional 10% tax credit for buying US made solar equipment, so they're subsidizing that too.


In this case it is corporate welfare. Power companies can get up to 60% of the cost of replacing a coal plant with solar paid for by the government. Will their customers share in that windfall? Oh no. And a huge missing piece of the equation... there is no expectation that the new solar plant produce as much electricity as the coal plant that it is replacing. So what happens to the price of electricity when the capacity shrinks? Great deal for the power companies, though.

Google slays thousands of fake news vids posted by pro-China group Dragonbridge


Must have a lot of free time

Awfully prolific for such a group. You don't think they're state sponsored do you? Well, pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

Experts warn of steep increase in Java costs under changes to Oracle license regime


Figures. Just as we are finally getting Haitian Bleu here again, the price is going up! Oh, wait. You mean the programming language. Whew! That's a relief. For a minute I thought it was something important.

Intel inside a world of pain as revenue plunges by a third


Yes. Gelsinger made $178 million in 2021, of which about 80% was stock. His predecessor Bob Swan, made only $66.9 million. By contrast, Lisa Su of AMD made a mere $60 million in 2021. Is the AMD board sexist?


Re: Slash spending and layoff employees

Mobile market, yes. Network market, no. They sell a lot of WiFi modules, not to mention the majority of server Ethernet NICs.

It's been 230 years since British pirates robbed the US of the metric system


Re: Hooray for Avoirdupois and pounds, shillings and pence

Or somewhere near 50x100. Of course a 2x4 isn't 2 inches by 4 inches either, more like 1.5 inches by 3.5 inches, so perhaps it's a 38x89.

Forget the climate: Steep prices the biggest reason EV sales aren't higher


Re: A 1000km each way trip (common here)

Yes, well most were not EVs. Few vehicles can operate in well over 1m of snow and better than 30 m/s winds and temps below -20C. The govt had to ban all travel, ev or not.



That could even be the reason why more car enthusiasts don't won Lamborghinis! Who knew money would be a factor?

On the 12th day of the Rackspace email disaster, it did not give to me …


Re: Only insofar

It depends on personnel, doesn't it? Two low-end server machines in a Pacemaker/Corosync cluster with redundant UPSs and an automatic=transfer switch and a couple of routers from independent ISPs can indeed have that availability and fit in a 22U rack. It's not really that expensive, in fact cheaper than AWS etc., but only if that small company's one or two IT people have the expertise. Contrary to popular belief, they do exist.

Corporate execs: Get back, get back, to the office where you once belonged


Re: Give 'em a C-suite, and some may get back...

Well, glass walls are well suited to a C-suit. In general, there is a need to be seen, but many feel that they are performing a community service by allowing underlings to physically see their betters. Hence the need to force workers back into the office. What good is a c-suite office if nobody sees you in it?

US Dept of Energy set to reveal fusion breakthrough


Re: Only Twenty Years Away...

The spent fuel rods still contain about 90% of their energy potential. One person's nuclear waste is another person's very expensive fuel for a next-generation reactor.

TSMC founder says 'globalization is almost dead' as Asian foundry giant expands in US


Re: Modern War: Electronics, Electronics, Electronics

We are so used to advanced electronic technology that the simple things are overlooked. A most obvious example of this is the arc-lamp searchlight that revolutionized nocturnal warfare. Another example is the wired telephones that were attached to tethered observation balloons, dramatically extending the range and accuracy of artillery. Around 60% of battlefield casualties were caused by artillery.


Re: Rightly So

Yes and they were far too late in sanctioning Japan by 1940. They should have sanctioned them in the early 1930's.


Re: Globalization is almost dead

No market in the USA for electronics??

How do you solve the problem that is Twitter?


Re: Sorry but you are listening to lies

"this was not some secret democrat run operation to prevent people from learning about Hunter Biden's laptop."

Except that Musk claims evidence of DNC members working with Twitter execs to filter the Washington Post article, which would indeed show a secret democrat run operation for just that purpose.

Twitter engineer calls out Elon Musk for technical BS in unusual career move


Re: Bit klunky, but...

He tried to spare Musk that embarrassment, but Musk just kept pushing him to give a number for the RPCs, so he answered.

Look! Up in the sky! Proof of concept for satellites beaming energy to Earth!


Re: You also get the problem ....

Solar-pumped iodine or NdCrYAG laser can help with that. No need for less efficient PV cells.

All the US midterm-related lies to expect when you're electing


Re: "I do believe the US election process1 is good, possibly bordering on great. "

First of all, the Electoral College certainly was not about the landed gentry overturning the will of the unwashed masses. Who could vote was left to the state legislatures, and in general, only those paying property tax could vote. There was no income tax. Those who were not landowners were not considered to have a stake in funding government, so therefore did not get a vote. Basically, only the landed gentry voted, wherever they lived.

Don't forget that these were state governments joining together into a republic, but wanting to retain as much sovereignty as they could. The more populous states, those containing the large cities, Philadelphia, New Your, Boston, Norfolk, wanted a popular vote, because of course they did. It gave them a better chance of electing a homeboy as the President of the republic. Some of the smaller more rural states wanted the Congress to select a President with no popular vote at all. They feared (rightfully so) that every President would hail from Philly or New York and they would have little say in the matter. Hence the compromise. It still holds true today, really. If you don't think so, have a look at the NY Times 2020 election results map by voting district and note the small blue metro areas in a sea of red rural areas, and that was a year when the Democrat candidate won.

UK facing electricity supply woes after nuclear power stations shut, MPs told


How can you say that? The US alone has over 250 GWh of grid storage capacity. Pumped-storage hydroelectric is a very good way to store excess grid capacity during off-peak hours. It just depends on the terrain. Of course batteries are not capable, but there are other forms of storage.


Re: "that dealing with long term waste issues remains effectively unresolved, "

Actually, at least one of the 4th gen designs, the sodium-cooled fast reactor, can use the "spent" fuel from the current power stations as is. As you say, the spent fuel is one of the World's most expensive materials and we have only used around 10% of its potential energy. It belongs in a reactor generating clean energy. What a really stupid waste it would be to put it in a hole for centuries.


Re: Hmmm.

Not to mention that those "spent" fuel rods have around 90% of their energy remaining. They are extremely valuable, can be recycled, and there are 4th gen designs nearing readiness. Sodium-cooled fast reactors do not require slowed down neutrons, so can use the "spent" rods as is. Getting rid of them now would be just ridiculous.

To build a better quantum computer, look into a black hole, says professor Brian Cox


Re: "a black hole does it"

"I'm not sure how something can pass by if it has been swallowed"

Hey! No need to get pornographic.

NASA picks its UFO-hunting – sorry – unidentified aerial phenomena-hunting team


Obviously, the aliens implement mind control through social media on mobiles?


It's a bit disappointing that Mulder and Scully were left off of the team.