* Posts by mevets

172 posts • joined 7 Mar 2012


Arm China brands itself a 'strategic asset', calls for Beijing's help in boardroom dispute with Brit HQ


Re: A failing experiment

At what point did "the west" become non oppressive? From involuntary enslavement through wold wars, resource wars, systemic racial division, "the west" is far from a flag bearer of tolerance.

They/we can't even lay claim to "free-thinking markets", since the reality has been more of a russian doll: free-thinking markets within militarily constrained boundaries.

I think that the crunch you are perceiving is the sound of a group of western leaders driving their respective countries into a wall.

Sick of AI engines scraping your pics for facial recognition? Here's a way to Fawkes them right up


Re: Photos look obviously distorted

So it is a Pete Townsend generator... cue my my my generation..

Trump gloats, telcos weep, and China is furious: How things stand following UK's decision to rip out Huawei


Not tories - brexit

I think the first UK:USA trade requirement has been delivered. Isn't independence great.

Sure is wild that Apple, Google app store monopolies are way worse than what Windows got up to, sniffs Microsoft prez


Re: Stores might suck, proprietary protocols are the real killer

You can rail against slack/hangouts/(pile of shit); but I have slack (for example) on my ios, macos, linux and android devices. In contrast, because I once had an IOS cell phone device, I am eternally stuck on people upset that I didn't "respond to their text". The kindly reminder that they didn't send a text, rather they used that asshole companies proprietary thing lands on cold ears.

Protocols aren't the problem, people have shifted to certain behaviors; it doesn't matter how open Slack is; it will not have an iMessage bridge until Apple grows a pair.

A memo from the distant future... June 2022: The boss decides working from home isn't the new normal after all


Socialize? With nerds?

Six months after you left your last job, how often and how many of your former 'family' do you keep contact with? Real contact, not imaginary mates on some virtual playground.

The social aspect of work is a myth, or better more akin to Stockholm Syndrome than actual camaraderie.

Remote working is a nightmare to institutional sub-organizations like HR, IT (or is it IS, I can't keep track), and facilities. They are all mainly redundant; or greatly diminished, in these models; thus they type articles like this. When inventory specialists rise to the 3-letter-club; first thing they do is quash remote work (see IBM, Yahoo!). It doesn't help to do this, but it does ensure useless departments are maintained.

Remote employees aren't really employees; they are more like freelance individual contributors. That isn't a bad thing, unless your business model is based on indentured workers, but requires a different organization than the Peter Pan school of Management can produce.

Like the article states, lots of companies will back away from this commitment, since the entire decision making infrastructure are still trying to re-introduce the whip & stopwatch into the work environment. The ones that recognize that they can internally be a reflection of the supply chain they belong to externally will enjoy eating the losers lunch. Remotely.


Re: New Normal?

"Geographically dispersed teams suck balls." Depending upon your role, that can be awesome or not.

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'


Good for you, Mr Ahrens.

I met you once, long ago; glad you are doing well. Glad you chose to make the world a bit better. Given the petulant whining from the close minded mob, it was a braver act than I would have thought. O2 Thieves, the lot of them; don't let them get you down.

Watch an oblivious Tesla Model 3 smash into an overturned truck on a highway 'while under Autopilot'


almost as if?

Nothing almost about it. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems gives itself away with the first word -- if it were truly Advanced it wouldn't need to try to convince you that it was; it just would be. That they don't work when they are most needed, ie in poor driving conditions, is reason enough to suspect them. Why reduce a drivers skills only to betray them when they need those skills the most?

They do help increase the sticker price, and insure that the vehicles lifetime is substantially shortened.

They've only gone and bloody done it! NASA, SpaceX send two fellas off to the International Space Station


Re: Long Live Private interprise!

I get the rah rah, but you can't really compare an original act with a derivative. Space Karen has done an impressive job running this through, but the pioneers bore the brunt of the effort.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way


Re: Just a reminder

It does have 3 axis of freedom, plus 1/2 dozen different ways to steer it in each axis. Now, an elevator (lift for those types); 1 path; 2 directions, 1 speed; 1 door. Yet, it is 2020 and I sill watch elevators go bonkers, not line up at floors, twitch until their watchdogs reset them.... You can always spot the embedded programmer -- that is the one that will not use their hand to stop an elevator door.

Help your fellow IT pals spruce up their virtual meetings: Design a winning background, win Register-branded gear


Immitation Background

In zoom, take a snapshot of the person you are talking to. C+P the snapshot as your backdrop image. Gets great reactions.

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam


Re: Anone surpised?

I doubt envisaged properly captures the visions that those dupes were experiencing.

Incredible how you can steal data via Thunderbolt once you've taken the PC apart, attached a flash programmer, rewritten the firmware...



Are nipping at the heels of circa 2000 MicroSoft. Bad idea layered upon bad idea, holes plugged with inscrutable goo, no traceability, vendors sidelined by the whims of their suppliers.

When people say ARM/RISC-V/... will never become mainstream serious, look to how intel completely lost their mind in a bid to shutdown competition. In the unlikely event that there was ever a full investigation of everything from Spectre forward, I am sure you will find a circa-1998 internal email saying something along the lines of "... and if we just ignore the privacy violation and speculatively treat the first level cache as a virtually indexed cache, we will hit 90% of mips/sparc/dec/... ", each of whom knowingly did the right thing.

At a point, it doesn't matter if the intel X is 1000x the ARM Y If the intel X is only suitable for hobby computers, it will inevitably find its niche.

Author of infamous Google diversity manifesto drops lawsuit against web giant


Re: re: evil Corp

Certainly; on a daily basis google's insights target me with ads for hot women in a town 650 km from where I live, that I have never physically been within 250 km of. It does happen to be where my ISP's head office is, so sure that is a point of confusion. A bit of a paper tiger.

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you


Re: stabs...


Tesla is obviously CrashZilla



CrashZilla -- speaks for itself.

MZika -- virus mashup.

But there is an old python classic: Let's not call them anything, lets just ignore them. This twisted path leads to:


The rumor that just won't die: Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length in 2021 with launch of 'A14-powered laptops'


Re: How about both?

Asymmetric multiprocessing has been implemented for years; and if you look at a cheap x86 core as an x86 accelerator which you turn on and off as you need it, it doesn't clobber your power budget. From a technical perspective, the x86 doesn't need to run darwin code itself -- it can run as a slave to the arm cores.


Re: enabled?

"One of those tasks is manipulating lots of files": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_File_System

"Terminals & shells": Are you sure IOS doesn't do that? I have applied at least one jailbreak that gave me a root shell (bash). It is pretty surprising what is in there. It isn't a simple embedded OS by any measure.

Macos and I*os are just packaging options for the same system software. Apple can always add packaging options and could even make something ridiculous like an x86 iphone. But an arm-laptop would substantively cut the BOM for computer.



The i*OS are all based on the same kernel as macos -- darwin. Do you imagine that some apple engineer thought one day "hey, I'm going to cross compile the toolchain and run them on my ipad?"; even if just for kicks? The Ipad has enough ram, cpu and storage to use as a dev machine; why wouldn't they?



Geekbench disagrees with you. The A13 single core beats the i9-9900 by about 7%. The multi-core is quite a bit different, but heat dissipation is a big issue; if you exclude imac and mac pro; the macbook pro (8 core) has about a 50% lead; but still has a lot better heat dissipation than an iPad.

Do remember, Apple make in-house designed ARM CPUs, that are quite a bit different from the more generic line.

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



"That is, someone malicious could pull the radar sensor out."

I just discovered that I can paint the windscreen of most cars without even physically touching them. A painted windscreen is likely to impair the drivers ability to see road hazards, other vehicles or pedestrians.

Want to stay under the radar for a decade or more? This Chinese hacking crew did it... by aiming for Linux servers


Re: So, one Linux myth bites the dust

"... Linux, being a niche product, did not attract hacker attention..."

This myth was from MicroSofts talking points on why Windows had so many problems; the implication that it is being victimized because of its own success. In marketing innovation, it is a coup worthy of Jobs: blend a little bit of fact, a mirror, and some smoke, and whoosh a whole new story.

"Features" of windows, such as the ability to attach lumps of executable code to emails, and have LookOut! helpfully run them on the recipients machine with no action on behalf of the recipient, are more the cause of windows success than the product of it. Of course, no other vendor would dream of doing something so irresponsible. Had they known they would be richly rewarded, they might have.

The central architecture of running untrusted lumps of data, and opening vast kernel attack surfaces, was what made it the favoured hacking target; it was so easy school children were routinely producing malware for it. The fact that you could spread your malware to just about any machine you could find was merely a bonus.

Remember Tapplock, the 'unbreakable' smart lock that was allergic to screwdrivers? The FTC just slapped it down for 'deceiving' folks


quel surprise

In most of that country they don't lock their doors; its a bit like buying Alaskan air conditioners.

Internet use up 40 per cent in San Francisco Bay Area – but you know what’s even higher? Yep, alcohol, weed use


as many as...

The range is something like 240 000 .. 2 400 000. Even the great orange twat saw he couldn't huckster around that.

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...


I call fake.

Too many syllables.

Short of tech talent to deal with novel coronavirus surge? Let us help – with free job ads on The Register


Biting the hand....

So, if I were looking for a job, where would I find this job board? Some people suggest turning off ad blockers; and I did launch a throw-away profile for you site but still can't find this thing....

I know google has messed up the traditional relationship where the people advertising pay to attract attention. By chewing on the stick at both ends they have maximized short term gain at the cost of zero loyalty. You have my loyalty, and I think a few others too. Is this the best example to follow?

World's smallest violin to be played for opportunistic sellers banned from eBay and Amazon for price gouging


Anti Bacterial agents

don't kill viruses. They aren't even as effective as plain old soap.

I wonder if I can sell DEET since it repels mosquitoes, which cause malaria, and we know that not having malaria makes you not have COVID-19.

At least they aren't stockpiling weapons.

Browser minnow Brave nips at Google with GDPR complaint


20M users per day adjust their privacy

That is an impressive number! Almost 0.7% of the user base [ internetworlstats.com ].

Is google tracking peoples changes to their privacy settings? What are they doing with that data?

Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very


Levelling the playing field.

Intel have been dickheads about licensing their cores into architectures that would suit embedded machines, such as cell phones, tablets, etc... This leave it to beaver(ton) attitude has surely cemented their enormous success in the mobile market.

They aren't the only moghuls on the hill. Not all ARM licensees are created equal, so while some have to struggle to minimize the royalties they have to pay the japanese banks, others can put as many as they want on an SOC without affecting the bottom line at all. A more flexible arrangement permits using say an intelligent component in a place where you might think a dma controller or iommu might live. Distributing io resources in this way permits much higher io bandwidth with much less power, greater security. and a better design.

One of the promises of a truly open architecture is that designers are not hampered by penny-pinchers. There have been *open* designs in the past, for example Sun threw one edition of SPARC over the wall, but this isn't really *open source*, it is *abandonware*. Open source is all about the future.


Re: X86 could go open source

Anything could go open source, but often the embarrassment isn't worth the gain. In the last few years, we have been privy to some of intel's stupendously bad engineering decisions. Anybody peeking in wonders is it possible to run mission critical code on x86 cpus at all?

Case in point -- treat the L0 cache as a virtual cache. Unless you have spent time in this area, it is tough to parse, but the basic idea is this: in a physical cache, you have to wait until the mmu-hardware validates the address, loads its physical translation, then push that translation into the cache(s) to see if the memory is instantly available.

Many RISC architectures had recognized the latency in this, so used a virtual zero level cache, so they could spit the program address into the cache int parallel with the mmu, thus reducing the latency. These architectures used "address space identifiers" to segregate the virtual cache for protection.

Intel noticed that *most* of the time, the lower N bits of Virtual Address == lower N bits of Physical Address, so shipped a masked Virtual address into the level 0 cache at the same time as waiting for the mmu to respond. Thusly, they simulated the performance gain of a virtual cache, with the maintenance simplicity of a physical cache, at only the cost of surrendering the privacy of all programs.

Nice job.


Western Digital

You might want to ask them how risc-v is working out. They are locked in a mico-thin profit margin, and not being trapped in royalty payments is supposedly a big deal for them.

Microsoft's latest cloud innovation: Printing


Re: How long until...

They did try and pour all of their intelligence into the OS, and that didn't really turn out so well. Whether it was a shortfall of intelligence, or something else, it became a hostile goo. A benefit of the Azure model is to use software that actually works without admitting it isn't theirs. This will only last until pride forces them to put host the print services on their own software, thus joining little pools of hostile goo into an ocean of it. Heady days.


Café au nuage

I am deploying a cloud based coffee service to eliminate elaborate on prem coffee production. Soon you will tap a coffee icon, and your cloud provider constructs and transports your preferred beverage to your desk. It will save so much money and energy, I might be able to sell carbon offsets.

Steve Jobs, executives shot down top Apple engineers' plea to design their own server CPU – latest twist in legal battle over chip upstart Nuvia


Re: Foot meet gun, gun meet foot

He probably had his mitts full trying to stop people from following him. He isn't just brilliant, he is the kind of brilliant that you want to be around. Apple execs, on the other hand, not so much.

B-but it doesn't get viruses! Not so, Apple fanbois: Mac malware is growing faster than nasties going for Windows


Re: In this day and age

There is no collision-proof car, but a consistent handling car with strong braking capacity and minimal distractions can find a larger class of drivers who will be able to avoid accidents than a rolling travesty duck taped to a video game. IMHO, and with apologies to model-x owners.

Sure that free version of "final cut" is going to wreck your life; but there is a big difference between installing a free version from some dodgy site and being pwned because your email client helpfully ran a little attachment as a mail notification service.

It's been one day since Blighty OK'd Huawei for parts of 5G – and US politicians haven't overreacted at all. Wait, what? Surveillance state commies?


Re: A reply from Sparta

More like Not Even If; Newt is a very smart and savvy politician(*); he knows that simply isn't true as the US has few friends, and even those are distrustful. While the various camps want to place the blame for that solidly on the other camp; I am sure it is the oscillation that causes the distrust. The policies of the earnest are undone by the disingenuous and vice versa. You can only trust the US so far, where "so far" means less than 4 years.

(*) Sascha Cohen made many very smart people look like fools; and good on him. Newt was not one of those. If you watch the Ali-G interview you see Newt figure it out 15 seconds in, then he treads carefully to make sure he leaves no idiotic soundbite behind. Although I personally despise the ideas that Newt caters to, I gained a healthy respect for the mans BS detector.

Xerox names the 11 directors it hopes will oust most of HP's board and put $33bn hostile takeover to shareholders


The intersection of prophesy and potential.

Apple is worth somewhere around 1.5T$ now.

The core foundation of Apple's software technology came from the prophets at Xerox 40 years ago; I think they got a pizza and some beer for it.

Shortly before that, HP repeatedly rejected a product design for a small computer system from one of its employees. That design became the first Apple computer.

I hope HP gets it together, because when these two clown cars link together to form a clown train, there is no guessing what future derailments are in store.

Whoa, whoa... Tesla slams brakes on allegations of 'unintended acceleration' bug: 'Completely false and was brought by a short-seller'


Market Manipulation

Isn't Tesla crying market manipulation the same as Cisco crying spyware?


Re: Sure, deny it and point to the evidence that supports your position...

Is that you Elon?

Are you sure they are "second-to-none", better than "Black-Box" flight data recorder. That sounds a little hyperbolic, a little, uhh, musky. Are the data recorders in trains inferior to those in Teslas? Busses? Trucks? Ships? Rockets? Are the unfiltered (ie. no software) sensor values captured by the recording system? Oh, no, you mean it is just a glorified syslogd? I suppose that is second to none, if none litterally means none what so ever.

If Tesla says .... Tesla are a subsidy whore and run an operation that is almost entirely based upon market perception. Tesla is ' worth ' more than GM + Ford combined, except that GM's real estate holdings alone are worth more than Tesla and its next 25 years of sales, even assuming that it reaps 100% profit.

Honestly, it is a requirement that all cars have this logging capacity; but logging off the can bus means there has already been a layer of software interpretation, which makes it all very suspect.

Boeing aircraft sales slump to historic lows after 737 Max annus horribilis



Seattle area companies in particular seem to come back from all sorts of engineering ineptitude, management malfeasance and the like. Although they don't deserve it, they will be back. One day, many of us will be in a MAX8 spilling a CharBux coffee onto a windows laptop.

US hands UK 'dossier' on Huawei: Really! Still using their kit? That's just... one... step... beyond


Re: China should do the same and hand a dossier on Cisco

I think the Cisco reference was less about poor code quality, and more about ethics. Cisco assisted US government spying both foreign and domestic.

CES la vie: Shrunken Ultrabooks, muted mobiles and Segway's adult prams at world's biggest consumer tech show


siri supports 21 languages?

I don't think being able to playback a recording of "I don't understand" in 21 languages qualifies as support....

I think Bixby's real failing is a shortage of misogynist stereotypes, with amazon, google and apple having taken shop-a-holic, gossip and air-head (ir)respectively.

What if everyone just said 'Nah' to tracking?


Re: Visiting well-behaved sites (such as El Reg),

Try profiles. It takes a bit of work, but you can partition the sites you visit into different privacy classes then launch browsers as needed.

I wish it were automagic, so I could tell it use this profile for this domain, but so far I haven't found anything that does that. I would be more likely to write a C->JavaScript backend than learn JavaScript; but probably won't do that either, so I wait....


Re: But How ?

I don't know that its necessary. Without taking any extraordinary effort to hide, various web sites try to entice me with effortless hookups in Chatham (Ontario, CA). Good for them, I am in Canada, given that I mainly type in English, with enough French thrown in to be pretentious and the odd British spelling, it didn't exactly take Sherlock to spot that. I am not in Chatham, have never been to Chatham, and could just barely drive there in a day.

My ISP is in Chatham, I suspect that is the confusion; however I do not hide that I want to shop at the local IKEA, RONA or Canada Computers (not the most creative bunch), and every time I visit the respective websites, I seem to have to adjust my preferred store to be nowhere near Chatham.

All said, I have nothing against Chatham, and maybe this is part of a concerted effort to indoctrinate me in some Bacchanalian counter culture. A bit more likely is that all this tracking software is about as good as the rest of the software in the world. If I switch my cellphone to FIDO, will g00gle start pushing dog ads at me? Hookup with wild bitches in Chatham?

Late $440m Christmas present for HP: Judge triples damages windfall from Quanta in CD-ROM drive price-fix showdown


Re: When does HP reimburse its customers?



Plus This


Equals unsure?

Did Dell drop the lawsuit because they realized that if they won, they would be out of pocket? How did Acers wind up?

Since (Sony, Toshiba) sell computers as well as source optical drives, did they sue themselves? [ with acknowledgement to 'the rutles' ]


Re: When does HP reimburse its customers?

HP pays sony $50 for a dvd-drive; puts it in machine, charges customer $100 for it. Judge says sony was gouging, forces sony to give HP back $15 per drive. HP’s net cost drops to $35, so HP should only have charged customer $70. Does HP now reimburse its customer for over-charging? If 100% markup is fair; then HP should give every customer $30.

HP, arguably, suffered no harm from the collusion, presuming that dell, gateway, ... were also suffering from this cartel. The actual victim was the customer, who got to pay both Sony’s inflated price and HP’s inflated markup of that price. Really, this is not an anti-trust victory, but a cash grab by HP.


When does HP reimburse its customers?

I doubt HP just ate the inflated price of the devices; it most likely passed it on, with a generous markup to its customers. Could HP end up losing money because of having to reimburse the marked up amounts?

I know, justice is more selectively blind than that; but HP isn’t the hero here.

Smart speaker maker Sonos takes heat for deliberately bricking older kit with 'Trade Up' plan


Re: another 'Google is Evil' example

Not just Lewis; A O. kept on writing articles featuring opinions of disgraced deniers; as well as half-witted economic treatises that would embarrass a 1st year. Search “global warming” if you don’t believe me, you can simply jump to 2013 and read the shit show.


Re: another 'Google is Evil' example

Beg to differ. They had a long string of ardent denier articles that dried up about 2 or 3 years ago. It was embarrassing to read, and I wondered if they were going to jump on the anti-vax thing too.

Canada's .ca supremo in hot water after cyber-smut stash allegedly found on his work Mac ‒ and three IT bods fired


Re: Do you think

They should be fired for stupidity and hubris. Whatever pictures tickle their whatever is not salient; that they were not only using the company resources for their fetish, but also making the maintenance of that fetish part of the responsibility of IT is pompous buffoonery. While we didn't toss tea into the great lakes (unlike our neighbours, we are not tossers), we don't take kindly to pomposity. We routinely eject PMs over it; so this tiny pond wanker should be gone before the moderators approve this.



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